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 a Web Sandbox? (2024)

TLDR: You can access a secure web sandbox created by me and my team via browserling.com/browse. We run browsers on cloud servers and stream just the browser window to you, effectively preventing potential online dangers.

Web Sandbox – What Is It?

A web sandbox is a cybersecurity solution that isolates web applications and browsing sessions from the host system. It's usually a virtual machine that runs outside of user's network, preventing malicious code from affecting local computers and networks. Users can remotely connect to it and safely test suspicious code, websites, and downloads, mitigating the risk of malware infection and enhancing cybersecurity measures by confining potential threats within this restricted environment.

What Are Web Sandbox Use Cases?

Malware Analysis

Web sandboxes allow cybersecurity experts to safely analyze and dissect malware behavior without risking the integrity of their main systems. This isolation helps in understanding attack vectors and developing countermeasures.

Phishing Detection

Cybersecurity experts employ web sandboxes to verify links, identifying malicious intent without exposing actual devices or networks to harm.

Download Verification

Before downloading files to a local environment, users can vet them in a web sandbox to confirm they are free of malware and other security threats.

Secure Browsing

Users can navigate potentially dangerous websites within a web sandbox to prevent direct attacks on their personal or organizational network. This ensures safe access to untrusted or suspicious sites.

Attachment Testing

Before opening email attachments that could potentially carry malicious content, users can first run them in a web sandbox. This practice significantly reduces the risk of activating malware.

Zero-day Threat Analysis

Cybersecurity professionals use web sandboxes to study and respond to zero-day threats, allowing them to observe the malware's behavior in a controlled setting and develop timely defenses.

Ransomware Defense

Cybersecurity experts can simulate ransomware attacks within web sandboxes to evaluate the effectiveness of their defense mechanisms and to develop stronger countermeasures.

Security Training

Organizations leverage web sandboxes to create realistic cyber attack scenarios for training purposes, allowing cybersecurity teams to practice their response to threats without risk.

Ad Network Analysis

To prevent malvertising, companies analyze advertisements and their associated networks in web sandboxes to detect malicious activities without exposing their identity.

Threat Intelligence Gathering

Cybersecurity teams employ web sandboxes to safely interact with and gather intelligence on emerging threats, enhancing their understanding and preparation for potential attacks.

What Is Browserling?

Browserling is a virtual browser platform that provides a web sandboxing service, enabling users to securely test and interact with websites across different browsers and operating systems in an isolated environment. Browserling is particularly useful for cybersecurity experts as it allows them to securely evaluate websites, downloads, code, and other threats in a safe, isolated space.

Who Uses Browserling?

Browserling has now become the web sandbox platform of choice for web developers and cybersecurity experts 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 an Unthrottled Browser? (2024)

TLDR: You can instantly access a high-speed, unthrottled browser via browserling.com/browse. I and my team installed browsers on remote servers with super fast Internet speeds, so that you can enjoy throttling-free gigabit-speed browsing experience.

Unthrottled Browser – What Is It?

An unthrottled browser is a web browser that's hosted on a remote server with a direct connection to gigabit Internet, ensuring it operates without ISP-imposed speed limits or restrictions on browsing duration or usage hours. This setup is ideal for applications requiring high-speed network access access, such as gaming, rapid web browsing, quick downloads, as well as for cybersecurity investigations and research, providing users with fast, unrestricted access to online resources.

Unthrottled Browser – How Does It Work?

Unthrottled browsers runs on remote servers that are directly connected to the Internet backbone, ensuring access to super-fast Internet connections, often in the gigabit range or higher. These browsers are configured to automatically select the fastest available Internet connection from multiple options, providing users with unparalleled speed for tasks requiring high bandwidth, such as streaming high-definition content, large-scale data transfers, and real-time gaming or trading, where rapid download and upload speeds are critical.

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

A regular browser is limited by the user's ISP speed, which can be subject to bandwidth throttling and speed fluctuations. In terms of privacy, regular browsers often store cookies indefinitely and are susceptible to being tracked by ISPs and advertisers, compromising user privacy over time.

An unthrottled browser, however, operates on cloud servers connected directly to the Internet, ensuring access to highest speeds without ISP-imposed limitations, and includes enhanced privacy features to prevent long-term tracking. Additionally, it offers unrestricted access to the Internet, free from time-based usage limits, making it ideal for use cases requiring high bandwidth, privacy, and constant availability.

What Are Unthrottled Browser Use Cases?

Fast Large File Downloads and Uploads

An unthrottled browser accelerates downloading and uploading large files. Whether you're sharing large archives or media files, you can do so quickly without worrying about ISP speed limits.

High-Speed Streaming

An unthrottled browser ensures you can stream high-definition videos and live broadcasts without buffering. You benefit from direct access to high-speed Internet connections, making it perfect for uninterrupted entertainment or professional streaming.

Online Gaming

Gamers can leverage an unthrottled browser for reduced latency and lag-free online gaming. The high-speed remote server access ensures that real-time reactions are as swift as needed for competitive gaming.

Remote Work

An unthrottled browser facilitates smooth video conferencing and remote work collaborations. You can rely on stable and fast connections at any time of the day, enhancing productivity and communication.

Real-Time Data Analysis

An unthrottled browser is crucial for professionals requiring real-time data analysis, such as market analysts and data scientists. Fast web speeds allow to quick process and visualize large datasets.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Trading

Users engaged in blockchain development and cryptocurrency trading rely on an unthrottled browser for real-time access to blockchain networks and trading platforms, ensuring timely transactions and updates.

Testing Media-Rich Websites

For media-rich websites, an unthrottled browser provides an ideal testing environment, offering the bandwidth needed to load and interact with heavy media content across multiple browsers, without the limitations of traditional Internet speeds.

What Is Browserling?

Browserling is a virtual browser platform that provides developers, testers, and casual Internet users with access to unthrottled, super-fast browsers for running cross-browser tests and allowing fast browsing. This platform is especially useful for using web applications that handle large files as it ensures seamless functionality without bandwidth limitations. Additionally, it's useful for real-time web applications, ensuring consistent performance and responsiveness.

Who Uses Browserling?

Browserling has now become the unthrottled browser platform of choice for Internet users, 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.

Happy browsing!

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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