A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.


Open qutebrowser with a specified storage directory

$ qutebrowser --basedir [path/to/directory]

Open a qutebrowser instance with temporary settings
$ qutebrowser --set [content.geolocation] [true|false]

Restore a named session of a qutebrowser instance
$ qutebrowser --restore [session_name]

Launch qutebrowser, opening all URLs using the specified method
$ qutebrowser --target [auto|tab|tab-bg|tab-silent|tab-bg-silent|window|private-window]

Open qutebrowser with a temporary base directory and print logs to stdout as JSON
$ qutebrowser --temp-basedir --json-logging


qutebrowser [-OPTION [...]] [:COMMAND [...]] [URL [...]]


qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and Qt5 and is free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.

Note the commands and settings of qutebrowser are not described in this manpage, but in the help integrated in qutebrowser - use the ":help" command to show it.


positional arguments


Commands to execute on startup.


URLs to open on startup (empty as a window separator).

optional arguments

-h, --help

show this help message and exit


Base directory for all storage.

-C CONFIG, --config-py CONFIG

Path to config.py.

-V, --version

Show version and quit.


Set a temporary setting for this session.

-r SESSION, --restore SESSION

Restore a named session.

-R, --override-restore

Don’t restore a session even if one would be restored.

--target {auto,tab,tab-bg,tab-silent,tab-bg-silent,window,private-window}

How URLs should be opened if there is already a qutebrowser instance running.

--backend {webkit,webengine}

Which backend to use.

--desktop-file-name DESKTOP_FILE_NAME

Set the base name of the desktop entry for this application. Used to set the app_id under Wayland. See https://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qguiapplication.html#desktopFileName-prop

debug arguments

-l {critical,error,warning,info,debug,vdebug}, --loglevel {critical,error,warning,info,debug,vdebug}

Override the configured console loglevel

--logfilter LOGFILTER

Comma-separated list of things to be logged to the debug log on stdout.

--loglines LOGLINES

How many lines of the debug log to keep in RAM (-1: unlimited).

-d, --debug

Turn on debugging options.


Output log lines in JSON format (one object per line).


Turn off colored logging.


Force colored logging


Don’t show the main window.

-T, --temp-basedir

Use a temporary basedir.


Don’t show any error windows (used for tests/smoke.py).

--qt-arg NAME VALUE

Pass an argument with a value to Qt. For example, you can do --qt-arg geometry 650x555+200+300 to set the window geometry.

--qt-flag QT_FLAG

Pass an argument to Qt as flag.


Pass name of debugging feature to be turned on.



~/.config/qutebrowser/config.py: Configuration file.


~/.config/qutebrowser/autoconfig.yml: Configuration done via the GUI.


~/.config/qutebrowser/quickmarks: Saved quickmarks.


~/.local/share/qutebrowser/: Various state information.


~/.cache/qutebrowser/: Temporary data.

Note qutebrowser conforms to the XDG basedir specification - if XDG_CONFIG_HOME, XDG_DATA_HOME or XDG_CACHE_HOME are set in the environment, the directories configured there are used instead of the above defaults.


Bugs are tracked in the Github issue tracker at https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/issues.

If you found a bug, use the built-in :report command to create a bug report with all information needed.

If you prefer, you can also write to the mailinglist at qutebrowser@lists.qutebrowser.org instead.

For security bugs, please contact me directly at me@the-compiler.org, GPG ID 0xFD55A072.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.



Website: https://www.qutebrowser.org/


Mailinglist: qutebrowser@lists.qutebrowser.org / https://lists.schokokeks.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/qutebrowser


Announce-only mailinglist: qutebrowser-announce@lists.qutebrowser.org / https://lists.schokokeks.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/qutebrowser-announce


IRC: #qutebrowser on Libera Chat


Github: https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser


qutebrowser was written by Florian Bruhin. All contributors can be found in the README file distributed with qutebrowser.

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