epiphany - Man Page

a simple, clean, beautiful view of the web


epiphany [OPTION...] [url]


epiphany is the codename of GNOME Web, the web browser designed for the GNOME desktop and elementary OS.  It offers a simple, clean, beautiful view of the web featuring first-class GNOME and Pantheon desktop integration, using WebKitGTK for web rendering.



Open a new browser window instead of a new tab

-l,  --load-session=FILE

Load the given session state file

-i,  --incognito-mode

Start an instance with user data read-only

-p,  --private-instance

Start a private instance with separate user data

-a,  --application-mode[=BASENAME]

Start a private instance in web application mode (requires passing either desktop file basename or --profile)


Start a private instance for WebDriver control


Custom profile directory for private instance (optional)

--search [TERM]

Initiate search with given search term

-?,  --help

Show help options


Show version

Epiphany has a comprehensive help system.  Run the browser and select Help from the menu.


Written by Marco Pesenti Gritti (in memoriam), Christian Persch, Xan Lopez, Carlos Garcia Campos, Claudio Saavedra, Michael Catanzaro, Jan-Michael Brummer, and many others.

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January 2019