Epiphany turns 7

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Seven years ago today, the Epiphany webbrowser was first released. In the mean time, the project has had three maintainers and in the past year it has been rejuvenized by switching from the Gecko to the WebKit backend.

At the WebKitGTK+ hackfest that took place last week (covered by Xan, Reinout, Alex, Gustavo, and Christian, among others) some big steps were made to make sure that Epiphany 2.30 will be a completely state-of-the-art Gnome web browser again. In the mean time, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always test the latest development release and report bugs as you find them.

Epiphany using an info bar for the Remember password dialog

Epiphany using an info bar for the Remember password dialog

Happy birthday and joyous holidays!

Epiphany in the news

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A brief notice:

OSNews linked to a Free Software Magazine article extolling Epiphany as the ultimate Gnome browser. (But you knew that already, didn’t you? ;-))

“If you’re a Gnome user who needs a Gnome browser, a Xubuntu user who can’t survive the heaviness of Firefox, or just a person who likes speed and power, give Epiphany a try. It’s worth it.”

Some extensions you didn’t know

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If you haven’t had the time to check ThirdPartyExtensions page in the wiki, then you might be missing the following cool extensions.

Empowering your tabs
Two cool extensions from George Notaras:

  • Tab Links
    This extension allows you to export that interesting tabs you have open to various formats so you can share them: Mediawiki, MoinMoin, DokuWiki, HTML. Go check it out!
  • Tab Session Management
    This will allow you to save and restore your epiphany sessions on demand, pretty similar to session saving but with a hands-on touch.

For the people wanting to experiment with the UI, Kevin Michel has something to show:

  • Tabs on Treeview
    Just like you read it, this extension will give you a totally different way of browsing. Check the site for a nice screenshot.
  • Tab Killer
    Hate tabs? Want to have windows (hopefully not the OS) all over the place? Jon Dowland shares that hate for tabs that you have and guess what, he made an extension for it.


That small things that make our life a little more compli^Wsimpler.

Michael Opitz has something to say,

  • GMail Notifier
    Mail checking freak? This is right for you, nice screenshots on the website. Even nicer notifications when installed.

What? You didn’t like them?

Then create a new one! Hacking a new Epiphany Extension is incredibly easy, specially thanks to the Python bindings. Just check any of the already created extensions and summon everyone’s favorite python function dir() all around the place ;).

Ok, actually we have some docs… but isn’t it a lot more exciting to just dir() around? For the boring grown up inside of you, check the docs.

And in other news, Epiphany has branched for 2.20.

What your web browser says about you

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Galeon/Epiphany You’re one of those quiet people who hangs out in the back and of whom everybody thinks little about until they come talk to you. Then they find out you’re an exotic dancer, movie stuntman, or NSA agent. This would be discounted, however, by the fact that you use Gnome.


1.9.7 out and other subjects…

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Apologies for not having announced 1.9.7 on this blog. Better luck next time…

Instead, I would like to point out a few blog entries I’ve written on Epiphany-related subjects and solicit your feedback:

For who hasn’t seen the definitive new look of the bookmark topic chooser yet, here it is:

The topic list in expanded state

Mono extensions

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Epiphany extensions can now be written in mono.

Epiphany 1.7.3 released

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What is it ?

Epiphany is the GNOME web browser, based on the mozilla
rendering engine. It aims to be simple and easy to use.

Epiphany front page

Epiphany 1.7.3 is the third release in the unstable series leading
up to GNOME 2.12.

Changes from Epiphany 1.7.2 to 1.7.3

- Detect seamonkey trunk
- Remove the reload workaround, mozilla bug is fixed on all supported versions
- Fix a couple of strings [#310196]
- More known mime types
- Fix URL dragging to other tabs
- Fix smart bookmark options parsing [#116709, #132761]
- Yet another mozilla API change
- Use gnome-doc-utils, and move existing translations over
- Updated python bindings
- Use libgnomeprintui for printing [Jürg Billeter; #141241, #163255, #301730]
- Set title of loading page to the address, iff the page was blank [#115337, #171622]
- Also ellipsise the menu entries in the toolbar overflow menu
- Don't crash in case the backgrounds applet desktop file is not found
- Print a less techy message if someone tries to print to PDF [Martin Kretzschmar
- Preserve the selection when switching tabs [#155824]
- Maybe fix crash with gtk 2.7 [#309918]

Contributors to this release were Jürg Billeter, Martin Kretzschmar
and Christian Persch.

Updated translations:

        * Vladimir Petkov (bg)
        * Miloslav Trmac (cs)
        * Adam Weinberger (en_CA)
        *  (es)
        * Ivar Smolin (et)
        * Ankit Patel (gu)
        * Gabor Kelemen (hu)
        * Žygimantas Beručka (lt)
        * Terance Edward Sola (nb)
        * Reinout van Schouwen (nl)
        * Terance Edward Sola (no)
        * Marcel Telka (sk)
        * Clytie Siddall (vi)
        * Liu Songhe (zh_CN)

Updated document translations:

        * Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es)

Where can I get it ?

Source code:
with SHA1 sum 026c6b7f150b318aa4dfcc91c0ff419bd9af0103.

Epiphany 1.7.3 requires mozilla 1.7, 1.7.x, 1.7 branch, 1.8b2 or trunk,
or firefox 1.0.x or trunk.
The recommended version is Mozilla 1.7.10

More about dependencies and installation tips.


The Epiphany team