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lariza is a simple and lightweight browser with minimal dependencies against webkit2gtk. Generally considered to be one of the lightest front-end GUI interfaces to webkit2gtk in terms of binary size and resource consumption, notable features of lariza include an address/location bar, customizable user agent and regex-based adblocking, keyword based searching, a download manager and global content zoom. lariza leverages tabbedAUR to support tabs within a single window instance. Additionally, lariza supports the XEmbed protocol which makes it possible to embed the runtime in another application. Notable feature exclusions include the lack of cookie/JavaScript/local storage toggles and support for custom stylesheets.


lariza is available in the AUR as lariza-gitAUR. Alternatively, source code is available on GitHub.

Install tabbedAUR if support for tabs within a single window instance of lariza is desired. tabbed will run detached and be automatically picked up by lariza. An alternative to tabbed is the use of a window manager which supports native tabbing such as i3, PekWM and/or fluxbox.


Environment variables

Customize select settings by way of environment variables in the rc file of your preferred shell:

export LARIZA_DOWNLOAD_DIR=/home/example/dump
export LARIZA_USER_AGENT=Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:45.5.1) Gecko/20121011 Firefox/45.5.1
export LARIZA_ZOOM=1.0 # Default Zoom Level

Set various XDG environment variables to modify the default WebKit cache and/or local storage locations. To avoid establishing a global environment which affects other applications, XDG variables should be set before calling lariza. GTK variables can also be used to support the environment.

  • Specify a theme and cache directory before launching lariza without support for tabbed:
$ GTK_THEME=Adwaita:dark XDG_CACHE_HOME=/tmp lariza -T
Tip: lariza can be sandboxed and and environment variables set within the sandbox using firejail.

Custom key bindings

Custom key bindings can be established to create a consistent and familiar input interface across applications. The default key bindings of lariza can be modified by adjusting the GDK definitions in the the browser.c source code file. For example, switching the default global modifier from Alt to Ctrl requires changing all instances of GDK_MOD1_MASK to GDK_CONTROL_MASK.

Tip: The default MOD1+q (Close Window) and MOD1+w (Home) bindings can lead to unexpected window exits due to the proximity of the q and w keys to one another. Limit exposure to this by modifying GDK_KEY_q and/or GDK_KEY_w to suit.

Keyword based searching

Keyword based searching can be configured by creating ~/.config/lariza/keywordsearch:

Note: This location can be adjusted through the environment variable XDG_CONFIG_HOME
cv[dead link 2020-12-27 ⓘ]
# g

Single line entries consist of a keyword and a URI %s query. Typing git lariza in the address field + Enter will return the results of searching GitHub for lariza: Note that # commented lines are ignored.

Bookmarks workaround

The author of lariza has explicitly stated that support for bookmarks is not forthcoming. Workarounds include:

Keyword based bookmarks

v[dead link 2020-12-27 ⓘ]

Similar to keyword based searching less the terminating query string. Typing bg in the address field + Space + Enter will return the current content of

Speed Dial home page

Create a static/dynamic HTML page with a list of links to serve as a Speed Dial page to be called with the home page key binding. See lariza Speed Dial Example for a sample static page.

Note: Set the lariza home page environment variable accordingly: LARIZA_HOME_URI=file:///home/example/.config/lariza/bookmarks.html

Disabling JavaScript

lariza enables JavaScript by default. Rather, lariza passes through the default configuration of the underlying webkit2gtk engine. Disabling JavaScript requires rebuilding webkit2gtk with the -DENABLE_JIT=OFF variable set.

Warning: This will effectively disable JavaScript across all applications which depend on webkit2gtk.

Adblock support

Support for blocking ads or URIs in general can be configured by creating ~/.config/lariza/ with regular expressions. Case-insensitive regexp and partial matches with glob wildcards are supported.


Using lariza

  • Append lariza with multiple URIs to open in separate tabs:
$ lariza file:///home/example/.config/lariza/bookmarks.html
  • Prepend lariza with environment variables to switch the default cache and local storage locations to /dev/null:
$ XDG_CACHE_HOME=/dev/null XDG_DATA_HOME=/dev/null lariza https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion[dead link 2020-12-27 ⓘ]
Note: This does not disable cache or local storage. Instead, cache and local storage data are retained within volatile memory and cleared upon application exit.
  • Improve upon the previous example by setting the configuration files directory to tmpfs and running the profile completely in memory:
$ XDG_CONFIG_HOME=/tmp XDG_CACHE_HOME=/dev/null XDG_DATA_HOME=/dev/null lariza https://344c6kbnjnljjzlz.onion[dead link 2020-12-27 ⓘ]
Note: XDG_CONFIG_HOME must mirror the file and directory structure of ~/.config whereby /tmp/lariza/keywordsearch is the equivalent of ~/.config/lariza/keywordsearch.
  • Set lariza to launch within a firejail sandbox using a spectrwm window manager key binding:
# ~/.spectrwm.conf 

program[lariza] = firejail lariza -C
bind[lariza] = Mod+l

For complete documentation, review the latest README and man pages available on the lariza GitHub project page.

Open urls with external applications

With newer versions of lariza, page url or selected url can be sent to an executable lariza-external-handler. This can be used to open youtube video with mpv/youtube-dl or opening magnet link with your favorite torrent client. To use this feature create script named lariza-external-handler in your path and make it executable. For an example (this script uses dmenu)


 shopt -s lastpipe
   chromium )

 option=$(for i in "${ops[@]}"; do echo "$i"; done |  dmenu -p  "open <u>$url</u> with...")

 [[ ! $option ]] && exit

 case "$option" in
   mpv) mpv "$2" ;;
   chromium) chromium "$2" ;;
   *) $option "$2" ;;

To call this script from lariza use key "alt+x", this will send page url to the script as "lariza-external-handler -u $url", or right click on a link and select lariza-external-handler from context menu.


lariza + tabbed freezes with certain key combinations

The default build of tabbedAUR binds two key combinations to spawn. Key combinations which call spawn to fork may freeze either lariza or the current X session or both.

  • Avoid key press combinations bound to the spawn function call. This is the easiest solution.
  • Modify spawn bindings in tabbed config.h to avoid conflicting with lariza key bindings. Rebuild tabbed.
  • Comment out all key combinations bound to spawn in tabbed config.h. Rebuild tabbed.

See also