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A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.

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// If you are reading this in plaintext or on PyPi: // // A rendered version is available at: // https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/blob/master/README.asciidoc


// QUTEWEBHIDE image:icons/qutebrowser-64x64.png[qutebrowser logo] A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5 and Qt.

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link:https://www.qutebrowser.org[website] | link:https://blog.qutebrowser.org[blog] | https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/blob/master/doc/faq.asciidoc[FAQ] | https://www.qutebrowser.org/doc/contributing.html[contributing] | link:https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/releases[releases] | https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/blob/master/doc/install.asciidoc[installing] // QUTEWEBHIDE_END

qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It's based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.

// QUTEWEBHIDE qutebrowser's primary maintainer, The-Compiler, is currently working part-time on qutebrowser, funded by donations. To sustain this for a long time, your help is needed! See the https://github.com/sponsors/The-Compiler/[GitHub Sponsors page] for more information. Depending on your sign-up date and how long you keep a certain level, you can get qutebrowser t-shirts, stickers and more! // QUTEWEBHIDE_END


image:doc/img/main.png["screenshot 1",width=300,link="doc/img/main.png"] image:doc/img/downloads.png["screenshot 2",width=300,link="doc/img/downloads.png"] image:doc/img/completion.png["screenshot 3",width=300,link="doc/img/completion.png"] image:doc/img/hints.png["screenshot 4",width=300,link="doc/img/hints.png"]


See the https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/releases[github releases page] for available downloads and the link:doc/install.asciidoc[INSTALL] file for detailed instructions on how to get qutebrowser running on various platforms.


In addition to the topics mentioned in this README, the following documents are available:

  • https://raw.githubusercontent.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/master/doc/img/cheatsheet-big.png[Key binding cheatsheet]: + image:https://raw.githubusercontent.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/master/doc/img/cheatsheet-small.png["qutebrowser key binding cheatsheet",link="https://raw.githubusercontent.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/master/doc/img/cheatsheet-big.png"]
  • link:doc/quickstart.asciidoc[Quick start guide]
  • https://www.shortcutfoo.com/app/dojos/qutebrowser[Free training course] to remember those key bindings
  • link:doc/faq.asciidoc[Frequently asked questions]
  • link:doc/help/configuring.asciidoc[Configuring qutebrowser]
  • link:doc/contributing.asciidoc[Contributing to qutebrowser]
  • link:doc/install.asciidoc[Installing qutebrowser]
  • link:doc/changelog.asciidoc[Change Log]
  • link:doc/stacktrace.asciidoc[Reporting segfaults]
  • link:doc/userscripts.asciidoc[How to write userscripts]

Getting help

You can get help in the IRC channel irc://irc.freenode.org/#qutebrowser[

] on https://freenode.net/Freenode, or by writing a message to the https://lists.schokokeks.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/qutebrowser[mailinglist] at mailto:[email protected][].

There's also an https://lists.schokokeks.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/qutebrowser-announce[announce-only mailinglist] at mailto:[email protected].

If you're a reddit user, there's a https://www.reddit.com/r/qutebrowser/[/r/qutebrowser] subreddit there.

Finally, qutebrowser is participating in the Beta for GitHub's new Discussions feature, so you can also use the https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/discussions[discussions tab] on GitHub to get in touch.

Contributions / Bugs

You want to contribute to qutebrowser? Awesome! Please read link:doc/contributing.asciidoc[the contribution guidelines] for details and useful hints.

If you found a bug or have a feature request, you can report it in several ways:

  • Use the built-in
    command or the automatic crash dialog.
  • Open an issue in the Github issue tracker.
  • Write a mail to the https://lists.schokokeks.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/qutebrowser[mailinglist] at mailto:[email protected][].

For security bugs, please contact me directly at [email protected], GPG ID https://www.the-compiler.org/pubkey.asc[0x916eb0c8fd55a072].


The following software and libraries are required to run qutebrowser:

  • https://www.python.org/[Python] 3.6 or newer
  • https://www.qt.io/[Qt] 5.7.1 or newer (5.14 recommended; support for < 5.11 will be dropped with qutebrowser v2.0.0) with the following modules:
    • QtCore / qtbase
    • QtQuick (part of qtbase in some distributions)
    • QtSQL (part of qtbase in some distributions)
    • QtOpenGL
    • QtWebEngine, or
    • alternatively QtWebKit - only the link:https://github.com/qtwebkit/qtwebkit/wikiupdated fork is supported. Note: The latest QtWebKit release is based on old WebKit revision with known unpatched vulnerabilities. Please use it carefully and avoid visiting untrusted websites and using it for transmission of sensitive data.
  • https://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/pyqt/intro[PyQt] 5.7.0 or newer (5.14 recommended, support for < 5.11 will be dropped soon) for Python 3
  • https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools/[pkg_resources/setuptools]
  • https://fdik.org/pyPEG/[pyPEG2]
  • http://jinja.pocoo.org/[jinja2]
  • http://pygments.org/[pygments]
  • https://github.com/yaml/pyyaml[PyYAML]
  • https://www.attrs.org/[attrs]

The following libraries are optional:

  • http://cthedot.de/cssutils/cssutils.
  • On Windows, https://pypi.python.org/pypi/colorama/[colorama] for colored log output.
  • http://asciidoc.org/[asciidoc] to generate the documentation for the
    command, when using the git repository (rather than a release).

See link:doc/install.asciidoc[the documentation] for directions on how to install qutebrowser and its dependencies.


qutebrowser's primary maintainer, The-Compiler, is currently working part-time on qutebrowser, funded by donations. To sustain this for a long time, your help is needed! See the https://github.com/sponsors/The-Compiler/[GitHub Sponsors page] for more information. Depending on your sign-up date and how long you keep a certain level, you can get qutebrowser t-shirts, stickers and more!

Alternatively, the following donation methods are available -- note that eligibility for swag (shirts/stickers/etc.) is handled on a case-by-case basis for those, please mailto:[email protected][get in touch] for details.

  • SEPA bank transfer inside Europe (no fee):
    • Account holder: Florian Bruhin
    • Country: Switzerland
    • IBAN (EUR): CH13 0900 0000 9160 4094 6
    • IBAN (other): CH80 0900 0000 8711 8587 3
    • Bank: PostFinance AG, Mingerstrasse 20, 3030 Bern, Switzerland (BIC: POFICHBEXXX)
    • If you need any other information: Contact me at [email protected]
  • PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=donations&business=me%40the-compiler.org&itemname=qutebrowser&currencycode=CHF&source=url[CHF], https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=donations&business=me%40the-compiler.org&itemname=qutebrowser&currencycode=EUR&source=url[EUR], https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=donations&business=me%40the-compiler.org&itemname=qutebrowser&currency_code=USD&source=url[USD]
  • Cryptocurrencies:
    • Bitcoin: link:bitcoin:bc1q3ptyw8hxrcfz6ucfgmglphfvhqpy8xr6k25p00[bc1q3ptyw8hxrcfz6ucfgmglphfvhqpy8xr6k25p00]
    • Bitcoin Cash: link:bitcoincash:1BnxUbnJ5MrEPeh5nuUMx83tbiRAvqJV3N[1BnxUbnJ5MrEPeh5nuUMx83tbiRAvqJV3N]
    • Ethereum: link:ethereum:0x10c2425856F7a8799EBCaac4943026803b1089c6[0x10c2425856F7a8799EBCaac4943026803b1089c6]
    • Litecoin: link:litecoin:MDt3YQciuCh6QyFmr8TiWNxB94PVzbnPm2[MDt3YQciuCh6QyFmr8TiWNxB94PVzbnPm2]
    • Others: Please mailto:[email protected][get in touch], I'd happily set up anything link:https://www.ledger.com/supported-crypto-assets[supported by Ledger Live]


Thanks a lot to https://www.macstadium.com/[MacStadium] for supporting qutebrowser with a free hosted Mac Mini via their https://www.macstadium.com/opensource[Open Source Project].

(They don't require including this here - I've just been very happy with their offer, and without them, no macOS releases or tests would exist)

Thanks to the https://www.hsr.ch/[HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil], which made it possible to work on qutebrowser extensions as a student research project.

image:doc/img/sponsors/macstadium.png["powered by MacStadium",width=200,link="https://www.macstadium.com/"] image:doc/img/sponsors/hsr.png["HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil",link="https://www.hsr.ch/"]


qutebrowser's primary author is Florian Bruhin (The Compiler), but qutebrowser wouldn't be what it is without the help of https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/graphs/contributors[hundreds of contributors]!

Additionally, the following people have contributed graphics:

  • Jad/link:https://yelostudio.comyelo
  • WOFall (original icon)
  • regines (key binding cheatsheet)

Also, thanks to everyone who contributed to one of qutebrowser's link:doc/backers.asciidoc[crowdfunding campaigns]!

Similar projects

Various projects with a similar goal like qutebrowser exist. Many of them were inspirations for qutebrowser in some way, thanks for that!

Active ~~~~~~

  • https://fanglingsu.github.io/vimb/vimb
  • https://luakit.github.io/luakit/luakit
  • https://nyxt.atlas.engineer/Nyxt browser
  • https://vieb.dev/Vieb
  • Chrome/Chromium addons: https://vimium.github.io/[Vimium], https://github.com/dcchambers/vb4cvb4c
  • Firefox addons (based on WebExtensions): https://github.com/tridactyl/tridactyl[Tridactyl], https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/vimium-ff/Vimium-FF, https://github.com/ueokande/vim-vixen[Vim Vixen], https://github.com/amedama41/vvimpulation[VVimpulation]
  • Addons for Firefox and Chrome: https://github.com/brookhong/Surfingkeys[Surfingkeys], https://krabby.netlify.com/[Krabby], https://lydell.github.io/LinkHints/Link Hints
  • Addons for Safari: https://televator.net/vimari/[Vimari]

Inactive ~~~~~~~~

  • https://bitbucket.org/portix/dwbdwb
  • https://github.com/parkouss/webmacs/webmacs
  • https://sourceforge.net/p/vimprobable/wiki/Home/vimprobable
  • https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php?title=Jumanjijumanji
  • http://conkeror.org/conkeror
  • https://www.uzbl.org/uzbl
  • https://github.com/conformal/xombreroxombrero
  • https://github.com/linkdd/cream-browserCream Browser
  • https://surf.suckless.org/surf
  • Firefox addons (not based on WebExtensions or no recent activity): http://www.vimperator.org/[Vimperator], http://bug.5digits.org/pentadactyl/index[Pentadactyl], https://github.com/akhodakivskiy/VimFxVimFx, https://github.com/shinglyu/QuantumVim[QuantumVim]
  • Chrome/Chromium addons: https://github.com/k2nr/ViChrome/[ViChrome], https://github.com/jinzhu/vrome[Vrome], https://github.com/lusakasa/saka-keySaka Key, https://github.com/1995eaton/chromium-vim[cVim], https://glee.github.io/[GleeBox]


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt.


qutebrowser optionally uses https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js/[pdf.js] to display PDF files in the browser. Windows releases come with a bundled pdf.js.

pdf.js is distributed under the terms of the Apache License. You can find a copy of the license in

(in the Windows release or after running
), or online https://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html[here].

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