Browser with smallest memory footprint...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gerabbi, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. gerabbi macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    Please this is not a question about whether you use Safari or Firefox.
    What Browser has the smallest memory footprint for use on the MBA?
    With limited ram @ 2GB I find either Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc using as much as 200MB +/- in activity monitor. Are there some more obscure browsers that use/need less memory and function just as well or almost as well?
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA

    I personally use Firefox and the memory foot print isn't that major for me.
  3. gerabbi thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    I found "Stainless" it's pretty small and so far is doing pretty well.
    Does anyone else have any experience with this browser?
  4. gerabbi thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    A follow up to "Stainless"
    What a tricky little bugger. I thought it was small memory but it turns out each tab uses about 20 MB and they show up seperately in activity monitor. Now I'm using "Sunrise" and while it isn't particularly small memory it is interesting.
  5. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Defiantly the least memory using browser:D Although a little too limited (No images, CSS, Javascript, Flash, not even a mouse)
  6. simplellama macrumors newbie


    Aug 20, 2009
    To my knowledge, the most memory-efficient *modern* browser is Google Chrome. It's outrageously fast too - I never use Firefox unless I need Firebug / some other extension.

    Safari is fantastic, but a memory hog, so not too great on the Air. Get Chrome and you'll wonder why you waited so long.
  7. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Google Chrome Beta is definitely the most RAM efficient web browser on Mac OS X. It still is beta and has its bugs, but overall is a good web browser.
  8. apdg macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    I really want to like Chrome and it has been getting a lot of rave reviews for being fast and having a small footprint but I've found that's it's as deceptive as Stainless. The footprint of Chrome itself is under 100mb but the total, with all of the "Google Chrome Helper" processes make it over 370mb with a couple tabs open (nothing with major elements).

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