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What is your Favorite Browser?

devmount profile image Andreas ・1 min read

I assume most of the web developers out there have many browsers installed for cross browser testing.

What is your favorite browser for personal use on desktop and mobile? I'm also curious if/how your opinion changed over time and what features you prefer.

Plus: The one who can first comment the correct names of all browsers of the cover image in the correct order (left to right, top to bottom) gets a little christmas surprise from me... 🎁🎄

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Allen Francis

Firefox is my favorite web browser. It's fast and performant now. And more than that it cares for my privacy.

The web browsers in the cover page are:

1.SeaMonkey 2.Palemoon 3.UC Browser 4.Safari 5.Chromium
6.Cốc Cốc Browser 7.Google Chrome 8.Firefox Quantum 9.Opera 10.Microsoft Edge 11.Mcent 12.Maxthon 13.Yandex 14.Internet Explorer 15.Vivaldi

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Andreas Author

Awesome Allen, you got all browsers right as first! 🔜PM!

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E.

At home I use Brave Browser, which is Brendan Eich latest endeavor which is based on chromium so still feels like home, while at work I usually navigates between firefox Developer edition and the chrome standard edition

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Kieran

I'm using Chrome because I guess I'm just too used to using it that it would feel weird not using it now.
I've thought about moving to something else but I honestly can't think of a better alternative tbh.

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Jimmy McBride

Try Brave out and you'll feel right at home.

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Kieran

What are the advantages to using Brave?

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Jimmy McBride

Brave has all the advantages and feel of Chrome with all of your favorite Chrome extensions (it's based on Chromium, the open source version of Chrome). It comes pre-installed with the best privacy first experience with any browser I've yet to use. It is built to be more preformant than vanilla Chrome as well.

They even have a brave rewards system where the only real ads you'll typically see are from them and viewing and interacting with these ads will let you earn points that you can do things with, like give them to your favorite content creators on the web to support them.

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Jean-Michel Fayard 🇫🇷🇩🇪🇬🇧🇪🇸🇨🇴

Are you using Chrome on Android too?

I would suggest to start using Firefox there
play.google.com/store/apps/details...

For me that was a game changer compared to Chrome/Android

  • Ads and privacy issues are much worse on mobile
  • I can install an ad blocker on firefox mobile
  • I can install i-dont-care-about-cookies.eu/ on Firefox Android
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Diane

I tried many, including Firefox, Brave, Vivaldi, Chrome (and its derivatives), Edge, Qute, even Safari, but ultimately settled down on Firefox as daily driver.

Vivaldi's UX is just annoying; chrome sucks due to google, its heaviness, and its google-only forcing; edge is too limited; safari's out of the standards; qute was nice but ultimately dying for me due to chromium and its issues; and brave has an ethic and behaviour I don't want to support or interact with.

For now, I run with Firefox, with its awesome dev tools, decently low footprint, and serious customization.

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FieldMarshallVague

I'd be interested to know what it was about Brave that put you off. I'm using it as a replacement for Chrome and I'm reasonably happy, but don't use any of the rewards features. I'm not aware of the ethics/behaviours you mention, could you elaborate?

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Diane

Well, first of all, their "rewards" are constantly pushed in your face and you must disable a shitton of things to completely kick them out.

I don't want ads on my browsing experience at all.

The fact that they try to replace ads that pass through other ad systems by their own ad system is just a bullshit move imho, especially as they try to pass as an "ad-free" browser. That's part of what I call unethical.

Second, passing through the Chrome extension store is a real turnoff for me. I don't want to interact with Google, in any way. That's kind of why I don't use google. Why should I rely on google for providing me extensions?

Third, I've always found the chrome dev tools to be a real UX nightmare, especially around the network space. Finding them in the brave browser isn't something I want.

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FieldMarshallVague

Thank you. I had somewhat similar misgivings about the ads and did wonder about the 'approved ads', which I've totally blocked.

I'm not so fussed about the extensions, they're 3rd party, so I'll be dealing with 3rd parties wherever I go. If, however, Google are injecting their own code into those extensions, then I'd be worried, but AFAIK that's not happening.

Guess my current use case is 'limit the exposure to google, but still make use of them'. I've tried using DDG, but it still really sucks compared to G and Bing in many areas (e.g. indexing SPAs).

Think I might have Stockholm syndrome as far as the dev tools are concerned :D

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Andreas Author

I was using Opera for many years. I switched to Vivaldi (because I really liked how I could customize it), but due to performance issues, I switched back to Opera which was running more smoothly on my system (I should try Vivald again now, I was really new when I tried it out).

Currently I'm testing the new chromium based Edge browser (beta) which felt surprisingly fast and isn't using so much system resources as Opera or Vivaldi. I found, that when my laptop is in battery mode, it lasts much longer when I use Edge instead of Opera, although both are built on chromium. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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Josh Smith

My favorite browser is Firefox. Mozilla has demonstrated their commitment to delivering a customer and privacy oriented product. It is fast, has lovely dev tools, and takes a fairly aggressive stance on blocking trackers.

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Prakash Natarajan

Firefox is the best.

I love containers addon within firefox. It helps me to maintain sessions between accounts as well as move my social media interactions to a separate sessions.

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Jimmy McBride

Brave is my favorite browser. It's fast, performs super fast, clean and professional. It comes out of the box with probably the best privacy first add blocking package. The brave rewards system is brilliant, to see adds you choose to see and getting rewarded for it (instead of feeling harassed by adds) and using those point to give you your favorite content creators on the web. All the chrome extensions. Was a huge fan (and still love very much) FireFox, but Brave has stolen my heart.

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JB Wood

I use Firefox developer edition for work and just switched to Firefox from Brave.

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g-programs

I try to dabble in a few browsers but my go-to is definitely Chrome. I'm really getting a chance to dive into the capabilities of the inspector when maintaining sites on the job.

TL;DR - 1. Chrome, 2. Brave if I didn't need to monitor several sites for performance


When QA testing, there is the need to dive into other browsers (Safari, Firefox, Edge, unfortunately IE -- yuck) so I find that they all have some similar features but their dev tools do differ slightly (element selection, folding, minimizing by selector etc.).

I went to Brave for a brief time but I ran into an issue where I wasn't getting a true look at a website when troubleshooting it's performance due to the privacy settings of the browser. Don't get me wrong, it really comes in handy, because you can view a website without tracking kicking in or even a malicious script kicking in aaaaand you can also toggle the blocking.

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Paweł Kowalski

Desktop: Firefox
Mobile: Firefox (integration with desktop Firefox is very nice) / Brave (adblocking)

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Filip Š

You can use uBlock Origin on Firefox for Android.

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Paweł Kowalski

Thats right. I guess i dont need brave anymore. :)

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Anish

I was a Chrome user for a long time. RAM issues & privacy concerns made me look for a new browser. The new Opera GX looked promising, since it was also based on chromium and i loved their CPU & RAM limiters. It's still in Early Access, so there's lot of performance issues and crashes. I've become more concerned about online privacy & security recently, so i switched to Firefox. Loving it. Esp. with Firefox's Multi-Account Container.

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Denny Trebbin

Firefox + uBlock Origin - because privacy is important to me. I consider ads to be a privacy threat because Facebook and Google sell ads in
in real time auctions. When advertising campaigns know less or nothing
about me, real-time auctions wouldn't work at all.

Brave + React DevTools - because for some development tasks I need a Blink/V8 environment.

On iOS I use Safari and Mozilla Focus - again, because I care about privacy.

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Nick Shattuck

Firefox, hands down. I am strongly considering not using Chrome at all, because it's very heavy on my computer, and I hate Google sniffing around everything I do.
I'm experimentinf witb Opera, but lately it's been very sluggish. I think I will play around with some of the others on this list. Some of them I've never heard of. Insightful!

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Dominic Duffin

My favourite desktop and mobile browser is Vivaldi. Prior to Vivaldi it was the old Presto Opera. For specific things I'm also a fan of Brave, Firefox and Beaker.

I can't identify all the browsers at the top but since I like a challenge I'm going to list all the ones I can identify or guess at!

1st Row: Seamonkey, Pale Moon, [pass], Safari, Chrome Canary
2nd Row: [pass], Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
3rd Row: [pass], Maxthon, Yandex Browser, Internet Explorer, Vivaldi

I'm curious now about the ones I can't identify!

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Noah Ginsburg

Nothing's beat chromium for me. I tried brave (might need to look at it again, it's been awhile), tried Firefox when they switched to quantum. But chromium just wins for me as far as performance goes. Plus the "chromium apps" are great for people that want to use window managers like i3. I can pin a chromium app to a keyboard shortcut.

I mean, there's a reason everyone is building off if it, hell even Microsoft said screw it and now builds edge on it.

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Ian Pride

Opera for many years with FF as a secondary. Now it's Brave by a long shot. I have a love/hate relationship with Brave though because it's Chrome based and I'm trying to get rid of anything associated with Google. At least it's Chromium though.

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Fulton Browne

I love Firefox its faster than chrome and it blocks trackers and ads (most ad blockers are banned in chrome). quick note there is an extension that blocks YouTube video ads :)

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Petar Petrov

Opera is my browser to go for many years. When I started using it, it had features that today are there by default on other browsers but at that time they weren't.

What I instantly miss today when I am not on Opera? the sidebar with the social accounts integration and other tools.

I always have chrome as a secondary browser. I use opera more at home and chrome at work.

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Vincent Cornelius

Personally, I feel that Yandex doesn't get enough love. The UI is clean, the interface is simple.. unfortunately the language can be an issue sometimes because it's a Russian browser- but as a native speaker it's definitely got my vote. And with Google chrome as a close second because, let's be honest, Google is the Disney of web surfing

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Dale Vivian Ross

I just switched completely to Brave this week, but today I noticed an error I'm experiencing doesn't happen in Chrome, so I guess I'll have to see how it goes over time. I'd been using Chrome for years after ditching Firefox.

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Lucas Olivera

Opera GX at home (Opera for gamers which let's you control how much RAM and Bandwith the browser is allowed to use plus a nice tab with a resume of oncoming games and news related), Brave Browser on my android phone and Firefox at work :P

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Tyler V. (he/him)

I used Chrome for a while, and this year I tried using Firefox for a few months, but ended up swapping to Edge (Chromium). Idk what it was about Firefox, but I something about it just felt off to me 🤷‍♂️

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Ghost

Firefox since Netscape; I've fooled arround with others but I always come back to Firefox; Qutebrowser was the one almost made me change but I can't live without uMatrix.

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Matt Waler

Brave once they can figure out how to keep my bookmarks in sync! Until then, firefox developer edition is getting the job done.

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Jukka-Pekka Keisala

Brave for casual browsing and Chrome for development and debugging.

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Vicente G. Reyes

I switch between Brave and Firefox 😄

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Andrew A. Barber

I use Firefox on both desktop and mobile.

Previously I was Chrome and Brave accross devices.

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Jakub Leško

I use Firefox on both desktop and mobile. But I use iOS, so technically it's Safari on my iPhone.

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Emanuel Quimper

For the past month I've used Firefox. The devtool is #1. Plus I feel is faster then Chrome and less harder on the memory usage.

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Ben Halpern

Chrome is my default on one machine and Firefox in another.

Chrome is still the one I know the best, but I'm more impressed by Firefox than ever.

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Ynoa Pedro

Firefox at work chrome at home. Reading the comments i think soon i'll be testing Brave

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Christopher Johnston

As I've gotten more into development I've found myself using Chrome Canary and Firefox Developer Edition as my regular browsers.

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Stephen Smith

I use Brave and Firefox at home and Chrome at work. I love the fact the Firefox cares about security.

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Glenn Carremans

I use Brave on macOS and Android. High performance chromium browser with all Chromen extensions support, privacy focused and build in ad blocker.

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Corey McCarty

The plug-ins for Firefox may be the thing to push me to migrate. Thanks for that info.

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Kaleb McKinney

Microsoft Edge. I've been using the Canary version for almost a year, and I think it's great.

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Hee Z

Firefox, because Google services isn't available in China.

Sad.

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kaykay

At work, it is chrome.. business team drives our default browser at work.

Samsung default browser in my mobile. Chrome browser is disabled in my mobile ;-)

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Vicki (she/her)

I use safari and I don’t have a good reason for it.

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rodndtube

Basilisk, which I was surprised not to see on the listing above. Love it for it user interface customization. I also find the Add-Ons and Add-Ons interface to be better and easier than Chrome.

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SwissGreg

SeaMonkey, Pale Moon, UC Browser, Safari, Chromium, Cốc-Cốc, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, mCent Browser , Maxthon, Yandex. Internet Explorer, Vivaldi

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SwissGreg

Almost first!

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Chad Alen

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Hahah not :D A mix of Chrome and Brave (for the free money)

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FJones

I went from Mozilla to Firefox, then on to Chrome when FF was making debugging increasingly difficult. Currently, I'm running Brave at home and Chrome at work preferably.

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acordiandude

For me it has to be Brave!