Lighter alternatives to FireFox / Chrome

theavidcoder profile image Divya Kelaskar ・1 min read

My 4gb laptop almost lags while running FireFox And hangs while running Chrome.

So, I would like to know some options to the popular browsers for development.


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But you need JavaScript engines that Chrome (V8) and Firefox (Gecko) uses anyway, right?

You might have to consider a new laptop, if you want to be a Frontend developer.

I think Firefox is generally more lightweight than Chrome; and Edge rates even better.


Yep, that's true ! Firefox is way much lighter !


Safari (Apple) and Firefox are the only relevant browsers left, which are not based on Chromium. Chromium is the open source foundation of Google Chrome and browsers like Brave, Opera, even Microsoft's Edge are based on it as well.

I would say, when Chrome and Firefox are to fat and you're not a Mac user, there is not really an alternative 😉.


I would say that Opera is more lightweight than Chrome but still has webkit. However if you're on Windows good luck with anything as my Ryzen 1700 with 48G tends to get issues after each update they make. However in my case it's usually 1-2 seconds freeze and almost never web browser but other apps and for example search stops working...


Try Brave browser, very lightweight and disables trackers by default


I have heard the name, would try it out !


I'll also like to know if there's is a lighter alternative


try Opera for developer , if your OS is windows


Palemoon is a popular alternative to firefox. I haven't use it in a long time, but I remember it was good.


So, I just tested Palemoon on an old mini-laptop with these specs:

OS: Manjaro Linux x86_64
Kernel: 4.19.126-1-MANJARO
Window Manager: JWM
CPU: Intel Atom N450 (2) @ 1.667GHz
GPU: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx
Memory: 1982MiB

I'm impressed with the performance of this thing (the browser). In this crappy laptop it loaded fast and while watching a youtube video it kept the CPU usage on 55% average and RAM usage was at 695MB max. Understand that chrome, opera and firefox render this laptop useless if I open youtube and actually watch a video.


You can try vimb it is a browser with vi bindings.


I used to use chrome in 2GB RAM last year; I dont think RAM is the issue