I love Pentadactyl (previously Vimperator) for Firefox, but with all these plugins and things, Firefox is really slow. I've tried Vimium, but it's a little awkward and doesn't do all I'd like it to. I've also been playing around with Luakit, because it's in the Ubuntu repositories, and it's fast, lightweight, and has many of the same keybindings. However, I find Luakit doesn't do some of the things Pentadacytl can do.

I'm not a programmer, so I'm a little daunted by having to learn, say, Lua just so I can use a keyboard-centric web browser. Can someone recommend a feature-rich web browser that is still somewhat lightweight (i.e. won't take 10 seconds to start up on my laptop) and yet is not that difficult to configure?


Here are some to try:

  • Also try luakit: mason-larobina.github.io/luakit
    – trusktr
    Nov 12 '13 at 4:11
  • Luakit seems dead now, and constantly crashes on my computer. Jumanji doesn't really seem to work either. I think dwb is the way to go.
    – Zaz
    Aug 10 '14 at 13:06
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    There's also vimb.
    – Bach
    Apr 6 '15 at 14:38
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    qutebrowser is my favourite. qutebrowser.org
    – mrded
    Mar 3 '16 at 16:06
  • +1 qutebrowser fits your description precisely (posted via qutebrowser :)) Dec 22 '17 at 2:14

There's uzbl. It follows well the UNIX philosophy, and it's very slim. If you're looking for lightweight and extremely functional, this is it.


Conkeror is probably the most keyboard-oriented graphical browser I have seen. Apparently it even supports some Firefox extensions. I've never used it myself as it takes a while to learn the keybindings, but maybe you will like it.


Have you tried Opera yet? When you install it go into the settings and enable UNIX Keyboard shortcuts. Things like ^U work, you can tab through links on the page and select them. They even have a page dedicated to how to use the browser without a mouse:


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