Webcat

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A simple webbrowser which allows viewing webpages and surfing sites.
It is based upon the webkit engine provided by Qt5.

Current features include:

  • Landscape support
  • Tabbing support (real without reloading of tabs)
  • Bookmark support
  • Setting browser user agent
  • Setting default font sizes
  • Opening up links in new tab (by long press and hold on link)
  • Copy links (by long press and hold on link)
  • Open media links with internal or external viewer (e.g. LLs VideoPlayer)
  • Setting DNS Prefetch
  • Setting Offline WebApplication Cache
  • Manually add bookmark with specific user agent
  • Fast scroll to top or bottom of page
  • Watch Youtube with internal or external player (e.g. LLs VideoPlayer) with direct link
  • Download Youtube videos in different formats
  • Private Browsing
  • Clear Cache, Cookies, History
  • Page search functionality
  • Simple adblocking (simple rules no bloat)
  • Integrated file manager (with cut, copy, paste, creating folders, permission changes, renaming files)
  • Integrated Download Manager
  • Keyboard Hotkeys (for TOHKBD or bluetooth keyboards)
  • Support different screen resolutions (support for Nexus4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7)
  • Allow setting as default browser
  • Backup Manager (Import/Export Bookmarks,Cookies,History,Settings)
  • Proxy Support

Video demonstration: http://youtu.be/1uVjaETqmMA

0.9 Video demo: http://youtu.be/nNYjdr5tCSs

2.0 Video demo: http://youtu.be/WZXlqOrLKK8

2.0.9 Video demo: https://youtu.be/Ck2TND0-PwE

2.1.0 Video demo Backup Manager: https://youtu.be/sBge7JAlXro

Sourcecode: https://github.com/llelectronics/webcat

From Version 2.9.7 on it is recommend to use QtWebkit 5.212 in combination with Webcat. You can get builds from here: https://openrepos.net/content/llelectronicsdev/qtwebkit-5212-dev

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Screenshots: 
Application versions: 
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File harbour-webcat-0.8-2.armv7hl.rpm58.49 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.8-3.armv7hl.rpm64.67 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.8-4.armv7hl.rpm79.63 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.8-5.armv7hl.rpm79.65 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9-1.armv7hl.rpm92.09 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9-2.armv7hl.rpm92.05 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9-3.armv7hl.rpm92.25 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9-4.armv7hl.rpm99.62 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9.6-1.armv7hl.rpm123.05 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9.7-1.armv7hl.rpm123.69 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9.8-1.armv7hl.rpm125.66 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9.9-1.armv7hl.rpm134.53 KB
File harbour-webcat-0.9.9-2.armv7hl.rpm134.54 KB
File harbour-webcat-1.0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm139.59 KB
File harbour-webcat-1.0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm139.88 KB
File harbour-webcat-1.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm140.2 KB
File harbour-webcat-1.9.9-1.armv7hl.rpm190.17 KB
File harbour-webcat-1.9.9-2.armv7hl.rpm156 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm156.18 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm156.27 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm156.52 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.3-1.armv7hl.rpm156.52 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.5-1.armv7hl.rpm167.81 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.5-2.armv7hl.rpm167.66 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.7-1.armv7hl.rpm168.48 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.8-1.armv7hl.rpm177.98 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.9-1.armv7hl.rpm182.34 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.0.9-2.armv7hl.rpm182.42 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.1.0-1.armv7hl.rpm195.54 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.1.0-1.i486.rpm206.11 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.0-1.armv7hl.rpm202.02 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.0-1.i486.rpm212.92 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.1-1.armv7hl.rpm217.84 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.1-1.i486.rpm228.56 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.2-1.armv7hl.rpm218.97 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.2.2-1.i486.rpm229.58 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.3-1.armv7hl.rpm224.99 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.3-1.i486.rpm240.86 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.4-1.armv7hl.rpm230.41 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.4-1.i486.rpm242.32 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.5-1.armv7hl.rpm234.54 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.5-1.i486.rpm246.44 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.6-1.armv7hl.rpm234.73 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.6-1.i486.rpm246.42 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.7-1.armv7hl.rpm238.34 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.7-1.i486.rpm249.41 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.8-1.armv7hl.rpm267 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.8-1.i486.rpm283.6 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9-1.armv7hl.rpm269.12 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9-1.i486.rpm284.82 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9.7-1.armv7hl.rpm302.86 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9.7-1.i486.rpm318.92 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9.8-1.armv7hl.rpm310.98 KB
File harbour-webcat-2.9.8-1.i486.rpm325.56 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.0-1.i486.rpm359.59 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm344.45 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.1-1.i486.rpm360.65 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm345.07 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.2-1.i486.rpm361.7 KB
File harbour-webcat-3.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm345.72 KB
Changelog: 
  • Make quickscroll area smaller, appear after bigger threshold, and don't react on pressed
  • fine tune extraThreshold for landscape quickscroll
  • Disable some debug output
  • Fixed moving of files (causing loss of data) in filemanager
  • Fixed filepicker not able to select files
  • Faster tab switching
  • Don't loose keyboard shortcuts on tab switch / creating new Tab
  • Add function to get nextTab and prevTab
  • Added shortcut for quick tab switching ctrl+tab & ctrl+shift+tab
  • hide tabBar and bookmarkList before switching tab
  • Open Filemanager immediate and don't perform animation when entering about:file
  • Add more keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+W - Close, Ctrl+T - New Tab, Ctrl+N - New Window, Escape - Stop)
  • Allow swiping on urlTitle (only visible after website loaded completely) to switch tabs
  • Use threshold value resolution dependent for back/forward swipes on minimized toolbar
  • Fix highlighted tab not filling whole width with highlight

Comments

Kelmi's picture

I have one suggestion: Add more cover actions like new webcat window and scroll current page. And make ability to configure the cover (for example New webcat window and refresh current page combination, and so on) in settings page. Sorry my explanation and english is bad. Hopefully you understand my description leszek.

Feel free to ask clarification from me if you didn't understand my description.

Ingvix's picture

Would it be possible to make the home/end-arrows to only show when the site is rolling freely as I believe is the default behavior for the function? It's a bit annoying and causes a quite a few misclick when they show everytime I roll the page with my finger stuck on the screen.

Also it seems I can't edit my bookmarks. They revert to as they were when I leave the editing page.

EDIT: Also manually adding bookmark seems to do nothing after leaving the dialog page.

llelectronics's picture

I was under the impression I fixed bookmarks editing with 3.0.1 

At least it works for me. 

I will take a look at it.

 

As for the quick scroll thing to appear this is the default setting that is used for portrait orientation. Is your issue a general one for portrait or landscape orientation (landscape is a different implementation as I needed to hack it in as the normal one isn't working for landscape for some unknown reason)

Ingvix's picture

Yes, the problem seems to be present only in landscape mode.

addy's picture

Site m.uber.com does not load properly, only image background is displayed.

llelectronics's picture

Works fine with QtWebkit 5.212

addy's picture

Thank you. I have Webkit 5.6.2 version as I am stuck on 2.1.4 SFOS.

llelectronics's picture

See my dev repo here on openrepos. You can get the newer qtwebkit version from there.

addy's picture

Hey, updated to 2.2.0.29 but the Uber issue remains. Any way I can help debug the issue?

llelectronics's picture

As I told you QtWebkit 5.212 has it fixed. Install this and it should work fine.

I have no control over what Jolla ships by default in their OS though.

tcs's picture

Will it be possible to block (thirdparty) cookies or javascript? :)

llelectronics's picture

Use private browsing mode for this (swipe up on new tab icon until it shows open new private window)

Otherwise there is no way to achieve it without major rewrites of the qtwebkit api

tcs's picture

Hopefully Annullen gets more help with qtwebkit

tcs's picture

Not really... It is your qtwebkit ;) i just wanted to have a more native useragent without android and more webkit like

tcs's picture

Hello, what do you think about this useragent? Mozilla/5.0 (Maemo; Linux; U; Jolla; Sailfish; Mobile) AppleWebKit/602.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.0 Webcat/3.0.0 Mobile Safari/602.1

llelectronics's picture

Interesting. Does it change anything drastically on some sites though? With which qtwebkit version did you test it?

Vieno's picture

This seems to be a monster update. Thanks a lot.

TamarindoJuice's picture

Theres a transifex project active dear Leszek?

llelectronics's picture
Ingvix's picture

Is it just the current state of the webkit that it gives a very laggy scrolling? All the webkit browsers seem to do that while default browser scrolls nice and easy whilst being slower to load heavier pages where webkit shines.

llelectronics's picture

You are using webcat with the recommended QtWebkit version linked in the description?

Ingvix's picture

No, I wasn't. Now I tried it though but it left webcat all white and no pages would show. Does it require some kind of configuring? I'm on Xperia X.

llelectronics's picture

Then I think you might've done something wrong.
Execute it from a terminal to see the error message.

Ingvix's picture

EDIT: Got it to work. Had to refresh and update some other webkit packages. Scrolling is a smoother now.

Kabouik's picture

I'm a bit lost regarding which rpms to download for upgrading Qtwebkit. Some comments above say it should be 10.43.1 and not a newer version, but this version is not available in the link supplied.

I totally concur with Olf that a metapackage here would have been more convenient, especially as WebCat seems to perform better in all regards with this upgrade. Few people will go through the hassle of manually picking 5 rpms from a website and then manually installing them now that we are all used to using convenient stores like Storeman, and even if one wants to do it like me, it seems the right packages are not on the website anymore.

This is a pity if the best performance and functionality are to be expected with these packages. In any case, thanks again for the great work. I hope I can manage to upgrade Qtwebkit to the right version and enjoy the perfect WebCat experience.

[Edit] My bad, it seems the link in the description now points to an archive and not the list of packages seen in the comments.

llelectronics's picture

You are right. Especially as the mer obs contains sometimes only dev builds that might not even work. 

The reason I hesitated back then and also now to upload stuff here is because I fear the newer packages might be not 100% compatible. Especially when it comes to the account creation/login in settings that I cannot update test all to make sure it is working with my qtwebkit upgrade. The same goes for some other third party apps using this qtwebkit. 

So if I add those packages here it needs to be with a big fat disclaimer.

Kabouik's picture

You got my vote for packages here + scary disclaimer, that would be the most convenient I think, and it might actually be less error prone from a user point of view (no risks of installing wrong versions as Olf mentioned).

olf's picture

Kudos to llelectronics for publishing his QtWebkit 5.212 RPMs in a separate repository at OpenRepos.

@llelectronics, can you please update the link to your Mer-OBS repo in WebCat's description above with https://openrepos.net/content/llelectronics/qtwebkit-5212

llelectronics's picture

done

Kabouik's picture

Thanks llelectronics for putting the packages on Openrepos! I wish they could install from the Storeman or Warehouse but it seems they still have to be downloaded manually, right? At least I had to, but that might be because I already had the previous dev packages installed manually from some months ago.

 

Regarding the disclaimer you've put on the corresponding page:

You need to install the original packages in order to upgrade to a new SailfishOS release.

Do you think it might be the issue I'm having here (last paragraph of this post)? If so, would you mind adding in the Qtwebkit and Webcat descriptions the command lines to revert back to vanilla Qtwebkit prior to a SF upgrade?

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