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Browser Options for Your Raspberry Pi

By Sean McManus, Mike Cook

When it comes to browsing the web on your Raspberry Pi, you have three browsers to choose from. Midori is the recommended browser for most websites, although it’s good to be aware of the others because they can be faster. Open the Programs menu, and you’ll see the browsers in the Internet category:

  • Dillo: This browser is fast, but web pages look different than intended on it because it can’t handle sophisticated layout instructions or JavaScript, the language used for creating interactive web pages. You can switch off images in the Tools menu, which can greatly speed up downloads of complex pages. If you’re accessing mainly text information or have a particularly slow web connection, this browser might be a good choice.

  • Netsurf: This is capable of handling more sophisticated layouts than Dillo, but it also lacks support for JavaScript. Many websites look as they do on a PC or Mac browser, but any sites that require JavaScript won’t work (including Facebook). Netsurf offers a friendlier experience than Dillo for most websites.

  • Midori: This browser does support JavaScript, so it should be able to re-create the richer experience you have with websites using other devices. Sites like Facebook and Google Maps work, but might be noticeably slower than you’re used to.

The Raspberry Pi does not support Flash. Flash is used for online games and videos (including YouTube), so often these won’t work on your Raspberry Pi. On the upside, Flash is also used for annoying blinking adverts, so surfing the web with the Raspberry Pi might be more serene than you are used to!