The Pale Moon browser - Your browser, Your way!
Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and ease of use. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!

Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own, independently developed source that has been forked off from Firefox/Mozilla code, with carefully selected features and optimizations to improve the browser's speed*, resource use, stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the browser truly your own.

 


Having trouble with the web installer or looking for other download options like an off-line installer, a package for a different operating system, Atom builds or portable version? Check the download menu at the top of this page!

Main features:
  • Optimized for modern processors
  • Based on our own optimized layout engine (Goanna)
  • Safe: forked from mature Mozilla code and regularly updated
  • Secure: Additional security features and security-aware development
  • Supported by a friendly, active community of users
  • Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface
  • Support for full themes: total freedom over any element's design
  • Support for easily-created lightweight themes (skins)
  • Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing
  • Increased stability: experience fewer browser crashes
  • Support for many Firefox extensions
  • Support for a growing number of Pale Moon exclusive extensions
  • Extensive and growing support for HTML5 and CSS3
  • Many customization and configuration options
  • Able to import existing Firefox profiles with the migration tool

This browser, even though fairly close to Gecko-based browsers like Mozilla Firefox in the way it works, is based on a different layout engine and offers a different set of features. It aims to provide close adherence to official web standards and specifications in its implementation (with minimal compromise), and purposefully excludes a number of features to strike a balance between general use, performance, and technical advancements on the Web. For example, if you need specialized accessibility features or integration of Windows' parental controls, then Pale Moon may not be a good browser choice for you.

With the current generation of mainstream browsers, there are also more obvious and not just "under the hood" differences: Pale Moon will continue to provide grouped navigation buttons of a decent size, a bookmarks toolbar that is enabled by default, tabs next to page content by default (easily switchable) and not in the least a functional status bar and more freedom in customization, to name a few things.

Pale Moon is, and will always be, completely FREE to download and use! (Open Source and Freeware)
But, if you feel so inclined and if you enjoy the browser enough to help pay for bills for hosting, related on-line and off-line services, and especially further development and maintenance of the browser:


(suggested minimum of $2 due to fees)
Bitcoin (BTC): 1PaLEmooNYSouqxNZU2U4zHaSRfPBH6ifE

Other options for supporting Pale Moon are available too!

If you are interested in keeping updated of new releases of the optimized Pale Moon web browser, please register on the official Pale Moon forum and subscribe to "Announcements", or subscribe to the news feed of the announcements board.

You may also be kept up to date by following the Twitter feed or liking the Facebook page by clicking the social media icons top-right of this page.

* Please note that current, popular "benchmarks" are extremely limited in what they test and the way they test "browser speed". Pale Moon does not aim to have an "as high as possible benchmark score" and may not perform well in these so-called micro-benchmarks, but instead focuses heavily on overall browser smoothness, CPU usage, efficient networking and program-wide optimizations not related to a certain (limited) subset of functions. Benchmarks, by definition, do not provide a real world browsing scenario, and should not be relied on to determine "which browser is faster or better".


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