qutebrowser A keyboard-driven browser.


qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.



See the github releases page for available downloads and the INSTALL file for detailed instructions on how to get qutebrowser running on various platforms.


In addition to the topics mentioned in this README, the following documents are available:

Getting help

You can get help in the IRC channel #qutebrowser on Freenode (webchat), or by writing a message to the mailinglist at qutebrowser@lists.qutebrowser.org.

There’s also a announce-only mailinglist at qutebrowser-announce@lists.qutebrowser.org (the announcements also get sent to the general qutebrowser@ list).

If you’re a reddit user, there’s a /r/qutebrowser subreddit there.

Contributions / Bugs

You want to contribute to qutebrowser? Awesome! Please read the contribution guidelines for details and useful hints.

If you found a bug or have a feature request, you can report it in several ways:

For security bugs, please contact me directly at mail@qutebrowser.org, GPG ID 0xFD55A072.


The following software and libraries are required to run qutebrowser:

  • Python 3.4 or newer (3.6 recommended) - note that support for Python 3.4 will be dropped soon.

  • Qt 5.2.0 or newer (5.9 recommended - note that support for Qt < 5.7.1 will be dropped soon) with the following modules:

    • QtCore / qtbase

    • QtQuick (part of qtbase in some distributions)

    • QtSQL (part of qtbase in some distributions)

    • QtWebEngine, or

    • QtWebKit (old or reloaded/NG). Note that support for legacy QtWebKit (before 5.212) will be dropped soon.

  • PyQt 5.2.0 or newer (5.9 recommended) for Python 3. Note that support for PyQt < 5.7 will be dropped soon.

  • pkg_resources/setuptools

  • pyPEG2

  • jinja2

  • pygments

  • PyYAML

The following libraries are optional:

  • cssutils (for an improved :download --mhtml with QtWebKit)

  • On Windows, colorama for colored log output.

  • asciidoc to generate the documentation for the :help command, when using the git repository (rather than a release).

See INSTALL for directions on how to install qutebrowser and its dependencies.


Working on qutebrowser is a very rewarding hobby, but like (nearly) all hobbies it also costs some money. Namely I have to pay for the server and domain, and do occasional hardware upgrades
[It turned out a 160 GB SSD is rather small - the VMs and custom Qt builds I use for testing/developing qutebrowser need about 100 GB of space]

If you want to give me a beer or a pizza back, I’m trying to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. If some other way would be easier for you, please get in touch!


qutebrowser’s primary author is Florian Bruhin (The Compiler), but qutebrowser wouldn’t be what it is without the help of hundreds of contributors!

Additionally, the following people have contributed graphics:

  • Jad/yelo (new icon)

  • WOFall (original icon)

  • regines (key binding cheatsheet)

Also, thanks to everyone who contributed to one of qutebrowser’s crowdfunding campaigns!

Similar projects

Many projects with a similar goal as qutebrowser exist. Most of them were inspirations for qutebrowser in some way, thanks for that!




This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.


qutebrowser optionally uses pdf.js to display PDF files in the browser. Windows releases come with a bundled pdf.js.

pdf.js is distributed under the terms of the Apache License. You can find a copy of the license in qutebrowser/3rdparty/pdfjs/LICENSE (in the Windows release or after running scripts/dev/update_3rdparty.py), or online here.