QupZilla is a Lightning Fast Cross-Platform Browser

Qupzilla web browser review

Looking for a web browser that isn’t mainstream? QupZilla is a free and portable alternative, but it may not ready to fully replace Chrome, Firefox, or IE.

While Google Chrome may be popular and known for its speed, it certainly isn’t the only fast surfboard on the internet. Qupzilla is a Open Source browser for desktop computers that’s available in both an installable and portable version. It runs on the same layout engine (WebKit) as Chrome, and has some noticeable similarities. However, it also has plenty of differences such as pre-installed AdBlock, Download Manager, and other gimmicks.

One of the key selling points (even though it’s free) of QupZilla is that it’s available across multiple platforms. While that doesn’t include Mac OS X, it does include Windows and nearly every flavor of Linux.

open source across multiple platforms

The QupZilla interface is what you’d expect for a web browser, with the basic address field, search, and navigation buttons. I like that the address bar functions as an omnibar and can perform searches like Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 and up. But, just in case, there is a superfluous dedicated search bar to the side of it.

qupzilla screenshot

The appearance can be adjusted using themes and interface settings. The first thing I did when testing it out was turn off the dedicated web search bar.

show web search bar

Like Opera, QupZilla offers a speed-dial feature as the default landing page for newly opened tabs.

speed dial qupzilla

It’s worth noting that QupZilla features Private Browsing and the ability to set a custom search engine. Among other things it handles

private browsing


Overall I find myself really liking Qupzilla. It’s fast, minimalistic, and it handles system resources rather well. However, I’ve found that it will sometimes crash for no reason. This is especially true on the portable version. Also, the built-in AdBlock is highly unintuitive and all exceptions must be added manually using AdBlock code.

I like the way QupZilla handles history and bookmarks, but its built-in RSS feeder is severely lacking both features and functionality. I can’t see much of a use for the RSS as it only shows titles, doesn’t show the date, and doesn’t combine feeds from multiple websites into the same page. It’s an RSS nightmare.

adblockrss nightmare


QupZilla is an interesting contender in the web browser arena. It’s fast, feature-rich, and awesomely portable. If you’re looking for an alternative to the big three (Firefox, Chrome, and IE) it may be worth a try. But, at this point I don’t think that it is quite ready to serve as a daily driving web browser on most people’s systems.

If you’d like to try QupZilla yourself you can check it on the developer’s official website:



  1. ZoNi

    “I like that the address bar functions as an omnibar and can perform searches like Chrome and Internet Explorer 9 and up.” — Firefox can do the same ;) And QupZilla’s GUI is copy of older FF’s GUI, which is great. I wish there is option in Chrome to add Search bar…

    Anyway, I have tried QZ few times: I can say it is really nice, but I don’t think it is good enough to be competitor to FF, Chrome and Opera (or many others, such as Maxthon, CoolNovo, Comodo Dragon etc).

    • mesa

      agreed. QZ still needs alot of work. it feels half finished to me.

      it was cool to check ir out though

      • Austin Krause

        Thanks for the feedback! As mentioned above, I wouldn’t recommend using this browser as your daily driver, but if you’re in a pinch or need something portable is can fill that niche.

  2. Steve Krause

    So whats the angle? Are there ads? Is there a toolbar? How do they plan to monetize a new browser when you’re going up against the big 3?

  3. Willy

    Looks great, simple, fast, no gimmics!

    Don’t like the pre-installed add-blocker, can’t remove it

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