Browser Editions Overview

I knew that there were a lot of companies out there that make browsers, but a couple of these are news to me.

The browser editions overview lists companies that produce web browsers, the different versions of these browsers, supported operating systems, and download links for each. Most companies that work on web browsers, be it Mozilla with Firefox or Google with Chrome, offer multiple editions of said browser to the community. Most of the time, a stable version is offered and then one or multiple beta or development versions.

The main idea behind the current practice is to have new versions out sooner to make them available to a larger group of testers before a version lands on the stable channel of the browser.

This overview looks at popular browsers, the browser editions that are provided by companies, and information on how to download and update those versions.

Browser editions

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The following table lists popular web browsers, available editions, and supported desktop and mobile operating systems.

Links are provided if they are available. In the case of Apple Safari, no links are provided for the stable version as it is integrated in Mac OS X and not available for download.

For Microsoft Edge, only VM images are linked as the browser is only available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, and there integrated and not available as a separate download.

If you find multiple entries for a browser or company, those are listed in order from “most stable” to “most cutting edge” or “least cutting edge” to “least stable”.

Overview of browser editions

Company Browser Edition Desktop OS Mobile OS
8pecxstudios Cyberfox Stable Windows, Linux
8pecxstudios Cyberfox Beta Windows
Apple Safari Stable Mac (built in) iOS
Apple Safari Developers Mac iOS
Avant Force Avant Browser  Stable Windows
Brave Brave Developer Windows, Mac, Linux
Flashpeak Inc SlimBrowser Stable Windows
Flashpeak Inc Slimjet Browser Stable Windows, Linux
Chromium Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Google Chrome Stable Windows, Mac, Linux Android, iOS
Google Chrome Beta Windows, Mac, Linux Android, iOS
Google Chrome Developer Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Google Chrome Canary Windows, Mac
Light Light Stable Windows, Mac, Linux
Lunascape Lunascape  Stable Windows, Mac Android, iOS
Maxthon Maxthon Stable Windows, Mac, Linux

Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Microsoft Edge Stable Windows 10 (VM) Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft Edge Preview Windows 10 (VM) Windows 10 Mobile
Moonchild Productions Pale Moon Stable Windows, Linux Android
Moonchild Productions Pale Moon WiP Windows, Linux
Mozilla Firefox Stable Windows, Mac, Linux Android, iOS
Mozilla Firefox Beta Windows, Mac, Linux Android, iOS
Mozilla Firefox Developer Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Mozilla Firefox Nightly Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Mozilla SeaMonkey Stable Windows, Mac, Linux
Opera Opera Stable Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Opera Opera Beta Windows, Mac, Linux Android
Opera Opera Developer Windows, Mac, Linux
Opera Opera Mini Stable Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Basic phones
Opera Opera Mini Beta Android
Opera Opera Coast iOS
Vivaldi Vivaldi Stable Windows, Mac, Linux
Vivaldi Vivaldi Snapshots Windows, Mac, Linux
Waterfox Waterfox  Stable Windows, Mac

As you can see from the table above, most companies produce multiple versions of their web browsers and make them available publicly.

Most browsers are available for download and for multiple operating systems. The notable exceptions are Apple’s Safari, which is integrated in Mac OS X and iOS, and Microsoft Edge, which is integrated in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile only.

Safari is available as a preview version for Mac OS X while Edge can be downloaded as a VM image for use on non-Windows 10 systems.

You can use the list of browsers and editions as reference to quickly download the most recent versions.

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