Midori, a lightweight browser that has matured

Midori browser

Although it seems that the world of browsers in Ubuntu is dominated by Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the truth is that there are as many alternatives as in Windows or even more. Many are just as heavy as Mozilla Firefox but there are many other very light ones that work quite well. This is the case of Midori, a very light browser that uses the webkit engine and that after several years of development we can say that it has already matured.

Midori is a fully compatible browser the Html5 and CSS3 standard which also supports many other plugins like Java or Flash. Plus Midori integrates seamlessly with the desktop theme so we won’t have any display issues.

In addition, Midori has new improvements that it has been adding throughout its development, such as the possibility of adding third-party accessories that make navigation easier. In this case thanks to Bazaar we can install add-ons like Ad-Block which will make us safer sailing. But Midori also has other add-ons added by default for the benefit of its users, such as a feed reader that will make many forget about Feedly.

Privacy and spell checker are two more elements that add to Midori’s new features, something many of us use all too often. As you can see Midori has grown a lot and best of all is that it continues to maintain its simplicity.

Installing Midori on Ubuntu

Midori is located in the official Ubuntu repositories. So we wouldn’t really need unofficial or alternative repositories to install it, but the version used is a bit old so if we want to use the latest version, we will have to use an external repository. To do this we opened the terminal and wrote the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:midori/ppa 
sudo apt-get update -qq
sudo apt-get install midori

This not only adds the new repository but also installs the latest version of Midori. Installing and uninstalling Midori does not affect any other browser for what Midori is fully compatible with other browsers in the system.


This browser is truly lightweight and for many computers is a must. In addition Midori is for many distributions, although the previous installation is valid so much for Ubuntu as for any of the official flavors of Ubuntu. The use is simple and the installation process also well worth a try.


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