Epiphany – web browser for the GNOME desktop

Last Updated on July 10, 2021

Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME web browser. It aims to utilize the simplest interface possible for a browser. Keep in mind that simple does not necessarily mean less powerful.

It is one of a family of web browsers that use the Gecko layout engine from the Mozilla project to display web pages. It provides a GNOME integrated front-end to Gecko, instead of the Mozilla XUL interface.

Epiphany also address simplicity with modularity to make a light and powerful application. If something can be implemented using external applications or components, functionality is not duplicated. Integration is achieved with CORBA, Bonobo, and the ever popular command line.

Epiphany targets non-technical users by design. This is the vast majority of the user population.

Features include:

  • Tabbed browsing.
  • Smart bookmarks organised by topic:
    • Bookmarks can be associated with multiple topics.
    • Import bookmarks from Firefox or Galeon.
  • History.
  • Cookie management.
  • Security – block popup windows, refuse cookies, store passwords securely.
  • Customizable user interface.
  • Full screen mode.
  • Extensions:
    • Actions – Execute arbitrary commands from the context menu.
    • Bookmarks Tray – Embed the bookmarks menu in the panel.
    • Certificate Viewer – View the server’s certificate on secure connection.
    • Dashboard – Connect Epiphany to Dashboard.
    • Error Viewer and Validator – View errors in the page, and validate your pages off-line.
    • Mouse Gestures – Perform actions with mouse gestures.
    • Tab Groups – Group new tabs together like in older Epiphany versions.
    • Tabs Move-To Menu – Move tabs to other windows without drag-and-drop.
    • Tab States – Indicates new content in background tabs.
    • Page Info – Learn all there is to know about the current web page.
    • Python Console – Opens an interactive Python console.
    • Sample – An extension template to ease writing your own extension.
    • Select Stylesheet – Select an alternate stylesheet on web pages that support it.
    • Sidebar – Adds a sidebar to Epiphany.
    • Smart-Bookmarks – Look up the selected text using a smart bookmark.
  • Plugins.
  • Available in more than 60 languages.

Website: wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Web
Support: Blog
Developer: Marco Pesenti Gritti, Xan Lopez, Christian Persch, Adam Hooper, Jean-François Rameau, Crispin Flowerday
License: GNU GPL v2

Epiphany is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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