In short: Min is an open source web browser with a clean user interface and a minimalist look. Although minimal, Min contains enough features for a standard web browsing experience.
Remember the last time we talked about non-Google web browsers? Well, here’s one more to the list.
Its goal is to provide a minimal web browser with a clean user interface and standard functionality. And it does the job pretty well.
The interface is clean and simple. It has the essential features like ad blocking, script blocking, web search in address bar, etc.
You can also group tabs in tasks. You can open the task view and drag and drop to rearrange the tabs.
Since it uses Electron and Electron uses Chromium, it shouldn’t collect your data unless Chromium does it itself.
Despite being based on Electron, Min is surprisingly not resource intensive. It uses little RAM and is quite fast.
Min Browser Features
Some of the main features of Min Browser are:
- Minimalist user interface
- Fuzzy search in address bar to quickly get suggestions from search engines and from web browsing history.
- DuckDuckGo is the default search engine, but it can be changed to use other search engines
- Integrated ad and script blocking.
- Tabs can be grouped into “tasks,” which are essentially collections of tabs. You can switch between tasks to have a group of tabs visible and in use.
- Reading mode allows you to display a web page as a book page for easier reading. Every time you open a web page in Reading view, it is saved in a Reading List for 30 days.
- Focus mode allows you to focus on the current tab by hiding all other tabs.
- Browser actions quickly do several things, even if you can’t remember the keyboard shortcut. For example, using! Se in the address bar will suggest browser action! Settings to open the settings menu.
- Dark mode
- Ease of use of system resources
- Lots of keyboard shortcuts
- PDF viewer
- Cross-platform, available for Linux, Windows and macOS
If you decide to install it, I highly recommend taking the feature tour. It will show you how to use the browser, as it can be a bit overwhelming at first. You can always find the “take a walk”Option under Menu-> Help.
Installing Min browser on Linux
While you should consider using traditional Linux web browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Chromium to ensure the best experience, Min browser is worth trying as a secondary browser to start with.
Keep in mind that Firefox and other Chromium-based options regularly send out updates to resolve security issues. So you will have to keep this tradeoff in mind when using Min browser as your primary browser.
Nevertheless, you can find the ready-to-use binaries for Debian / Ubuntu, Windows and macOS as well as its source code on its official website and its GitHub page.
Are you using other unique web browsers instead of classic options? Which one is it? And you tried Min? What do you think about it?