Patch: Browser History Swipes

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Only tested with SailfishOS and

Swipe URL in browser toolbar right/left in order to go back/forward in the history. Adds indicators on both sides of the toolbar to show whether you can go back resp. forward. The two buttons for history control are removed.

Currently very simplistic and only the URL is swipable.


Not maintained anymore! Please open an issue on github if you are interested in maintaining this patch. 



Application versions: 

- Vertical align and smaller size for history indicators



kuba77's picture

I adapted this patch to work on :-)

Kabouik's picture

Get a Pro1 and come back Cornerman! :]

dirksche's picture

Läuft nicht unter 2.2.

cornerman's picture

Sorry, but I have stopped using Sailfish OS and will therefore no longer update these patches :/

I have updated the descriptions here to reflect that now.

Markkyboy's picture

That's a shame, it always seems like the talented users/coders never hang around long. Why have you stopped using SailfishOS?, is progress too slow for your liking? :)

cornerman's picture

Somehow it never turned out to be the system I hoped it would. Prior to sailfish I was still using an old nokia smartphone with symbian, so switching to Sailfish a few years ago was a big upgrade for me. I love that it is just like my desktop system (using a linux kernel, systemd, pulseaudio, a package manager and qml for their ui). Additionally, I love the gesture-based UI of Sailfish.

I thought having the open source community around this "open" system could potentially turn into a really great community-driven os for smartphones - which I think is still needed. But important features like encryption and app permission never got the focus they deserve. Also, I think the UI missed a lot of opportunities to build a consistent gesture control.

In the end, I started using more and more android apps because not everything was possible with native apps. Aliendalvik is not perfect, so there is that.

Then there is the browser, which is not that great. There are alternatives but none was really satisfying. For example, there is a web-based "cross-platform" app concept called PWA (progressive web app). It works on android, and support on Windows and iOS is coming. I think, it could potentially be a good opportunity for having a lot more apps available. While those apps will probably never be as nice as a native app, they would at least work. But for this we would need proper support for push notifications, service workers, etc which afaik is mostly lacking on Sailfish.

So now, I am using lineage OS (android without google services) and an app for mimicking some gesture controls i liked in Sailfish. But I will keep an eye on what is happening here :)

elastic's picture


Brilliant man :-) - reminds me of the gesture zone in WebOS ;-) - would be great if you could do a swipe option about the width of the url bar but for the lower third of the whole screen - that would be perfect as it would then be possible to go back and forward single handed ;-) - many thanks anyway :-) 

Btw: you should add some screenshots ....

cornerman's picture

Good idea, I will think about adding an option for this. Though, not sure yet how to animate it or whether something else then the URL should be dragged then. Suggestions welcome!

edit: Screenshots...done :)

elastic's picture

well, I think just the url would be fine ...

elastic's picture

Any news here? 

gri4994's picture

nice! I've been waiting something like this for a long time!
but can you make dots right in the middle? they're a little bit upper than they need

cornerman's picture

Thanks for the feedback! I have uploaded a new version with proper vertical alignment and a bit smaller indicators.