Polypane

Browser features

Polypane adheres to caching rules of websites like other browsers. To clear your cache for a reload, press ctrl/cmd while clicking the reload button, or press shift ctrl/cmd r.

On Windows and Linux, Polypane will listen to any dedicated back/forward mouse buttons.

Showing the menu

On windows, Polypane hides the main menu by default. You can show it by pressing alt.

Opening web pages

Like other browsers, web pages can be visited by typing or copying their address into the address bar.

Polypane also supports opening URLs and files in a number of different ways. You can start Polypane with a URL as the first argument to open that url: $ polypane https://example.com. Or on MacOs you can use $ open https://example.com -a "Polypane".

You can drag URLs from other browsers, or HTML files from disk into Polypane to open them. Polypane is also associated with HTML and HTM files as a viewer, so you will find it in the "open with..." menu on right click.

Browser add-ons

For Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox we have a browser extension available. See Extensions for other browsers for more information.

Clean mode

To make the most of the available space on your screen, you can choose to hide the header using shift ctrl/cmd h, or via the "View" menu under "Toggle Header"

Basic Auth

Polypane supports websites that have HTTP Basic Auth or Digest Auth configured. When you fill in the login details for these sites, they will be remembered for the duration of your session. If you want Polypane to remember them permanently, check the "remember this" checkmark. They will be remembered for a specific URL.

The username and password will be encrypted and stored on disk. To remove them, remove them from the persist-auth file in the following directory:

  • Windows: %APPDATA%/Polypane/
  • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Polypane/
  • Linux: ~/.config/Polypane/

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