Brave (web browser)

Developer(s) Brave Software Inc.[1]
Stable release(s) [±]
Android 1.0.54 / August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)[2]
iOS 1.6.4 / August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)[3]
Windows, macOS, Linux 0.23.105 / August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)[4]
Preview release(s) [±]
Written in C, JavaScript, C++
Operating system Linux, Windows 7 or later, macOS, Android, iOS
  • Blink
Type Open-source pay-to-surf web browser
License [5]

Brave is a free and open-source pay-to-surf web browser developed by Brave Software Inc. based on the Chromium web browser and its Blink engine. The browser blocks ads and website trackers. Currently, the company is developing a feature that allows users to opt in to receiving ads sold by Brave Software in place of the blocked ads.[6][7][8]

Brave intends to pay content publishers 55% of the replaced ad revenue. Brave Software, ad partners, and browser users would each be allocated 15% of the revenue. Users could donate their revenue share to bloggers and other providers of web content through micropayments.[9] The browser claims to improve online privacy by sharing less data with advertising customers, but will target web ads by analyzing users' anonymized browsing history.[10]

As of 2018, Brave is available as a stable release for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. The current version features 20 search engines by default, including DuckDuckGo, Google, StartPage, Ecosia, Qwant and Yandex Search. Brave also has a partnership with DuckDuckGo.[11]

Brave Software's Basic Attention Token ad exchange platform received investment from Danhua Capital, Digital Currency Group, Foundation Capital, Founders Fund, Huiyin Blockchain Venture, Pantera Capital, and Propel Venture Partners.[12]


Brave is developed by Brave Software, which was founded on May 28, 2015 by Brendan Eich and Brian Bondy. On January 20, 2016, Brave Software launched the first version of Brave with a partial ad blocking feature, and announced plans for an ad replacement feature and a revenue sharing program.[13]

In June 2018, Brave released a pay-to-surf testing version of the browser. This version of Brave is preloaded with approximately 250 ads, and sends a detailed log of the user's browsing activity to Brave. Brave announced that expanded trials will follow.[14]

Critical reception

In 2016, version 0.7 of Brave was called “mighty primitive” by Network World.[15] Urbanophile stated that Brave is “very fast” with “quirks”.[16] Ars Technica called Brave a “double dip” and added “Brave just sounds like a cash-grab”.[9] Several members of the Newspaper Association of America claimed that Brave's proposed replacement of advertising was illegal.[17]

In 2017, TechWorld praised Brave's "great speeds and advanced ad-tracking controls," but said that its "extension functionality is still lacking."[18]

ComputerWorld[19], TechCrunch[20] and Engadget[21] qualified the "ad repeal-and-replace" operations controversial.

See also


  1. "Learn About Brave and Our Team". Brave Browser. Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
  2. "Brave Browser: Fast AdBlocker". Google Play Store. Google. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  3. "Brave Browser: Fast AdBlocker on the App Store". iOS App Store. Apple. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  4. "Releases". brave/browser-laptop. Brave Software. Retrieved 2018-06-30 via GitHub.
  5. "browser-laptop/LICENSE.txt at master". GitHub. 29 Jun 2017. Retrieved 26 Jul 2018.
  6. "Brave browser promises faster Web by banishing intrusive ads". 20 January 2016.
  7. Patrizio, Andy. "Benchmark tests: Brave browser vs. Chrome, Firefox, and IE 11". Network World. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. "Frequently Asked Questions". Brave Browser. Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
  9. 1 2 "Mozilla co-founder unveils Brave, a browser that blocks ads by default". Ars Technica.
  10. "Brave's browser offers you a bit more privacy when searching online", CNET, CBS Interactive, 14 Dec 2017, retrieved 16 Jul 2018
  11. "Basic Attention Token". Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
  12. Ha, Anthony (20 Jan 2016). "With Brave Software, JavaScript's Creator Is Building A Browser For The Ad-Blocked Future". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
  13. Lomas, Natasha (20 Jun 2018). "Blockchain browser Brave starts opt-in testing of on-device ad targeting". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
  14. Patrizio, Andy (2016-02-04). "Benchmark tests: How the Brave browser compares with Chrome, Firefox, and IE 11". Network World. IDG. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  15. Renn, Aaron (2016-04-13). "Media's response to Brave Browser shows once again why they are going down the tubes". Urbanophile. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  16. Murphy, David (April 8, 2016). "Newspapers: Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Is Illegal, Deceptive". PCMAG. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  17. Mercer, Christina; Dunn, John E (26 Apr 2018). "The most secure browsers 2018". Techworld. IDG. Retrieved 16 Jul 2018.
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