Macintosh Web Browsers

Updated 25 July 2002

Welcome to yet another list on the Internet that once again proves that some people have too much free time.

I have been maintaining this selection of Mac browsers for years. All entries made in the past few years are dated, with newer updates listed first. This means that more frequently updated browsers will often appear at the top, but what the heck, it's just a silly list. You can read the comments to find out what I think about each browser.

This list contains only browsers that work on Apple Macintosh hardware running any version of any Macintosh operating system.

Feel free to copy any information. You even have my permission to copy everything from this particular page and claim it as your own work. But if you do that, your list will soon be old. I'll keep updating mine. I'd appreciate hearing from you about any mistakes, broken links, additional information, etc.

Darrel E. Knutson

All opinions expressed on this page are my own.

Chimera Project Chimera 0.1, 0.11, 0.12, 0.13, 0.20, 0.21, 0.22, 0.23. 0.24, 0.25, 0.26, 0.27, 0.28, 0.30, 040
[25 June 2002] Also known as "Navigator". This beast is a Cocoa port of Mozilla for Mac OS X. This is one of the most promising new browsers for the Macintosh and development is continuing at a rapid pace. Mozilla 1.0 (PPC/OSX), 1.1b (PPC/OSX)
[23 June 2002] After three years in development this browser has been released in its first full version. Mozilla is the basis for Netscape 6 and 7 and runs reliably on multiple operating systems. This browser has almost complete support for Web standards and has excellent page rendering, but it is unfortunately very slow to start and doesn't respect the Macintosh user interface - the scroll bars for instance. Mozilla code is the basis for lots of other browsers on other systems and for Chimera on Mac OS X.

MSN TV WebTV Viewer 2.0 build 551
[23 July 2002] The viewer application for the WebTV system. Mainly intended to be a viewer for page developers, it can also be used as a Web browser. WebTV was bought by Microsoft and the Mac version hasn't been updated in ages. The link on this page, however, has been updated (thanks for the tip, Erik!)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0.1, 3.0, 3.0a, 3.0.1, 4.0p1, 4.0, 4.0a, 4.0.1 (last 68k), 4.5, 4.5.1, 5.0, 5.01 (PPC), 5.1b1, 5.1.1 (OSX), 5.1.2 (OSX), 5.1.3 (OSX), 5.1.3 (PPC), 5.1.4 (PPC), 5.1.4 (OSX), 5.1.5 (PPC), 5.2 (OSX), 5.2.1 (OSX)
[6 Julys 2002] Originally based on Mosaic code licensed from the University of Illinois. Versions later than 5.0 are real Macintosh programs. In fact, this is the best full-version browser I have ever used on any OS. Version 5.1 is for Mac OS "Classic" and versions 5.1b1, 5.1.1, 5.1.2 were Mac OS X only - there was no beta version for Classic PPC. Versions for both PPC and OSX were back in synch for version 5.1.3, but 5.2 and now 5.2.1 is Mac OS X only and 5.1.5 is the PPC version. Oddly enough, you can download all PPCs version directly, but have to use Software Update to get the OSX version from Apple for versions older than 5.2.

iCab Company iCab 1.0p1, 1.0p2, 1.0p3, 1.0p4, 1.0p5, 1.0p6, 1.0p7, 1.0p8, 1.0p9, 1.0p9a, 2.0p1, 2.1p, 2.1ap, 2.2p, 2.3p, 2.4p, 2.5p, (68k/PPC) 2.5.1p, 2.5.2p, 2.5.3p, 2.0p6, 2.7p7, 2.8p, 2.8.1 Preview (68k/PPC/OSX)
[27 June 2002] (As of 2.5.2 you can actually pay for using this fine program. I suggest that thousands of us do exactly that!) iCab, available in beta versions for years now, is fast, flexible and takes very little RAM. It runs well on MHz-challenged Macs and is one of the nicest browsers currently available for OS X. To my knowledge it is the only Mac browser that runs on every environment: 68k, PPC and OS X. Support for CSS1 is currently being integrated.

The Omni Group OmniWeb 4.1 (OSX)
[25 June 2002] This browser runs only on Mac OS X and is continuously being updated and improved. It doesn't completely understand CSS level 1, it loads pages slowly, but once loaded, pages look excellent in this browser.

David T. Pierson WannaBe 1.0b13 (68k, PPC)
[10 June 2002] An extremely fast, text-only browser. This is definitely the one to use when 'Net traffic is heavy and you just want to read without fiddling with cryptic commands in MacLynx. At the current beta release rate we should be seeing a 1.0 final soon...unless the developer decides to go to b38 or something!

CERN MacWWW 1.0, 1.0.3
[4 June 2002] (Thanks to Markus A. for the updated download link) AKA Samba, very primitive, but what can you expect from the first Mac Web browser?

AOLpress AOLpress 2.0
[3 June 2002] I found this program on an old backup CD. It was originally designed as a Web page editor *and* Web browser, although I never used it much back in 1997 (the last time it was updated) and I had forgotten about the browsing features. This is a new addition to the collection.

Netscape Navigator, Communicator 1.12, 2.0, 2.02, 3.0, 3.01, 3.04, 4.01, 4.0.3, 4.03.1, 4.04, 4.04.1, 4.05, 4.06, 4.07, 4.08 (last 68k, PPC), 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.72, 4.73, 4.74, 4.75, 4.76, 4.77, 4.78, 4.79, 6.0, 6.01, 6.1pr1 (PPC), 6.1, 6.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 7.0pr1 (PPC/OSX)
[24 May 2002] The former king of Web browsers. I personally prefer the open source "Mozilla" version, although the 6.x versions are almost the same thing. It now runs on Mac OS X and has become quite a fine browser.

Opera Software A/S Opera 5.0tp1, 5.0tp2, 5.0tp3, 5.0b1, 5.0b2 (PPC), 5.0tp1.315 (OSX), 5.0b1 (OSX), 5.0b2 (OSX), 5.0b3 (PPC), 5.0b4 (PPC), 5.0b5 (PPC), 5.0b3 (OSX), 5.0 (PPC), 5.0b4 (OSX)
[15 January 2002] This is the fastest browser I have yet seen on Mac OS. It's also not bad on BeOS, Linux and Windows. Opera clearly demonstrates that improvements to a satisfying Web experience don't depend on the size of the company that produces it. For some reason Opera has chosen to confuse us with the numbering of their beta versions. Currently 5.0 is the current version for PPC and 5.0b4 for Mac OS X. The final version of 5.0 does not run on Mac OS X.

Heartsoft Internet Safari ?
[9 Feb 2001] Internet Safari is a new browser meant for children. It limits access to most sites on the Internet - except for those "appropriate for children". The demo installer downloads approx. 3 MB from the Internet to complete the installation.

Beta9 ICE Browser for Mac ?
The ICE browser is written completely in Java and supports HTML 3.2. The versions for other operating systems support HTML 4.01, CSS and XHTML 1.0. I guess we'll have to wait just a bit longer. The ICE Browser is surprisingly fast and weighs in at 128 kb.

Sun Microsystems Hot Java 3.0
The HotJava browser from Sun requires Macintosh Runtime for Java (minimum MRJ 2.14) [Thanks to Edward Dodge & "Roelf" for this tip.]

Pygmy Softwyr MiniWeb 0.6r3
[16 Feb 2001] A text-only browser written in RealBasic.

Xeosoft Corporation InstantSpace 1.0.0
instantspace.gif (dead links) (thanks Georg!)
[16 Feb 2001] A highly-customized version of Internet Explorer 2.01 from the "keepers of OpenDoc". They have an announcement on their Web site that version 2.0 should be appearing in March or April 2000, but I couldn't find it anywhere and it seems that their site has been shut down.

AOL AOL Browser 1.1, 3.0
AOL figured they needed to add a browser to their proprietary software. I'll try to be polite: It's not very good. The newer versions of AOL software include Internet Explorer 4.01.

Kantara Blake TR2
blake.gif (dead link)
"Blake is a replacement web browser for Cyberdog." The Web site has not been updated since 1998 and since Apple's OpenDoc technology is no longer a component of Mac OS, it looks like this browser had a short history and no future. (Thanks to Stefan W.!)

Apple Cyberdog 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1 PPC, 2.0
68k/PPC. This is Apple's discontinued "OpenDoc" browser. It is no longer available directly from Apple, but has permission to make it available for download. It can also possibly be found at TUCOWS.

Apple eWorld Browser 1.02
e-world.gif no download link
This is the browser that Intercon made for Apple's now defunct eWorld online service. It worked only in conjunction with the eWorld client software.

Oliver Gutknecht MacLynx 1.0a3, 1.0b1
based on Lynx 2.7.1. This browser is fast, but text only. NOTE: Oliver's Web pages seem to have been removed (Thanks Chuck). I have found some alternative download URLs: mac-lynx-b1-fat.bin (HTTP, California) and mac-lynx-b1-fat.bin (FTP, Australia)

CNRI grail 0.3b3, 0.3
click for animation
grail is a Python-based browser which required tcl/tk for the GUI. It requires Tcl from Sun Microsystems and Python, a development system. Information about these products can be found on the grail pages.

Netmanage Chameleon WebSurfer 3.6.1
This product has apparently been discontinued.

EINet MacWeb 1.00ALPHA3, 1.00ALPHA3.2, 1.1.1e
68k/PPC. This product is no longer being developed, but is still available.

TradeWave MacWeb 1.1.2, 2.0
This product has been discontinued and is no longer available. A few sites have the 68k version available. The 2.0 versions are commercial software! I should know, I was a beta-tester.

NCSA Mosaic 1.0.3, 2.0.1, 3.0B4
NCSA Mosaic is no longer under development, but is still available.

Spyglass Mosaic 2.1.1
No longer available.

SPRY Mosaic
PPC only - it seems that this one is also no longer available. Sprynet offers only their own version of Internet Explorer 3.x. Sprynet is a CompuServe company.

Intercon NetShark 1.1.3
netshark.gif NetShark__1.1.3_Installer.sit.bin
Intercon has been sold to Ascend and Netshark is a dead project. Intercon also offered a package with integrated browser called tcpCONNECT4, but this has also been discontinued. (Thanks for the download link, Lee.)

VOL Tiber 1.0
Teknama Internet Browser. This was the browser used in the discontinued "world wide" Video On Line provider program. Prone to crashes and very limited.

Standard Help Me Out Plea

If you find any broken links here, please let me know. And if you have any information about publicly released (i.e. they can be downloaded and/or purchased) versions of browsers that I don't have I'd appreciate an e-mail with a tip.

I am still looking for information about some phantom browsers:

DaniBrowser/1.0 (Macintosh; I; PPC) - I can find no references to this beast, except in log files
Enhanced_Mosaic/2.01 Mac_PowerPC PSI/1 - who made this one?