Bromite - Take back your browser
Bromite is a Chromium fork with support for ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
Bromite is only available for Android Marshmallow (v6.0, API level 23) and above.
For the Frequently Asked Questions see F.A.Q..
For documentation see the wiki.
Bromite aims at providing a no-clutter browsing experience without privacy-invasive features and with the addition of a fast ad-blocking engine. Minimal UI changes are applied to help curbing the idea of "browser as an advertisement platform".
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- customizable adblock filters via user-provided URL (see https://www.bromite.org/custom-filters)
- automatically updated adblock filters
- remove click-tracking and AMP from search results
- DNS-over-HTTPS support with any valid IETF DoH endpoint
- always-incognito mode
- disable all field trials permanently
- disable smart search by default, allow web search from incognito mode
- remove Play integration binary blobs
- use CFI on all architectures except x86
- enable trivial auto var init
- disable media router and remoting by default
- disable dynamic module loading
- show warnings for TLSv1.0/TLSv1.1 pages
- enable site-per-process isolation for all devices with memory > 1GB
- completely remove safe browsing and other privacy-unfriendly features
- proxy configuration page with PAC and custom proxy lists support
- settings to disable custom intents and clear session on exit
- flags to toggle anti-fingerprinting mitigations for canvas, audio, client rects, webGL and sensor APIs (see full list below for all the new flags)
- use frozen User-Agent to conceal real model and browser version
- privacy enhancement patches from Iridium, Inox patchset, Brave and ungoogled-chromium projects
- security enhancement patches from GrapheneOS project
- disable scroll-to-text-fragment
- reduced referer granularity
- block gateway attacks via websockets (partial fix, see this upstream issue)
- use 64-bit ABI for webview processes
- make all favicon requests on-demand (supercookie mitigation)
- enable all network isolation features (
- ignore enterprise policies that disallow secure DNS
- ask permission to play protected media
- disable the DIAL repeating discovery
- disable RTCGetCurrentBrowsingContextMedia by default
- disable FLoC and privacy sandbox by default
- disable feeds
- disable reporting of certificate errors
- allow forcing external links to open in incognito
- disable AGSA by default
- flag to enable Certificate Transparency
- allow adding search engines from incognito mode
- disable predictors
- disable supervised users
- disable safety check
- disable capability to block
OptimizationHints, client hint headers
- customize history expiration threshold
- disable idle detection
- HTTPS-only mode enabled by default
- disable TLS resumption by default
- partition DoH requests by top-frame NIK
- strict site isolation and strict origin isolation
Features not related to privacy
- browser automatic updates, enabled by default
- native Android autofill support
- import/export bookmarks
- bookmark all tabs from tabs regroup menu
- allow playing videos in background tabs and disable pause on switching tabs
- all codecs included (proprietary, open H.264 etc.)
- AV1 codec support
- dav1d decoder enabled by default
- built with official speed optimizations
- increase number of autocomplete matches from 5 to 10
- allow changing default download storage location
- do not ignore save prompt for users without SD cards
- disable articles and increase number of icons on new tab page
- adding an URL as bookmark will clear its blocked status for the NTP tiles
- history support in incognito mode
- view source of pages
- sticky desktop mode setting
- mobile/desktop user agent customization
- accessibility preference to force tablet UI
- use Alt+D to focus address bar
- allow sharing to Bromite
- UI for crash information collection
- allow OpenSearch search engine detection in incognito
- allow OpenSearch search engine detection with paths
- keyboard dictionary hints in address bar
- always allow
- allow moving navigation bar to bottom
- add option to use home page as NTP
Flags which have been retired from upstream Chromium but are still available in Bromite.
#simplified-ntp, enabled by default
#enable-text-fragment-anchor, disabled by default
#enable-image-reader, enabled by default
#fingerprinting-canvas-measuretext-noise, enabled by default
#incognito-screenshot, disabled by default
#save-data-header, disabled by default
#export-bookmarks-use-saf, disabled by default
#allow-user-certificates, disabled by default
#cleartext-permitted, enabled by default, can be used to disable all cleartext-HTTP traffic
#omnibox-autocomplete-filtering, can be used to restrict omnibox autocomplete results
#disable-external-intent-requests, can be used to disable opening any external app for any URL
#enable-userscripts-log, see https://github.com/bromite/bromite/wiki/UserScripts#flags
#certificate-transparency-enabled, enabled by default; see https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/net/docs/certificate-transparency.md
#move-top-toolbar-to-bottom, disabled by default
#site-engagement, enabled by default
#offline-pages-auto-save, disabled by default, allows auto-saving of pages when device goes offline
- webGL, disabled by default
- images, enabled by default
- timezone customization override
- autoplay, disabled by default
- webRTC, disabled by default
Bromite's privacy features, including anti-fingerprinting mitigations (which are not comprehensive), are not to be considered useful for journalists and people living in countries with freedom limitations, please look at Tor Browser in such cases.
All built versions are available as releases; the official website points to those releases and - when browsing via Android - it will automatically highlight the one apt for your device (or none otherwise).
Each tag corresponds to a Chromium Stable release tag.
Bromite is currently built for ARM, ARM64 and x86 and for the Android SDK version 23+; Bromite SystemWebView is provided as well (SDK23+). For every Bromite build you can always find a matching vanilla Chromium build which is used for example to verify which issues are specific to Bromite or not.
You will automatically receive notifications about new updates (and be able to install them) via the auto updater functionality (enabled by default), see related wiki page.
All official releases are also available through the official third-party F-Droid repository.
Integrity and authenticity
You can verify the integrity of a downloaded APK file from this project with any
sha256sum-compatible tool by downloading the corresponding
chr_X.Y.Z.sha256.txt file, where X.Y.Z is the release version number. Example:
$ sha256sum --check brm_68.0.3440.54.sha256.txt arm64_SystemWebView.apk: OK arm64_ChromePublic.apk: OK arm64_ChromeModernPublic.apk: OK
You can verify authenticity, e.g. that the author (csagan5) released the file, by using gpg2:
$ gpg2 --quiet --verify brm_68.0.3440.54.sha256.txt.asc gpg: assuming signed data in 'brm_68.0.3440.54.sha256.txt' gpg: Signature made Sun 08 Jul 2018 04:22:52 PM CEST using RSA key ID D85DC0C5 gpg: Good signature from "csagan5 <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
You can download csagan5's public GnuPG key from here: csagan5.asc.
How to build
The Bromite main repository contains tags for each corresponding Chromium release (see https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src.git).
Please refer to official Chromium build documentation to get started on how to build Chromium; if you can build Chromium for Android, you can build Bromite.
The Chromium version tag used as base for the patches is available here: RELEASE; this is always corresponding to the git tag for every release.
The GN args used to build Bromite are available here: bromite.gn_args.
The patches are to be applied second the order specified in the
bromite_patches_list.txt file (you can use
NOTE: no official support is provided for builds.
How to build the filters
See upstream documentation: https://github.com/chromium/chromium/blob/master/components/subresource_filter/FILTER_LIST_GENERATION.md
Bromite uses an unindexed filter file, which is periodically published at https://github.com/bromite/filters
Please submit issues following the issue template; beware that GitHub does not display the templates from mobile.
Patches are welcome and accepted if they match the project goals.
For any usage or development discussion please use GitHub Discussions: https://github.com/bromite/bromite/discussions
- Chromium project and developers
- Iridium project for some patches
- ungoogled-chromium for some patches
- ungoogled-chromium-android for some patches
- GrapheneOS for some security patches
- Inox patchset for some patches (via ungoogled-chromium)
- Brave Browser for some patches
- Vadim Pleshkov for Bromite's logo
The URLs of the lists used are available at: https://github.com/bromite/filters/blob/master/lists.txt
The patches published as part of the Bromite project are released under GNU GPL v3.