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Luakit is an extremely fast, lightweight and flexible web browser using the webkit engine. It is customizable through lua scripts and fully usable with keyboard shortcuts.


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

You can also use the git version available from the [AUR].


With the Unix philosophy in mind, Luakit is entirely customizable through its configuration files. Those files are written in the Lua scripting language, thus allowing virtually unlimited features. First, copy the configuration files to your $XDG_CONFIG_HOME folder:


Now you can edit any of these files to make your brower fit your needs. Even if you do not know much about Lua, the configuration is quiet simple and well commented enough to make it straightforward.

Basic usage

Note: Most of the shortcuts are viewable and customizable from binds.lua.

Press Template:Keypress to access the command prompt. You can do nearly everything from there. Use Template:Keypress to autocomplete commands.

To quit, use the quit command, or the Template:KeypressTemplate:Keypress shortcut. You can also close the browser while remembering the session (i.e. restoring the tabs) by using the writequit command instead, or the Template:KeypressTemplate:Keypress shortcut.


Input fields

Many webpages have editable elements like dropdown lists, checkboxes, text fields and so one. While they work perfectly with the mouse, you may encounter some troubles using the follow commands. In such a case, pressing the arrow keys may help.


If enabled (default configuration), bookmarks can be used from within Luakit.

  • The :bookmarks command opens the bookmarks page. (Shortcut: Template:Keypress).
  • The :bookmark uri group command adds the specified URI to the specified group in the bookmarks.



Set your homepage as follows:

globals = {
    homepage = "about:blank",
-- ...

Custom search engines

You can virtually add any search engine you want. Make a search on the website you want and copy paste the URI to the Luakit configuration by replacing the searched terms with an %s. Example:

search_engines = {
    aur = "",
-- ...

The variable is used as a keyword for the :open command in Luakit.

Set the defaut search engine by using this same keyword:

search_engines.default = search_engines.aur

Bookmarks sync and import

Bookmarks are stored in a simple plain text file: $XDG_DATA_HOME/luakit/bookmarks. Each line is a bookmark. It is composed of 2 fields:

link    group   
Warning: Each field is followed by a tabulation. If you insert space instead, the link will not be properly bookmarked.

Groups and links are alphabetically sorted, so there is no need to do it manually.

You can put a symbolic link in place of the default file to store your bookmarks anywhere on your machine. This way if your are using a cloud sync application like Dropbox, you can keep your bookmarks synchronized between your different computers.

To import your bookmarks from Firefox, first you must export them to an HTML file using its bookmarks manager. Now we must convert the XML file to a Luakit format. You can use the following one-line awk command:

$ cat bookmarks.html | awk '{gsub(/=/," ")}{gsub(/\"/," ")}/<\/H3>/{FS=">";gsub(/</,">");og=g;g=$(NF-2);FS=" "}/

/{x++;if(x>= 3)gl[x-3]=g}/<\/DL>/{x--;if(x==2)g=og"2"}'/HREF/{gsub(/</," ");gsub(/>/," ");if(g!=""){if(og!=g){printf "\n";og=g};printf "%s\t",$4;if(x>=3){for(i=0;i<=x-4;i++){printf "%s-",gl[i]}printf "%s\n",gl[x-3]}else{printf "\n"}}}' Or if you prefer the more readable script version:

{gsub(/=/," ")}
{gsub(/\"/," ")}

/<\/H3>/ {
    FS=" "

/<DL>/ {
    if ( count >= 3 )

/<\/DL>/ {
    if( count == 2 )

/HREF/ {
    gsub(/</," ")
    gsub(/>/," ")
    if (group != "")
        if(oldgroup != group)
            printf "\n"
        printf "%s\t",$4
        if ( count >= 3 )
            for ( i=0 ; i <= count-4 ; i++ )
            {printf "%s-" , groupline[i]}
            printf "%s\n" , groupline[count-3]
            printf "\n"

Run it with

$ awk -f ff2lk.awk bookmarks.html