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Lightning Web Browser

By John Holdsworth

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Lightning is a minimalist web browser designed with one thing in mind - speed of search. An order of magnitude smaller than other browsers, Lightning loads in less than a second and is ready to use straight away. Enable the "Lightning Lookup" service and search on selected text from any application in an instant by typing command-@.

Based on Webkit (the already fast core of the Safari and Chrome browsers), instead of unloading browsed pages as you navigate, Lightning keeps a buffer of many WebBrowser objects in memory. This allows you to return back to a previously viewed page instantaneously without having to wait for it to reload. This optimisation makes a huge difference to speed of navigation.

URL's (starting with http://) or search items can be selected or entered into the address bar. For search terms, select the site you wish use as a search engine on the popup list at the left hand side.

Other features include:
* History and Bookmarks are HTML pages containing an (optional) snapshot of the page when it was last viewed.
* The Bookmarks page is WSYWIG editable to "arrange" them and can be used as your home page. Use the “Manage/Save Bookmarks" menu item to make your changes permanent.
* Preloads next page off-screen when you hover over a link.
* Page by Page control over Flash content and cookies.
* All the usual trackpad gestures including zoom supported.
* To close a tab or remove a bookmark tap it's icon.
* Full Spelling/Grammar checking available via edit menu.
* As a final boost to initial page load try Google DNS on or

Lightning may not be the most refined browser on the internet but from the look of the reviews it may just be the fastest! Give it a try.

What's New in Version 3.2

Updated for Yosemite.


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Customer Reviews


75 % of the pages that I zoom in on either shoot all the way to the left or to the right. I log onto Facebook and the same thing when I use zoom, all the way to the left or right but, it stays small either way. When i go to click on the home page it keeps me on the FB search engine. I know it wasn’t breaking the bank when I purchased this but, this is absolutely horrible. You would think they would at least have a zoom level saver so you wouldn’t have to use it on every page. Bottom line, this product stinks and I requested a refund.


I was having some unknown trouble opening Safari on my MacBook pro. I downloaded this and it opened nearly instantly. VERY similar to Firefox as another reviewed said. Simple and straight forward, simple toolbar outline. Fantastic and fast browser!

Great Browser

If you like Mozilla on the PC you’ll like this browser on the MAC. No bells and whistle and works as advertised.

Lightning Web Browser
View in Mac App Store
  • $1.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 2.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Gambling and Contests
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
  • Unrestricted Web Access

Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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