Maxthon Icon
Maxthon 3 Screenshot.png
Maxthon 3 displaying Wikipedia page on Windows 7
Developer(s) Maxthon International Limited
Stable release  (17 November 2011; 3 days ago (2011-11-17)[1]) [+/−]
Preview release  (October 2011, 27; 24 days ago (27-10-2011)) [+/−]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Size 25 MB
Type Web browser
License Freeware

Maxthon (formerly known as MyIE2) is a free web browser for Microsoft Windows. The latest release, Maxthon 3, supports both the Trident and the WebKit rendering engines.[2]

Maxthon has developed a growing user base since its initial release in 2003, especially in China, so that in 2006, Maxthon 2.0 gained support of several sponsors.[3] In January 2006, Maxthon developers partnered with Microsoft in its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show.[4]

Maxthon won a WebWare 100 Award in 2008[5] and 2009.[6]



According to Maxthon International CEO Ming Jie "Jeff" Chen, Maxthon was based on MyIE, which was originally created by Changyou, a Chinese programmer who wanted to customize the Internet Explorer web browser.[7][8] Changyou posted most of the source code[9] for MyIE on his Bulletin board system before leaving the project in 2000. Chen continued developing MyIE and in 2002 released a new version, MyIE2.[10] MyIE2 grew quickly, with users around the world contributing plugins and skins, and assisting with debugging. It was renamed Maxthon in 2003.[7][11]

Chen founded Mysoft International Limited in Hong Kong in 1999 to distribute the MyIE browser.[12] In 2005 the company received seed funding from venture capital firm WI Harper Group and Morten Lund, the first Skype investor, and Chen moved the company to Beijing.[13][14] In 2006 Maxthon received further investment from the US-based venture capital firm Charles River Ventures.[11]

On April 10, 2007, TechCrunch reported that Google had invested at least US$1 million in Maxthon;[15] this was denied the following day by Chen.[16] However, in an interview with the Chinese portal, Chen did not rule out future "co-operation" between the two businesses.[17]

Maxthon was one of the twelve browsers Microsoft presented in 2010 at, a website that allows users of Microsoft Windows residing in the European Economic Area to choose which default web browser they would like to use on their computer.[18]


  • Tabbed document interface
  • Saves open tabs in case of program shutdown or system crash
  • Undo for any tabs accidentally closed
  • AD Hunter - an ad-blocking utility that blocks pop-ups, Web banner and floating ads in webpages
  • Adobe Flash, Java applet and ActiveX blocker
  • Skinnable
  • Customizable tabs and interface
  • Programmable mouse gestures and mouse chording
  • External utility bar - toolbar that allows you to open third-party programs
  • RSS reader
  • Supports many Internet Explorer plugins as well as plugins of its own
  • Partial Gecko engine support with the use of a third-party program
  • A search toolbar with 8 different search engines (user extensible)
  • Automatic updating service
  • Groups - the ability to bookmark & open multiple pages simultaneously
  • URL aliases - open URLs by just typing a word in the address bar
  • Simple collector - a small notepad-like utility, used to collect any text from web pages. You can write scripts in it and run them in the current web page
  • Integrated web services - user extensible, but by default includes translators, Google's cached version of pages, Whois and anonymous web proxies
  • Enhanced security - Even if a security hole has not yet been corrected in the underlying web rendering engine, Maxthon browser prevent most of the well-known exploits to run.

Version 1.x

Maxthon version 1, which continued version 0 of MyIE2, was an Internet Explorer shell that implemented a tabbed browser using the Trident layout engine which Microsoft introduced with Internet Explorer 4.[19] As such, version 1 was compatible with every version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 7.[20] Development of version 1 stopped in 2010 with so-called Maxthon (Classic), version;[20] earlier releases are available from Maxthon,[21], and version, which fixed a bug in selecting the default search engine, is still available at other download sites.[22][23]

"Classic Version Features: Use less system resources, more stable, better compatibility, Mouse Gesture, Super Drag&Drop, Ad Hunter, Undo List, Simple Skin Support, Plugins Support..."[citation needed]

The latest release of the Classic Version is It functions properly with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 on Microsoft Windows XP Home, XP Professional, all releases of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

There are a number of add-ons available for Maxthon Classic on their dedicated add-on site[24] and even more are available on their discussion forums.[25] Specific threads may provide direct download links as well.[26] Some add-ons are build specific, but when that is the case, a clear indication of compatibility can often be found. Downloads of earlier releases are available for testing and/or general use should issues with the latest releases arise.

Version 2.x

The latest release version of Maxthon is currently available for download on the official website.

New features include:[27]

  • New layout
  • New customization options
  • New default icons
  • Maxthon Security Updates
  • Multi-user support
  • Content blocker
  • Improved Performance & Stability
  • Maxthon Smart Accelerator
  • Magic Fill
  • Link validator
  • Improved favicon support
  • Improved favorite search
  • Favorite + Feed manager
  • Automatic online favorite & feed synchronization
  • Page find tool
  • Plugin installer
  • Improved proxy support
  • Tab manager
  • Frameless mode
  • New Configuration Interface
  • Anti-Freeze

Version 3.x

Maxthon 3 has both Trident engine and a Webkit engine, otherwise called "Dual Display Engines". It currently features:

  • Ad Hunter
  • Online Favorites
  • Trident and Webkit engines
  • Muting a page
  • Magic Fill
  • URL Safety
  • Video Popup/Save buttons
  • Multi Search
  • Mouse Gesture
  • Super Drag & Drop
  • Smart Address Bar
  • Private Browsing
  • New Work Space Window
  • Split Screen
  • Snap feature(Screen capture with tools)
  • Rss Feed Reader(Beta)
  • Online Notepad
  • Translation Tool
  • Sync System(Now options & Quick Access only)
  • Customize UI
  • URL Short Key & URL Alias
  • Enhanced Resource Sniffer
  • New App Frame
  • Group Feature(add all tabs to favorites/groups)
  • Sync Center
  • Sidebar
  • Subscribing AdHunter Rules and Global Rules
  • Spell Checker
  • Auto Refresh
  • Calendar View For History
  • Allowed to share AdHunter rules with other Maxthon users
  • Reader mode

As of 30 June 2011, it is at version Maxthon browser (

Maxthon Mobile for Android 1.x

Maxthon recently announced a new version of Maxthon for Android users,[28] which has features like:

  • RSS Feed Reader (Widget)
  • A downloader with the ability to resume
  • Quick-Access
  • Super Gestures

See also


  1. ^ Maxthon Changelog
  2. ^ "Maxthon 3.0 Browser". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 8 February 2011. "The only browser designed for the whole web. Dual display engines (powered by Trident and Webkit) and [~snip~]" 
  3. ^ Olsen, Stefaie (22 June 2006). "Maxthon: China's hip browser". CNet News. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Maxthon Browser Exhibits with Microsoft at CES in Las Vegas". Newswire Today PR. Limelon. 4 January 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2006. 
  5. ^ Shankland, Stephen (21 April 2008). "Webware 100 winner: Maxthon". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Webware 100 winner: Maxthon". CNET. CBS Interactive. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Lipskas, Vygantas (2011-10-24). "Interview With Jeff Chen, The CEO Of Maxthon Ltd.". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. ^ "General FAQs - Maxthon Wiki". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. ^ "MyIE Original Visual C++ Source Code Download...". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  10. ^ "About Maxthon". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  11. ^ a b Lu, Gang (31 December 2006). "Maxthon Goes to Global Market - A New Way to Surf The World in 2007". Mobinode. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "MyIE Tabbed Browser". Mysoft International Limited. Retrieved 2011-11-12. "Copyright © 1999-2011 Mysoft International Limited" 
  13. ^ "Angle Subscriber Exclusive: WI Harper & Skype Co-Founder To Invest In Chinese Browser/Search Play". Pacific Epoch. 2005-05-30. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  14. ^ Schonfeld, Erick; Yen, Yi-Wyn. "It's a Web, Web, Web 2.0 world". Cable News Network. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  15. ^ Arrington, Michael (10 April 2007). "Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser". TechCrunch. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  16. ^ "Maxthon founder:Google don't own our share". 11 April 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  17. ^ "Maxthon浏览器创始人否认谷歌入股传言". 10 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  18. ^ BBC, Microsoft offers browser choices to Europeans, 1 March 2010
  19. ^ Spanbauer, Scott; Bass, Steve (2005-01-03). "The New Web Challengers". PCWorld. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  20. ^ a b "Maxthon (Classic) specifications". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  21. ^ "Maxthon Browser 1.x Series". Maxthon International Limited. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  22. ^ "Download Free Maxthon, Maxthon". Brothersoft. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  23. ^ "Maxthon (Classic) (Windows)". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  24. ^ Addons for Maxthon 1.x and 2.x
  25. ^ Maxthon Forum
  26. ^ More Options 1.6.x on Maxthon forum
  27. ^ Maxthon Browser changelog
  28. ^

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Maxthon — Maxthon …   Википедия

  • Maxthon — Entwickler Maxthon International Limited Aktuelle Version Windows:[1] (08. November 2011) Betriebssystem Windows, Android Kategorie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Maxthon — Développeur Maxthon International Limited Dernière version …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maxthon — Desarrollador Maxthon Asia Ltd. Información general Última versión estable 17 de noviembre de 2011; hace 1 día ( …   Wikipedia Español

  • Maxthon — (conocido anteriormente como MyIE2) es un navegador web para windows basado en el motor de Internet Explorer, Trident. Se trata de un navegador gratuito que proporciona características similares a navegadores como Opera o Firefox, como el uso de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Maxthon International Limited — Год основания 1999 год Расположение …   Википедия

  • MyIE2 — Maxthon Entwickler: Jeff Chen Aktuelle Version:[1] (14. Januar 2009) Betriebssystem: Windows Kategorie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Макстон — Maxthon Maxthon Тип Браузер Разработчик MySoft Technology ОС Microsof …   Википедия

  • MyIE — Maxthon Maxthon Maxthon 1.5.2 en français sous Windows XP …   Wikipédia en Français

  • MyIE2 — Maxthon Maxthon Maxthon 1.5.2 en français sous Windows XP …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”