Web Browsing with Vim Experience

4 min readMay 4, 2021

Navigate the World Wide Web using keyboard-driven web browsers or add-ons with Vim key bindings.

qutebrowser Key Bindings


As developers using Vim/Neovim, you definitely get used to a mouseless development workflow. In my previous article, I talked about some niche Neovim plugins, including Firenvim which allows you to embed Neovim in a browser. In this article, let’s explore keyboard-driven web browsing using the familiar Vim key bindings.

Web Browsers

Let’s started by going through browsers that support keyboard-driven web browsing natively.


Perhaps this is one of the most popular options for developers. qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and PyQt5. It is free software, licensed under the GPL.

The key bindings should look familiar to Vim users.

qutebrowser Key Bindings

And if you type “:” you can go into the Command mode.

qutebrowser Commands

As it supports keyboard-driven web browsing natively, the experience is very smooth.

Keyboard-Driven Web Browsing

qutebrowser is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.


Vimb is a WebKit-based web browser that behaves like the Vimperator plugin for Firefox and has usage paradigms from the great editor, Vim. The goal is to build a completely keyboard-driven, efficient, and pleasurable browsing experience.


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