Surf, a minimalist browser for those who only want to consult a web page

Surf web browser

Internet has become the center of most of the activity that we carry out in front of our Ubuntu. That is why there are so many alternatives within web browsers and all of them different focused on a certain user or activity.

This time we are going to talk about Surf, a light but powerful browser that is focused on the minimalist user or to the user who only enters information and the query.

Surf is a browser found in the official Ubuntu repositories, although we can also download the web browser code to compile it ourselves and install it on our Ubuntu. The easiest thing comes first and it is what we will use. Thus, we open the terminal and write the following:

sudo apt install surf

This will install the web browser on our distribution. Now to navigate we just have to write or execute in the terminal the name «Surf» followed by the url that we want to visualize:


This will open a screen in which the web page in question will be shown. As you can see there is no address bar, no buttons, no accessories, nothing at all. Just the web page. Surfing is focused on navigating through links, so all these elements are ignored. If we want back the page We only have to press the ctrl + H buttons; if we want to advance between the history, then we have to press the buttons Ctrl + L and if we want to refresh the page, then we have to press the buttons Ctrl + R.

Surf contains certain add-ons that are added to the browser as an ad blocker, a search engine or a code editor. These add-ons must be installed from the official Surf website, they do not come with the program nor are they easily added, possibly to maintain this philosophy and keep Surfing minimalist.

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