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dwb is an extremely fast, lightweight and flexible web browser using the webkit engine. It is customizable through its web interface and fully usable with keyboard shortcuts.


The dwb package can be found in the official repositories and can be installed with pacman.

# pacman -S dwb

There are also other versions in the AUR: dwb-gitAUR, dwb-gtk3AUR, and dwb-gtk3-gitAUR.

Basic usage

Starting from a fresh configuration, use Template:KeypressTemplate:Keypress to open the Keys page. As you can see from there, most bindings are borrowed from Vim and Emacs.

Use Template:Keypress to access the command prompt. You can use Template:Keypress to auto-complete.

Read the man page for more details and enable the auto-completion option in the settings to help you learn the bindings.

$ man dwb


o        = enter url
O        = enter url in new tab
f        = spawn hints next to each hyperlink. You can use arrow keys to browse the hints while displaying their URI, or use the hint letters.
F        = spawn hints in new tab
;b       = spawn hints in new background tab
;r       = follow multiple background links rapidly
H        = back
L        = forward
J        = go to next tab
K        = go to previous tab
'n'+T    = goto 'n' tab
d        = close tab
u        = undo close tab
ctrl+s   = stop
r        = reload
R        = reload ignoring cache
i        = toggle_insert_mode   (Esc works to go back to command mode much like vim)
Esc      = back to normal mode
ctrl+n   = back to normal mode
gi       = go to the first input field and enter insert mode
ctrl+e   = open editable field in external editor. Very helpful for forums and wikis.
;d       = download via hints

Page Movement

j        = scroll down
k        = scroll up
h        = scroll left
l        = scroll right
gg       = go to top
G        = go to bottom
/        = find in page
n        = repeat find forward
+        = zoom_in
-        = zoom_out
=        = reset to 100%
gf       = toglle source view


M        = save bookmark (bookmarks are saved in ~/.config/dwb/default/bookmarks
:        = enter command
xb       = show/hide status bar
ZZ       = exit


Press Template:Keypress to switch to caret browsing, then press Template:Keypress to toggle between caret and visual mode. Press Template:Keypress one or two times to go back to normal mode. While in caret browsing, you can use the arrow keys to browse the different parts of the page. Hold Template:Keypress to select text. Press Template:Keypress to follow links.


Almost everything can be configured from the Settings page. You can access it with Template:KeypressTemplate:Keypress by default.

The configuration files are stored in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/dwb/ (usually ~/.config/dwb/).

Search engines

Use Template:KeypressTemplate:Keypress to create a search engine from the first input field on the web page. Use Template:Keypress to switch between fields. Then enter a keyword.

Now you can use the keyword in the URI prompt to search directly on the corresponding website.

The first entry in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/dwb/searchengines will be the default search engine.

Custom keybinds

You can create custom key bindings by editing file custom_keys in the profile directory. This is ~/.config/dwb/default by default. All keysyms which don't emit (multi)byte characters, must be enclosed in @. One keybind can execute multiple dwb commands. These commands execute in same order as they are defined in bind, and must be separated by ;; separator. If the keybind's chord is already bound by dwb, it might be ignored (behaviour is not consistent). In such case one can try to check, whether there is collison with binds defined in ~/.config/dwb/keys and try to unbind the chord there (eg set it to nothing). Any running dwb instance will owerwrite keys file on exit, so remember to do your modifications while dwb is not runing or use default dwb interface (S k).

Control w           :close_tab
Control @Page_Up@   :focus_prev
Control @Page_Down@ :focus_next


dwb features an extension manager as a separate executable, dwbem. To list all officially available extensions, use:

dwbem -a
   Available extensions:      Mainstream equivalent:
   - adblock_subscriptions    Adblock
   - autoquvi                 Video DownloadHelper
   - contenthandler           (Handle requests based on MIME type, filename extension or URI scheme)
   - downloadhandler          (Handle downloads based on mimetype or filename extension, useful if 'download-no-confirm' is set)
   - formfiller               LastPass, Lazarus (Save form data and fill forms with previously saved data, also with gpg-support)
   - googlebookmarks          GBookmarks, GMarks (Add bookmarks to google bookmarks with a shortcut)
   - googledocs               Open with Google Docs, Google Docs Viewer
   - grabscrolling            (Adobe Acrobat style grab and drag mouse scrolling)
   - multimarks               (Bookmark multiple urls to a single quickmark)
   - navtools                 Opera Fast Forward, IE 10 Flip Ahead
   - perdomainsettings        (Change webkit-settings automatically on domain or url basis)
   - pwdhash                  PwdHash
   - requestpolicy            RequestPolicy, Disconnect, Ghostery
   - simplyread               Readability, Clearly
   - speeddial                Speed Dial
   - supergenpass             (Generate domain-based passwords; compatible with the bookmarklet supergenpass but with additional options)
   - unique_tabs              (Remove duplicate tabs or avoid duplicate tabs by autoswitching to tabs with same url)
   - userscripts              GreaseMonkey/Stylish
   - whitelistshortcuts       (Whitelist webkit settings for certain domains with a shortcut)

For more details, use dwbem -I <extension> and read the dwb and dwbem man pages.

Below is a list of popular extensions (or add-ons) for which dwb has a built-in alternative:

  • NoScript/Flashblock: dwb blocks flash by default and can block javascript.
  • Omnibar: just like Chrome, dwb's address gives quick access to search, history, and bookmarks.
  • Download Statusbar: dwb's displays downloads in a neat status bar by default.
  • IE Tab: dwb can open a page in any external browser with a simple userscript.
  • Session Manager: dwb uses its built-in session manager by default.
  • Private browsing: add xpp:toggle enable-private-browsing to custom_keys to toggle privacy mode by typing Template:Keypress.


dwb features an Adblock extension. Install it with

$ dwbem -i adblock_subscriptions

Restart dwb, use the adblock_subscribe command and choose your favorite filter (avoid using more than one filter to prevent duplicate entries that make the adblocker much slower).


dwb can execute .js or .sh scripts put in ~/.config/dwb/userscripts/. Make sure they are executable:

chmod +x ~/.config/dwb/userscripts/myscript.js

Below are some example scripts, see dwb userscripts snippets for more:


Opera features a neat key binding which allows users to load to ne next/previous logical page by incrementing/decrementing the last URI digit. This is very useful for forum threads, documentation, and articles spread over several pages.

This feature can be implemented with a simple javascript function and bound to custom keys:

]:exja (function(){var e=document.querySelector("[rel='next']");if(e){location=e.href;}else{var f=document.getElementsByTagName("a");var i=f.length;while((e=f[--i])){if(e.text.search(/(\bnext\b|^>$|^(>>|»)$|^(>|»)|(>|»)$|\bmore\b)/i)>-1){location=e.href; break;}}}})();
[:exja (function(){var e=document.querySelector("[rel='prev']");if(e){location=e.href;}else{var f=document.getElementsByTagName("a");var i=f.length;while((e=f[--i])){if(e.text.search(/(\b(prev|previous)\b|^<$|^(<<|«)$|^(<|«)|(<|«)$)/i)>-1){location=e.href;break;}}}})();

Alternatively, the navtools extension provides the same functionality and more, such as going up one directory, or loading the root URI.


Prevents previously-opened tabs from reloading all at once after a restart.

// prevents previously-opened tabs from reloading all at once after a restart.
execute("set load-on-focus true");

var sigId = signals.connect("navigation", function(wv) {
        if (wv == tabs.current)
                    execute("set load-on-focus false");


Opens YouTube videos with mplayer (requires mplayer and youtube-dl).

// opens YouTube videos with mplayer.
var regex = new RegExp("http(.*)://www.youtube.com/watch\\?(.*&)*v=.*");

signals.connect("navigation", function (wv, frame, request) {
  if (wv.mainFrame == frame && regex.test(request.uri)) 
    system.spawn("sh -c 'mplayer \"$(youtube-dl -g " + request.uri + ")\"'");
  return false;


a global stylesheet can be defined in the Settings, under user-stylesheet-uri (i.e. file:///home/tux/.config/dwb/stylesheet.css)

If you browse with the status bar hidden and are annoyed by the the link previews that appear while hovering over links with the mouse, add this to the stylesheet: #dwb_hover_element { display:none!important; }


HTML5 audio and video does not work

Make sure you have the following GStreamer packages installed:

# pacman -S --needed gstreamer0.10 gstreamer0.10-bad gstreamer0.10-bad-plugins gstreamer0.10-base gstreamer0.10-base-plugins gstreamer0.10-good gstreamer0.10-good-plugins gstreamer0.10-ugly gstreamer0.10-ugly-plugins

Search engines always search for undefined

If you are always searching for undefined even with the searchengine-submit-pattern option set, then you should edit $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/dwb/searchengines and adapt the URIs to match your searchengine-submit-pattern.

Fuzzy font in Github

Add this in your ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf inside the fontconfig-tags:

       <patelt name="family">