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Wexond

Wexond

An extensible web browser with beautiful UI and some innovative features.

Wexond Browser Base

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Wexond Base is a modern web browser, built on top of modern web technologies such as Electron and React, that can also be used as a framework to create a custom web browser (see the License section).

Table of Contents:

Motivation

Compiling and editing Chromium directly may be challenging and time consuming, so we decided to build Wexond with modern web technologies. Hence, the development effort and time is greatly reduced. Either way Firefox is based on Web Components and Chrome implements new dialogs in WebUI (which essentially is hosted in WebContents).

Features

  • Wexond Shield - Browse the web without any ads and don't let websites to track you. Thanks to the Wexond Shield powered by Cliqz, websites can load even 8 times faster!
  • Chromium without Google services and low resources usage - Since Wexond uses Electron under the hood which is based on only several and the most important Chromium components, it's not bloated with redundant Google tracking services and others.
  • Fast and fluent UI - The animations are really smooth and their timings are perfectly balanced.
  • Highly customizable new tab page - Customize almost an every aspect of the new tab page!
  • Customizable browser UI - Choose whether Wexond should have compact or normal UI.
  • Tab groups - Easily group tabs, so it's hard to get lost.
  • Scrollable tabs
  • Partial support for Chrome extensions - Install some extensions directly from Chrome Web Store* (see #110) (WIP)

Other basic features

  • Downloads popup with currently downloaded items (download manager WebUI page is WIP)
  • History manager
  • Bookmarks bar & manager
  • Settings
  • Find in page
  • Dark and light theme
  • Omnibox with autocomplete algorithm similar to Chromium
  • State of the art tab system

Screenshots

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UI normal variant: image

UI compact variant: image image

Downloads

Roadmap

Contributing

If you have found any bugs or just want to see some new features in Wexond, feel free to open an issue. Every suggestion is very valuable for us, as they help us improve the browsing experience. Also, please don't hesitate to open a pull request. This is really important to us and for the further development of this project.

By opening a pull request, you agree to the conditions of the Contributor License Agreement.

Development

Running

Before running Wexond, please ensure you have latest Node.js and Yarn installed on your machine.

Windows

Make sure you have build tools installed. You can install them by running this command as administrator:

$ npm i -g windows-build-tools
$ yarn # Install needed depedencies.
$ yarn rebuild # Rebuild native modules using Electron headers.
$ yarn dev # Run Wexond in development mode

More commands

$ yarn compile-win32 # Package Wexond for Windows
$ yarn compile-linux # Package Wexond for Linux
$ yarn compile-darwin # Package Wexond for macOS
$ yarn lint # Runs linter
$ yarn lint-fix # Runs linter and automatically applies fixes

More commands can be found in package.json.

Documentation

Guides and the API reference are located in docs directory.

License

This project is licensed under GPL-3 and an additional license under PATENTS file.

To acquire a license for commercial or proprietary purposes, please contact me on sentialx@gmail.com

FOSSA Status

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab