Breach Browser: an open-source and hackable browser for geeks

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While you are reading this, the chances are you are using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer (IE). That is because these tend to be the only choices on offer. Although each of the big browsers will try to convince you that you have a choice. The simple truth is you do not. You are confined to using these five main choices which generally-speaking are increasingly converging and becoming more alike with each update. That is until now!

Breach Browser is an extremely new browser. In fact this has only just been released in its first public Alpha and is barely a baby compared to the elders of the browser world. If you are now shouting at your screen “So, why should I care” then listen a little longer.

Breach Browser is a completely open-source browser and more importantly is completely customisable. Now before we go further I should point out you cannot simply just install this browser by downloading the app from the Play Store. Nope, instead this a browser for the geeks. When booting for the first time Breach simply shows a warning that there are no modules installed. From this point on it is up to you to code and install the necessary modules…more to the points the modules YOU want. Welcome to the world of a self-supported web-app.

So yes, you will need some technical ability to use Breach, but if you have the know-how then you will enjoy this browser. For instance imagine vertical tabs! As the Breach developers state, anything is possible

“…why not build an entirely modular one that would let its user leverage this architecture to easily add functionalities through simple Javascript modules. That’s exactly what Breach is today, a modular browser that does not expose any internal functionalities but an API for developers to build modules that can be added, removed, and interchanged very easily. In other words, Breach multiplexes the ExoBrowser API for modules to expose new functionalities”.

The browser is primarily coded only in JavaScript and uses Chromium Content API as its ultimate base with Node JS interpretation and processing all JavaScript. The result is a completely open modular browser which can be coded by the user in JavaScript and HTML 5.


The reality, is this is not a game-changing browser and for the clear majority of users is unlikely to be of use. Breach won’t challenge Chrome or IE for dominance in the market but does provide those with the ability to customise their browser completely the way they want it. If you have the skills in JavaScript or HTML5 than this will be worth giving a try. If you do then let us know what you think.

You can download Breach by visiting the browser website but remember this is an Alpha version and will be in its very earliest stage.

John Anon
A guy who has travelled too much and seen most of the world has to offer. Now just fascinated with technology with a specific focus on Android, custom mods and personalizing devices to represent us all better. When not playing with his phone or tablet can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm.