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iCab
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iCab5.9.2

05 March 2020

Alternative Web browser.

Overview

iCab is an alternative Web browser. It supports HTML4, image filtering, cookie filtering, bookmarks, java and javascript support, search modes, importing of Web archives from Explorer, download manager, and numerous useful features not found in other browsers.

Features
  • Advertising banner filtering
  • Kiosk mode
  • Error protocol (Smiley)
  • Portable Web archives
  • Download Manager
  • Link Manager
  • Souce code manager

What's new in iCab

Version 5.9.2:
  • Fixes an issue with failing downloads caused by a server error.

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231 Reviews of iCab

5
Derision
18 April 2019
Version: 5.8.6

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I love iCab. I've used it on my various machines, legacy and otherwise, for over a decade. It benefits from their being a stable version for practically every flavor of Mac: 2.9.9 is the best browser you can get for a 68k Mac, hands down, and 3.0.5 is the best you can find for PowerPC-based Macs running MacOS 9 or earlier. I don't use it quite as much on my modern MacBook Pro, but when I do, I'm consistently impressed by its speed and stability, and always end up wondering why it doesn't get started more often. Registration costs ten bucks, but the only restriction for unregistered users is an unobtrusive shareware reminder popup when you open the application. Even so, I like it enough to support it, and have had my license for years now. iCab, you've been the bomb for 20 years... and I hope you stay that way for 20 more.
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Scion777
25 February 2020
Version: 5.9.1
Ssssssssslooooowwwwww. Pass.
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Dr-Sparks
23 February 2020
Version: 5.8.6
The latest version here at MacUpdate is 5.8.6 of 02 October 2018. However, iCab 5.9.1 was released today. Check it out here: http://www.icab.de/index.html
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Dr-Sparks
23 February 2020
Version: 5.8.6
The latest version here at MacUpdate is 5.8.6 of 02 October 2018. iCab 59.1 was released today. Check it out here: http://www.icab.de/index.html
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Dr-Sparks
15 July 2019
Version: 5.8.6
MacUpdate maintains two iCab pages. iCab 5.8.6 is the newest version, and was updated on Sept 28, 2018. See these links:
http://www.icab.de/
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4210/icab
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Derision
18 April 2019
Version: 5.8.6
I love iCab. I've used it on my various machines, legacy and otherwise, for over a decade. It benefits from their being a stable version for practically every flavor of Mac: 2.9.9 is the best browser you can get for a 68k Mac, hands down, and 3.0.5 is the best you can find for PowerPC-based Macs running MacOS 9 or earlier. I don't use it quite as much on my modern MacBook Pro, but when I do, I'm consistently impressed by its speed and stability, and always end up wondering why it doesn't get started more often. Registration costs ten bucks, but the only restriction for unregistered users is an unobtrusive shareware reminder popup when you open the application. Even so, I like it enough to support it, and have had my license for years now. iCab, you've been the bomb for 20 years... and I hope you stay that way for 20 more.
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David1
15 February 2019
Version: 5.8.6
iCab may not be free, but I've been using it for years in preference to others because it's one of the most stable and secure browsers available and has features that are not available elsewhere.
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4.5
Macmedix
13 December 2018
Version: 5.8.6
IT is fantastic that iCab is still updated AND supports Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 Nothing else does. As of Dec 2018, the most recent version is 5.8.6 which is available from the iCab.de website (even if not available here at MacUpdate). For people running older Macs iCab is your only choice for a browser that is updated enough to do modern SSL, yet still runs on those older Mac OSes. iCab is the last refuge, helping older Macs retain usefulness, even on secure sites such as Amazon. I will note that when running on Mac OSX 10.7, things are not as good as when running OSX 10.12. Because on OSX 10.7 Some sites such Bank of America, do not work 100%. Even after successful login, The BoA menus are partly broken & clicking on BillPay gets an error about lack of a secure connection. Mixed bag.
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MacDefender
11 October 2018
Version: 5.8.6
For years my prefered browser and I tried a lot of those others including Chrome, Firefox or Brave. iCab is still the best and fastest and can be configured in various ways. Love to see that there is still a browser for ‚developers‘ and not only those blinky full blows stupid ones.
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4.5
iMacWare
24 August 2018
Version: 5.8.5
This browser is both fast and useful. I recommend it over Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
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Scion777
18 July 2017
Version: 5.8.3
There was an almost three year gap between releases. Seriously? Security for browsers does not wait for incremental releases of less than a month or so . . .
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clicchi
27 April 2017
Version: 5.8.3
I have problem on my late 2007 iMac that causes random and often crashes/shutdowns. I found that Safari made these crashes happen too often. I upgraded to El Capitan (from Snow Leopard) on this iMac because I needed supported programs. This computer will not install Sierra. I am not looking to replace it, but to make it useable. I tried Chrome and Firefox and still had crashes happen too often. Long story short, I started using iCab and the iMac seems to shutdown much less. The problem with iCab is that it only displays (it seems) as if I’m using a mobile device. Facebook in particular will redirect to a mobile page view that is quite hart to navigate and view compared to a normal browser view. Is there a way to make iCab work as a desktop browser? I like the browser (don’t like crashes) but this “feature” is nothing if not annoying. I want to know if iCab can be used, or if there is a browser like iCab for os x.
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4.5
kingjj
28 September 2016
Version: 5.7
5.7 is shaping up to be the fastest and most stable version yet. If you’ve been hesitant, don’t be. It the fastest webkit browser available, and previous wrinkles have been well ironed.
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4.5
kingjj
28 November 2015
Version: 5.5
iCab Works Again! When I upgraded my OS from 10.6 to 10.10, the last version of iCab (5.5) was rendered useless. Nothing but freezes and crashes, even while attempting to view even the most basic of web pages. However, it's finally been updated (see below for the link. No idea why Macupdate hasn’t listed it), I’ve been using it for a few days with OS 10.11, and I have not an issue to report. At this point. you can just scroll down to the review I posted in September 2014, because my thoughts are exactly the same. It’s fast, light on memory, and highly customizable. I do have one new caveat, the updated version seems to use it’s own spell check. While it seems to work well enough, it’s conflicting with the system spell check. And I can’t figure out how to disable it (or if it’s even possible). But other than that, I’m overjoyed to have my favorite browser back. I hope this version doesn’t run into the issues the last version did. And if it does have issues, I hope it takes less than a year to get them fixed. Regardless, I’ll be patient. Mr. Clauss is one person, and he’s doing awesome work. I’d say that’s worth the wait.
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kingjj
27 November 2015
Version: 5.5
5.6 is out http://www.icab.de/dl.php
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Mikael-B
08 July 2015
Version: 5.5
If iCab had anything on Firefox, like it once had, that it was faster, more compatible or more versatile I'd not hesitate to purchase it. But iCab has nothing, is slow, can't play back Flash video properly on Machines that otherwise play 1080p without dropping a frame and HD Flash video in Firefox and Safari.

I've been checking out iCab since version 1.0 and it's 10 years since it started to really get behind. Even if iCab was free why would I use it?
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Gestalt
10 November 2014
Version: 5.2
Version 5.5 was released on October 30, 2014, so the 5.2 version listed here is a bit out of date.
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4.5
kingjj
18 September 2014
Version: 5.2
Point blank: I really like iCab. I really liked it in the OS9 days, and I think I like it even more now. It's fast, light on memory, and sports oodles of options and filter capabilities. Yes, it costs (although it works fully for free, just drops occasional reminders). But personally, I don't have any problem supporting software I like and use everyday. Not to mention, I paid two years and about six updates ago, and they've never asked me for another cent. So if you're finding Firefox bloated and Safari lacking, I strongly recommend a test drive.
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wickedsp1d3r
21 September 2013
Version: 5.1.1
On a single page, is there a way to disable javascript source by source (like NoScript) or do I have to block them all? Fast, powerful web browser. I love Filter Manager, but because lack of NoScript capabilities, I can't buy it.
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Zinneken
12 September 2013
Version: 5.1
Not often writing a review, but had to do it for this one! In my search for a browser that allows me to customise how it behaves for privacy, so how it handles cookies, javascript, blocks content, etc. I tried Opera, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Maxthon and icab. The only two browsers I found to have sufficient preferences to manage privacy as I want it are firefox with plenty of plugins and icab. The winner for me is icab hands down!
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Panthera
03 September 2013
Version: 5.1
$20 for a browser??? LOL. You are joking, right? You'll be lucky to sell 5 copies.
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Fyreflye
02 September 2013
Version: 5.1
This was easily the best browser for OS9 in 1999, and the developer hasn't raised the dollar price for it since. But seriously, I adopted this browser as my default when it was first released and it was an amazing advance on Netscape and Explorer at the time, but it doesn't seem to have made much progress since. Everyone should have the right to choose whatever browser they like, but other than its availability for early versions of OSX I can't see why anyone would choose it today. Anyone want to explain why?
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Mikael-B
24 July 2013
Version: 5.0
While Firefox and Chrome have a new release close to every month of the year, iCab haven't been updated since june 12 2012. That's more than one year since the last update. There are limitations for one man development. Think where iCab could have been had it been opensourced years ago. I buy apps every month, also much more expensive than iCab, but I have never bought iCab. I'd rather give money to open source projects than a "maybe in development" app.
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bbw7
24 March 2013
Version: 5.0
I have to say this is one smooth browser. Check it out. Because it can handle sites better than Safari, and is fast and seems to have other functionality that Safari has lost, I have to give five stars -- even if it doesn't have full-on ad-blocking capability.
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bbw7
08 March 2013
Version: 5.0
Was trying this out, and found that I wasn't able to login to several sites, including MU, although I was able to login to at least one other site at which I am registered. Is this one of the features not necessarily working in "demo" mode? Am honestly curious. It does seem to be a very fast browser and works on pages Safari and others have problems with; however, I can't see paying for a browser without an actual adblocking feature or plugin. Filter lists just don't cut it. I understand that the developing team is small and puts a lot of time into this project, and thus needs to be recompensed for their work, but with all the free browsers out there with adblocking, I just don't see this business model working.
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2.5
RogerKatz
01 December 2012
Version: 5.0
1Password crashed when it tried to apply to iCab 5.0.0 - so, for me, without 1Password, iCab is relatively useless.
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Mikael-B
31 October 2012
Version: 5.0
Anyone that can tip on an adblocker filter that just works?
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ronaldpr
16 September 2012
Version: 5.0
iCab 5.0.1 is available since June !
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Mikael-B
03 August 2012
Version: 5.0
Well, as far as the PowerPc version of iCab 5.0 goes I have given up iCab. Again. +: ->Flash plugin works great. ->Overall with few tabs great response -: ->More than 5 tabs and hundreds of bookmarks and iCab gives me the spinning beach ball way too often ->password fetching works erratically ->unexplainable crashes. Just a few is too many -> Ad block doesn't work really well at all. Safari is way better and AuroraFox and TenFourFox is a walk over. ->iCab is incompatible with my bank service -> iCab made double posts on a community site I visit daily, which does have really old and bad HTML but no other browser does this. The overall performance with many tabs is the deal breaker. Please note I have 8gb of RAM. This may be different on Intel, but on the PPC I feel the AuroraFox distribution of Firefox is way better and actually more stable even as it is beta software. Why would I pay a fee for this kind of performance? Why is iCab always behind? I've been avaluating iCab since before version 1. This said, iCab is better overall on PowerPC Macs than both TenFourFox (TFF) and Safari, but these are both free applications though only TFF is still being developed. However, the AuroraFox distribution beats iCab hands down. They are also in competition on Intel so you'd be well advised to evaluate both.
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Mikael-B
26 July 2012
Version: 5.0
Macupdate, as far as I can tell iCab is NOT Intel only, as the first PPC link indicates. Fix that!
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Notimetoulouse
20 July 2012
Version: 5.0
I have G5 dual processor Macs using 10.5.8 and iCab is a rocket on this platform. Alex, the developer has always answered any queries within 24hrs of posting, and I gladly paid for this browser two years ago - (the guy is trying to make a living after all.) Shame about making the newest version Intel only, that effectively locks me and potentially thousands of PPC users out of any future upgrades. Ho Hum. Way of the World.
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darrel-2
20 June 2012
Version: 5.0
Version 5.0.1 has been out for a few days now.
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Iliketrash
13 June 2012
Version: 5.0
iCab _does_not_ use Keychain, the system-wide password manager, to fill in your log-in information. It treats log-in info as just another form that you have to fill in. To semi-automate this, you have to look up your passwords and usernames from whereever you wrote them down, or get into Keychain itself which few if any Mac users ever do, and enter the information into iCab manually. You then have to go to the View menu (how does that make sense) and check Save Forms. If I were doing a full review of ICab I would consider docking it 1/2 star for this deficiency.
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5
NeXTLoop
11 June 2012
Version: 5.0
iCab continues to impress. Version 5 (like version 4) uses Safari's WebKit rendering engine. In spite of the share engine, however, iCab usually outperforms Safari. I'm not sure if it's superior threading, but iCab doesn't get "bogged down" like Safari does. you virtually never get the spinning ball with iCab. That performance doesn't come at the expense of features either. iCab has a slew of features that other browsers either don't have at all, or are poorly implemented at best. Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, OS X browsers on the market.
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Mikael-B
08 June 2012
Version: 5.0
Css3 test scores from css3test.com, 918 total feature tests: iCab 5.0: 50%, 367 tests passed Safari 5.0.6: same as iCab Tenfourfox 10.0.5: 52%, 389 tests passed This is all on PowerPC OS X 10.5.8 so both iCab and Safari tests should be better in later versions as I assume it's the OS supplied webkit that does the rendering, no? Please post your results if you're using iCab on a later OS version. It's useful for people on different Macs to know what the limitations are if any.
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wickedsp1d3r
08 June 2012
Version: 5.0
The only thing that prevents me to use it as my primary browser is that 1Password doesn't support it anymore...
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Mikael-B
08 June 2012
Version: 5.0
Funny thing is iCab had totally fanatic fans even when it sucked, say around version 3 or so. It sucked IMHO because it didn't support things fully back then. I felt the team was too small and too slow. This is better now? I'd assume support for things have moved up since, but I'm surprised to only see "supports html 4". How is that a feature for a web browser in 2012? Surely iCab support html5 and css3 by now, no? Are there any speed comparisons for rendering and the javascript engine available somewhere? I'll probably try icab 5 as any previous major update of the browser, but I haven't continued to use it after the test page so far. Currently I use TenFourfox, an alternative distribution of Firefox that supports PowerPC (still got 2 in use). I kinda like Firefox on Intel, but alternatives are good to have around.
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4.5
Sir-Sixty-Nine
26 November 2011
Version: 4.8
god bless you iCab
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wickedsp1d3r
25 October 2011
Version: 4.8
Superb browser! Fast and customizable. One thing annoys me though: if I have set some own CSS rules for a specific page and leave it (press the homepage button or a bookmark), the elements and advertisements (that I have disabled with the filter manager) appear on the page for about a second before the new page comes to the screen. Hope you can understand what I mean. Is this behaviour changeable?
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Anon-Bud
17 October 2011
Version: 4.8
ICab 5 has been out [in beta?] now for quite some time and just keeps improving the browsing experience. Every time answer version of some browser comes out, I try it out and always-ALWAYS-return to iCab. Why? It is fast. It is slick. The add ons are great [esp. Readability]. Did I mention that it is fast? Super fast! Try it out. You might be converted and see what you've been missing.
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xXAkumuXx
23 March 2011
Version: 4.8
This seems to be a very stable and very fast browser, but boy is the GUI atrocious. The buttons are so blurry they don't even look like they belong on the browser window. They haven't updated this browser in almost a year... but they did just release a new mobile version of their browser, so hopefully a new desktop version will be available soon... and maybe with less scary looking buttons. ( ; >_>)
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Anon-Bud
11 March 2011
Version: 4.8
Came back to my paid version of iCab and now I remember why I like it so much: 1) Fastest browser around 2) Option to kill ads 3) Extremely stable 4) It just plain works iCab, Safari, and Omniweb are my favorites, but iCab is my default — five stars all around.
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xati-ba
08 March 2011
Version: 4.8
$20 for a web browser?!
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Which-Button-Is-The-Any-Key?
29 January 2011
Version: 4.8
Outclasses Safari in every way.
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5
JRod53
11 January 2011
Version: 4.8
How can I run flash player on Icab? I can not see any youtube video or play any flash player game
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JRod53
11 January 2011
Version: 4.8
How can I run flash player on Icab? I can not see any youtube video or play any flash player game
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Lcpguy
14 November 2010
Version: 4.8
This is the BEST Mac Browser available! Just my opinion, hehe... It works great with Flash and especially Flash games It really is awesome! The options are endless. But, they may be hard to find as it doesn't present them like Safari or FireFox. Just explore and you will find them. Highly recommended! John
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Gurubez
23 July 2010
Version: 4.8
All U need for the PERFECT Browser on a Mac!!!! - fast - secure - light - best options - best configuration option SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!! If U want the best in life U have to pay for it!!! Worth every Cent!!!!!!!
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Manfred-Bergmann
19 July 2010
Version: 4.8
Have registered this browser. Yes, there are other free browsers out there. But this one has much better security features and better tools and is not as bloated as other browsers. Now with WebKit there is even a Web developer console with JavaScript debugger and such. Great.
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Robotank
19 July 2010
Version: 4.8
I'm a big fan of iCab, and I've used it as my main browser off and on for a couple years. It still has the best feature set of any browser out there, but I'd really like to see some updates to the interface and location/search bar functionality soon to bring it up to speed with the big players. iCab is a great browser overall, though, and certainly a treat for power users who want a high level of control and customization.
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Jazzyguy
19 July 2010
Version: 4.8
I paid for it years ago. It is a great browser and has a great history of service to the Mac Community. Well worth supporting!
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Miner
18 July 2010
Version: 4.8
I realise we are all getting used to free browsers to cater for our internet needs. But it is iCab that continues to create builds that allow us to use the latest WebKit, even on OS 10.3 Macs. Not Safari, and also not Camino of Firefox with uo-to-date Gecko. Very well done, and I am happy to have paid the supporting license fee!
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Merimac
18 July 2010
Version: 4.8
This browser just keeps getting better and faster. iCab is one of the best if not THE best browser for OSX.
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2ktz
18 July 2010
Version: 4.8
ok i still cannot get icab to stay on top of page in ebay no matter what i do having spent weeks playing with filter manager i am still not able to get it to stay at top of page to see item location and current price etc it jumps straight to description in full screeen and no option to scroll up....so having to use safari to view ebay... any advice? anyone help me with this as it is just so annoying to have to do this
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jbarley
10 June 2010
Version: 4.7
I'm having no success at all trying to email the support for icab, the only email address I can find does not work (support@icab.de). Any help here would be nice...
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Yoshinatsu
30 May 2010
Version: 4.7
Pay for a web browser...? God, it's 2010!!
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Jazzyguy
15 April 2010
Version: 4.7
I registered years ago and now it is better than ever. I love the tools provided and it is the BEST download and converter for flv to mp4. Extremely reliable and fast .Using WebKit really put it on the map but it has always been top notch. Very few browsers can be used on the old Mac systems like OS8,7 etc. This browser can be configured to be used on any older Mac OS.
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2ktz
20 March 2010
Version: 4.7
suddenly i cannpt no longer watch any youtube videos... all i get is " go upgrade " yet if i switch to safari alls well.... anyone else have this issue? i know youtube seem to have changed there layout has this anything to do with it?...it's really strange
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Robotank
18 December 2009
Version: 4.7
iCab is a fantastic browser. I'm using it as my default browser currently, though I tend to switch occassionally between it and OmniWeb, the only other Mac browser that has comparable advanced features and bears comparison to iCab (except perhaps Opera, which will never really be a Mac browser for me). In any case, iCab is currently my pick because it has both OmniWeb's features and Safari's performance. Running in 64-bit under SL and using the system WebKit framework, iCab is blazingly fast and clearly outperforms OmniWeb. Needless to say, iCab is extremely feature-rich and allows you to customize just about every aspect of your browsing. The only real stumbling block I have ever encountered with iCab is that locating and understanding all of its features and settings can be a little bit difficult and/or time consuming. For instance, using the filter manager to set a simple domain preference (say, user-agent string for me.com) takes far longer than it does with OmniWeb's site preferences. Another example: iCab's JavaScript settings offer numerous options, the meanings of which may not be apparent to some users (i.e. how to block pop-up windows) and could benefit from more detailed documentation. On the other hand, the trade-off in both cases is superior control. iCab's filter manager offers more fine-grained control (i.e. not restricted to second-level domains only) than OW's site prefs, and iCab allows more control over JavaScript than OW. If you're willing to take a bit of time to sort through all of iCab's myriad options, you'll find an extremely powerful and customizable browser that blows Safari and Firefox out of the water. Note that iCab also works with the most essential browser plugins, 1Password and Click-to-Flash. Finally, if you want more thorough ad-blocking than comes with iCab's included filter examples, check out the additional filters on the Downloads page of the iCan website (I've found that GlimmerBlocker doesn't play nice with iCab; I have no idea why).
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Istra
14 November 2009
Version: 4.7
what a great browser! Many things work different than all the rest (who seem to be all the same), and some little functionality stuff could be "improved" = expanded, but iCab is a browser to fall in love with! Congratulations mr. developer :-)
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Gregorgy
14 October 2009
Version: 4.7
iCab rocks. End of story. Safari, on two Macs, just goes south when a PDF link is clicked. iCab keeps quiet and does what it should. And as for finding errors on webpages, old smiley cannot be beat! I have been an on/off iCab user since the classic days and have always loved it. It is my browser of choice and well worth the $20... I have never regretted the purchase but I will say one thing: it really could do with a remember username/password thing like Firefox. Besides that, no beating iCab
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Tfindlay
12 October 2009
Version: 4.7
iCab has no icon in Snow Leopard. Weird.
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anonymous-hyena-2756
11 October 2009
Version: 4.7
Really good browser, I'm planning to buy it as i did with the iPhone version. I guess the developer will find a way to easily keep synched the bookmarks between iCab, iCab Mobile and Safari as, for istance, xmarks is doing between Firefox and Safari.
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Gurubez
11 October 2009
Version: 4.7
The Best Internet Browser for Macintosh... and now its running on 64Bit Power....its very fast and stable... And the best thing is...it deosn t need any PlugIn like Saft, ADblocker or anything else...because it has got ALL the features inside!!! Simply the best!! 1000pts ;)
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Strob
25 September 2009
Version: 4.6.1
I would have purchased iCab except Silverlight crashes it. Normally responsive developer says it is a problem with the plug-in. But this is not logical since this behavior can not be replicated in any other browser I have. Please fix this as I am confident you could.
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Hugo-and-Luigi
17 July 2009
Version: 4.6.1
I love it. Safari is OK, I like Camino and it was my default browser for a long time. No browser I tried was exactly what I wanted so I went searching and tried icab, which I hadn't used since OS9. It has everything I want, every feature, and is totally customizable. The only issue is that some of the features are not obvious and are easy to miss. Everything I thought was a shortcoming was soon proven not to be with an email to the developer. So I gave him my $25. Well worth it.
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Hugo-and-Luigi
17 July 2009
Version: 4.6.1
I love it. Safari is OK, I like Camino and it was my default browser for a long time. No browser I tried was exactly what I wanted so I went searching and tried icab, which I hadn't used since OS9. It has everything I want, every feature, and is totally customizable. The only issue is that some of the features are not obvious and are easy to miss. Everything I thought was a shortcoming was soon proven not to be with an email to the developer. So I gave him my $25. Well worth it.
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22duke
26 June 2009
Version: 4.6.1
c'mon 25$ for a web browser??? you must be kidding
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Xenos
26 June 2009
Version: 4.6.1
unless i'm missing something (so, please, correct me if so), i'd just have one one single request: allow adding bookmarks on top of the relative folder (like with OmniWeb) instead of adding it to the end of the list and i'll use iCab as my default web browser.
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Killer-Klown-Kar
07 June 2009
Version: 4.6
Google should quit messing around with their broken down Chrome for OSX and just buy this and tweak it around to their liking. A better world is sometimes a simple thing.
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Herbert-Kroemer
15 April 2009
Version: 4.5
While not likely to displace Safari from its role as the default browser for most Mac users, the new version 4.5 of iCab is a prime candidate as an alternate browser for some of the tasks for which Safari does not suffice. To me, iCab's most unique feature is an outstanding Download Manager that permits downloading entire multi-page web sites including links, for offline browsing. Its capabilities include setting options for the maximal depth (default=4), maximal number of files (250), maximal "traffic" (10 MB), as well as what kinds of embedded files and links to download. None of the common browsers has anything like it; only some of the dedicated web download applications (like Blue Crab) have more. The downloads can be saved as single Web Archives or as sets of individual files. The archives require iCab to be opened directly (a minor drawback), but they are is really Zip archives that can be un-zipped. I haven't tried to figure out what to do with the unzipped folder, nor have I tried downloading as a set of files.
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Haleakalari
14 April 2009
Version: 4.5
icab is so flipping intense it rips my face off, wears it and [intentionally] does a face-plant all over the interwebs. but seriously, this has become my go-to browser for research work and general light browsing. if only it could access login information in keychain, like camino and safari do, it would be my main browser. until then, it tops safari for me and comes in a close second to camino. the developer is also quite responsive to bug reports/feature requests. i hope a.c. never stops development on icab. aside from it's odd approach to saving login information, this is the most feature complete [solely mac] browser that i have ever used. plus, icab actually has the ability to create standalone web-applications (or single-site browsers, whichever you prefer), like fluid, from one or a whole set of user specified addresses. furthermore, these web apps' are able to use standard icab filters, settings and scripts. plus, like safari and all webkit applications, they are compatible with greasekit. beat that! p.s. it also plays quite nicely the version of webkit that the safari 4 beta uses.
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Bruthiaux
08 March 2009
Version: 4.5
This browser is FAST!!!!!!! Open the same webpage in iCab and in Safari, Firefox, Opera, Camino, etc, and click on each Refresh button in quick succession. Watch which gets there first. This browser leaves the competition standing, including Safari 4 and all the gimmicks and pointless changes this version introduced (like tabs at the top -- why?). How can iCab be improved? Yes, clean up those icons. They do look fuzzy and cheap. But mainly, change the awful iCab dock icon to something clean and circular like the Safari or Opera icons, only yellow instead of blue or red. And do change the name of the browser to something sensible and recognizable. The taxi/cab metaphor simply does not suggest a browser. Then we'll help spread the word! And keep up the good work!
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Paladino
29 January 2009
Version: 4.2.5
A really fine browser, but the stumbling block for me is the lack of a working password/login saving feature which every other browser has. Unless iCab is equipped with this feature, I just won't use it regularly, let alone pay for it. iCab would become my default browser if it could easily save passwords/login info.
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libecchio
23 November 2008
Version: 4.2.5
The two big iCab winners for me are, first, the degree of control over what is, or is not displayed - just about anything (plugin content, images, scripts, iframes, cookies) from third-party servers can be filtered out, either globally or per-site. Secondly, the tab control is excellent; in a nutshell, a new page triggered by any action (user, same site, different site, external program) may be opened in any of a new window, a new foreground tab or a new background tab, and those options are again entirely controllable. I also note that one of the major stumbling blocks with programs produced by individual developers - poor imports - is no issue here; I was asked to import from OmniWeb, Opera or Safari on first run! Also, the advertising filter is surprisingly good - I switched Privoxy off and the iCab filter on and was seeing very little that shouldn't have been displayed. The only real weaknesses I see are the rather murky graphical design - sharper icons and tabs are a must - and the very conservative form-filling. It has been deliberately designed not to automatically fill and submit everything in sight, although I feel that the author has gone a bit too far the opposite way in demanding authorisation for every action. (Trick - changing the default "Strict" field parsing to "Less strict" saves a bundle of trouble). I can't comment on the price as I bought iCab as a MacUpdate promo (and with a significantly more favourable exchange rate than now :) but, caveats aside, it is a great browser and a remarkable effort by one developer. 1Password compatibility would round things off!
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star-affinity
02 October 2008
Version: 4.2.5
Seems like a great browser overall, but please do something about the icons. I think they look quite bad and it feels like they were made in a rush. Not good enough for a Mac app. Maybe it's a job for the Iconfactory? :)
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Nosferatu
11 September 2008
Version: 4.2.1
Good work, fantastic browser - One strange problem here: If I login at ebay and do a advanced search for recently finished articles to compare prices, type in the product I am looking for and then push the search button, it turns to the login window again and again in an endless circle. This only happens when I search for the finished auctions, not if I use the normal search option. The same with webkit nightly build, and sometimes with Safari, maybe a webkit problem? Or is it eBay? I have to use Camino for this special task now. Could this be fixed, please? My Mac: PowerMac G4 800 Mhz, 1 GB, 10.4.11 - Besides that really a great browser, a well thought-out app/work, and very very fast. Would be a bit better with lighter grey buttons, some with more contrast, - is there an alternative button set besides the yellow and the dark grey? I've searched for other buttons on google but found none so far. Any tips? - After all iCab is my favourite browser now. Again thanks for your excellent work Mr. Clauss.
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Steven-Goodheart
09 September 2008
Version: 4.2
Damn, this baby is fast! I mean noticeably faster than Safari 3.12, faster than Firefox 3, faster than Opera 9.5.2, faster than OmniWeb 5.8 sneaky peak -- plus, it's Webkit, so I can use the Services menu with Devonthink Pro, MacJournal, and every other Service friendly app I use every day. Only the fact that I use add-ons Saft and SafariStand with Safari makes Safari a slightly more useful browser for me. iCab is also hugely customizable, and has lots of neat features, for example: iCab sends e-mail and emails pages, can speak the text on most web pages, has a very nifty Session manager built in, and has a lot of damn cool contextual menu items: back/forward/show source, download, check syntax, open in new window/tab, add url to bookmarks, open image externally, as well as some great submenus such as show all links. These are only a few of the cool features. Some years ago, I paid for OmniWeb, and I've always been glad I did, as it's given me good service over the years as an alternative to Safari and Firefox. But I have to say I'm seriously thinking of sending my bucks to iCab to thank them for making such a great, FAST browser (even though the free version use is totally unobtrusive). It's that good.
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Which-Button-Is-The-Any-Key?
08 September 2008
Version: 4.2
This is like driving an AMG in a german speedway, you can't hardly go any faster and you get all the extras. Not to mention this is a "one man - one browser" (pun intended) thing, I take my hat off to the developer.
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Spotthehall
03 June 2008
Version: 4.1.1
Been with iCab a long time - and since going to webkit it has become my default. Alexander Clauss is quick to respond and has delivered on many fronts - particularly I thank him for the geo-detection and continued work in that direction through the Experimental Settings. It takes running on webkit nightlies well now - stable as a rock with that 100/100 Acid3 feeling and a blistering Sunspider score. All round a brilliant bit of work - even if I did make my own icon set - sorry Alexander, I couldn't deal with the default set full-time ;)
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Wasted-My-Time
13 May 2008
Version: 4.1.1
Tested iCab for a week now and I must say, it's the best browser on Mac, fast and highly costumizable, wonderfull app. But: my memory is completely eaten after 1 or 2 hours of use, I habe to quit and restart iCab then. I think that's only on sites with javascript, it would be great if iCab could free up the (javascript use of...) memory from time to time. And if you generally turn off javascript in the preferences, but want to active javascript for some sites, the way to the filter manager is a very long and time consuming way, a button in the status line for that would be much easier. But overall iCab is a fantastic browser. _
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Kowalski1
04 May 2008
Version: 4.1.1
I've been using iCab since Classic Days and it never let me down. In many ways it is still the best. Nothing is as fast as iCab. It is stable and its ad block features are first class. It however lacks the expandability of Firefox. Tried it some months back and I find it hard to live without one add-on in particular. Morning Coffee is the deal breaker for me. Add a similar feature to iCab and it will be impossible to fault!
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Zerozerozero
25 April 2008
Version: 4.0.1
Been using iCab since it was a puppy and now at 4.01 it's still the best utility browser: FAST, full of features, stable, and did I mention fast? I really appreciate the error report, the best favorites toolbar, and all the tools: filter manager, cookie manager, forms manager, offline mode, download manager... live update of offline files (for coding websites) autosave session... yada, yada, yada. And it rips webpages to five different formats. Yes, there are some issues, but the tweaks and fixes come constantly. Best thing about it IMHO: it is not free (unless you forego a few minor features) - by that I mean it doesn't come with any strings attached. Great browser, great developer support, best money I've spent on software.
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nostrodumbass
20 February 2008
Version: 4.0.1
Well, even in this version (4.0.1) I still can't get iCab's log-in info saving feature to work....sigh.. Still have to enter the info manually at each password protected web page every time, which gets to be a real pain in the ass awfully fast. Is there any iCab user out there who CAN successfully use that feature??? The developer seems totally resistant to making any changes to simplify the process, or even making it workable. Oh well, I, for one, just won't use iCab as a first line browser....let alone pay the $25 for it, even though iCab is a really first rate browser otherwise.
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nostrodumbass
10 January 2008
Version: 4.0
iCab has become a first rate browser with 4.0. It's fast and smooth, a pleasure to use overall. However, there's one BIG issue that needs to be resolved before I can give it a full five star rating, and that's the matter of password/log-on info saving. As has been mentioned by other reviewers here, the rather arcane method that the developer has chosen to use just doesn't work, and God knows, I've tried. I just can't get iCab to save log-in info, period, and I spent a good hour trying everything. Developer, PLEASE make password saving work, and work easily and effortlessly as it is with all other browsers.
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Eerko
09 January 2008
Version: 4.0
Wow, the speed, the compatibility. Blew me away like it did in the pre-OS X days. Great job!
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Eerko
09 January 2008
Version: 4.0
Wow, the speed, the compatibility. Blew me away like it did in the pre-OS X days. Great job!
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NeXTLoop
08 January 2008
Version: 4.0
I used iCab back in the OS 9 days and loved it. It lagged in the early days of OS X, but with v 4.0 iCab is back with a vengeance. This browser is easily faster than Firefox 3 Beta 2 on my MBP, and has a nice set of features either not found in other browsers, or not as well implemented. Nice work...
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JazzJohannes
03 January 2008
Version: 4.0
This is an excellent product. For me all Mac users were looking for, now is fulfilled, finally. - works like charm (performance) - dozens of features but not overloaded (e. g. Firefox) - Mac-like interface - stability as well as security Also the developer is highly responsive and answers very quickly. This is my main browser.
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Cattus-Thraex
02 January 2008
Version: 4.0
A wonderful web browser, once in much honor (‘classic MAC OS'), now coming back with a new look and a very solid architecture.
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Cmlewan
02 January 2008
Version: 4.0
iCab use to be the only web browser which could save pages correctly as _text_. Now, with 4.0 this ability is gone. So I won't use it anymore, I suppose.
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Fyreflye
02 January 2008
Version: 4.0
My only big problem now with iCab (other than its inabiity to render GMail pages correctly) is that there's no password mangement function. Despite the shift to webkit iCab doesn't access the Keychain automatically and there's no feature in the browser to store passwords. For all iCab's speed it slows down work considerably to have to be continually opening the Keychain manually in order to enter secure sites that don't store permanent cookies. I understand the folks at 1Password are looking into the possibility of supporting iCab, but that would double its cost for those of us who don't need 1Password for our current browsers. I'm going to keep iCab on my MacBook in case of further improvements but I'll continue to use Demeter, which is almost as fast, as my default browser.
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Fady
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
I had not used iCab in years but must say that version 4.0 is VERY GOOD! Load times are fast and the interface is great! Features are great and the insterface is very user friendly. My only critique after 15 minutes is that it does not render pages like Gmail or Yahoo mail correctly, it only display the simple pages... Re: the 25$... how do they imagine to compete with all the free alternatives?
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O5220803
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
I've been an iCab user since OS 9.2, and this is by far the best release of this superb browser! The author had persevered over the years and has produced a one of the most complete and sophisticated surfing applications available for OSX. Kudos to Alexander and his associates for job that's truly well done. iCab is my now default browser; nothing can top it! A very good value for its nominal shareware fee, when you consider what's in the package.
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nostrodumbass
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
The new iCab is really quite good. Nice and fast, too. Some nice features (just the right amount, not bloated with them like, say, Flock) and a pleasure to use. Dunno about the $25 price tag, though. Actually, I'm rather ambivalent about charging for a browser. I do feel that the developer (he's an independent developer) deserves to be compensated for his work, but $25 is a bit too high for a browser; there are already some really good free browsers out there. And iCab, while really, really nice, is not THAT unique in its design. The nag screen to buy iCab is actually quite kind and friendly....and unobtrusive. It doesn't appear very often and when it does, it just fades in at the top left of one's screen; click on it and it just goes away. And while I do kinda object to it's $25 price tag, the developer has set the price at €25 for European purchasers, which at the current rate of exchange is about $36.50 for them. So he IS being quite kind to us Americans, with our sick and progressively weakening dollar. (But then, again, perhaps he realizes that if he charges the $36.50 to us in the States, he'll just meet with almost total buyer resistance from the US.) So will I pay the $25 for iCab? Hmmm....dunno yet, the jury's still out.
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Photek
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
iCab 4 is an amazing product and deserves to be up there with Firefox and Safari. Unfortunately its little known for the same reason as another great browser.. Camino.. and thats because its Mac only.. I would like to see a Linux and a Windows version... then there should be no reason why it couldn't climb the browser percentage board! Great browser... really glad to see version 4 released.
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Macintosh-Sauce
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
After trying this new version of iCab out for a few hours earlier, I decided to buy it to support the developer. There are some really nice features in this browser that other ones do not have or have them but they are limited. The one thing I really like is the preferences - it's very customisable. It has not crashed at all and appears to be quite stable on my Mac Pro. Also, it seems to be as fast as Safari and OmniWeb (which I also purchased to support the developer). I mentioned to my wife that a new version of iCab was released and she instantly remembered using iCab back in the Mac OS Classic days. We used to use it a lot until Safari came out. Since Safari needs some serious work, we are now going to use the new version of iCab. Safari lacks two things which makes me so mad sometimes: no text under toolbar buttons and no add/delete tab buttons in the toolbar. I like text under my toolbar buttons, when I am looking up at the toolbar I like to see text. Safari doesn't support this. I also like the add/delete tab buttons in the toolbar. Another thing that Safari lacks. I don't understand why Apple doesn't give people the choice of having text under their toolbar buttons or not. I am sure it is not difficult to program for this feature. iCab X (Pro) 4.0 is quite a nice program IMO. Congratulations to the developer for updating this browser.
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Fyreflye
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
Actually, I can't find any stated price for it and the Reminder simply says that if you use it regularly you should register and pay for it. It's certainly fast, though no faster than Demeter, which is free. I've been following and occasionally using iCab as my default browser since its early days, but I don't see anything in this version that isn't available in other browsers for free.
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Foulger
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
First Impressions are that it is very fast and once you get used to the slightly different way of doing things, very user friendly. Well done!
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Macintosh-Sauce
01 January 2008
Version: 4.0
Wow! iCab 4 is running quite nicely on my Mac Pro. I am going to use it for a week and see if I like the new version enough to warrant purchasing it. There are some features of iCab that I do like. :)
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Satyrica
31 December 2007
Version: 4.0
Dev: I will never pay for a web browser. The end.
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