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
  • 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://build.merproject.org/package/show/home:leszek/qtwebkit5212-wHtml...

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Screenshots: 
Application versions: 
AttachmentSizeDate
harbour-webcat-0.8-2.armv7hl.rpm58.49 KB11/01/2014 - 19:47
harbour-webcat-0.8-3.armv7hl.rpm64.67 KB12/01/2014 - 03:14
harbour-webcat-0.8-4.armv7hl.rpm79.63 KB17/01/2014 - 01:55
harbour-webcat-0.8-5.armv7hl.rpm79.65 KB18/01/2014 - 03:09
harbour-webcat-0.9-1.armv7hl.rpm92.09 KB31/01/2014 - 23:22
harbour-webcat-0.9-2.armv7hl.rpm92.05 KB03/02/2014 - 15:02
harbour-webcat-0.9-3.armv7hl.rpm92.25 KB07/02/2014 - 13:44
harbour-webcat-0.9-4.armv7hl.rpm99.62 KB13/03/2014 - 00:20
harbour-webcat-0.9.6-1.armv7hl.rpm123.05 KB13/06/2014 - 23:31
harbour-webcat-0.9.7-1.armv7hl.rpm123.69 KB03/08/2014 - 21:13
harbour-webcat-0.9.8-1.armv7hl.rpm125.66 KB26/08/2014 - 20:29
harbour-webcat-0.9.9-1.armv7hl.rpm134.53 KB21/12/2014 - 14:41
harbour-webcat-0.9.9-2.armv7hl.rpm134.54 KB24/12/2014 - 15:03
harbour-webcat-1.0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm139.59 KB31/01/2015 - 22:23
harbour-webcat-1.0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm139.88 KB07/02/2015 - 14:41
harbour-webcat-1.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm140.2 KB17/02/2015 - 14:12
harbour-webcat-1.9.9-1.armv7hl.rpm190.17 KB05/03/2015 - 00:28
harbour-webcat-1.9.9-2.armv7hl.rpm156 KB07/03/2015 - 00:56
harbour-webcat-2.0.0-1.armv7hl.rpm156.18 KB17/03/2015 - 15:24
harbour-webcat-2.0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm156.27 KB13/05/2015 - 17:59
harbour-webcat-2.0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm156.52 KB13/05/2015 - 23:39
harbour-webcat-2.0.3-1.armv7hl.rpm156.52 KB14/05/2015 - 12:47
harbour-webcat-2.0.5-1.armv7hl.rpm167.81 KB27/06/2015 - 11:43
harbour-webcat-2.0.5-2.armv7hl.rpm167.66 KB27/06/2015 - 13:08
harbour-webcat-2.0.7-1.armv7hl.rpm168.48 KB06/08/2015 - 20:33
harbour-webcat-2.0.8-1.armv7hl.rpm177.98 KB14/10/2015 - 18:49
harbour-webcat-2.0.9-1.armv7hl.rpm182.34 KB03/12/2015 - 20:00
harbour-webcat-2.0.9-2.armv7hl.rpm182.42 KB22/12/2015 - 17:05
harbour-webcat-2.1.0-1.armv7hl.rpm195.54 KB12/02/2016 - 19:47
harbour-webcat-2.1.0-1.i486.rpm206.11 KB12/02/2016 - 19:47
harbour-webcat-2.2.0-1.armv7hl.rpm202.02 KB05/03/2016 - 13:00
harbour-webcat-2.2.0-1.i486.rpm212.92 KB05/03/2016 - 13:00
harbour-webcat-2.2.1-1.armv7hl.rpm217.84 KB03/04/2016 - 14:28
harbour-webcat-2.2.1-1.i486.rpm228.56 KB03/04/2016 - 14:28
harbour-webcat-2.2.2-1.armv7hl.rpm218.97 KB16/05/2016 - 19:30
harbour-webcat-2.2.2-1.i486.rpm229.58 KB16/05/2016 - 19:30
harbour-webcat-2.3-1.armv7hl.rpm224.99 KB03/07/2016 - 18:50
harbour-webcat-2.3-1.i486.rpm240.86 KB03/07/2016 - 18:50
harbour-webcat-2.4-1.armv7hl.rpm230.41 KB08/12/2016 - 20:03
harbour-webcat-2.4-1.i486.rpm242.32 KB08/12/2016 - 20:03
harbour-webcat-2.5-1.armv7hl.rpm234.54 KB10/01/2017 - 13:09
harbour-webcat-2.5-1.i486.rpm246.44 KB10/01/2017 - 13:09
harbour-webcat-2.6-1.armv7hl.rpm234.73 KB09/02/2017 - 19:04
harbour-webcat-2.6-1.i486.rpm246.42 KB09/02/2017 - 19:04
harbour-webcat-2.7-1.armv7hl.rpm238.34 KB30/05/2017 - 14:42
harbour-webcat-2.7-1.i486.rpm249.41 KB30/05/2017 - 14:42
harbour-webcat-2.8-1.armv7hl.rpm267 KB24/06/2017 - 19:05
harbour-webcat-2.8-1.i486.rpm283.6 KB24/06/2017 - 19:05
harbour-webcat-2.9-1.armv7hl.rpm269.12 KB18/08/2017 - 15:22
harbour-webcat-2.9-1.i486.rpm284.82 KB18/08/2017 - 15:22
harbour-webcat-2.9.7-1.armv7hl.rpm302.86 KB21/09/2017 - 13:21
harbour-webcat-2.9.7-1.i486.rpm318.92 KB21/09/2017 - 13:21
Changelog: 
  • Long press on close button in tabview closes all tabs
  • Hide bookmarkbutton by default only show when urlbar is focussed
  • Replace reload button in extraToolbar with closeTabButton
  • Reduce spacing between BackIcon and ForwardIcon in toolbar
  • Split Bookmarkspage in 2 columns with bookmarks on the left and tabs on the right if in landscape
  • Added optional input method by long pressing on input box (opens a native input editing dialog)
  • Updated devicePixelRatioHack
  • Enable experimental.overview to better work with devicePixelRatioHack
  • Deactivated pollyfills that aren't necessary anymore (new qtwebkit 5.212 takes care of it upgrade to it if you need svg and full es6 support)
  • Save if media in MediaList is ytMedia
  • Disable HTML5 Audio & Video workarounds (qtwebkit 5.212 takes care of html5 audio + video)
  • Enable HTML5 Audio Tag detection and add to MediaList
  • Slight update of the default user agent
  • Handle onEnterFullScreen and onExitFullScreen
  • Fix Restore Backup functionality
  • Replaced old Adblocker rules with something more recent
  • Attach to window.onload instead of overwriting it (fixes some sites like acid3 test or css3 test not loading)
  • Some DevicePixelRatioHack.js optimizations
  • Added alternative webkit user agent  (used by Sailfish Browser for youtube)
  • Updated Jolla Sailfish Browser user agent

Comments

llelectronics's picture

uff did miss that one. Will add this in next release and import it soon to github.

Kabouik's picture

Thanks for the update and your continued efforts for making this browser powerful, it's greatly appreciated.

Two questions/requests:

- I am using Mailpile as a secure and fully encrypted e-mail client, it runs on my server and is accessible via webmail. It works great on Sailfish Browser and Brave (Android), but somehow scrolling is broken with Webcat (and Webpirate), either with mobile or desktop user agents/respective UIs. Since it works fine with Sailfish Browser, it means the issue is not with Mailpile UI nor Sailfish gestures, so there is hope. Could you please have a look and tell me if a fix would be possible? I suppose other websites could fail as well. Here is a demo of Mailpile where you can see the issue: https://demo.mailpile.is/in/inbox/ and see Sailfish Browser working as expected.

- Would it be possible to add a "Close current tab" in the extra toolbar? It would be great to be able to close current tab with just one click and without going to the tab view. Even better would be to allow custom actions (close current tab, for instance) for long press on the menu button that shows the extra toolbar. Currently it only has a shortpress action. Webpirate had this feature with a custom button with user-defined shortpress and longpress actions. I was using New tab/Close tab as actions and used this button all the tlme, but now Webpirate is long dead.

- And one last thing because I announced two but can't stop: why not moving the Favorite toggle button to the extra toolbar? It's a button that is typically seldom used because users set their favorites only once even if they visit them often, they don't need to be toggled often. It eats significant space in the main toolbar and in fact I often missclick on it. I would be happy to free some space for the URL bar by moving it to the extra toolbar, or even better to leave space for a new "Custom" button with user-defined shortpress and longpress actions (the Webpirate code on Github would certainly help)!

Thanks in advance for your answer, keep up the great work on the best Sailfish browser (and video player).

llelectronics's picture

... but somehow scrolling is broken with Webcat (and Webpirate), either with mobile or desktop user agents/respective UIs ...

Interesting. Only noticed that problem on Google+ (that you can make run if you don't access the plus.google.com page but a subpage instead). I think this is limitation of the qtwebkit engine. Maybe I can find a workaround but my hopes are not very high on fixing that. 

 Would it be possible to add a "Close current tab" in the extra toolbar?

The extra toolbar is cramped up already and basically full already. But I think the reload button there could be removed as it is already active as soon as you press on the urlbar itself. Also the reload function for quick access seems not very often used. Close Tab instead is one thing used more often. Btw. if you don't know it yet. You can reach any extratoolbar item and quickswitch between tabs by pressing and holding the goto / tab button (bottom left) and then just like the pulley menu but horizontaly mark the items in the extra toolbar menu and let go on the item you want to activate. 
This works quite fine on the Jolla 1. Sadly the newest SailfishOS updates made it almost impossible to use on the Jolla C or Jolla Tablet as it interferes with the newer bigger swipe to minimize or open app drawer actions. 

- And one last thing because I announced two but can't stop: why not moving the Favorite toggle button to the extra toolbar? 

As I said the extra toolbar is already cramped up. But I think I could move the favorite option next to the reload button when focus is on the urlbar. That makes the most sense I guess and should be easily found by the users aswell. 

Thanks for your comment and suggestions on improving the browser. 

Kabouik's picture

I think this is limitation of the qtwebkit engine. Maybe I can find a workaround but my hopes are not very high on fixing that.
Hope you'll find a way, thanks for trying anyway even if so far only Google+ seemed to exhibit the same issue.

The extra toolbar is cramped up already and basically full already.
It depends on the device you are using. On Jolla C, there is still room for one icon in portrait mode, and more icons than necessary in landscape mode. Note that it could also use the same mechanism as in Webpirate, i.e., an horizontally scrollable bar (is it tricky to mix features from Web Pirate source code in Webcat?), which would solve the issue in smaller devices. Most Android phones being ported to Sailfish by the community are also about the size of the Jolla C, or even bigger for the latest models, as are the Jolla and Youyota tablets, or the - hopefully - future keyboard phone from Chen.

Closing tabs without going to the tab view would really be useful: there are a lot of links that you just click on and they open a new tab, you read these new tabs a little and then just want to close them to go back to the origin website. Think of Wikipedia and it's billion of links that no one can resist clicking when reading an article for instance. This is especially true as the animation to show and hide the tab list in Webcat is a bit slow: it can get a bit frustrating when used repeatedly because it makes you feel you are literally waiting for it to end.

I concur with you about the Refresh icon, especially as it shows up when you touch the URL bar anyway, as you said.

The quick tab switch and access to the extra toolbar features are nice (but the latter is redundant with the right menu icon, or did I miss something?), but require some accuracy. Or instead I should say I am personally not very efficient in using them and am a lot more comfortable using the Menu icon on the right that displays the extra toolbar (but could use a secondary action on long press). Plus I'm currently using a Jolla C, and as you said it's more convenient on the original Jolla.
But I think I could move the favorite option next to the reload button when focus is on the urlbar. That makes the most sense I guess and should be easily found by the users aswell.

Yes, I think people would associate favorites with URLs anyway so it would make sense to have them together, while the extra toolbar would be more focused on being a "tool" bar (read view, split screen, lock orientation, etc.). Instead, I do think that showing an icon with two user-defined actions for short and long presses would make sense though. And if they really want it, users could choose to use "favorite" as one of these functions! But I don't think anyone would do it to be honest, which kind of supports the whole point.

One additional thing: landscape mode is often useful when using a mobile browser, and Webcat support for landscape is great overall (the split screen option is a jewel), but the Tab page is a bit akward to use in that orientation because it just splits the view horizontally between bookmarks and tabs, which makes it significantly hard to use/read when you have more than four tabs. Would it not make sense to split vertically and have one side of the screen showing bookmarks and the other the open tabs? Letting users choose sides would be great for better left- and right-handed support, but that's not critical.
By the way, I noticed that the Lock orientation does not work on Jolla C. I don't know about Jolla 1, I seem to remember it used to work correctly but that was a long time ago and I can't test properly now as my Jolla 1 is not updated to the latest Sailfish version.

Also, since I mentioned Web Pirate above, and I know that you have helped Dax on some features like setting default browser, there is another unique feature in Web Pirate that is absolutely fantastic: the experimental Sailfish text input for text fields. It solves issues, basically. This long post could not be edited in Webcat because you cannot navigate through a web text field without arrow keys, nor can you resize it to show the whole text and click where you want. You cannot efficiently select editable text either while Sailfish input offers the Sailfish selection mechanism used in other applications, and this system also allows showing a lot more text, despute bigger default font size. You can circumvent all the text field issues with the Sailfish text input, like in Storeman or Web Pirate. Same issues occur with forum posts, blog posts, or e-mail in web clients, so this may be really important for people who use their mobile browser for writing and not only reading.

I know Webcat is not Web Pirate and I don't want to offend you by suggesting some of its features. Both have their pros and cons and I never could choose my favorite when they were both actively developped, but Web Pirate is now dead and not maintained anymore, so I'm just throwing comments in case you'll still be looking for stuff to add in your to-do list in 5 years. :>

llelectronics's picture

Note that it could also use the same mechanism as in Webpirate, i.e., an horizontally scrollable bar (is it tricky to mix features from Web Pirate source code in Webcat?)

It is a totally different codebase that also went through rewrites. Webcat on the other hand never had a major rewrite and the extra toolbar is very static and adding a scrolling element would break the quick navigation option totally.

(but could use a secondary action on long press)

I don't like to blow up the code with configurable toolbars as it would be another codepath to support with lots of potential stuff breaking. I am thinking about it though. Maybe long pressing here makes more sense and works better for the quick extra toolbar access instead of using the goto button. I will test several options here and will decide what to do then.

but the Tab page is a bit akward to use in that orientation because it just splits the view horizontally between bookmarks and tabs, which makes it significantly hard to use/read when you have more than four tabs.

This is mostly a problem on smartphones. On the tablet it does work very good. But I will test your suggestion though it needs a bit of restructuring as those (bookmarks and tabview) are in a column and that does not work with it.

By the way, I noticed that the Lock orientation does not work on Jolla C. I don't know about Jolla 1, I seem to remember it used to work correctly but that was a long time ago and I can't test properly now as my Jolla 1 is not updated to the latest Sailfish version.

Tested it here on the Jolla C and it works just like it should

About the text input never had and issue with this. Writing and reading text works just fine. Though I will take a look at potential improements

Kabouik's picture

Hey Llelectronics, thanks for the reply. 

It is a totally different codebase that also went through rewrites. Webcat on the other hand never had a major rewrite and the extra toolbar is very static and adding a scrolling element would break the quick navigation option totally.

Understood. It was worth asking though because there are so many great (and non-redundant) features in both browsers. The parallel between Web Pirate and Webcat is kind of natural because they have been the two major non-official browsers for some years now.

I don't like to blow up the code with configurable toolbars as it would be another codepath to support with lots of potential stuff breaking. I am thinking about it though. Maybe long pressing here makes more sense and works better for the quick extra toolbar access instead of using the goto button. I will test several options here and will decide what to do then.

Looking forward to seeing/testing what you'll come up with.

Tested it here on the Jolla C and it works just like it should

Weird, I tested again and it still rotates despite lock mode in mine. I suppose it may conflict with one of those "rotate everything" patches? The flavor I'm using is "Allow any rotation", which works quite well. I have a "Lock rotation" button in my Powermenu2 screen and it does lock the rotation system wide, but when in rotation-free mode (disabling this toggle in Powermenu2), I can see that the Webcat's lock has no effect.

About the text input never had and issue with this. Writing and reading text works just fine. Though I will take a look at potential improements

Surely it works for short messages, but it is not user-friendly, and bigger problems start to appear for longer messages such as these: you can't scroll the text field so if there's more text than the default field size can show, you are screwed unless you have a keyboard with arrow keys; the UI scaling is inconvenient, so are the text-selection and copy-pasting mechanisms, and you may touch a link you didn't want to activate when struggling with the zoom level and view or when placing your cursor.

My previous wall text here looks like this and cannot be edited, while it looks like this in Storeman or Web Pirate, making it not only editable, but convenient to edit (scrolling, UI is a lot more responsive, no risk of clicking on a link by mistake while trying to zoom in and move the view, Sailfish text selection mechanism, etc.). This feature is rarely seen in browsers even on Android, so I'm guessing it's not so easy, but it makes typing in a text field as easy and hassle-free as typing a SMS. It's great in my opinion.

Thanks for the git update! I will try it if I find the time before you push it to master (I have visitors at the moment so I'm rarely on the computer), but otherwise I'll be happy to test it when it hits OpenRepos. 

(Also, maybe it would be relevant to continue this discussion in the Webcat thread on TMO? Openrepos's nested view is starting to create very narrow text blocks.)

    llelectronics's picture

    Uploaded first changes like hiding the favoriticon by default and the proposed splitview in landscape mode on bookmarksmenu. All on git already if you like to test.

    skyjumper's picture

    Hi, thanks for the great app.

    Unfortunately, well actually rather often, the app locks up and needs to be killed for various sites. I use the stock browser as my alternative

    llelectronics's picture

    That is unfortunate indeed. 

    I use my app every day and don't have this problem on the sites I visit regulary. 

    The next version will have a automatic recovery if the underlying Webkit engine crashes and reloads the site then. 

    skyjumper's picture

    Hi,

    Thanks for the update. I have the issue where if I have webcat open and I try to open another link via an external app - Instagram, Twitter, the link isn't opened in Webcat. Nothing happens. I have to close and reopen webcat for it to opoen the link

    llelectronics's picture

    How did you set webcat as default browser? 

    If you use the --set-default option on harbour-webcat it should correctly set the default browser with the ability to open up links even if the browser is opened already.

    skyjumper's picture
    llelectronics's picture

    Yeah that won't work as it needs a Dbus service for such a thing to work (open application getting the request of opening a file or url).

    That's why there exists the --set-default parameter for webcat.

    skyjumper's picture

    ahah! That makes sense. So is that parameter via the command line or editing the template for the icon on the desktop ?

    Thanks

    llelectronics's picture

    It is a command line argument. You only need to run it once. It will only set the browser as default and exit immediately. 

    I had a button the settings for this but Jolla did not like it so I had to remove it from the version to get into harbour. 

    The also claimed to have something in the works for mimetypes and such though that is more than 2 years ago now :(

    skyjumper's picture

    Got it! Thanks

    Qleg's picture

    I can't login via web.skype.com. Is it possible to login or not?
     

    llelectronics's picture

    Not supported by QtWebkit. So no does not work. 

    Qleg's picture

    Thanks. but this is :-(

    olf's picture

    Maybe the maintained WebKit comes handy: [Qt-Development] QtWebKit is coming back (part 2)

    qiang1315231's picture

    Hi! Can you add www.baidu.com engine, please?

    llelectronics's picture

    Added Baidu search now on git. Should be available with the next release. 

    naalaa's picture

    Hallo llelectronics, I want to spend some money for your good work, but the paypal Button does not work.

    This information appears, when I click the button: "Some required information is missing or incomplete. Please correct your entries and try again."

    Is it possible to fix it?

     

    llelectronics's picture

    It is working fine here. Tested it with a private window. Though the mobile version might not work in Webcat :( 
    So you need a laptop or pc for it to work or use the Sailfish-Browser. 

    I hope the QtWebkit 5.6 Update for SailfishOS will bring in support for newer webstandards which make that work aswell. 

    Kabouik's picture

    For some reason, the orientation lock button of the extra toolbar has no effect on my Jolla C, Webcat still rotates. Note that the splitview works in portrait too, so Webcat might fail figuring in what orientation it is. I haven't tested on my Jolla. Is it a known issue?

    Schturman's picture

    Hi. Please add possibility to use Whatsapp Web (web.whatsapp.com) on the tablet version. Thanks.

    llelectronics's picture

    If I find a way. Using a different user agent seems not to work. 

    hoodlum's picture

    v 2.2 nice!

    Getmantsev's picture

    Whether in the browser, the text wrapping feature to make it easier to read messages on the forums?

    llelectronics's picture

    Normally this feature needs to be implemented into the web engine. The Qt5 WebKit web engine however does not have this feature. 

    So unfortunately I cannot implement that. I advise to use the landscape orientation when on forums or try the reader mode which works on certain types of forums. 

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