Basilisk is a free and Open Source XUL-based web browser, featuring the well-known Firefox-style interface and operation. It is based on the Goanna layout and rendering engine (a fork of Gecko) and builds on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP), which in turn is a fork of the Mozilla code base without Servo or Rust.
Important: Development on the Basilisk browser has been suspended as of December 2021. Any genuinely sincere, legitimate and reasonable developer may want to contact me if they are interested in taking over this project. I thank everyone for the support and usership of this development browser over the years. -- Moonchild.
A new dev team has taken over development of Basilisk. Click here to learn more.
Basilisk is primarily a reference application for development of the XUL platform it builds upon, and additionally a potential replacement for Firefox.
Basilisk is development software. This means that it should be considered more or less "beta" at all times; it may have some bugs and is provided as-is, with potential defects. Like any other Free and Open Source Software community project, it comes without any warranty or promise of fitness for any particular purpose. That being said: of course we will do our best to provide an as stable and secure browser as possible with every official release of Basilisk.
It should be noted that the browser itself (the application code) will be released and maintained mostly as-it-is, with very little change or development on the user interface or browser front-end features. As the platform develops, some Firefox-specific features may be dropped; please do not expect this application to remain the same, forever.
It supports a wide array of features required for the Modern Web, including advanced scripting, WebRTC, CSS v3, HTML5 and downloadable font support. It also fully supports all NPAPI plugins (e.g. Java, Unity web player, Media plugins, Authentication plugins). Further details can be found on the features page.
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This browser is currently developed by the Basilisk Browser Development Team, and is a fully independent fork of the Mozilla/Firefox code.
This browser was originally created by the team behind the Pale Moon Browser
You can find the release notes for the browser here.
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