vimb - the vim like browser

Vimb is a fast and lightweight vim like web browser based on the webkit web browser engine and the GTK toolkit. Vimb is modal like the great vim editor and also easily configurable during runtime. Vimb is mostly keyboard driven and does not distract you from your daily work.

If your are familiar with vim or have some experience with pentadactyl the use of vimb would be a breeze, if not we missed our target.

latest features

New setting status-bar-show-settings
This allows to enable visualization of some runtime settings. Format of this and the settings to show are configured in src/config.h on compilation time.
New setting notification
These new settings allow to control the website access to the notification API.
Add $VIMB_SELECTION when :shellcmd is run.
This variable is set to the current selected text whenever a :shellcmd is executed.

Vimb 3.7.0 released

New option --cmd, -C
Allow to give ex commands on startup that are give to new spawned child instances too.

More about latest changes can be found in the


There isn’t really much to see for a browser that is controlled via keyboard. But following images may give a impression of they way vimb works.

vimb hinting marks active element like links completion with scrallable completion menu






Edit to match your local setup. You might need to do this if you use another compiler, like tcc. Most people, however, will almost never need to do this on systems like Ubuntu or Debian.

Edit src/config.h to match your personal preferences, like changing the characters used in the loading bar, or the font.

The default Makefile will not overwrite your customised config.h with the contents of config.def.h, even if it was updated in the latest git pull. Therefore, you should always compare your customised config.h with config.def.h and make sure you include any changes to the latter in your config.h.

Run the following commands to compile and install Vimb (if necessary, the last one as root). V=1 enables verbose output for those that are interested to see full compiler option lines.

make V=1
make install

If you wish to install with other PREFIX note that this option must be given for both steps the compile step as well as the install step.

make PREFIX="/usr"
make PREFIX="/usr" DESTDIR="/home/user" install

To run vimb without installation for testing it out use the ‘runsandbox’ make target.

make runsandbox


If you find a misbehaviour or have feature requests use the issue tracker provided by github or via mailing list (list archive).