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Origyn Web Browser
OWB screenshot.png
OWB running on AROS showing Wikipedia
Developer(s)Sand-labs, Fabien Coeurjoly
Stable release1.25 (AROS only)[1]
1.23r4 (AmigaOS 4 only)[2]
1.24 (15 April 2014; 7 years ago (2014-04-15)[3]) [±]
Written inC++[4]
Operating systemAmigaOS, AROS, MorphOS
Available in12
TypeWeb browser

Origyn Web Browser (OWB) is a discontinued web browser that was synchronized with WebKit and sponsored by the technology company Pleyo. OWB provides a meta-port to an abstract platform with the aim of making porting to embedded or lightweight systems faster and easier.[5][6] This port is used for embedded devices such as set-top boxes, and other consumer electronics.[7][8][9]

OWB has also found popularity on the AmigaOS-like operating systems. Current versions include AmigaOS,[10][11]AROS[12] and MorphOS[13] official ports.

When Sand-labs disappeared, MorphOS developer Fabien Coeurjoly took over and eventually renamed project to Odyssey Web Browser when it didn't have any original Sand-labs code left.


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 – unreleased


OWB bookmark manager

OWB is a web browser optimized for consumer electronics (CE) devices and embedded system, such as mobile phones, portable media players, set-top boxes (STB) and TV decoders, and various other consumer electronic products such as GPS, home-gateways, Web-radios, digital video recorder (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 this abstraction layer architecture dramatically eases the task of integrating OWB in CE devices, resulting in fast and easy implementation on target platforms. The aim of the abstraction layer is to allow CE software producers to leverage extant libraries, instead of needing to port the browser and its full set of dependencies.

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

General characteristics

OWB web inspector analyzing resource use

OWB supports full Cascading Style Sheet (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, SquirrelFish Extreme (SFX) 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 can pass Acid2 test with a 100% evaluation on all ports and Acid3 test with a 99% evaluation on SDL port and a 100% evaluation on ports for GTK, Qt, Amiga, and MorphOS.

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, Cairo with Magic User Interface and Win32 (not yet public).

The font engine used is Freetype.

OWB is also POSIX compliant.

Origyn can handle threads (with Pthreads) and supports GTK, Qt and uClibc.

Odyssey Web Browser

Odyssey Web Browser is probably the most mature of the Amiga and 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,[14] version 1.6.1 has been integrated with web profiling and debugging tool called Webinspector. Since version 1.7 (March 2010), Odyssey supports also HTML5 tags and media content through FFmpeg.[4][15]

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


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

See also

Other web browsers for MorphOS/AmigaOS


  1. ^ "owb-1.25.i386-aros.zip". Aminet. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "owb 1.23r4 for AmigaOS4.x". OS4Depot. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Index of /owb". Fab's MorphOS ports. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Origyn Web Browser for MorphOS". Fabian Coeurjoly. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "OWB Trac Page". Sand-Labs. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  6. ^ "New Web Browser Leverages Apple's Web Kit Engine". WebMonkey. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  7. ^ "About OWB". Pleyo. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  8. ^ "WebKit based browser coming to Nokia N800". IntoMobile. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  9. ^ "French Companies Add IVY Extension For Origyn Web Browser". IQONLINE. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  10. ^ Strohmayer, Jörg. "Origyn Web Browser for AmigaOS". author. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "The MorphOS/MUI version of OWB 1.9 for AOS4 is released".
  12. ^ "Origyn Web Browser for AROS". Stanislaw Szymczyk. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  13. ^ Holwerda, Thom (June 8, 2009). "OWB 1.3 Released for MorphOS". OSnews. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  14. ^ "OWB MorphOS gets integrated Flash Support". Fabian Coeurjoly. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Holwerda, Thom (March 8, 2010). "Origyn Web Browser 1.7 Supports HTML5 Media, More". OSNews. Retrieved March 8, 2010.

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Edited: 2021-06-18 12:39:20
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