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Developer(s)Christophe Thibault, Sebastian Spaeth, Brian Harris, Jeff Doozan, Mark Liffiton, Rob Johnson, Ulf Erikson, Jordan Callicoat, Dorian Boissonnade, Roytam, et al.
Initial releaseAugust 21, 2000; 23 years ago (2000-08-21)
Stable release
76.4.7 Edit this on Wikidata / February 11, 2023; 16 months ago (2023-02-11)
Written inC++, JavaScript
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available in7 languages

K-Meleon is a free and open-source, lightweight web browser for Microsoft Windows. Unlike cross-platform browsers, it uses the Windows API to create its user interface. Early versions of K-Meleon render web pages with Gecko, Mozilla's browser layout engine. The Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client also use Gecko. K-Meleon became a popular browser for Windows. It was available as an optional default browser in Europe. After Mozilla deprecated embedding Gecko, K-Meleon continued to use it for several years. K-Meleon 76 uses the Goanna layout engine. Goanna is a fork of Gecko created for the Pale Moon browser.

K-Meleon began as a competitor to Mozilla's original internet suite. It had the goal of being faster and lighter. Until 2011, K-Meleon embedded Gecko in a stripped-down interface. Throughout its lifespan, K-Meleon has required small amounts of memory. K-Meleon 76 uses the Goanna fork. It supports platforms no longer supported by Mozilla after their Gecko rewrite. K-Meleon supports older computers and older computer software. It maintains active support for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Customization is another primary design goal of K-Meleon. Users can change the toolbars, menus, and keyboard shortcuts from text-based configuration files. Besides conventional extensions, K-Meleon also supports macros. Macros are small, human-readable extensions. Users can examine, write, or edit them in a text editor. K-Meleon's custom configuration files can trigger macros. Because it is adaptable, experts recommended K-Meleon for internet cafes and libraries in the early 2000s.

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  • Blanco, Elena (March 1, 2005). "Open source and the web browser". OSS Watch. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2011. K-Meleon is a lightweight web browser designed to run on the Windows platform and makes use of the Windows native interface for the applications toolbars and menu so that it is tightly integrated into the look and feel of the Windows desktop.
  • Blasko, Larry (December 6, 2001). "K-Meleon: Lean, mean Web browser". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 18, 2022. Retrieved March 14, 2022. It is very stable, and lightning fast at loading pages. Good cookie control, and best of all — pop-up ad blocking!
  • Boissonnade, Dorian. "K-Meleon Changelog". Archived from the original on September 13, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022. (Version 1.0–75.1)
  • Boswell, David; King, Brian; Oeschger, Ian; Collins, Pete; Murhpy, Eric (September 24, 2002). "Mozilla as Platform". In Boswell, David (ed.). Creating Applications with Mozilla. O'Reilly Media. p. 7. Retrieved February 2, 2023. Let a Hundred Browsers Bloom: Because Mozilla can be used to create any sort of application, there's no reason why it can't be used to create different types of browsers. Several projects are currently under development independently from the work being done on the default browser. [...] Some examples include [...] K-Meleon (http:// kmeleon.sourceforge.net) for Windows.
  • Doozan, Jeff (2001). "Definition Files". K-Meleon 0.6.
  • Erikson, Ulf; Holman; Mutch; Moses; Sachner; Zarneth (2002). "K-Meleon User's Guide and Reference Manual". K-Meleon Documentation Project. Archived from the original on December 22, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022. {{cite web}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; December 24, 2006 suggested (help) (Version 0.7)
  • Foley, Mary Jo (August 22, 2000). "K-Meleon browser part Mozilla, part IE". ZDNet. ZDNet News. Archived from the original on November 8, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2022. K-Meleon's biggest claim to fame is its small size and fast loading time. The full K-Meleon package, including the installer, is 2.85MB. [...] K-Meleon features the Internet Explorer (IE) bookmarking system,[...]
  • García, Rocío (March 9, 2022). "Sin instalación y para llevar: Los mejores programas portables" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 4, 2022. Retrieved September 3, 2022. K-Meleon es de código abierto, está disponible en muchos idiomas y además de su versión instalador, también podemos descargar K-Meleon portable desde este enlace. [K-Meleon is open-source, it is available in many languages, and in addition to its installer version, we can also download K-Meleon portable from this link: kmeleonbroswer.org.]
  • Kohler, Klaus (May 9, 2007). "K-Meleon 1.x Reference". Archived from the original on September 24, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  • López, José María (March 10, 2022). "Navegadores web minimalistas y ligeros para ordenadores viejos" [Minimalist and Lightweight Web Browsers for Old Computers] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 29, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022. Está basado en Mozilla Firefox. Pero en vez de usar su motor Gecko, utiliza un derivado o fork llamado Goanna. [It is based on Mozilla Firefox. But instead of using the Gecko engine, it uses a derivative or fork called Goanna.]
  • McCracken, Harry (March 2007). "For Browsers, the Best of Times is Now". PC World. p. 15. Right now, more viable options are angling for your attention than at any time since the browser wars of the mid-1990s. [...] Tempted to leave IE? Firefox and Opera, the powerful browser from Norway, are far from your only options. These days, in fact, they're part of the old guard. Newer alternatives abound: Flock, for instance, offers built-in blogging, and K-Meleon is snappy even on low-end hardware.
  • Mutch, Andrew; Ventura, Karen (July 15, 2002). "Does Your Library Need a Different Browser?". netConnect. Library Journal. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  • Orlowski, Andrew (November 26, 2001). "Galeon zips while Mozilla slips". The Register. Situation Publishing. Archived from the original on September 10, 2022. Retrieved September 9, 2022. Galeon pulls the Gecko rendering engine out of the Mozilla wreckage, and builds a lightweight, but very fully featured browser around it, using Gtk and Gnome code. [...] It isn't the only browser to build on Gecko [...] for Windows there's the K-Meleon project.
  • Schofield, Jack (December 16, 2009). "EU drops Microsoft browser charges with agreement on 'ballot screen'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on December 19, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2022. The deal covers "specifically the region known as the European Economic Area, which includes 30 nations," says Smith. Existing Windows users in Europe, including XP users, will also get the ballot screen via a Windows Update download. This will invite them to choose from a list of the 12 most-widely used browsers: Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Opera, AOL, Maxthon, K-Meleon, Flock, Avant Browser, Sleipnir and Slim Browser.
  • Serea, Razvan (November 26, 2014). "K-Meleon 75 Beta 1". Neowin. Archived from the original on December 22, 2022. Retrieved December 21, 2022. K-Meleon 75 Beta 1 changelog: [...] Toolbars/Skin: Support for PNG and other formats, Button size scale with dpi and can be user set., Skin now have a skin.cfg file for icon definition. [...]
  • Roytam (August 14, 2021). "K-Meleon 74 on Goanna 2.2 (palemoon-26.5) for Win2000". Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  • Roytam (2023). "K-Meleon 76.4.7 on Goanna 3.5.0". Archived from the original on May 17, 2022. Retrieved January 5, 2023.

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