Web browsers are application software that is used to access web documents and resources either offline or online with an internet connection.
Some popular browsers are:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
Firefox is a free and open-source created by Mozilla. It's available for both macOS and PC's and can be downloaded from their download page.
Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google. It's as available for Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. You can download it on Chrome website.
Internet Explorer or IE for short is the browser bundled with the Windows Operating system and it's developed by Microsoft.
Safari is a web browser developed by Apple and it makes use of the WebKit rendering engine.
Opera browser is created by Opera Software and is available for Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, macOS and Linux operating systems. You can get it at their download page.
Some browsers not mentioned are Opera Mini, UCBrowser, Vivaldi Browser, Iridium and Brave Browser. For sort of comprehensive list, check out Wikipedia list of browsers.
Up Next, How do browsers work?
Browsers fetch the resource we want by telling them where to find it, but what really happens under the hood the moment you type the IP Address or domain name into the address bar and press the enter key?. We are in luck, Tali Garsiel did some research and it's available online.
You can access the research on html5rocks.
The article is quite long, and if you find it daunting at first, I will suggest reading it after the series.
Edited September 19, 2020: Grammar fix.