[Linux] Konqueror is a web browser that has a ton of native features: ad-blocking, email, PDF viewing, text editing, FTP, and more

k1Tired of mainstream browsers? Tired of Webkit? Want something exciting? Konqueror might just be up your alley. Konqueror is a web browser powered by KHTML web technologies, is open source, and brought to you by the KDE project.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Konqueror is a web browser and a file manager, built and maintained by the KDE project. Konqueror is powered by KHTML. Konqueror can be installed on Linux and Windows or Mac if you install KDE on Windows/Mac. This review focuses on the Linux version.

Pros

  • Uses KHTML as it’s browser layout engine
  • Complies to open web standards
  • Ad blocking support
  • Plugin support (via Konqueror I/O plugin system)
  • Brilliant file manager integration (allows for the viewing of local and remote file systems via a file system)
  • File manager component of Konqueror supports FTP, SSH, SFTP, and Samba protocol
  • Built in IMAP email client
  • VNC viewer support
  • Can be used as a PDF viewer
  • Can be used as a text editor
  • Can be used as a spreadsheet editor
  • Can be used as an SVN client

Cons

  • Has many disadvantages by not going the Webkit route (e.g. all webpages may not display properly)
    • Note: Webkit is actually a fork of KHTML, which is used by Konqueror. However, even though Webkit originated from KHTML, they are two separate engines maintained by different developers now.
  • No extension support similar to Opera, Chrome/Chromium, and Firefox

Discussion

k2Konqueror is a very robust and powerful web browsing program, but sometimes I think that it’s a bit too robust. For starters, it comes with an IMAP Email client, has a native PDF viewer, and it even has a file manager. This is no joke of a program, and looking at some of the other alternatives like Midori or Arora, it makes me happy to know that not all browser alternatives are terrible.

I really like Konqueror. I really do. However, part of me thinks that I’m getting hit with too much. It’s very interesting to see that Konqueror (the browsing part) is powered by the KHTML rendering engine, something that the KDE has created themselves, and not the infamous Webkit. I love Webkit, but there comes a point when we should all do something different. It’s a little annoying seeing a ton of Chromium forks that are being described as anything more than a reskinned Chromium with a new name and different features. This browser/file manager/email client/PDF viewer/text editor is KDE’s baby and it really shows.

The most intriguing feature is the fact that I get to have a full featured file manager. That’s awesome. I love that Konqueror has so much to offer, and I love that everything is in one place. I’m a huge fan of simplifying workflow. Konqueror totally helps me solve that problem. Another really useful feature is the fact that Konqueror has an IMAP email client. It will most certainly come in handy for the right person, but I’m more of a webmail kind of guy.

As much as I respect KDE for going their own way with KHTML, there is no doubt in my mind that you’re still missing out on a lot when you go without a mainstream browser. Konqueror does not have any sort of app, plugin or addon store to mention. It does have native adblocking support and has some plugin support via Konqueror I/O plugin system. In the end, even with so many features, it still can come up short. This browser is a very good browser if you’re looking for something that can solve all your problems, but if you (like me) look forward to new features that Google or Mozilla are adding every day, this might not be a good enough reason to switch.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In its own right, Konqueror is a great browser. However, I provide a qualified recommendation. If you’re just not interested in what Google, Opera, or Mozilla have to offer, then by all means Konqueror is easily one of the greatest browsers on Linux. If this does not apply to you, and you’re just into finding a great web browser, and you don’t need a file manager and a built in email client, you might as well just stick with what you have. The advantage of Konqueror is its additional features beyond web browsing and if those don’t interest you, there is no point in using Konqueror.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 4.10.2

Supported OS: Any Linux distro that supports KDE

Note: Konqueror can also be installed on Windows or Mac. Windows or Mac users must follow the ‘Install KDE software on Mac/Windows’ instructions, find a standalone installer, or compile it themselves. You must install KDE on Windows/Mac to get Konqueror.

Download size: Unknown

Is it portable? No

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8 comments

  1. RonCam

    [@Derrik] The Linux App Finder forum appear to be … not accepting new posts. I have doubts about getting any information there.

    The Konqueror site gives FAQ’s that “may be” out-of-date (without saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each item) but then answers this question as follows:
    How do I enable support for Netscape plugins?

    “Most binary distributions come from Netscape plugins support enabled, but if you compile from sources, you need to install libXt (e.g. package libxt-dev), remove CMakeCache.txt and re-run cmake, in kdebase (check that it compiles the contents of kdebase/apps/nsplugins/). If the auto-detection of the plugins fails, try running “nspluginscan” from the command line. ”

    What???? Sorry, I guess I’m not ‘geek-enough’ to figure out if this is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. ;-)

    If it’s a ‘yes’ it would eliminate a major objection to Konqueror in this review and others …

  2. RonCam

    [@Derrik] I’ll try hacking around on my (presently working!) system if there’s no other way — but otherwise I’ll try a Konqueror forum, or go back to Linux App Finder and see whether going ahead would be productive — or not.

    I wouldn’t want to go installing and uninstalling on Windows … you know, winsxs, and all that … and my GNU/Linux is still being configured.

    Strange, that there are no replies from anyone using these … so you may be right.

  3. Derrik
    Author/Staff

    [@BeloSol] My guess is that these plugins will not make Konqueror compatible with FireFox extensions. I assume its just for older netscape plugins. Konqueror is a very old browser. Don’t quote me on it though, maybe if you just install this and do some exploring you might be able to figure it out.

    These plugins seem to just be stuff that the KDE project has made available. I have not had a lot of luck finding plugins and I didn’t know that this existed, but I knew that Konqueror has its own sort of plugins. I’m going to assume that this is what they’re talking about.

    Install it and try your luck is the best I can say.

  4. BeloSol

    Ouch, the second Comment (this time not a test message) has also disappeared, and again, I forgot to keep a local copy, before hitting ‘Post Comment’.

    So sorry, I think this would have been useful to the thread. If the Comments have been lost, no problem, I can pursue the question on the site that appears to list Konqueror addons/plugins, as well as a method for making more commonly-available plugins usable in Konqueror.

    I would have appreciated Derrik’s input on the points in the two lost Comments. My regrets!

  5. BeloSol

    Quote from the article:
    Cons: No extension support …

    Question for Derrik, or anyone else having familiarity with Konquerer:
    Could someone please take a look at this page on the site, ‘Linux App Finder’ — titled ‘Konquerer Plugins’ — and tell us if these would work, with the reviewed version of this application?

    http://linuxappfinder.com/package/konq-plugins

    Also, please scroll down on the same page, past the end of the article, to where you can read, ‘konqueror-nsplugins-kde4 (Netscape plugin support for Konqueror in KDE 4).

    Question: are Netscape plugins one and the same, or at least compatible with, Firefox plugins? If yes, then has one of the reservations about Konqueror been resolved?

    My knowledge in this area is limited — I recall running Konquer long ago, when it came as the default browser with a distro I had briefly installed. But I never explored the matter of addons, or plugins.

    Any comments will be appreciated!

  6. BeloSol

    Hi, there is something amiss with the comment system. After about half-an-hour, it appears my comment is lost, so I will repost.

    Ashraf, if you see a double post here, please keep the best version of my comment, and delete the other.

    Thanks!

  7. AFPhy6

    I used Konqueror long ago and am a bit surprised that it has not advanced as much as I would have expected. I did enjoy the features you mention, but lack of certain add-on support (with assumption I don’t need NoScript and other security components: in particular, ScrapBook and ReminderFox) is a problem for me.