Fluid (web Browser)
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Fluid Web Browser
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The English popflock.com resource website displayed in a minimalist -configured site-specific browser window created by Fluid.
The English Wikipedia website displayed in a minimalist -configured site-specific browser window created by Fluid.
Original author(s)Todd Ditchendorf
Initial releaseDecember 9, 2007 (2007-12-09)[1]
Written inObjective-C
Operating systemMac OS X
PlatformWebKit, Cocoa
TypeSite-specific browser
LicenseProprietary freeware with open-source components

Fluid is a WebKit2-based site-specific browser (SSB) for Mac OS X created by Todd Ditchendorf.[2][3] Its original WebKit-based version was compared to Mozilla Prism and mentioned in Lifehacker,[4] TechCrunch,[5][6][7] 43 Folders,[8] the 37 Signals blog,[9] and on InfoWorld[10] as a way to make web applications more like native desktop applications.

1.0 milestone

On May 1, 2011, Fluid 1.0 was released with a completely new codebase. Fluid Apps created with previous versions of Fluid cannot be updated via software update and SSBs have to be re-created with Fluid 1.0 (to transition to version 1.0 and later).[11] While version 1.0 is still a free app, a Fluid License can be purchased which will unlock extra features (some previously included by default in previous versions). On July 4, 2011, version 1.2 was released and featured compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.[12]

2.0 milestone

In July 2018, Fluid underwent another rewrite[13] to take advantage of Apple's newer WebKit2 API with process separation,[14] with the same licensing terms as 1.x versions. Subsequent minor versions restored feature support and added support for Dark Mode.


  1. ^ "Fluid Blog » Blog Archive » Fluid Beta Released". Fluidapp.com. 2007-12-09. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Fluid - Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard". Fluidapp.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Turn any website into a real Mac app with Fluid". Fluidapp.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Pash, Adam (2007-12-13). "Add Webapps to Your Dock with Fluid - Downloads". Lifehacker. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Riley, Duncan (2007-12-14). "Fluid Is Great For People Who Are More Comfortable With Desktop Apps". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Arrington, Michael (2008-03-22). "Bridging Desktop And Web Applications - A Look At Mozilla Prism". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Arrington, Michael (2008-04-07). "Bridging Desktop And Web Applications, Part 2". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Getting Sandy in my Face". 43 Folders. 2008-01-20. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Fluid: Wrap your favorite web apps in their own browser". 37signals. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Wayner, Peter (19 October 2010). "Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed". InfoWorld. p. 4. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Fluid 1.0 Available Now". Fluidapp.com. 2011-05-01. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Fluid Changelog". Fluidapp.com. 2011-07-04. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Fluid, the app that converts websites into Mac apps, gets a major overhaul with support for WebKit2". 9to5mac.com. 2018-07-03. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Fluid Changelog". Fluidapp.com. Retrieved .

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