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NetSurf is a free, open source, lightweight web browser which sports its own layout and rendering engine written entirely from scratch. Its aim is to provide omprehensive rendering of HTML 5 with CSS 2 in a small resource footprint while remaining fast. It is written in C.

NetSurf is designed to be lightweight and portable, supporting both mainstream systems (e.g. Mac OS X and Unix-like) and older or uncommon platforms.

Please be aware that Netsurf has no support for JavaScript.

 NetSurf 3.2

Free to download



The NetSurf Developers


System Requirements
libcairo2 1.2.4 or higher
libcurl3 7.16.2-1 or higher
libgdk-pixbuf 2.22.0 or higher
libglade2 1:2.6.1 or higher
liblib 2.14.0 or higher
libgtk 2.24.0 or higher
libpango 1.14.0 or higher
libpng 1.2.13-4 or higher
librsvg 2.14.4 or higher
libssl 1.0.0 or higfher
libxml 2.7.4 or higher

Documentation, User Guide

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Features include:

  • Implements most of the HTML 4 and CSS 2.1 specifications using its own bespoke layout engine
  • Uses Hubbub, an HTML parser that follows the work-in-progress HTML5 specification
  • Renders GIF, JPEG, PNG and BMP images, as well as formats native to RISC OS, including Sprite, Draw and ArtWorks files
  • HTTPS for secure online transactions
  • Unicode text
  • Web page thumbnailing
  • Local history trees
  • URL completion
  • Scale view
  • Bookmarks
  • Full screen mode
  • Hotlist provides a convenient way of storing these addresses (URLs)
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • No particular operating system or GUI toolkit requirements

NetSurf in action

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