DuckDuckGo Privacy-Focused Desktop Browser in Works

The alternative search engine will launch a web browser that has privacy features by default...

DuckDuckGo desktop browser

DuckDuckGo, which we know for their privacy-focused search engine, is working on a desktop web browser that would also make sure its users privacy is well protected.

In a post on its blog, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg offers a glimpse at what the upcoming browser will look like, noting that we can expect it to perform the same way its browsing app does on mobile.

Weinberg added that the desktop browser will come with “robust privacy protection” by default, without you having to fine tune the settings. Also, and like its mobile app – the desktop will also include the “Fire” button that instantly erases all browsing history, as well as stored data, and tabs.

The browser is built around “OS-provided rendering engines,” which will apparently create a neater interface while getting rid of any clutter that comes with mainstream browsers.

Plus, the early tests suggest that DuckDuckGo’s browser is “significantly faster” than Google Chrome.

“macOS and Windows both now offer website rendering APIs (WebView/WebView2) that any application can use to render a website. That’s what we’ve used to build our app on desktop,” Allison Johnson, the senior communications manager at DuckDuckGo, explained to The Verge.

“Instead, we’re building the desktop app from the ground up around the OS-provided rendering APIs. This means that anything beyond website rendering (e.g., tabs & bookmark management, navigation controls, passwords etc.) we have to build ourselves.”

As a result, on Windows – the browser will use Edge / Chromium rendering, while on Mac – it will rely on the Safari / Webkit engine.

DuckDuckGo’s browser is currently in a closed beta test on macOS, with the Windows version coming soon. There is no word on when the desktop browser will become publicly available, though.

DuckDuckGo’s recent launches include a tool for its mobile browsing app that prevents apps from tracking users on Android, and an email protection service which strips away any trackers attached to your emails.