Vimb - the vim like browser is a webkit based web browser that behaves like the vimperator plugin for the firefox and usage paradigms from the great editor vim. The goal of vimb is to build a completely keyboard-driven, efficient and pleasurable browsing-experience.
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Vimb - the Vim-like browser

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Vimb is a Vim-like web browser that is inspired by Pentadactyl and Vimprobable. The goal of Vimb is to build a completely keyboard-driven, efficient and pleasurable browsing-experience with low memory and CPU usage that is intuitive to use for Vim users.

More information and some screenshots of Vimb browser in action can be found on the project page of Vimb.


  • it's modal like Vim
  • Vim like keybindings - assignable for each browser mode
  • nearly every configuration can be changed at runtime with Vim like set syntax
  • history for ex commands, search queries, URLs
  • completions for: commands, URLs, bookmarked URLs, variable names of settings, search-queries
  • hinting - marks links, form fields and other clickable elements to be clicked, opened or inspected
  • SSL validation against ca-certificate file
  • user defined URL-shortcuts with placeholders
  • read it later queue to collect URIs for later use
  • multiple yank/paste registers



  • gtk+-3.0
  • webkit2gtk-4.0 >= 2.8.x


Edit to match your local setup.

Edit src/config.h to match your personal preferences.

The default Makefile will not overwrite your customised config.h with the contents of config.def.h, even if it was updated in the latest git pull. Therefore, you should always compare your customised config.h with config.def.h and make sure you include any changes to the latter in your config.h.

Run the following commands to compile and install Vimb (if necessary, the last one as root).

make install

To run vimb without installation for testing it out use the 'runsandbox' make target.

make runsandbox

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  • feature requests, issues and patches can be discussed on the mailing list

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Information about the license are found in the file LICENSE.