9 Alternative Chromium Browsers That Beat Chrome at Its Own Game
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Google Chrome seems ubiquitous these days, thanks to its robust set of features. Its vast collection of extensions The Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More and its sheer simplicity make it really hard to give up on Chrome. Though, it has its own share of problems like being heavy on system resources and draining battery life.

What if you could switch to a different lightweight browser? And retain the technology that runs Chrome?

Chromium is the open-source browser project behind Chrome. A lot of developers have forked Chromium to include unique features around privacy, multi-media, and security. More importantly, most of these browsers support Chrome extensions so you get the best of both worlds.

1. Vivaldi Browser: A Browser From the Future

Vivaldi is the brainchild of Opera’s former CEO, who wasn’t happy with the direction Opera was headed. It aims to target power users while bringing back discarded features from Opera.

Vivaldi’s user interface sports a color scheme that changes based on the current webpage. It offers the ability to change themes, position tabs, and supports many other customization options. Vivaldi is built using the Chromium web browser project, so extensions available in the Chrome Web Store can also be installed in Vivaldi.

It lets you annotate web pages 7 Chrome Tools for Quick and Easy Annotations 7 Chrome Tools for Quick and Easy Annotations Capturing and annotating webpages, images, or portions of articles can be useful for work, school, or even personal research. Chrome offers a nice selection of annotation extensions. Read More and supports mouse gestures for faster navigation. But perhaps the feature Chrome users would be most interested in is the Tab Hibernation feature. It lets you hibernate tabs and free resources when those tabs are not actively used.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

2. Opera: Old Is Gold

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Opera has been around for more than a couple of decades and has pioneered a lot of features like the Speed Dial, tabbed browsing and private browsing. In 2013, Opera decided to discard its own Presto engine in favor of Blink, a browser engine developed as a part of Chromium project.

Opera is power-packed with features 8 Opera Features You Should Start Using Today 8 Opera Features You Should Start Using Today Let's explore eight of the best Opera features that will make browsing smoother and more convenient for you. We bet you'll want to start using them right away. Read More . Along with the usual features, it comes with a Turbo mode. When enabled, it compresses web pages, thus making them load faster by up to 50%. This can be particularly helpful if you’re trying to save data or you’re browsing the web on a slow network.

Another relatively new addition is the integration of a free VPN 5 Great Free VPN Services Compared: Which Is Fastest? 5 Great Free VPN Services Compared: Which Is Fastest? If you've never used a VPN before, you may want to reconsider. A VPN routes your internet connection through an encrypted third-party server, securing your data. But which VPN service is faster? Read More service right into the browser. This lets users access blocked websites 5 Ways to Bypass Blocked Sites Without Using Proxies or VPNs 5 Ways to Bypass Blocked Sites Without Using Proxies or VPNs You're at work or school, but want to view a blocked website. You could try a proxy or VPN, but there are alternatives that you -- and the IT department -- might have overlooked... Read More and also helps users stay secure on a public network. 7 Secure Strategies to Use Public Wi-Fi Safely on Phones 7 Secure Strategies to Use Public Wi-Fi Safely on Phones Is that public Wi-Fi network you just connected to safe? Before you sip your latte, and read Facebook, consider these simple secure strategies to using public Wi-Fi safely on your phone. Read More

If you’re switching from Chrome, you can use the Download Chrome Extension extension. It lets you install extensions from Google Chrome Web Store directly in Opera. Note that it doesn’t support Chrome apps or themes as of yet.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

3. Opera Neon: Feast Your Eyes

Earlier this year, Opera launched an experimental new web browser Opera Neon Reveals the Future of Web Browsers Opera Neon Reveals the Future of Web Browsers Opera has launched a brand new web browser called Opera Neon. This is a concept web browser designed to offer a tantalizing glimpse at the future. Read More based on Blink. It’s a radical re-imagining of what web-browsers of the future should look like. The futurism is pretty evident from the fact that the first time you launch it, you are greeted with a background that blends in beautifully with your desktop wallpaper. The tabs are represented by vertically-stacked circles instead of the usual rectangular tab-bar.

Besides the cosmetic changes, it comes with some great usability features, too. It features split-screen mode and a built-in screen capture tool.

Opera Neon puts special emphasis on multimedia-related features. The currently playing media can be controlled from a unified place. The Video Pop-out feature lets you pop-out a video, letting you browse other websites while watching videos simultaneously.

Note that Opera deliberately hasn’t included support for extensions, as it says that Neon is a concept web browser for now.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

4. Yandex Browser: Solid Usability and Security Features

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Initially released in 2012, the Blink-based browser has amassed a lot of popularity owing to its security-related features. While it’s far from the most visually appealing web browser, it makes up when it comes to usability and security features.

The security system scans files and websites for viruses and blocks fraudulent websites. Yandex also comes with support for DNSCrypt technology, which encrypts DNS traffic between user’s computer and name servers. It automatically encrypts the traffic when you connect to an open WiFi network. The browser also uses Opera’s Turbo technology to load web pages faster.

The Yandex browser allows installation of extensions only from Chrome Web Store and Opera Add-ons, where they are tested for safety.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

5. Brave Browser: A Privacy-First Browser

Brave is a new open-source web-browser by the co-founders of the Mozilla project. The founders describe it as a “browser with the user’s interests at heart.” It accomplishes this by blocking website trackers and removing intrusive advertisements.

But wait, ads help publishers pay their bills Are Ad Blocking Browser Extensions Killing The Internet? Are Ad Blocking Browser Extensions Killing The Internet? One of the reasons for the Internet’s surge in popularity is the cost of most online content – or rather, the lack of cost. That’s not to say the content is free, however. Almost every... Read More and blocking them seems ethically wrong? True. Fortunately, Brave blocks ads but also comes with an alternative model: Brave Payments. It lets you load your virtual wallet with a few dollars and set up microtransactions. It keeps a track of websites where ads are blocked and then pays those websites every month using the money in your virtual wallet.

The only major downside is that it doesn’t support extensions. If ad-blocking and password management extensions are all you need, it has you covered. But if you rely on Chrome extensions to stay productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive We hear so much about productivity. How do we become more productive? What can help us be extra productive? Which tools make us the most productive? Read More , you’ll have to give this one a pass.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.

Browsers That Put Privacy and Security First

Here are a few Chromium-based browsers that lay special emphasis on protecting the privacy of the users and helping them stay secure while browsing the internet Make Your Browsing Safer with These 7 Simple Tips Make Your Browsing Safer with These 7 Simple Tips Safe browsing is more of an ongoing task than a set-it-and-forget-it affair. That's why we have come up with seven essential starter tips to help you browse more safely. Read More .

6. Epic Browser

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Epic is a privacy-centered web browser. It is always in a “Private browsing” mode, and proactively removes cookies, browser history, and cache upon exit. It also disables other data that is sent to Google, like address bar suggestions.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows and Mac.

7. SRWare Iron

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SRWare Iron is another privacy-focused browser that aims to eliminate privacy-compromising functionality from Google Chrome. To accomplish this, it takes a different approach: instead of adding new features, it actually strips down potentially privacy-related functionality from Chrome. It removes Google-hosted error pages, Google Updater, DNS pre-fetching, address bar suggestions, etc.

Surprisingly, the browser itself is surrounded with criticisms. Some have accused it of creating and then solving non-existent issues. While it’s tough to find out the truth, it might just be what you need if you’re overwhelmed with Google’s extensive tracking. How Much Does Google Really Know About You? How Much Does Google Really Know About You? Google is no champion of user privacy, but you might be surprised just how much they know. Read More

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

8. Comodo Dragon Browser

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Similar to SRWare Iron, the Comodo Dragon browser disables the privacy-compromising functionality in Chrome. It removes address bar suggestions, bug tracking system, and Google user tracking. The built-in PDF viewer, Google Safe Browsing, and Google Translate also get the boot. It lets users configure their computers to use Comodo’s DNS servers, which performs additional checks to verify the security of websites.

Platforms: Available as a free download for Windows.

9. Torch Browser

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Torch browser puts heavy emphasis on multimedia-related features. It has a built-in Media Grabber that lets you save audio and video files from the internet. Torch Player lets you play videos before they have finished downloading. It also features a built-in torrent client, making it easy to manage torrents straight inside the browser.

Platforms: Torch browser is available as a free download for Windows.

Choose Your Favorite Chromium-Based Browser

Whether you’re looking to enhance your privacy or you’re looking for a fresh new design, there’s a Chromium-based browser for you out there. The only major gripe with some of them is that they can take a while to update to the latest version of Chromium, which means that you could easily miss out on critical security fixes.

My pick among the nine on the list? Opera’s offerings and Vivaldi manage to stay neck-and-neck with Chromium updates, making them a browser of my choice.

It’s your turn now. Tell us about your favorite Chromium-based browser and why? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  1. Ashton
    December 30, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Old opera is dead.
    Vivaldi is the new opera.

    Mozilla and Google showed some 1984 moves and political abuse, that made me distrust them as a company, so those two along with any ms browsers and Chinese products are on my blacklist.

    And I don't care if edge or whatever they call it is good. After ie ms browsers will never be touched.

    • simon
      December 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

      I switched to Vivaldi full time a couple months before Firefox Quantum came out because Firefox was getting to be so unbearably slow. Now that Quantum is out, I've played with it and customized it a bit, but I still don't have any great urge to go back to it full time. Think I may just stick with Vivaldi.

      • Ashton
        December 30, 2017 at 9:36 am

        Same :)

        I've been tired of ff being broken and slow all the time, then less and less addons kept getting support.

        Now I've got all I needed from opera, chrome and ff in one place.

  2. Hakim Badshah
    December 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    try centbrowser.com...love the way its continuously developed.

  3. Fik of borg
    December 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Are we trusting both chinese Opera and russian Yandex? Maybe for watching cats in youtube (without google log-in), but not email, and certainly not banking or buying.

    • Ashton
      December 30, 2017 at 12:51 am

      Yep, wouldn't trust Google either after recent socjus crusades, nor Mozilla which also has similar history.

      • Fik of borg
        December 30, 2017 at 1:12 am

        At least Google is american, and more or less open with their data collecting and what they use it for (mainly to be sold for targeted advertisement, which can be argued that ultimately benefit not only Google adn advertisers but also the user). Not so with russian or chinese browsers, AFAIK.
        I feel that Chrome and Firefox (and a few others) are the right amount of tinfoil between trusting a russian browser and a not setting for less than a browser written by oneself.

        • Isabelle
          May 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm

          targeted advertisement = tailored mindf***

          Nothing to be proud of.
          Its not a feature, its a catastrophe.

        • LarryLaffer
          May 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

          "At least Google is american..."? Did you miss the summer of 2013? Snowden. Do you believe that PRISM doesn't exist? What about National Security Letters? Don't you realize how weak the privacy protection laws are in the USA compared to some other countries on the other side of the Atlantic? Haven't you been following the IT news regarding how intrusive Chrome is/can be? It's tougher to find working alternatives for all of our compromised hardware than for data-grabbing software. Seriously, reconsider.

  4. Zardoz
    December 29, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Yep another +1 for Vivaldi. There's even an older version of it that runs lightly and happily on XP/Vista boxes - very handy for people trying to keep an old PC running. I just got so sick of Chrome and Firefox and the loud resource-sucking sound they made every time they ran. :-(
    And "Firefox Chromium" - the "new" browser that allegedly uses less memory but in practice is fatter and slower than bog-standard Firefox. That was the last straw for Mozilla!

  5. Marja
    December 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Opera? Never. Opera is Chinese nowadays.

    • Marte
      December 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      So are most probably most of the things you use nowadays, so what?

      • lczlcz
        December 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

        Different animals. If you are using a hammer made in China, worst thing that can happen is it breaks easily. But if you are using a software developed in China or by Chinese, you can't guarantee whether there is a backdoor in the software that connects back to its server in China. There is a rumor that Huawei cell phone has a backdoor in its firmware that collects info and sends back to Huawei server.
        So stay away from Chinese software if you can.

        • Marte
          December 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm

          What is the worst thing they can do with that info that Google can't or won't when you use their stuff? Which by the I am on a daily basis.

        • Ashton
          December 30, 2017 at 12:55 am

          I dunno, but do you trust your bank, money, personal data to people who seem to have conning in their dna, have absolutely no respect for human life or care about the quality of their products?

          I have nothing against Chinese. .. aside from the fact I have 0 trust towards them.

        • Marte
          December 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

          @Ashton
          Well, if being cunning is something genetically related so that must touch all of Homo Sapiens as an animal species. Without personal prejudice towards one or other members of the human race, when 90% of data communication passes through a few companies based mainly in the USA, the question of who can/will collect your personal info is not that hard to answer.

  6. Michael Tobias
    December 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Love Vivaldi, have been using it on Xubuntu 16.04 for months now. Tried Brave, it was...lacking.