Download of the day: Vivaldi

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – an incredible open source browser tailored just for you

Vivaldi is a fully customizable open source web browser built around the same technology as Google Chrome. You can add, remove and edit every single feature to suit the way you prefer to surf, and create your own quick shortcuts and links for easy access to all your favorite sites and tools. It not only supports keyboard shortcuts – you can also define your own gestures for use with a mouse or touchscreen.

Why you need it

Vivaldi's standard homepage is a set of customizable tiles (a little like your Bookmarks list) that can be refreshed so you can check for new content without visiting each site. You can create as many of these pages as you like, or open one or more websites in tabs instead.

Key features

Fully customizable interface

Intelligent tab organization and previews

Bespoke keyboard and gesture shortcuts

Support for Chrome plugins

The browser offers an excellent choice of search engines (you aren't automatically tied to Google or Bing), and if your preferred option isn't listed you can easily add it manually.

Vivaldi has an optional sidebar for displaying a second site, which is perfect for Twitter or RSS feeds, and you can choose whether your tabs are positioned at the top, bottom or beside the page. Tabs can also include a small thumbnail of the current page, making them easy to navigate, and can be arranged into stacks to keep them organized (great if you often have dozens of tabs open at once).

The interface can be customized with a co-ordinated theme, individually selected colours, or hues that shift to match the page you're currently viewing to make the browser as unobtrusive as possible.

Download Vivaldi free

If all that isn't enough, Vivaldi also supports Chrome extensions, making it almost infinitely expandable. Give it a try - once you've experimented with Vivaldi, you might never go back to your old web browser.


Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!