In this article, extracted from my Comprehensive Virtual Browser Guide, I explain what a virtual browser is and how to quickly get access to one via Browserling.
Virtual Browser Demo
A demo speaks louder than a thousand words. You can open a virtual browser created by me and my team via browserling.com/browse. We run virtual browsers on our servers and stream just the browser window to you.
Virtual Browser – What Is It?
A virtual browser is a regular browser that's been modified to run in a sandboxed environment that executes it on a remote server rather than on your local device. This architecture enables cross-browser testing, secure browsing, and access to web content without exposing your local system and network to potential web-based vulnerabilities. By rendering web pages server-side and streaming just the browser window to you, virtual browsers can mitigate risks associated with direct Internet access. Additionally, virtual browsers offer an easy way for web developers to perform compatibility checks and debugging by providing access to multiple browser versions (such as Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and operating systems (such as Windows, MacOS, and Android) from a single interface.
You can learn more about virtual browsers in my Comprehensive Virtual Browser Guide.
Virtual Browser via Browserling
You can instantly get a virtual browser via Browserling. Browserling is a web-based service that offers virtual browsers to users, allowing them to run browsers in a secure, sandboxed environment on Browserling's servers. This service enables users to test websites across different browsers and versions without the need to install them locally. By providing access to these virtual browsers, Browserling helps in ensuring compatibility and performance of web applications across various browser setups, enhancing web development and testing processes. Beyond web development, Browserling's virtual browsers are also valuable for secure browsing, as they isolate the user's local system from potential web-based threats, and for automated web tasks, where scripts and interactions can be executed safely in a sandboxed environment.
Who Uses Browserling?
Browserling has now become the virtual browser platform of choice 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.