Web browsers needs RAM memory!
Web browser comparison with focus on Linux Mint browsers.
There are a lot of web browsers out there. For various Linux distributions, for Windows and macOS, as well as for tablets and phones.
How much resources do they need to work?
I have focused on the needed memory, when showing same reference web page (hemrin.com). I have uninstalled browser extensions. Starting point is the Linux Mint operating system with only internet connection (via VPN) turned on, idling, and of course the ordinary background programs and processes. The values are noted directly from the screen - the screen dump tool itself used for the examples below takes some resources itself (therefore screen snapshot examples have higher values than shown in the table).
I have compared four browsers available in the Linux Mint repository. It means they available to download, install and update inside the Linux Mint program library.
- Epiphany / Gnome
|Browser||Memory usage RAM [GB]||Memory usage RAM [%]|
|No browser "idling"||981||53,3|
|Epiphany / Gnome||1200||64,5|
This is a very quick study. Anyway, I think it is accurate enough to conclude it indeed is a difference between browsers. Many more browsers exist.
Memory resources is of course only one aspect of selecting browser. Security, privacy, available extensions are some other important aspects to consider - none of those are considered in this test.
When browsing, the needed memory can be highly impacted of which page is browsed, and if many tabs are opened at the same time. Not at least for a computer as in the test object with very limited RAM, this memory resouce aspect can be relevant to take into account when browsing the world wide web!
Test reference information
Operating system Linux Mint Cinnamon: 19.1, 64 bit
Epiphany/Gnome web browser: 3.28.1
Main characteristics of this computer: CPU: 1.60 GHz dual core, eMCC (SSD) Hard drive: 32 GB and RAM: 2 GB.
10 March 2019