Next web browser

Next is a keyboard-oriented, extensible web-browser designed for power users. The application has familiar key-bindings (Emacs, VI), is fully configurable and extensible in Lisp, and has powerful features for productive professionals.

Warning: Next is under active development. Feel free to report bugs, instabilities or feature wishes.

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Fast tab switching

Switch easily between your open tabs by fuzzy search. If you are looking for, you could type in ele, exa, epl, or any other matching series of letters.

History as a tree

History is represented as a tree that you can traverse. smarter than the "forwards-backwards" abstraction found in other browsers, the tree makes sure you never lose track of where you've been.

Lightning fast navigation

Next is lightweight and fast. The interface does not get in your way- everything can be done by keyboard. You are free to fully focus on your task.

Getting started

Install Next

Next supports GNU/Linux, macOS, and Guix with engine support for WebKit and WebEngine/Blink.

Please see the downloads page for pre-built binaries. Some operating systems provide packages for Next:

To perform an installation from source, please see the developer readme.

If you want to use the Qt Webengine/Blink platform port, you currently have to build it from source.

D-Bus requirement

Next needs a D-Bus session bus to run. In most cases, it should already be running. If Next does not start up, it is very likely that D-Bus is not running for your user.

Quickstart keys

The symbols represent modifiers:

The following keys exist as special keys:



Customize and extend Next

Complete customization is possible through the creation of a ~/.config/next/init.lisp file. For more information please see: "Customizing Next" within the

Additionally, a document provided in the documents directory named is a place for the community to share helpful customizations. To share your own extension, please make a pull request with your new extension appended to

Run Next in a security sandbox

For improved security while you browse the internet, you can run Next with Firejail on GNU/Linux.

Firejail is a SUID program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications using Linux namespaces and seccomp-bpf. It allows a process and all its descendants to have their own private view of the globally shared kernel resources, such as the network stack, process table, mount table.

Run it like this:

firejail --ignore=nodbus next-gtk-webkit


For full documentation about Next, how it works, and how to extend it please see the

If you want to help with development or build Next from scratch, read the developer's documentation at documents/

History of changes

Please see the


All contributions and patches are accepted via email. You can use git send-email to create patches and send them to To find out more about git email patches please view the official documentation: