9 Reasons to Switch to Vivaldi Browser Today
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If you’re happy with your current browser, that’s totally fine — I don’t expect one article will convince you to up and migrate somewhere else. But if you haven’t tried Vivaldi in the last three to six months, I urge you to give it a shot. You might be surprised by how much you love it, as a backup browser if not your main.

On the other hand, if you hate all the major browsers and only endure because you need one to surf the web, then Vivaldi might just be the answer.

Vivaldi is just over one year old as of this writing. In that time, it has grown a lot. I’ve been revisiting many browsers over the past few months, and Vivaldi is the one that has surprised me most. Let me show you why. (This article is based on my experience with Vivaldi 1.10.)

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1. Beautiful Look and Feel

I’ve grown so tired of Chromium-based browsers that are basically re-skins of Chrome. Yet while Vivaldi is forked from Chromium, the developers have put in a ton of work making sure that the browser looks and feels unique. The similarities are there, but you have to look hard and deep to find them.

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Vivaldi’s slick interface feels like what Edge’s interface was meant to be. It’s clean, it’s modern, and it’s intentionally designed to maximize screen estate by minimizing interface clutter. But whereas Edge feels clunky and unrefined, Vivaldi is no less than smooth — even on a five-year-old laptop.

2. Customizable User Experience

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Almost every single visual element can be tweaked or hidden. And if you prefer a more traditional look, just enable Native Window mode. But Vivaldi’s commitment to customization doesn’t stop at aesthetics. This easy-to-use browser is flexible enough to appease advanced users (and even power users).

Keyboard shortcuts. Most browsers don’t let you set custom keyboard shortcuts. And in cases where it’s possible through extensions, the extensions can only change a handful of them. But Vivaldi lets you customize any action in the browser, and you can create as many shortcuts per action as you want. And as a bonus, the interface doesn’t get any easier than this:

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Mouse gestures. If you’re one who prefers to navigate the web by mouse rather than keyboard, then rest assured that Vivaldi fully supports mouse gestures. You can tie a gesture to any browser action, and you can define your own gestures using up to five strokes (horizontal and vertical).

Search engines. It’s a crying shame that there are major web browsers that don’t support custom search engines, but Vivaldi is not one of them. They’re extremely easy to add and define, there’s no limit to how many you can add, and yes, you can search straight from the address bar.

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Side-by-side viewing. With Vivaldi, you can view multiple tabs at the same time! Just hold Ctrl (or Cmd) and select the tabs you want to view, then right-click one of them and select Tile Tabs.

Philips Hue integration. If you’re a smart home enthusiast with a Philips Hue home lighting setup 4 Ways Philips Hue Can Push Your Lighting to the Next Level 4 Ways Philips Hue Can Push Your Lighting to the Next Level Without Philips Hue, however, the smart home concept might never have gotten off the ground. Here are some cool ways to make use of them. Read More , then you might be excited to hear that Vivaldi also integrates with Philips Hue. Combined with the dynamic accent color feature, your lights can change color based on the sites you visit.

And everything else, too. Whatever customizations you’d expect from a modern web browser, Vivaldi has it. As of this writing, the settings are divided into 17 sections (e.g. Appearance, Tabs, Quick Commands, Privacy, and Network), each complete with several options to play with. Don’t let anyone tell you that Vivaldi is bare or empty.

3. Improved Performance

I tried Vivaldi off and on throughout its beta phase, and the one thing that always turned me away was its subpar performance: high CPU, high RAM, choppy animations, etc. But a lot of those issues have since been resolved.

I don’t have benchmarks for you, but I’m super impressed by Vivaldi’s fast startup. Even with many tabs open, the browser can cold launch in under two seconds at worst (often under one second). This is partly due to its lazy tab loading feature, which doesn’t load tabs until you switch to them.

And because Vivaldi uses the same Blink engine used by Chrome, Opera, and other Chromium-based browsers, you get the same fast page loading that you get in those browsers.

4. Quick Commands

Quick Commands is an amazing feature that resembles Spotlight in macOS or the Command Palette in Sublime Text. The concept is simple: press F2 and start typing or use the arrow keys. With Quick Commands, you can instantly switch to any tab, execute any browser action, or even search your recent history.

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This is an excellent way to boost your productivity as a power user. Why memorize dozens of keyboard shortcuts when you can just press F2 and type “Toggle UI” or “Print” or “Export Bookmarks”? Once you get used to it, it’s much faster.

5. Notes

Have you ever needed to jot down notes or thoughts while surfing the web? Maybe you want to save text or links for later, record ingredients for a new recipe, or simply remind yourself of the tasks you need to do. Vivaldi’s Notes feature is perfect for this, and it’s built right into the browser.

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You can create multiple notes and organize them into folders. What’s even cooler is that you can attach media to each note: a screenshot of a web page or the entire screen, a file from your system, or just the URL of a site. This is one of those features that seems dumb at first, but quickly becomes something that you rely on every day.

6. Tab Stacking

To further reduce interface clutter, you can make use of the Tab Stacking feature. Simply drag one tab onto another and they’ll “combine” into one yet remain separate. You can still cycle through them with Ctrl + Tab like normal, but it frees up a lot of space in the tab bar.

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This is such a great feature because it’s intuitive and effective. My favorite thing to do is stack all tabs of the same domain or same activity. This makes it easy to find the exact tab I need at any time. To unstack a tab, right-click it and select Unstack (you can also unstack the whole stack at once).

7. Sidebar Tabs

If there’s one thing about Vivaldi that won my heart, it’s that the browser natively supports moving the tab bar to the side. This lets you keep more tabs on the screen and makes good use of all the space that tends to get wasted on widescreen monitors.

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No other major browser except Firefox supports sidebar tabs, and even Firefox can only do it with an extension called Tree Style Tab. The only downside is that Tree Style Tab allows hierarchical organization of tabs while Vivaldi doesn’t, which is a feature I love and hope comes to Vivaldi soon.

If you need hierarchical sidebar tabs, stick with Firefox for now 9 Reasons to Switch From Chrome to Firefox 9 Reasons to Switch From Chrome to Firefox The days when Chrome was the best browser are long gone. People are returning to Firefox! Is it time to switch (back)? Here are several reasons that may convince you. Read More .

8. Chrome Extensions

A lot of Chrome fans say they could never move to another browser because they need this extension and that extension. Well, that’s no longer a valid excuse. Whereas Opera and Firefox can both install Chrome extensions to a degree, Vivaldi can natively and completely install Chrome extensions!

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Because Vivaldi is based on the same technology that powers Chrome, the two browsers have almost identical extension APIs. That means pretty much every Chrome extension will work in Vivaldi (except for specialized ones like Chromecast, which are designed to work only in Chrome).

9. Created by Original Opera Developer

Vivaldi is spearheaded by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, one of the two co-founders of the original Opera browser. The Opera of today is not the same Opera that many users fell in love with back in the 2000s — and Vivaldi is Tetzchner’s attempt to be the browser that Opera should’ve been I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back I Switched From Chrome to Opera and I’m Never Going Back Any browser works. There's only one reason to pick one over another: it's more in line with how you like to browse the web. And you might prefer Opera, too. Read More .

In a 2017 interview with Ars Technica, he said that “Vivaldi emphasizes its focus on privacy and stability, claiming that no user data is either collected by the browser or sent to other parties, including Google.” Furthermore, Vivaldi is not beholden to venture capitalists, allowing more control over the direction of the company and product.

Vivaldi ensures that “nothing gets sent to Google without [Vivaldi’s team or users] knowing” and that they “make money from search engines, not from selling user data.” If online privacy is important Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the Internet is and how it functions. And with social networks exploding in popularity in the past several years, sharing is probably the one aspect we... Read More to you, stay away from Chrome and Opera and entrust yourself to Vivaldi. (Opera is Chinese-owned as of November 2016.)

How Do You Feel About Vivaldi?

You now have nine compelling reasons to at least download and try Vivaldi. Maybe it won’t impress you enough to get you to switch over permanently. Or maybe it will. You won’t know until you try. All I can promise is that it will surprise you and exceed your expectations.

Vivaldi is now my backup browser of choice. In a few months, it might become my main. Who knows? I can’t say for sure, but I see much potential.

Did any of these features catch your eye? How do you like Vivaldi? What does it still need to convince you to switch over? Share with us in a comment below!

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  1. D
    September 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

    does it support 2 factor identification or protection?

  2. Brad
    August 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I think it’s an absolutely horrible browser if you run Linux. I understand that windows users are unhappy with edge browser and google chrome does run slow on that operating system. However in Linux chrome is by far the fastest browser. I shared my concerns with Vivaldi when it first came out and I was verbally berated by someone on their support staff because I was critical of their browser. I for one refuse to support a company that treats their customer like that.

    • Darb
      August 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Bad support? The opposite is true. Just post a bug and it will be out in the next (at latest major) version. And Vivaldi by now is already far more advanced than Chrome, being as fast as Chrome while being mor user friendly.

      ("…treat their customers…" – how much did you pay for your download? "Verbally berated" – wow, you did really talk to them in real life? )

      • Brad
        August 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm

        Yes I really did talk to them in real life, why would I make it up? Do you run Linux on your computer? Vivaldi is absolutely not faster than Chrome on the Linux platform sorry to say. So just because I didn’t pay for their product I deserve to be talked to like a pile of garbage? You must work for Vivaldi to feel the need to defend them this much.

        • David
          August 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm

          Sounds like you had a bad experience and it tainted your feelings about the technical merits of Vivaldi browser. I understand that. And that's too bad. Vivaldi: It's hard to gain a customer and easy to lose one.

          That said, I *do* use Vivaldi on Linux and find that it's as fast and stable and insanely customizable as it is on other platforms. Once Sync is in place, it will be my daily browser of choice.

          Is Chrome (or something else) faster? That's an empirical question. I haven't tested. But Vivaldi is quite fast enough for me, subjectively.

          Does Chrome guard my privacy (something important to me)? Not at all. Quite the opposite. Firefox and Vivaldi and Safari, properly configured, seem to fit my personal philosophy better. So that's what I use.

          You clearly have made a different calculation. I wish you well.

      • Mike
        August 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        It not faster than Chrome. You can go to any speed test site, or view others peoples results of testing browsers, Vivaldi is slow as hell.

  3. mentallurg
    July 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    1. Beautiful Look and Feel
    This is a matter of taste. To my taste, Vivaldi is much better than the Chromium and than the Google Chrome. Vivaldi is almost as good as Firefox and the original Opera.

    2. Customizable User Experience
    This is actually bad. Ths UX in vivaldi is essentially WORSE than that in Firefox.
    You write about "Keyboard shortcuts". Yes, they are better than in Chromium. But Chromium and Google Chrome provide bad user experience. Let's compare Vivaldi to good browsers like FireFox. Vivaldi has many problems with keyboard shortcuts. E.g. in FireFox to clean up cookies you press Shift+Ctrl+Del and Enter. That simple.
    In Vivaldi if you press Shift+Ctrl+Del and Enter, NOTHING happens.
    The dialog with settings will be open, but NOTHING will be cleaned up. The dialog remains open.
    You have to grab mouse to click "Clear browsing data". Then what for you have shortcuts?
    Alternatively, in Vivaldi you have to press
    Shift+Ctrl+Del, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, Tab, then Enter.
    Have you guys ever heard about user experience?

    The default mouse gestures are good. But there is no optical feedback. Do you feel comfortable using an onscreen keyboard without getting any feedback? Same with mouse gestures. This is very uncomfortable when there is no feedback, when no line is drown on the screen. Again, have you heard about user experience?

    3. Improved Performance
    "I’m super impressed by Vivaldi’s fast startup"
    Seriously?
    Start up time, after deleting the cache, history etc., is huge, about 5 sec. CPU i7, SSD. Vivaldi is extremely slow.
    What is worse: After Vivaldi is already started, you want to open a new window. After hitting Ctrl+N it takes the same 5 sec to open a new EMPTY window.
    You said "I’m super impressed by Vivaldi’s fast startup"?
    Vivaldi is slow on both Windows and Linux.

    8. Chrome Extensions
    Seriously?
    This is natural. Vivaldi has to the big extent the same code base. It would be something worth to mention if these were extensions from some other browser like FireFox. Chrome Extensions are natural to Vivaldi. Using your logic you should have mentioned that Vivaldi can display web pages.

    Vivaldi is way better than Chromium and Google Chrome. But Vivaldi has still way to go to get as good as FireFox.

  4. Twist Ty
    July 22, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I love Vivaldi and have been using it off and on (since early beta) - hoping for an important update!?
    "Static" Start Page - Speed Dial - icons or as some call them "favacons".
    I prefer to store most of my websites on my Start Page - Speed Dial (main reason I still use Opera - as I like their solution the best - thus far) - but Opera of today ..... is not the same ;-( as it once seemed. (They keep adding "features" moving things around, etc. - but not "really" fixing the new bugs this creates, or even fixing older bugs - that should be their priority actually). But I seem "stuck" with it until Vivaldi adds this feature. I also use Firefox (Waterfox) - but for more specific uses - not as my main browser.
    I have asked in the official Vivaldi blogs - and they say it is planned (maybe?) - not too reassuring actually.
    Great browser - love most things about - especially the overall "looks" and "adaptability" - but having to "refresh" and wait for a "placeholder"?(not sure on the proper name) to "see" the the whole site load - when all that I really want is a name or favacon...... is ...... too frustrating for everyday use. Even worse if you use "folders" as those have to be opened up and refreshed individually for each site "placeholder" inside......Arrrggghhhh.

    I keep coming back to use it from time to time and checking the blogs etc., and I do wish them well - as I feel it has a bright future - but - its still early - and doesn't seem quite like a "home" yet.

    Cheers

  5. Steve
    June 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Vivaldi styles itself the browser for power users. Yet I am unable to use Java even if I am well able to defend myself against the negatives. Power user programs do not restrict the options of their users and trust them to make proper decisions. Vivaldi is NOT a power user's browser. If you want a real power user browser, use my default browser, Waterfox.

  6. Ajani Ashish
    June 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for sharing things in detail about Vivaldi browser. Web panels are attractive and having new design but at the same time it's bit slow comparing to other browsers and need some time to get used to it. Anyways it's really interesting, both Vivaldi browser and this article. Keep it up.

  7. TheBigBadWolf
    June 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    No Sync, no Vivaldi.
    If Sync then Vivaldi.

    • Barorise
      June 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      ?

    • David
      August 17, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Exactly. I use my browsers on multiple computers daily. If I can't sync bookmarks, the overhead of maintaining multiple different bookmark (and extension and configuration) settings is too much trouble. Simple.

    • NN
      August 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

      XMarks extension?

  8. Bad_Attitude
    June 24, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I have to agree with you Joel, I also see a lot of potential in the future for Vivaldi. I've been using the latest x64 Snapshot for a couple months. I tried it a couple times in the past and it didn't work out. Now, it's my default Chromium browser even though I have Chrome stable and Canary installed, to keep up with development. I'm primarily a Firefox user and have been since the day FF v3 was released and I have to say that right now I'm impressed with Vivaldi's performance. Startup time has been right around 2.2 seconds. Chrome and Canary 1.9-2.2 seconds. All of my browsers open one tab to the StartPage search engine and I use uBO to hide some elements to make the page neater. I almost Always see those elements with Chrome and Canary after the page appears to be rendered which makes it hard to get an accurate time waiting for the elements to go away. With Pale Moon, Firefox, FF Nightly and with Vivaldi I Never ever see those elements. Chrome, Canary and Vivaldi use the same 6 extensions, command-line switches, and chrome://flags. Pale Moon w/20 extensions and Nightly w/ 5 extensions also had 2.2 second startup times. Sadly, FF w/12 extensions was at 3.2 seconds, the horror. ;) They ALL have excellent page load times. Vivaldi has comparable video playback performance to Chrome when viewing 1080p 60fps YouTube video, the dropped frames were virtually identical. For me, Chrome used to be the video playback performance king, not anymore. With FF and Nightly I always see zero dropped frames withe 1080p 60fps video. Don't even know when that started, last couple months maybe. Using an average four-core processor with one of the faster SSDs.

    Anyway...You missed one of my favorite features in Vivaldi Joel!!! Context search. If you highlight any text and then right-click you can then choose any of your search engines to do a search. A feature I've had in FF for years that looks to be going away when legacy addons are dropped with the release of FF v57. SMH

    There is an article over on gHacks on "How to speed up the Vivaldi web browser" that has some good tips for reducing memory usage. Vivaldi, for me, does use more memory than Chrome, but then it has a lot more features.

  9. Herbert H Dupree II
    June 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I am a Vivaldi user and unofficial evangelist (gave myself that title) I do run into stuttering side video on some pages, such as CNN. They're a few quirks, but every browser has something different.

    • Bad_Attitude
      June 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      I have to agree. I've also seen some pages stuttering sideways when watching videos in Chrome and Vivaldi, the same pages in both. Not often but it happens. Last time was a video on ZDNet and both Chrome and Vivaldi had the same results. For me it's Always been caused by a failed network request that is retried multiple times. Chromium browsers handle content blocking of network requests a little differently than FF based browsers with the way the APIs are being used and what they are allowed to do. No issues with the exact same content blocker and filters being used in Firefox. If you use an ad/content blocker whitelist the website and if the problem goes away you know the cause, failed network requests. Either whitelist the site or the specific domain being blocked or better yet the sub-domain. With uBlock Origin it is very easy to do. Do a web search for "Dynamic filtering: quick guide". If you're not using a content blocker then you have a different problem that I haven't experienced.

  10. Saikat Kundu
    June 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I tried out Vivaldi few times in last couple of months & I must say I really like it a lot. Especially the key shortcuts are a lifesaver. But the absence of sync is a total deal breaker for me. And idk why but Chrome on my crappy old PC performs best. Actually it has the least memory footprint among all the browser i tested with same extensions (Lastpass, uBlock origin, HTTPS Everywhere). And yes my PC is really old with 3gigs of RAM & a dual core Intel.

  11. denek newton
    June 23, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I think Vivaldi is an amazing web browser, but still need to create a pip feature to become complete.

  12. ZentixZaneic
    June 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I used to use Vivaldi, but I stopped in favor of using Firefox and Chrome. Chrome for school work and casting, Firefox for general browsing. I like Vivaldi, but since it's based off of Chrome, it doesn't have great memory usage on my system (4 GB of RAM), and it shortens my battery life. It also had a relatively long startup time for me (5-15 secs, depending on what I'm doing). I would love to use it, but when their startup time and RAM management gets better, I will.

    • Flubb
      June 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      I'm a current vivaldi user and i must agree on startup time. I never had à 2 sec launch.

      • Daniel
        June 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        + 1

        Only Edge (or IE) can do that 2 second trick so far.

        Btw, Vivaldi doesn't always go well with some sites.
        If i visit Kroger.com it tells me to upgrade to a modern browser.
        Even if i click yes to go there anyway, still can't log into the site with my account i.d. etc.

        Like most Chrome clones, Vivaldi is fun but far from perfect compared to Firefox (and even Edge).

  13. Al Pennyworth
    June 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I have experimented with Vivaldi since the beginning. Originally, I thought it was going to be a great replacement for Chrome. As you mention, it had subpar performance and although better, I found it is still slow in many aspects. If it is run on a new, monster machine, the performance is not an issue. But an older/average machine and performance is still an issue. One of my big issues with Vivaldi is there a sense of wanting to do cool things as opposed to things requested by users. Look at the site and you will see request after request for sync functionality. The reply is usually the same, it is coming. But yet, there are UI tweaks, tab stacking, and other things that (to me anyway) are way less important. If they are unwilling to listen to users, why use the browser?

    • VivaVivaldi
      July 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      I can explain the sync situation. It is the same as the mail client situation. Each of those MAJOR features have dedicated teams assigned to them. Both those teams work continuously on those MAJOR features. They will each be released when they are ready, not a moment sooner. This has been the plan all along.
      In the meantime, Vivaldi has to move forward with the MANY MANY other smaller features that it has promised. Obviously, many smaller features will be added and perfected in the same time one MAJOR feature (like sync and mail client) will get an initial release. It's just how the universe works.

      What would be the point in stopping the entire development until sync and mail client are ready? What are users supposed to do in the meantime? Why are you upset because Vivaldi is moving forward while also working on the MAJOR features?

      Everything about Vivaldi's development process is clear and has been laid down since the beginning of the development. Everything is going according to plan.