5 Alternative New Browsers to Replace Chrome

Mihir Patkar 11-11-2017

Browsers are the windows to the world wide web. Google Chrome rules the roost today, but a few new challengers might fit your needs better.


For all its great features, Chrome hogs system memory and drains the battery. But that huge collection of extensions, and exclusive features like Translate and Google Cast, make it hard to give up on. So in case you’re feeling trapped in Chrome I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More , try out one of these.

1. Colibri (Windows, Mac): Distraction-Free Browser Without Tabs

The introduction of tabs changed internet browsing back in the day. Colibri wants to go back to those old days. It’s about a minimalistic approach to web browsing, which also makes it the lightest browser around.

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The tiny title bar takes care of everything, including the site you’re visiting. Click the search icon to launch Google search or a new site. The almost full-screen view is quite a departure from the cluttered bars of most browsers today.

Colibri also lets you save links, and create lists out of those links. It’s cool and a different take on traditional bookmarking. Whenever you want to browse the web without distractions How to Get a Distraction-Free Computer in 10 Easy Steps Your attention is consumed by distractions. Remove them to increase your focus and productivity. We show you the most common computer-related time suckers and how to disable or block them. Read More , Colibri is what you should use.


Download: The app is currently in beta, and you’ll need to email the developers to get access to the download link. It’s an automated signup though, so no waiting periods.

2. Firefox Focus (Android, iOS): Lightweight, Privacy-Protecting Mobile Browser

Mobile browsers have been cramming so many features in it, it sometimes feels like overkill. Firefox Focus is all about being as lightweight as possible, and protecting your privacy along the way.

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Like Colibri, there are no tabs in Focus, just one window. It’s also a browser primed for privacy 4 Free Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private Anonymous browsing of the web is one way to protect your online privacy. Here are the best anonymous web browsers to use. Read More , which means it won’t store your passwords or browsing history. Focus also blocks third-party trackers by default, keeping your searches and browsing private from companies like Google and Amazon.

Mozilla is one of the few truly independent browser makers today, so Firefox Focus feels a bit safer. I know I’d sleep a little easier knowing this is a Mozilla browser and they’ll quickly fix any major security loophole.

Of course, this might not be good enough to be your main browser. For that, you can continue to use Chrome or Safari, or try out Firefox and its cool features Firefox 42's Tab Queuing for Android is Awesome - Try it Out Now! Mozilla has released a new beta version of its popular Firefox web browser and it's got a fantastic feature for Android smartphones. Tab Queuing opens external links later in the background in Firefox. Read More .

Download: Firefox Focus for Android (Free), iOS (Free)

3. Cocoon (Windows, Mac): Built-In Security and Privacy Tools

Cocoon started off as a Firefox security addon Completely Secure: 11 Must-Have Firefox Addons For Security Think about the browser you're using to view this article right now. Is it safe? Is it secure? You'd be surprised by those answers. Read More that was a toolbox of security and privacy essentials. It has now graduated into its own browser, made to protect you from the internet’s harms.

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Create an account, and click the Power button in the browser to start Cocoon’s advanced security features. The browser encrypts all data flowing into and out of your computer, protecting you from data theft. This data goes through Cocoon’s servers for the encryption. There, the company also runs an antivirus to ensure you don’t download malware. And the browser also includes all the other bells and whistles of security today, like blocking Facebook from tracking you Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop It Many entities are tracking your internet activity, including social media sites like Facebook. Here's what you need to know. Read More .

Beyond this, Cocoon looks and behaves just like Firefox. In fact, you can even install other Firefox add-ons from the Marketplace.

Download: Cocoon for Windows or macOS (Free)

4. Addap’s (Windows, Mac, Linux): A Browser For Research

Instead of turning Chrome into a research hub Turn Chrome Into a Research Hub With These Extensions The Internet is a wonderful resource for students, but these Chrome extensions can make the process of finding, marking up, organizing, and citing information a million times easier. Read More , use Addap’s. It’s a new browser that seems designed for research purposes, making it easy to store all your web resources.

Addap’s asks you to create Boards. Each board is a canvas with an endless vertical scroll. On this canvas, you can open tiny browser windows. Windows can be resized and moved around. And of course, each window is like a browser in itself.

The end result is that you have one Board with all the research you want. This visual approach is like nothing we’ve seen before. It also might really help those who like mind-mapping tools The 6 Best Free Mind Map Tools (And How to Best Use Them) Mindmapping helps you brainstorm and connect concepts and ideas. Here are the best free mind map tools and software. Read More .

Download: Addap’s for Windows (Free), macOS (Free), Linux (Free) [No Longer Available]

5. Brave (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS): Ethical Ad-Blocking

Ads are a complicated problem. It’s how your favorite websites can stay free It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die A simple, free browser plugin killed Joystiq – and is ruining the Internet. Read More . But annoying, intrusive ads ruin the web experience. Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich believes he has found the answer with a new browser, Brave.

Brave disables trackers and even blocks bad ads. But it also lets you set up a micro-payment system. You basically load a virtual wallet with a few dollars. Brave will track which sites you’re going to and the ads it blocks on your behalf. And at the end of the month, it’ll divide that money to pay your favorite sites. It’s a nice system where you get to support sites while still getting rid of bad ads.

Apart from this, Brave is a full-featured browser in itself. It’s also open-source and completely free to use. Read our full review of Brave Brave Is a Faster, Safer, Non-Google Web Browser Made for Today’s Internet Brave is a new browser known to be faster and safer than Google Chrome. How? Let us show you its unique features and their impact. Read More to know more.

Download: Brave for Windows (Free), macOS (Free), Linux (Free)

Download: Brave Mobile for Android (Free), iOS (Free)

Which Browser Do You Use?

Apart from these five, there are other new browsers that show the future of web surfing These 5 New Browsers Show You the Future of Web Surfing What does the future of web browsing look like? Let's take a peek with some of the most advanced and innovative browsers you can start using from today. Read More . More and more, it seems that browsers like Chrome and Firefox aren’t meeting the requirements of where the internet is headed.

Which browser do you use today? What do you wish you had in your ideal browser?

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  1. mysoft
    February 25, 2018 at 3:10 am

    pretty much all of those "windows" browser does not work on windows...
    unless you use some shitty version like windows 7 or worse... instead of XP
    so this should be pointed here :)

    • Johnny BigC
      April 9, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Agreed, cant even download most of them. What the hell is this shite?

  2. Ashton
    November 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Vivaldi, switched after your art about it and been on it ever since <3

  3. John
    November 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Wire Browser on Android

  4. James Fineron
    November 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I use Vivaldi on My Windows 10 pro x64. It's quick, stable and feature-rich. Try it, you'll like it.

  5. ulriKs
    November 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Try Vivaldi

  6. TPB
    November 17, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Re: Colibri -- no tabs? What is this, the Dark Ages of the Internet? That's not reducing clutter but unproductive. What's next? We should replace all the LED and CFL lights in our homes with incandescent bulbs?

  7. Willem
    November 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    CYBERFOX is the best browser

  8. Joe
    November 17, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Just uninstalled Firefox Quantum and went back to Firefox-esr. They have permanently killed most of the extensions. The APIs they need are gone and probably not coming back. Now, it's super fast, but doesn't do anything I need.

    Firefox's claim to fame was its extensibility. It's notoriety came from how badly they consistently treated their add-on developers. This is the final slap in the face for the best of those who were still hanging on. See: . (and that extension had a million users!)

    Luckily, I do almost everything with Vivaldi and I love it. Yes, it's missing a few key features such as syncing, but those will come over time. They are very responsive to their user community.

    The only reason reason I still use Firefox at all is for the Flashgot and DownThemAll extensions which, as a pair, are completely unrivaled. That's why Firefox-esr got installed on my system.

    I've been using Firefox since well before it was even named Firefox, but they've actively driven me away. Even now, half of my extensions are only there to fix their own features that worked great until they broke them.

  9. Vance Balacek
    November 16, 2017 at 11:04 pm


  10. Tosim
    November 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Opera, Palemoon, Vivaldi but mostly just Vivaldi. They now also have web e-mail.

  11. Kelvin
    November 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Been using Yandex for a while. Love the way you can have Tabs at the bottom of browser. Plus it's very light...

  12. Gazoo
    November 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Opera, Palemoon, Vivaldi but mostly just Opera for now. Looking forward to FF's Quantum. Would love to get back to Firefox. I hope they fixed their caching issues too. I have never had a browser cache so hard as Firefox.

    It would literally kill your USB drive, Linux persistence file and slow your system to a crawl. I say this from multiple experiences. As a result, I lost faith in it and more importantly... felt my data was in danger. So I hope Quantum isn't just fast but behaves itself on the backend (like Opera, Palemoon and to a lesser extent... Vivaldi).

    • Larnelle
      November 15, 2017 at 4:38 am

      FF Quantum is up now! Speed is noticeable.

  13. dave
    November 12, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I pine for the dayz of Netscape Navigator. :-)

    • Gillian Holmes
      November 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Me too I always used to use it :)

  14. Me
    November 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I feel trapped in Chrome as well. I thought I could customize eventually but it never happened. IE had a great Favorites and Bookmark area on the left side that kept me organized. I tried Firefox and several others but none had that simple Heather. Some apps had some things similar not nothing that was as simple, easy, and quick for saving bookmarks as what IE had.

    Do any of these suggested browsers have the capability of that simple side bar to hold links etc? The digital clutter is horrible without it, for me.

    • Bob
      November 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Try Vivaldi!

  15. Matthew
    November 12, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I am currently using Opera it has a VPN adblocker and more it has many features highly recommend

  16. Shyamji shandilya
    November 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Currently using chrome and I love great design and interface in browsers and not should be complex.

  17. Alan
    November 11, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Using Brave since 6 months. Great app to browse daily contents.

  18. Dean
    November 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    No mention of the Vivaldi browser for customizability or advanced features?

    • James Kirk
      November 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Agreed. Vivaldi is way more feature complete than any of the browsers listed.

      • Al Pennyworth
        November 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        I am not sure the phrase "feature complete" describes Vivaldi. I was one of the early adopters of Vivaldi as I preferred to stay away from Chrome. The browser has come a long ways but the majority of features are in the area of UI customizations. It is similar to Chrome in performance (I have compared on no less than 5 machines). And it lacks basic features that users have requested for years: the ability to sync bookmarks, settinsgs, and extensions.

  19. ReadandShare
    November 11, 2017 at 6:26 am

    I love Chrome, but have been weary about Google. I finally made the switch to Firefox about a month ago. I'm now more than happy enough with Firefox, and have uninstalled Chrome, after using it almost since its inception. Bye, bye Google tracking (I hope).

  20. Alan
    November 11, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Just switched to Firefox Quantum, and the performance was amazing.

    • spyjoshx
      November 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I know, right? Firefox Quantum truly is a huge leap forward for Mozilla!

    • James Kirk
      November 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Quantum is out on the stable channel yet?

    • anyname
      November 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Quantum does seem to be fast but everything else about it seem to be a step backwards.