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The logo of qutebrowser.
qutebrowser running in the command mode.
Original author(s)Florian Bruhin ("the Compiler")
Initial releaseDecember 14, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-12-14)[4]
Stable release
2.5.0[5] Edit this on Wikidata / 1 April 2022; 5 months ago (1 April 2022)
Written inPython, JavaScript
EngineWebKit or QtWebEngine
Operating systemLinux, Windows, macOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD[6]
Available in1[7] languages
List of languages
TypeWeb browser
Websitewww.qutebrowser.org Edit this on Wikidata

qutebrowser (pronounced "cute browser" /kjtbrzər/[citation needed]) is a web browser for Linux, Windows, and macOS operating systems with Vim-style key bindings and a minimal GUI.[8] It is keyboard-driven and is inspired by similar software such as Vimperator and dwb.[9] It uses DuckDuckGo as the default search engine. qutebrowser is included in the native repositories of Linux distributions such as Fedora and Arch Linux.[10] qutebrowser is developed by Florian Bruhin, for which he received a CH Open Source award in 2016.[1]


As in Vim and vi, the browser has a command mode and an insert mode. In command mode key bindings can be used to perform functions, for example: 'G' to go to the bottom of a page, and 'gg' to the top. Specific commands can also be bound to keys or key-sequences by the user. A cheat sheet of all key bindings can be found here and they can be trained here.

qutebrowser is both written in and configured in Python. Through the configuration file custom functionality can be added, including custom key bindings, per-site settings, and arbitrary Python code that can interact with your browser or your system.[11]


In July 2018, it was found that all versions of qutebrowser prior to 1.4.1 have a cross-site request forgery vulnerability that allowed websites to change qutebrowser settings and, via settings like editor.command, possibly execute arbitrary code.[12] This was fixed in version 1.4.1; backported patches are available for prior versions.[13]

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  1. ^ a b "»CH Open Source Awards 2016« vergeben". Pro-Linux. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ 長岡弥太郎 (16 October 2017). "PythonやPyQtをベースのテキストドリブンBrowser「Qutebrowser」がv1.0に" (in Japanese).
  3. ^ "qutebrowser – Authors". qutebrowser. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  4. ^ "Release qutebrowser v0.1 · qutebrowser/qutebrowser". Retrieved 27 November 2017 – via GitHub.
  5. ^ https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/releases/tag/v2.5.0; publication date: 1 April 2022; retrieved: 15 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Installing qutebrowser | qutebrowser". qutebrowser.org. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  7. ^ a b "Internationalization #31". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ "Qutebrowser: браузер для поклонников vim". PCWeek Russia (in Russian). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "FAQ". qutebrowser.org.
  10. ^ "qutebrowser – ArchWiki". archlinux.org. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Configuring Qutebrowser". qutebrowser. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  12. ^ "CVE-2018-10895". Mitre Corporation. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  13. ^ Bruhin, Florian (11 July 2018). "CVE-2018-10895: Remote code execution due to CSRF in qutebrowser". qutebrowser-announce (Mailing list). Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Qt WebEngine Overview". Qt Project. Retrieved 2020-12-05.

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