Origyn Web Browser

Origyn Web Browser
Origyn Web Browser
OWB screenshot.png
OWB running on AROS showing Wikipedia
Developer(s) Sand-labs
Stable release SVN branch codename "PukaPuka"; v.3.22/v.1.9 for AmigaOS 4.X; v.1.1 based on codename "Blastoise" for AmigaOS 3.9; v.0.9.9 for AROS; v.1.14 for MorphOS, / July 21, 2011; 3 months ago (2011-07-21)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Per implementation
Type Web browser
License BSD License
Website http://www.sand-labs.org/owb

Origyn Web Browser (OWB) is a web browser that is synchronized with WebKit and sponsored by web enabler Pleyo. OWB provides a meta-port to an abstract platform with the aim of making porting to embedded or lightweight systems quicker and easier.[1][2] This port is used for embedded devices such as set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics.[3][4][5]

OWB has also found popularity on the AmigaOS-like operating systems,[6] which do not have sufficient infrastructure to support heavyweight browsers like Firefox: current versions include AmigaOS [7] (68k), AmigaOS 4 [8] (PowerPC) and AROS official ports.[9] The MorphOS version Odyssey Web Browser is probably the most mature of the Amigalike-OS ports, as it has a download manager and much of the other UI features of a modern browser already separately added by its developer. Version 1.6 (December 2009) sports Adobe Flash SWF player plug-in based on Swfdec, version 1.6.1 has been integrated with web profiling and debugging tool called Webinspector. Since version 1.7 (March 2010), MorphOS version supports also HTML5 tags and media content through FFMpeg.[10][11]

MorphOS release of OWB is also distributed in a "Lite" version for the minimal computer motherboard Efika.



OWB was created by Pleyo, a French software firm located in Montpellier, France in 2006.[citation needed]


OWB 1.9 running on MorphOS

Milestone versions of Origyn Web Browser

  • Robespierre – November 22, 2007
  • Blastoise – July 1, 2008
  • DoDuo – July 1, 2008
  • Galekid – December 19, 2008
  • Galegon – February 11, 2009
  • Galeking – June 4, 2009
  • Pukapuka – October 8, 2009


  • Pukarua – (yet to be released)


OWB bookmark manager

OWB is a web browser designed with having in mind CE (Consumer Electronics) devices such as mobile phones, portable media players, STB (Set Top Boxes) and TV decoders, and various other consumer electronic products such as GPS, home-gateways, Web-radios, PVR, DVD recorders, wireless devices, etc.

OWB is based on Webkit by Apple and its ease of porting is based upon a Browser Abstraction Layer called OWBAL. The existence of OWBAL abstraction layer architecture dramatically eases the task of integrating OWB in CE devices, resulting in fast and easy implementation on targeted platforms. The aim of the abstraction layer is to allow CE software manufacturers to leverage existing libraries, instead of having to port the browser along with its full set of dependencies.

OWBAL abstraction is based on interfaces. Interfaces are described through abstract classes and these abstract classes contain only pure virtual methods. No default implementation is tolerated.

General characteristics

OWB web inspector analyzing resource usage

OWB supports full CSS 2.1, CSS3 support, Styleable form controls, Enhanced Rich Text Editing, XML technologies, XPath (GTK port), SVG (partial SVG 1.1 FULL) (GTK port, Qt port and Amiga port), XSLT processor, JavaScript API for XSLT, MathML, Notifications, squirrel fish extrem on x86, HTML5.

OWB features Netscape-style (NPAPI) plug-ins (GTK and MorphOS ports) including support for mplayer, Adobe Flash Player and DiamondX.

The browser is capable of passing Acid2 Test with a 100% evaluation on all ports and Acid3 Test with a 99% evaluation on SDL port and a 100% evaluation on GTK port, Qt port, Amiga port and MorphOS port.

It features also accessibility support and support for cross document messaging, databases, datagrid, dom storage, filtera, geolocation, icon database, offline web application, server-sent events, sharedWorker video/audio, WebSockets, Worker and 3D support.

Platform graphics engines include GTK, Qt, SDL, Magic User Interface (on MorphOS and OS4), Zune (on AROS), Amiga (using Cairo), Win32 (not yet public).

The font engine used is Freetype.

OWB is also Posix compliant.

Origyn is capable of handling threads (with Pthreads) and supports GTK, Qt and µclibc.


The following are several screenshots showing the various features of OWB.

See also


  1. ^ "OWB Trac Page". Sand-Labs. http://www.sand-labs.org/owb. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ "New Web Browser Leverages Apple’s Web Kit Engine". WebMonkey. http://www.webmonkey.com/print/blog/New_Web_Browser_Leverages_Apple_s_Web_Kit_Engine. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ "About OWB". Pleyo. http://www.pleyo.org/produits/owb_us.html. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "WebKit based browser coming to Nokia N800". IntoMobile. http://www.intomobile.com/2007/08/03/safari-based-browser-coming-to-nokia-n800.html. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ "French Companies Add IVY Extension For Origyn Web Browser". IQONLINE. http://arm.com/iqonline/news/marketnews/21701.html. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Thom Holwerda (June 8, 2009). "OWB 1.3 Released for MorphOS". OSnews. http://www.osnews.com/story/21627/OWB_1_3_Released_for_MorphOS/. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Origyn Web Browser for AmigaOS". Jörg Strohmayer (Author). http://strohmayer.org/owb/. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Origyn Web Browser for AmigaOS 4". http://www.os4depot.net/?function=showfile&file=network/browser/muiowb.lha. 
  9. ^ "Origyn Web Browser for AROS". Stanislaw Szymczyk. http://sszymczy.rootnode.net/index.php?menu=projects&submenu=owb. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Origyn Web Browser for MorphOS". Fabian Coeurjoly. http://fabportnawak.free.fr/owb/. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Thom Holwerda (March 8, 2010). "Origyn Web Browser 1.7 Supports HTML5 Media, More". OSNews. http://www.osnews.com/story/22971/Origyn_Web_Browser_1_7_Supports_HTML5_Media_More. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 

External links

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