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FOSS Browser

Small webbrowser using Android webView. Designed to respect your privacy.
New in version 8.4
### v 8.4

- new: camera use (thanks to @woheller69)
- new: microphone use
- new: webRTC support
- new: DRM protected video playback (thanks to @woheller69)
- new: support of encrypted backups (thanks to @woheller69)
- new: profiles instead of whitelists
- new: restore tabs on restart (optional)
- new: restore tabs when killed by system (optional) (thanks to @woheller69)
- fix: AutoComplete TextView (thanks to @woheller69)
- updated: setting screens
"FOSS Browser" is a fully free/open source (as in freedom) Android app. FOSS Browser doesn't show ads and doesn't track you. The intention is to provide a simple and light weight but powerful and privacy friendly browser with a modern user interface. Your privacy - your data.

Project Homepage with further infos: https://github.com/scoute-dich/browser/

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SECURITY/DATA
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• fully open source
• no trackers
• no unnecessary permissions
• third party cookies disabled by default
• enable/disable cookies, javascript, location access, history and more
• advanced settings for javascript, cookies and DOM-storage (domain/bookmark based)
• do not track me / GPC (global privacy control)
• measures agains browser fingerprinting
• AdBlocker
• delete data on exit (optional)

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UI/HANDLING
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• optimized for one hand handling (toolbar at bottom)
• tab control (switch, open, close unlimited tabs)
• full material design
• hide toolbar (optional)
• fast toggle for most important settings
• advanced gesture control for toolbar and toolbar buttons
• filtering bookmarks
• toggle mobile/desktop mode
• toggle day/night mode

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NICE TO HAVE
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• backup data
• small size
• search on site
• Websearch (from marked text context menu)
• save as PDF
• open links in other apps (for example YouTube)

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 8.4 (119) suggested Added on 2021-11-22

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone at any time.
    • android.permission.RECORD_VIDEO
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • android.permission.MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera at any time.

    Download APK 3.3 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 8.3 (118) - Added on 2021-09-24

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • android.permission.MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

    Download APK 3.9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 8.2 (117) - Added on 2021-08-14

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • android.permission.MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

    Download APK 3.9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log