ANNOUNCE: midori 0.4.0 released

Christian Dywan christian at
Tue Aug 2 01:10:03 CEST 2011

midori 0.4.0 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: c6d1d41f4e3c97bd2839235bd9d7b2a8a408c585
   MD5 checksum: 14aa14ccabf3d003903f1584dab15d7a

What is midori?

A lightweight web browser based on WebKitGTK+, for Unix, Windows, Maemo
and other platforms. Several extensions provide advanced functionality
such as advertisement blocking, cookie management, userscripts or mouse


Release notes for 0.4.0

Time for a major release. The leading motto is cleanup and as we jump to
Midori 0.4.0 we increase minimum requirements to WebKitGTK+ 1.1.17 and
Vala 0.10 (Vala used to be optional). This allows us to say goodbye to
several portions of backwards-comaptibility code. Anybody who has some
familiarity with the code knows Midori used to try very hard to run on
older systems, some may say too hard. Midori 0.3.6¹ will remain
available for anyone who can't upgrade yet. This benefits users insofar
as more time is available for new features instead of looking at old

Adblock is making another big step forward. URL cache, a faster JS
generator (some ads are removed via dynamic javascript code), inline
parsing (10% speed-up), empty lines are skipped and subdocument rules
are ignored now. Big kudos goes to Alex Butenko aka avb!

The crash dialog received the love it deserved, you can now choose
whether to discard, load or delay the last open tabs analogous to the
usual startup preference. So if Midori crashed and you don't think it
will happen again, just proceed as usual.

Many people don't know about a nitfy feature in Midori, which is going
Forward to the next page. From now on you can hit Space at the bottom of
a page to go to the next page, just like in a mail client. Note that
this depends on the page. Pages with links labelled "Next" or similar
will be recognized. Ideally ‘rel="next"’ is used in the HTML so
Midori knows what the next page is. Try it on your favourite forum,
mailing list archive or search engine (unless you are using DuckDuckGo²
which seemlessly loads as you scroll).

A long-awaited improvement is that looking at source code or saving
files no longer re-loads the same file. Unity users will welcome the
addition of Quicklist items for opening tabs and windows.

'Last open tabs' is now an item in the Clear Private Data dialog.

Midori 0.3.6 added support for Backspace and F5 (Back/ Reload).
Shift+Backspace and Ctrl+= are now also supported.

Midori 0.3.6 introduced geo URI support³, for example
geo:50.75504,7.07751 . There was a crash related to invalid URIs and
this is now fixed.


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