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Ephemeral

Cassidy James Blaede

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The always-incognito web browser

Browse the Internet in private without leaving a trace of history on your computer. Ephemeral is a stripped down private browser that's perfect for avoiding persistent cookies or web trackers. Close the window and all traces of your browsing are removed from your device.

Handy features:

Ephemeral protects you in five key ways:

1️⃣ Always incognito. From the second you open an Ephemeral window until you close it (or hit the Erase button), Ephemeral is in private browsing mode. That means history, cookies, local storage, passwords, etc. are all blown away as soon as you leave.

2️⃣ Contained. Every Ephemeral window is a separate instance of the browser engine. This means pages are kept separate from one another. Sign into a service in one window, and other Ephemeral windows will have no idea you’re signed in.

3️⃣ No third-party cookies. Out of the box, Ephemeral blocks cookies from third-party sources. This cuts down on advertising cookies and other unwanted forms of cross-site tracking.

4️⃣ No telemetry. Ephemeral does not touch the network until you explicitly load a web page or perform a search. Even then, no usage data is ever collected—I have no idea what you do with Ephemeral, and I don't want to know!

5️⃣️ Ephemeral uses Startpage.com—the world's most private search engine—by default to avoid as much Google tracking as possible. You can also choose DuckDuckGo from the menu if that’s your preference, or even set your own entirely custom search engine.

The best part of Ephemeral comes when you use it as your default browser:

Make privacy a habit by opening links in a private browser by default, knowing you can always jump back into something less private like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Brave—or any other installed browser—with one click.

Remember, Ephemeral and any browser's incognito or private mode can only do so much: they mitigate some tracking and don't store data on your device, but they won't stop your ISP, government, or determined websites from tracking you.

What if you run into a site compatibility issue due to the tracking prevention, or if you want to sign into a site using another browser’s saved passwords? Ephemeral has you covered: just hit your other browser’s icon in the header and the current page is opened up there—optionally closing the window to get out of your way.

For the best protection, always use a VPN.

Get it for $9 on AppCenter

Get Ephemeral and more on elementary AppCenter, the open, pay-what-you-want app store for indie developers. Every app is open source and has been reviewed and curated by elementary to ensure a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

What's New:

6.0.0 – Oct 13, 2019

Adding Some Polish 💅️

  • 💻️ Touchpad gesture navigation: Use a two-finger swipe to move back or forward through your browsing history
  • 🔗️ More room for the URL entry to breathe: spacing on each side plus a maximum width means the window is easier to grab and move around
  • UI styling fixes, plus dark style fixes for newer versions of WebKit
  • Code cleaning to keep things fresh and clean

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.4.0 – Sep 17, 2019

McSipes

  • Quickly disable or re-enable JavaScript from the menu
  • Use Ctrl+D to add/remove a site from the suggestions
  • Find text on the page with Ctrl+F
  • New Paste and Go item in the URL bar context menu

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.3.2 – Sep 16, 2019

Translation updates

  • Updated Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.3.1 – Sep 13, 2019

Translation updates

  • Updated Italian translations thanks to @meliurwen
  • Updated Spanish translations thanks to Adolfo Jayme-Barrientos

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.3.0 – Aug 29, 2019

Hello from Thessaloniki

  • Fixed window closing: now closing the first window does not close the rest
  • Simplified “Erase” to always close the window instead of sometimes opening a new one

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.2.1 – Jul 28, 2019

Summer cleaning! Because that’s a thing, right?

  • Fixed the “Open Link in New Window” menu item to actually do what it says
  • Fixed opening target="_blank" links in a new window with Ctrl- or middle-click
  • Updated the base color in menus and dialog windows from the default elementary slate-ish black to a new deep, dark blue-ish purple
  • Tweaked the “Open Link Externally” dialog to better isolate protocols like “mailto” or “tel”
  • Significantly cleaned up and reorganized the codebase to make future features and fixes easier
  • Updated Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.1.1 – Jun 24, 2019

Translation updates

  • Updated Catalán and Spanish translations thanks to Mario Rodrigo
  • Updated French translations thanks to @NathanBnm

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.1.0 – May 15, 2019

Some great UI refinements!

  • URL entry suggestions are much snazzier thanks to Hannes Schulze
  • JavaScript alerts now follow the elementary HIG thanks to David Hewitt

Translation updates

  • Ciao! Translated to Italian thanks to @meliurwen
  • Updated French translations thanks to @NathanBnm

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.0.3 – Apr 8, 2019

Updated Catalan translations thanks to Mario Rodrigo.

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.0.2 – Apr 2, 2019

Minor updates

  • Updated Spanish translations thanks to Adolfo Jayme-Barrientos
  • Code cleanup

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.0.1 – Apr 2, 2019

Translation updates

  • Updated Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels
  • Updated Russian translations thanks to Artem Polishchuk

Additional translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

5.0.0 – Apr 1, 2019

No foolin'. Two major new features:

  • 🔍️ New Custom Search Engine setting in the Menu
  • ⭐️ Add your own websites to the suggestions using the new button in the URL entry

Plus the usual iterative improvements:

  • Various URL entry fixes and tweaks
  • Updated Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels
  • Updated French translations thanks to @NathanBnm

Translations for new features will appear in future updates as translators have a chance to do their thing.

4.2.1 – Mar 22, 2019

Translation updates

  • Cześć! Translated to Polish thanks to Paweł Jerzy Przybysz
  • Updated French translations thanks to @NathanBnm
  • Updated Lithuanian translations thanks to @welaq
4.2.0 – Feb 23, 2019

Blaze It

  • New option to close the window when opening a page in an external browser
  • The web view is now focused when navigating
4.1.2 – Feb 22, 2019

URL Entry Fixes

  • Updated and corrected several autocomplete domains
  • No longer attempt to force HTTPS on protocol-less domains—fixes several popular sites
  • Strip whitespace from URL entry before navigating—fixes instances where trying to navigate to a domain would perform a search
4.1.1 – Feb 21, 2019

URL Suggestion Fixes

  • Corrected joinmastodon.org TLD
  • Added additional useful sites
  • Added descriptions for more sites
  • Removed dead sites
  • Updated translations
4.1.0 – Feb 15, 2019

All New Search + Suggestions

  • The URL entry will offer to complete over 400 popular sites*
  • New Search Engine choice in the Menu
  • Switched to Startpage.com by default
  • Happy birthday, Katie!

*This data is all shipped with Ephemeral itself, and Ephemeral still does not touch the network until you explicitly navigate somewhere. The list of domains is heavily inspired by a similar feature in Firefox Focus. Domains being included in completion suggestions are not an endorsement, it simply means that domain is relatively popular.

4.0.4 – Feb 12, 2019

Guten Tag! German translations thanks to Hannes Schulze

4.0.3 – Feb 5, 2019

Здравствуйте! Russian translations thanks to Artem Polishchuk

4.0.2 – Jan 28, 2019

More translations:

  • Lithuanian translations thanks to @welaq
  • Updated Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels
4.0.1 – Jan 27, 2019

Fixed some missed translations and updated French translations. Thanks again, @NathanBnm!

4.0.0 – Jan 23, 2019

Lots o' goodies:

  • The last-used browser is remembered for next time
  • New "Reset Preferences" menu item and dialog
  • Ctrl+O to open the current page in another browser
  • Refined (ever-so-subtly less flat) HeaderBar design
  • Ephemeral is now translatable!

Translations:

  • ¡Hola! Spanish translations thanks to Adolfo Jayme-Barrientos and Mario Rodrigo
  • salut! French translations thanks to Nathan (@NathanBnm)
  • Olá! Brazilian Portuguese translations thanks to Lucas Sanchez dos Anjos
  • Hallo! Dutch translations thanks to Heimen Stoffels
3.2.2 – Jan 22, 2019

Styling fixes for non-native platforms.

3.2.1 – Jan 22, 2019

Fixed a few small issues with zoom:

  • Zoom controls are now only sensitive when the web view is visible
  • Reported zoom level is now correct when opening a new window
  • Reported zoom level is now kept in sync across open windows
3.2.0 – Jan 21, 2019

Zoom! And more…

  • A new menu to keep the UI tidy and balanced
  • Zoom in, out, and default from the new menu or with the keyboard
  • New Window action moved into the menu
  • Added a Quit All Windows action to the menu
  • Smooth scrolling when using the keyboard or a scrollwheel
  • Fixed Twitch livestreams
  • Fixed YouTube resolution support: now up to 4K!
  • Code cleaning to keep things fresh and clean
3.1.0 – Jan 14, 2019

Better error handling and quality of life improvements all around:

  • New approval dialogs for external apps, e.g. appstream:// or ftp://
  • New warning when no network connection
  • Prettier errors using native views
  • Stopped throwing away text when unfocusing URL entry
  • Stopped searching when the URL entry is empty
  • Code cleaning to keep things smelling fresh
3.0.0 – Jan 12, 2019

Fresh styles to keep things funky, plus more:

  • The new start page makes Ephemeral faster and makes it not touch the network until you're ready to browse
  • Middle- or Ctrl-click a link to open it in a new window
  • Displayed URLs are kept in sync for pages that manually update the URL without a page load
  • Local HTML files can now be opened
2.0.1 – Jan 10, 2019
  • More informative "set as default" infobar
  • Tweaked "set as default" infobar styling
2.0.0 – Jan 10, 2019
  • Search from URL entry!
  • Asks (politely!) to be set as the default browser
  • Open unsupported links (like AppCenter ones) in the OS-default app
1.2.0 – Jan 9, 2019
  • Add "New Window" to headerbar, app launcher, and keyboard shortcuts
  • Collapse external browsers into a menu when there's more than one
1.1.0 – Jan 8, 2019

Add several useful keyboard and mouse shortcuts

1.0.1 – Jan 8, 2019

Fix links that try to open in a new window

1.0.0 – Jan 8, 2019

Initial release for AppCenter