the visual history browser

grindhold 522ae38470 build: commenced porting to meson2 7 months ago
__artwork ec101e1fd6 new icon 6 years ago
cmake 960cd48db5 cmake: Add vala-0.26 and 0.24 as valid executable names 5 years ago
data 0d45826711 added wikipedia as searchhint provider 5 years ago
debian f90266584b added debian packaging metadata 5 years ago
gentoo dd61dcea8d ported ipc code to use current version of zeromq4 5 years ago
helpers c6fd9227bf added script to support update-alternatives 5 years ago
po 6278952849 Add Colorscheme option in config dialog 5 years ago
src a1e2a3e6bc fixed public abstract constructor 7 months ago
vapi a682ca30d6 added alternative vapifiles to gee-versions 5 years ago
vapi_old a682ca30d6 added alternative vapifiles to gee-versions 5 years ago
.agignore 301fcae996 added agignore file 5 years ago
.gitattributes d3ee59e0ac added gitattributes 5 years ago
.gitignore 8f44ff6695 git ignore mo-files 6 years ago
CMakeLists.txt 4a149fc6fe moved ipc protocol constants to own file 5 years ago 1a5b8643a4 Update 5 years ago
LICENSE e3c30400f0 added GPLv3 as license text 6 years ago 669f3db1fb added HTTPSEverywhere note to readme 5 years ago
libhttpseverywhere_no_rulesets_target.patch 967a41c2f4 Fix the Nix Package 5 years ago 522ae38470 build: commenced porting to meson2 7 months ago
release.nix 967a41c2f4 Fix the Nix Package 5 years ago

Rainbow Lollipop

Rainbow Lollipop is an experimental browser that concentrates on exploring, developing and refining new ways for users to interact with the worldwide web.

Screenshot of Rainbow Lollipop

Rainbow Lollipop is written in Vala and builds on the following awesome libraries:


Rainbow Lollipop is the browser of the future. Drop all chains that hold back your imagination. Ask yourself: If you were to create the first browser today with all the knowledge you have gained about browsing the web in the last twenty-five years, how would you have done it? Start from scratch. Rethink browsing the web.

I started this project because i've seen that browsing UIs haven't changed significantly in 15 years since the invention of the modern browsing tab in 1997 by Adam Stiles despite the fact that tabs don't really represent how we use the web today. I came up with a new concept which is called Track and needed to prototype it. After some experimenting around, it came to me, that there is much more to do. A browser for the time we live in should come with sane security standards. Why is HTTPSEverywhere still a plugin everywhere? Why are adblockers still plugins in a web which is contaminated with advertisement everywhere you go? For the end-users sake, such features should be delivered ootb. And there is more that we can do.

Rainbow lollipop is a sandbox to try out new things, which the big browsers are too afraid of to try out, because they fear to lose their userbase. You've probably had a great idea for your perfect browser, too. If you have any idea (no matter how strange it may sound), propose it to this project. I want the world of browsers to move forward. And i want to do it together with all of you.

Rethink browsing, everytime you browse.


As implied above, contributions are very welcome. If you can code, there is much to do: Code the smaller and bigger features, help fixing bugs, help translating, create documentation and so on. Or use rainbow lollipop as a platform to bring your big next browsing-related idea to life. Just send a pullrequest and/or communicate with the rest on the Mailing List or on #rainbow-lollipop on


  • [x] Track based browsing. Tracks are a new UI concept that replaces the currently widely known concept of Tabs

  • [x] URL-Autocompletion. There is still some work to do to enhance UX

  • [x] Integration of HTTPSEverywhere-like functionality. This may be buggy. report bugs

    to [libhttpseverywhere](
  • [ ] Integration of Adblocking

  • [ ] Script-Blocking

  • [ ] Deepweb Integration

  • And two more pretty features that i am not really ready to talk about yet.

Building the Project

See the Installation Guide.