Qutebrowser Keyboard Driven Web Browser

QuteBrowser is a free and open source keyboard based vim like web browser for Linux, MacOS and Windows. It comes with very minimal GUI and uses pdf. js to display PDF files. It is released under GPL license and based on Python and PyQt5. It comes with privacy focus DuckDuckGo search engine by default and you can access .onion sites via tor. This browser is inspired by dwb and Vimperator. Qutebrowser uses QtWebEngine by default and install qtwebkit-plugins also. You can disable java script and use adblock.

Qutebrowser web browser


Install Qutebrowser on Ubuntu

Qutebrowser is available as flatpak and in Ubuntu official repositories. You can install it via terminal application. Open the terminal (ctrl+alt+t) app and run below commands one by one. It will work on Ubuntu Ubuntu 20.04 LTS/Linux Mint 20 and later.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install qutebrowser

You can open it via below command.


Press the o key in your keyboard and type a url, then press Enter. It will open the new web page. You can move around the webpage using the arrow keys. Below are some basic key usage details.

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J – next tab
K – previous tab
Alt-num – num is the position of the tab to switch
d – close the current tab
u – undo closing a tab
H and L – go back and forth in the history
:   – show the command-line
/   – search in page

For the complete details check here “Key binding cheat sheet

Install Qutebrowser via Flatpak:

Install flatpak and run below Qutebrowser flatpak installation command in your terminal application.

flatpak install flathub org.qutebrowser.qutebrowser

Run Qutebrowser via this command.

flatpak run org.qutebrowser.qutebrowser

That’s all.

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