qutebrowser man page

qutebrowser — a keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.


qutebrowser [-OPTION [...]] [:COMMAND [...]] [URL [...]]


qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python, PyQt5 and QtWebKit and free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.

Note the commands and settings of qutebrowser are not described in this manpage, but in the help integrated in qutebrowser - use the ":help" command to show it.


positional arguments


Commands to execute on startup.


URLs to open on startup (empty as a window separator).

optional arguments

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

--basedir BASEDIR

Base directory for all storage.

-V, --version

Show version and quit.


Set a temporary setting for this session.

-r SESSION, --restore SESSION

Restore a named session.

-R, --override-restore

Don’t restore a session even if one would be restored.

--target {auto,tab,tab-bg,tab-silent,tab-bg-silent,window}

How URLs should be opened if there is already a qutebrowser instance running.

--backend {webkit,webengine}

Which backend to use (webengine backend is EXPERIMENTAL!).


Enable the web inspector for QtWebEngine. Note that this is a SECURITY RISK and you should not visit untrusted websites with the inspector turned on. See https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-50725 for more details.

debug arguments

-l {critical,error,warning,info,debug,vdebug}, --loglevel {critical,error,warning,info,debug,vdebug}

Set loglevel

--logfilter LOGFILTER

Comma-separated list of things to be logged to the debug log on stdout.

--loglines LOGLINES

How many lines of the debug log to keep in RAM (-1: unlimited).


Turn on debugging options.


Output log lines in JSON format (one object per line).


Turn off colored logging.


Force colored logging

--harfbuzz {old,new,system,auto}

HarfBuzz engine version to use. Default: auto.


Silently remove unknown config options.


Don’t show the main window.


Turn on debugging of late exit.


Drop into pdb on exceptions.


Use a temporary basedir.


Don’t show any error windows (used for tests/smoke.py).

--qt-arg NAME VALUE

Pass an argument with a value to Qt. For example, you can do --qt-arg geometry 650x555+200+300 to set the window geometry.

--qt-flag QT_FLAG

Pass an argument to Qt as flag.


Note qutebrowser conforms to the XDG basedir specification - if XDG_CONFIG_HOME, XDG_DATA_HOME or XDG_CACHE_HOME are set in the environment, the directories configured there are used instead of the above defaults.


Bugs are tracked in the Github issue tracker at https://github.com/qutebrowser/qutebrowser/issues.

If you found a bug, use the built-in :report command to create a bug report with all information needed.

If you prefer, you can also write to the mailinglist at qutebrowser@lists.qutebrowser.org instead.

For security bugs, please contact me directly at me@the-compiler.org, GPG ID 0xFD55A072.



qutebrowser was written by Florian Bruhin. All contributors can be found in the README file distributed with qutebrowser.


03/14/2017 qutebrowser manpage