A new user interface for Browserling!

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Exciting news at Browserling! My team and I just launched a brand new product interface for Browserling. The new interface lets you access all browsers on all platforms and all features through a single neat menu.

You can try the new user interface right now by following this quick browsing link:

browserling.com/chrome/110/catonmat.net/new-browserling-ui

This link will open this same blog post in the latest version of Chrome.

The menu

The new menu contains everything you need to work with Browserling browsers. The top part of the menu focuses on the platform, the browser, and the website that you want to test, and the bottom part lets you quickly access the most popular features.

The features include display options (allows zooming the browser and changing resolutions), screen capture (allows capturing browser screenshots and quickly annotate them), local testing (allows opening an ssh tunnel to localhost or local network to test local websites), on-screen keyboard (allows using an English keyboard on non-English computers, and allows using a keyboard on mobile devices), share a browser (allows sending a quick link to the current browser and website you're viewing), and send feedback (we love feedback!)

Operating system and browser selection

The operating system and browser selection lets you quickly access all available platforms and browsers. With a click or two you quickly load the browser version you need.

URL navigation

The URL navigation field lets you quickly navigate to the website you need. Just enter the address of the website, click the go button, and a browser will open and load the website.

Display options

The display options feature lets you zoom the browser in and out (especially useful if you're on a 4k screen) and change the resolution to a bigger one or a smaller one. Also, this feature lets you do responsive web testing as you can see how your website looks on various screen sizes.

Capture screen

The screen capture feature lets you quickly capture screenshots of your browsing sessions. Once you select the browser region you want to capture, it opens a screenshot of this region and you can use the editing tools, such as a pen, rectangle, text annotation, and eraser tool to make modifications to the screenshot.

I'll be writing another more detailed article about this feature in one of the next posts as it has many other amazing features that let you quickly copy screenshots to clipboard, share bug reports with your co-workers by emailing them, uploading to Imgur, downloading, or saving to your account for later viewing.

Also, coming soon, you'll be able to record your browsing session to a GIF (we call it a GIFcast) or a video.

Local testing

The local testing feature lets you test your local websites that run on the localhost or any local network machine through ssh tunnels. The initial dialog lets you enter the hostname and port of your local web server.

Then, once you run the ssh command and establish a connection between your local computer and our tunneling service, it changes to connected state and you can start testing.

If the connection drops at any time, you'll instantly be notified through a yellow warning message.

I'll be writing another article about local testing as there's a lot to explain.

Onscreen keyboard

The virtual keyboard lets you easily send keypresses to the browser even if you're using a device that doesn't have a physical keyboard, like a tablet. Also, it's very useful if you're using a non-English keyboard, such as German or French keyboards as they have keys for "at" and "slash" symbols in different places.

The keyboard window can be resized to any size, made more compact if you're on a smaller screen or expanded if you're on a bigger screen.

Share a browser

The browser sharing feature lets you quickly share a link to the current platform, browser, and URL that you're viewing with your co-workers and friends.

Also, coming soon, we're launching a collaborative browsing feature that will let you and your team share the same browser.

Send feedback

We love getting feedback, so we also added a quick way to share your thoughts. Let us know what you think about the new UI! My entire team gets all feedback messages.

Technical details

We built our user interface using plain HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the if statement. We started with an empty text file and finished with a fully working self-contained application that we deployed to production in 0.1 second. There are no frameworks, no dependencies, no node modules, no bundlers, no rust, and no modern web crap. There's just code that runs the user interface that lets us keep our focus 100% on the product and 0% on resolving node module issues.

What's next?

Next, we're launching a new browser streaming algorithm. The new streaming algorithm will offer near-native experience when using remote browsers. Then, we're adding a collaborative browsing feature that lets two or more people use the same browser at the same time. After this, we're adding a screen recorder that lets you capture your browser sessions to gifs and mp4 videos. And then! More awesome things!

What's Browserling?

Browserling is the world's first online cross-browser testing platform. It offers web developers, web testers, and qa teams quick access to all browsers on all platforms. To make really great web apps and websites, you need to make sure your code and design looks and functions the same on as many platforms, browsers, and screen sizes as possible. You could maintain a bunch of virtual machines and devices or you can simply use Browserling that offers quick cloud access to all the browsers.

Browserling's customers include L'Oreal, T-Mobile, Dolby, Accenture, Payoneer, Wegmans, Library of Congress, House of Representatives, City of New York, State of Texas, UK Home Office, and Government of Australia.

What are other common Browserling use-cases?

Besides being a useful cross-browser testing service, Browserling is also used by security professionals to get a sandboxed browser for testing suspicious links and casual Internet users who want to browse the Internet in an online browser without being tracked.

Thanks everyone for following along my adventure and see you all next time!

Browserling is now a top 15k website in the world!

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According to Alexa, Browserling is now a top 15k (actually now top 13k while I was writing this blog post) website in the world. 5k positions up from 20k a year ago. It's yet another small step for a ling and a giant leap for ling-kind.

alexa.com/siteinfo/browserling.com

My goal is to make Browserling a top 10k website and beyond. Thanks for following along my adventure and see you next time! I'm still just getting started here.

Browserling Coupon Code (Winter 2024)

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As the winter chill sets in, it's time to warm up your browsing experience with Browserling!

I'm excited to offer you an exclusive winter deal: use the coupon code FROSTYLING24 at checkout to get a special discount on my service.

Stay warm and productive with Browserling – your web testing companion for the colder months.

PS. Today is the last day this coupon is valid.

If you build it, they will come

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TLDR: We built it and they came.

At Browserling, over the last couple of years we built a network of online tools websites. Each website focuses on one category of tools and each tool does one and only one thing. We made all tools free, without ads, and with the simplest possible interface that uses a <textarea> or a <canvas> for the user input and output. We let Google decide the fate of the project and it was a huge success – people loved our free tools, sent us backlink love, we started ranking at the top, and now, all tools are used by millions of people every month. All tools followed the same growth curve – it took on average 2 to 3 years for each site in the network to became popular. The success formula was very simple: building things that people search for + patience = success. Now that we have captured the market, we're merging all these sites into a single ultimate get things done site OnlineTools.com and adding paid plans to make it a huge financial success.

Update: Executed.

Here's what we built.

We built Image tools and they came:

We built Hex tools and they came:

We built Ascii tools and they came:

We built Gif tools and they came:

We built String tools and they came:

We built Number tools and they came:

We built JSON tools and they came:

We built XML tools and they came:

We built YAML tools and they came:

We built Unicode tools and they came:

Build too and see you next time! Just remember – if you don't build it, they won't come.

Announcing OnlineTools.com

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Team Browserling keeps shipping!

We just bought the premium domain OnlineTools.com and launched Online Tools. Online Tools offers thousands of utilities for getting things done quickly and it's used by millions of people every month.

From technical perspective, Online Tools is powered by the <textarea> and <canvas> HTML tags and it's running on a $5 micro instance in a detached screen session. Checkmate, front-end developers and devops engineers.

See you next time!

Online Tools Coupon Code (Winter 2024)

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Warm up your winter projects with Online Tools and my vast collection of utilities, perfect for all your image, text, and data editing needs!

I'm excited to offer you an exclusive winter deal: use the coupon code FROSTYTOOLS24 at checkout to get a special discount on my service.

Don't let the cold slow down your productivity. Stay ahead and stay efficient this chilly season with my quick and effective tools.

PS. Today is the last day this coupon is valid.

What is an Instant Browser? (2024)

TLDR: You can instantly access a browser via browserling.com/browse. One click and you get a virtual browser running in the cloud.

Instant Browser – What Is It?

An instant browser is a cloud-based web browser that is pre-initialized and allows users to instantly connect to and interact with it within seconds. This technology is particularly useful for rapid, on-demand web browsing, enabling quick access to a wide range of browser versions, from the earliest to the latest, without requiring any installations or setups. It allows users to quickly switch between different browser versions for testing purposes, eliminating the need for multiple browser installations on a user's device.

Instant Browser – How Does It Work?

An instant browser runs in a pre-warmed cloud server, ensuring insane responsiveness upon user connection. This rapid setup is so efficient that it significantly reduces the time to start browsing, offering a seamless experience. Once the browsing session ends, both the cloud server and the browser instance are deleted, ensuring no digital residue is left behind, safeguarding user's privacy.

What's the Difference Between a Regular Browser and an Instant Browser?

A regular browser starts with the user's profile, cookies, and extensions loaded, which can slow down startup times and overall performance. In contrast, an instant browser operates in a pre-warmed cloud server, starting from a clean state for each session, ensuring rapid access and a streamlined browsing experience without the overhead of previous sessions' data. This approach not only enhances browsing speed but also improves privacy and security by eliminating digital residue after each use.

What Are Instant Browser Use Cases?

Temporary Internet Access

For users on public or shared computers, an instant browser provides a safe and clean environment for temporary Internet browsing without leaving any history or cookies behind.

Privacy-Focused Browsing

For those concerned with privacy, an instant browser ensures that each session starts fresh, with no tracking cookies or history from previous sessions.

Remote Browser Access

An instant browser provides remote access to a web browsing environment from any device, offering a consistent experience without the need for local browser installations or setups.

Performance Benchmarking

An instant browser allows IT professionals and developers to benchmark web application performance across different browsers and versions without the overhead of personal user data.

Accessing Outdated Web Services

Users can access legacy web services or applications that require specific, older browser versions through an instant browser.

Rapid Web Testing

An instant browser enables web developers to quickly test websites across different browser versions and platforms without the need for installations, ensuring time is spent working and not doing system configuration.

What Instant Browsers Can Be Accessed?

My team and I have simplified the process for you by installing and configuring all popular browsers. You can access them instantly through these instant browsing URLs with just a single click:

What Is Browserling?

Browserling is an instant cloud browser platform that enables users to access and interact with various web browsers in a secure, sandboxed environment directly from their web browser. It enables rapid cross-browser testing, seamless access to various browser versions, and ensures private browsing sessions by automatically deleting all traces after use. This platform is a vital tool for developers, testers, and privacy-conscious users, offering a streamlined and efficient approach to web browsing and testing without the hassle of local installations or configurations.

Who Uses Browserling?

Browserling has now become the instant browser platform of choice for web developers and IT professionals, and it's used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world every month. Browserling's customers include governments, states, cities, banks, stock exchanges, universities, newspapers, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, and private multi-billion dollar companies.

Browse safe!

What is a Cybersecurity Browser? (2024)

TLDR: You can instantly access a cybersecurity browser via browserling.com/browse. I and my team built a platform for investigating suspicious web content in a remote, isolated environment, ensuring total protection against web-based threats.

Cybersecurity Browser – What Is It?

A cybersecurity browser is a browser that runs in a remote virtual machine or cloud server. This architecture, also known as browser sandboxing, isolates user's web activities and protects user's primary system from malware, phishing attacks, and other cyber threats. A cybersecurity browser allows users to securely access the web, test suspicious links, handle potentially malicious downloads, and run unknown executables without exposing their local environment to risk, creating an additional layer of security for sensitive online operations.

Cybersecurity Browser – How Does It Work?

A cybersecurity browser operates by initiating each browsing session in a unique, isolated virtual machine hosted on a remote cloud server. Each session starts with a clean browser profile and a clean file system, with no leftover data data from previous activities. This sandboxed environment isolates and contains any potential threats encountered during web browsing, such as malicious downloads, executables, or phishing attempts via suspicious links. Upon session termination, the cloud server, together with all the browser session data, is completely destroyed, thereby eliminating any risk of data compromise and ensuring that no malicious processes persist.

What's the Difference Between a Regular Browser and a Cybersecurity Browser?

The primary difference between a regular browser and a cybersecurity browser lies in their approach to security and isolation. A regular browser runs directly on the user's local device, which means any downloaded malicious file can execute within the user's environment, potentially compromising the system.

In contrast, a cybersecurity browser operates in a remote, sandboxed environment, often on a remote virtual machine, isolating the user's device from direct threats and ensuring that any malicious downloads or websites are contained within this ephemeral virtual machine, thereby preventing direct harm to the user's system.

What Are Cybersecurity Browser Use Cases?

Clicking Unknown URLs

When users receive links from unknown or untrusted sources, cybersecurity browsers provide a safe environment to access these URLs, protecting against potential phishing or malware distribution sites.

Social Media Threat Investigation

Users can safely explore suspicious social media links or messages that might be part of social engineering campaigns, without exposing their personal information or devices to risk.

Secure Web Browsing

A cybersecurity browser ensures that your online activities are isolated from your local system. By doing this, it significantly reduces the risk of malware infections during everyday web browsing.

Phishing Protection

Cybersecurity browsers are designed to protect users from phishing attacks by isolating suspicious links and websites in a secure environment, preventing personal data theft.

Malware Analysis

Cybersecurity experts use cybersecurity browsers to safely investigate and analyze malicious websites or downloads. Each session is contained in a temporary virtual machine, ensuring that potential malware does not compromise their personal systems.

Anonymous Research

IT professionals can use cybersecurity browsers to conduct sensitive research without risking their identity or location, as each session runs on a cloud server with an anonymous IP and leaves no browsing history on the local machine.

Digital Forensics

Cybersecurity browsers are used in digital forensics for safely examining suspicious websites or online materials related to cybercrimes, without contaminating evidence or the investigator's system.

Remote Work Security

For remote workers, cybersecurity browsers provide a secure way to access corporate networks and resources, minimizing the risk of endpoint compromises.

Educational Purposes

Educators and students in cybersecurity fields use these browsers to safely study malware, hacking techniques, and other cybersecurity threats in a controlled environment.

Browser Extension Testing

Developers and IT professionals use cybersecurity browsers to test new or unverified browser plugins and extensions, ensuring they do not pose a security risk before widespread deployment.

Testing Web Applications

Cybersecurity browsers enable developers to test web applications across different browser environments in a secure, isolated manner, ensuring compatibility and functionality without having to install hundreds of browsers themselves.

What Is Browserling?

Browserling is an online browser platform that specializes in providing secure, isolated web sessions for cybersecurity testing and analysis. It enables users to safely explore web applications, conduct cross-browser compatibility checks, and investigate potentially malicious websites or content without risking their own system's security. This platform is particularly valuable for cybersecurity experts and IT professionals looking to mitigate web-based threats in a secure, controlled online sandbox.

Who Uses Browserling?

Browserling has now become the cybersecurity browser platform of choice for security experts and IT professionals, and it's used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world every month. Browserling's customers include governments, states, cities, banks, stock exchanges, universities, newspapers, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, and private multi-billion dollar companies.

Browse safe!

We've Added 20 New PNG Tools

Team Browserling keeps shipping!

Last week we added 10 new image tools and today we just added another 20 new tools to our Online PNG Tools collection.

We've done our job and now it's Google's job to index them and rank them well.

Here are the new PNG tools:

Next week we'll add even more tools. See you then!

Presidents' Day Sale

At Browserling and Online Tools, we love sales.

We just created a new automated President's Day sales campaign.

Now each year on President's Day, we show a 50% discount offer to all users who visit our site.

Run automated sales too and see you next time!

We've Added Another 10 New Image Tools

Team Browserling keeps shipping!

Last week we added 20 new image tools and today we just added another 10 new tools to our Image Tools collection.

We've done our job and now it's Google's job to index them and rank them well.

Here are the new image tools:

Total image tools added: 100.

Customers added: 1,000.

Users added: 10,000.

SEO traffic captured: 100,000.

Business value created: $1,000,000.

Node modules written: 0.

Rust syntax errors fixed: 0.

Projects open sourced: 0.

Tutorials written: 0.

Frameworks used: 0.

Docker builds: 0.

Vagrant installs: 0.

Windows 10 reboots: 0.

Discussions about emacs vs vim: 0.

Stack overflow questions: 0.

Stack overflow answers: 0.

Reddit comments: 0.

Hacker News comments: 0.

Tweets: 0.

Books read: 0.

Zoom calls: 0.

Phone calls: 0.

Emails sent: 0.

Emails read: 0.

DMs read: 0.

DMs answered: 0.

Meetings: 0.

Podcasts listened: 0.

Youtube videos watched: 0.

Shits given about ChatGPT: 0.

Shits given about AI: 0.

Shits given about anything else than my users and customers: 0.

Build too and see you next time!

Valentine's Day Sale

At Browserling and Online Tools, we love sales.

We just created a new automated Valentine's Day sales campaign.

Now each year on Valentine's Day, we show a 50% discount offer to all users who visit our site.

Run automated sales too and see you next time!

We've Added Another 20 New Image Tools

Team Browserling keeps shipping!

Last week we added 30 new image tools and today we just added another 20 new tools to our Image Tools collection.

We've done our job and now it's Google's job to index them and rank them well.

Here are the new image tools:

Next week we'll add even more tools. See you then!

Announcing Paid Plans for Binary Tools

Team Browserling keeps shipping!

Last month we launched paid plans for Hex Tools and today we're launching paid plans for our next most popular tool category – Binary Tools. Binary tools are used by 15,000 people every month and they let you count zeros and ones in binary numbers, invert, reverse, shift, and rotate binary bits, change bases, and much more.

Next, we're adding paid plans to all other online tools categories that we built and joining them into a single ultimate get things done website called OnlineTools.com, making it the top 100 website on the Internet.

From technical standpoint, we used HTML templates, Google SEO, and a $5 Linode instance to launch the paid plans. Checkmate, front-end developers and devops engineers.

You can still use all tools for free for a limited time but if you really like them, then you can get a subscription to support my team's work. See the pricing page for more information.

See you next time!

Sunday Sale

At Browserling and Online Tools, we love sales.

We just created a new automated Sunday Sale sales campaign.

Now each week on Sunday, we show a 50% discount offer to all users who visit our site.

Run automated sales too and see you next time!

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