ANNOUNCE: midori 0.4.5 released

Christian Dywan christian at
Sat Apr 14 22:55:29 CEST 2012

midori 0.4.5 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: 173dd0ebe1cb8e3525c1905065db8f8c2d5fee97
   MD5 checksum: 14288197a1e2251b7c0803e1448daa0e

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 0.4.5
A feature that excites me personally a lot is support for external
download managers. You will find Aria2 and SteadyFlow support in the
preferences under Extensions. Once activated, the Save button in
download prompts offloads downloads instead of saving the file
internally. This means you can stop worrying if Midori keeps run all the
time, you may get faster downloads than WebKit can provide and in the
case of SteadyFlow a GTK+ UI with support for Ayatana indicators. Do
note currently only Aria2 recognizes Cookies from the browser, and if a
particular download doesn’t work, use Save As instead.

There have been some erroneously blocked links with Adblock. This has
been solved by introducing an automated whitelist for actively opened
pages. The whitelist may be extended for other uses cases in the future.
There’ve also been bug fixes around the Block Image feature which
broke in certain cases.

Despite known problems with GTK+3 Midori supports overlays for the
statusbar and inline find bar with GTK+ 3.2. Optionally there’s also
support for Granite, an extension library written in Vala, which among
other things provides pop-overs and a new notebook widget. At the moment
it’s still under development and it’s not recommended for packaging
just yet. But you can try it with –enable-granite –enable-gtk3.

The Windows build got some love, opening of downloads now falls back to
an ‘Open With’ dialog automatically and opening of images works
well. Application associations such as the text editor for viewing
source code also give a more sensible choice. And we’re taking the
step to making the experimental build the new prime Windows release. So
you get full Asian font support (Unicode) and HTML5 video.

The about:version page Midori has to provide information useful for
debugging is now also listing other special pages, such as the newly
added about:geolocation to test geo location support if it’s enabled
in WebKit. In contrast to some websites out there, it will give accurate
results not affected by browser discrimination.

Uses of sqlite, which is relevant for for history, bookmarks and cookies
have been tweaked. WAL mode is now used if the system supports it. In
short, it is faster.

Smaller issues also got attention, like internal javascript improvements
which could break Google apps among others, there was a case where form
history could break a website and invalid characters in filenames are
handled better.

Last but not least, you can right-click Back and Forward buttons now, to
get a menu with the 10 last or next pages. So if there’s a website
re-directing you when you hit Back, you can now right-click Back and
open it manually.

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