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Trace Your Browser's Roots on the Browser Family Tree [Infographic]

The world of browsers is far more diverse than a glance at the big four browsers might lead you to believe. Check out the roots of your browser in the Browser Family Tree.

You’re likely aware of mainstream browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, but do you know where they came from? That many of them share a common forefather? Not only that but what about lesser known browsers like Tamaya and OmniWeb? The browser family tree is a diverse thing.

Hit up the link below to check out the full Browser Family Tree.

Browser Family Tree [Wikipedia via Hotlinks]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/9/11

Comments (6)

  1. Sander Janssens

    Mine isn’t in the tree. I use Rockmelt and it has his roots in Google Chrome

  2. Chris

    I can see no trace of IBM’s WebExplorer…

  3. lastlifelost

    Where’s the original AOL internet explorer? That was the first one I used. Then again, maybe I was young enough to not know what I was surfing on…

    Also, I was surprised to see that Opera has actually been around longer the IE. I love Opera, and if it weren’t for a small flaw with downloading things (for some reason, it just doesn’t work sometimes) I’d be using it instead of Chrome.

  4. adam

    Like lastlife I’m also shocked to see how long Opera has been around. I thought it was a new browser but it’s seen more then a few updates.. Still, I discovered it a while back and now it’s the only browser I use unless I absolutely have to switch browsers (like for netflix). Thanks for the chart!

  5. arahman87

    Opera is NOT a new comer, I remember it from the time when it still offered a paid version.
    And it was Opera that popularized tabbed browsing, and Opera Turbo still seems to be the only one of it’s kind.

  6. berumte

    I love Opera, too. I started using it when it was still being designed to fit on a single floppy (v3.14? 1997?) and it has been my baseline, against which all others are compared, ever since. These days, I support proprietary webapps that only work in IE, but I’m always trying to trick ’em into working in Opera. I especially love Opera’s display resizing slider and reverse background settings, callable on the fly from the customizable user interface, for use at night on my bigscreen telly.

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