Brave
Brave
79.1.1.20

2.5

Brave free download for Mac

Brave

79.1.1.20
11 December 2019

Secure, Open-Source browser.

Overview

Brave automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. Soon, micropayments and better ads will give users and publishers a better deal. Up to a whopping 60% of page-load time is caused by the underlying ad technology that loads into various places each time you hit a page on your favorite news site. And 20% of this is time spent on loading things that are trying to learn more about you.

  • Browse Faster - Brave blocks trackers and intrusive ads that can slow you down on the web.
  • Browse Safer - Brave keeps you and your information safer, effectively shielding you from 3rd party tracking and malvertisement.
  • Browse Better - With Brave, you can choose whether to see ads that respect your privacy or pay sites directly. Either way, you can feel good about helping fund content creators.
Features
  • Brave blocks harmful advertising - There's a new ad game in town. It's called "Malvertising". The latest display ad technology can install malware on your laptop without your knowledge. But not with Brave watching your back.
  • Brave redirects sites to HTTPS - We've integrated HTTPS Everywhere into every Brave browser to make sure you are always moving your bits across the safest possible pipe.
  • Brave blocks tracking pixels and tracking cookies - Do you ever get that feeling that someone is watching you when you see an ad for something you bought a few days ago? We make sure you aren't being tracked while you shop online and browse your favorite sites.

What's new in Brave

Version 79.1.1.20:
Added
  • Privacy Preserving Product Analytics (P3A). (#6285)
  • Auto-contribute support for GitHub. (#5120)
  • Separate tip banner for monthly contributions to creators. (#5996)
  • The ability to opt-in to user private Brave ads for Cayman Islands. (#6006)
  • Fingerprinting exception for 1Password. (#6007)
  • Setting to "Use Google Services for Push Messaging" in brave://settings. (#2301)
Updated
  • Ads confirmations to redeem with the server every 24 hours instead of 7 days. (#5999)
  • brave://rewards to show monthly tips in a separate panel. (#5957)
Improved
  • Accessibility on brave://welcome page. (#5504)
  • Accessibility on Brave Rewards tip banners. (#6147)
Disabled
  • Safe Browsing for downloads. (#4341)
  • Motion Sensors by default. (#4789)
  • Web Background Synchronization by default. (#4709)
Fixed
  • Certain cases where users are stuck in the wallet verification flow for Brave Rewards. (#7122)
  • Inability to tweet after completing an inline tip on Reddit. (#6223)
  • Ad notifications being displayed while browser is in full screen mode. (#5559)
  • Inability to import from Firefox. (#6521)
  • Tor windows not respecting custom global shields settings. (#2978)
  • Tor windows not respecting the globally set option for "Block Scripts" in brave://settings. (#4191)
  • Download not cancelling in Tor window when the window is closed. (#5367)
  • CORS issue with atlassian.net. (#4419)
Other
  • Removed known user tracking parameters from query strings. (#4239)
  • Upgraded Chromium to 79.0.3945.74. (#7282)

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MHerndz
02 September 2019

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I Love Brave, I think it's the best browser out there. But had to stop using it as it just was not compatible with a second site that we started to use for business. On this second site we couldn't even create an account properly until switching to another browser. Brave just does not get updated as this other browser, so until it's caught up we just uninstalled Brave altogether. I just can't trust its compatibility yet.
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Version 76.0.68.132
KristenS
08 December 2019
Brave is excellent. Super fast and easy to use. I'd like a little more customization, e.g., disabling the home page photos or using my own. And it's not compatible with all sites. I mean, I understand why Google Hangouts forces me to use Chrome, but it's not the only site that's incompatible with Brave. Nevertheless, I use Brave whenever possible. The small number of sites it doesn't work on is a small price to pay for the increase in speed and improved security.
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Version 78.1.0.1
jputting
07 December 2019
Overall Brave is a fast browser with a lot of potential to become even better and a strong challenger to Google's Chrome. However I would very much like Brave to adopt many of Vivaldi UI customization's. The one thing that really is desirable for me and many others is having the ability to 100% TOTALLY DISABLE Search Suggestions in the Address Bar. In the Vivaldi Preferences you are given a clear choice, you can have your Search Suggestions as provided in the same way that the default Chrome configuration provides them or you can choose to have NO Search Suggestions from any source at all. This is an option that many people have repeatedly requested on the Chrome Support website for quite a long time time. But Chrome have made it very clear on many occasions this is NOT a feature they will ever consider implementing. Vivaldi already has provided this option for quite a long time along with a much more customizable interface. This issue of not being able to disable Search Suggestions is a deal breaker for me and many others. I simply will not use any browser which will not give me the options I want to have. Brave is continuing to slavishly follow Chrome's dictatorial policy in regards to this particular issue. I don't care how fast Brave claims to be, until Brave has a change of policy and gives what we want in terms of choice in regards to Search Suggestions it will never be installed on my mac again.
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Version 78.1.0.1
Scion777
12 October 2019
Brave renders the Facebook Messenger page's chatbox correctly - which Firefox does not. However, although one can read the Fox News site, Fox does not allow commenting via Brave. Fine browser, for the most part.
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Version 77.0.69.135
MHerndz
02 September 2019
I Love Brave, I think it's the best browser out there. But had to stop using it as it just was not compatible with a second site that we started to use for business. On this second site we couldn't even create an account properly until switching to another browser. Brave just does not get updated as this other browser, so until it's caught up we just uninstalled Brave altogether. I just can't trust its compatibility yet.
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Version 76.0.68.132
Just-Fred
01 August 2019
Wow, I've only now just downloaded and fired up Brave, and already I think this will become my default browser! For one, it supports the Dashlane extension, unlike Opera, Vivaldi, Waterfox, and others. I use Dashlane extensively! It's also fast! So far, it renders everything well, and seems rock solid. The best of Firefox and Chrome??? Why not!?
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Version 76.0.67.123
Derekcurrie
04 July 2019
Here's an interesting article about Brave vs Google Chrome regarding ad-blocking. Be sure to follow the link in the article regarding Google's "Manifest version 3" proposal for more: 'Brave defies Google's moves to cripple ad-blocking with new 69x faster Rust engine. 'Brave, the Chromium browser with Mozilla roots, throws down an ad-blocking challenge to Google.' https://www.zdnet.com/article/brave-defies-googles-moves-to-cripple-ad-blocking-with-new-69x-faster-rust-engine/ "Developers of Chromium-based browsers like Opera, Brave and Vivaldi, didn't support Google's plans to cripple ad-blockers outlined under its Manifest version 3 proposal.... " (This is possible thanks to Google NOT controlling the Chromium project. Chromium is a branch off the WebKit project, which is a branch off the Konquerer project. It will be forever open source. Haha Google).
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Version 75.0.66.99
Jb4
16 June 2019
I had tried this earlier and stopped because it didn't support add-ons. Now it has everything I want. Speed is still blazing fast and it cuts through some annoying pop-ups that other browsers don't. I'd been using Vivaldi primarily, but no longer...
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Version 75.0.65.120
2 answer(s)
Jb4
Jb4
16 June 2019
Well... found a few bugs. It has a hard time with the RSS feeds on my Yahoo home page and sometimes won't open outlook mail on my office server.
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Jb4
Jb4
02 July 2019
Bugs are gone... using this now as default.
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tomtomklub
15 April 2019
The forced autoupdate really leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I don't care how they rationalize it. Still, of all the Chromium derivatives I've used, this one comes closest to replicating what I like about Chrome without being Chrome.
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Version 73.0.62.51
2 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
24 April 2019
If you use Little Snitch or other, you just have to block updates.bravesoftware.com. ;-)
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tomtomklub
tomtomklub
08 May 2019
thank you Aargl, that is a super idea :)
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Aargl
10 April 2019
I came back using Brave for the most peculiar reason: I thought "With all the browsers I've installed, why not dedicate one to Facebook, one tab for the main page, one for the messenger?"
I discarded my main browsers, and the ones I already use for dedicated purposes (namely Opera and its VPN), so the remaining choice would be between Brave, Vivaldi and Pale Moon/Arctic Fox/Basilisk.
Vivaldi has an historical issue with some video format and Pale Moon/Arctic Fox/Basilisk didn't gave satisfactory results for one reason or another.
Instead, the current version of Brave is acting quite like Water/Fire-Fox or Chromium and accepts nowadays apparently all of Chrome's extensions!
So I could customize it just to my taste with Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller, 1Password, F.B.Purity, Stylus (with "Clear dark facebook by book777", my favourite Dark mode) and Deluminate (for other sites than FB).
Except for one crash today, it's working just as expected.
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Version 73.0.62.51
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Aargl
Aargl
02 September 2019
Note that while Brave is becoming a great browser, it still has issues with some posts on FB and other sites. I had no time to check it thoroughly, but I still rely on other browsers for my daily use...
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Version 76.0.68.132
Doc-Renaud
09 March 2019
As long as Brave won't support 1Password extension, I can't use it.
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Version 72.0.60.48
1 answer(s)
Welshmac
Welshmac
13 March 2019
I use the 1Password extension with Brave.
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