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WPE, the WebKit port for embedded devices, is five years old


A little over 5 years ago, on April 21, 2017, the open-source consulting firm Igalia launched WPE (WebKit Port for Embedded), a WebKit port optimized for low-power embedded devices. WPE is not a web browser, but it provides all the “bricks” needed to load and display websites in cars, televisions, appliances, and anything with a connected screen.

Unlike other WebKit ports, WPE does not rely on traditional UI toolkits (Qt, Cocoa, GTK, etc.). It does not even include integration with this type of tools. On the other hand, this port has been designed to fit easily and quickly into a large number of components (NXP, Broadcom, Qualcomm, etc.) used by manufacturers of embedded devices.

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WPE was developed with performance, lower computing power and faster rendering in mind, without sacrificing graphics capabilities as seen in the video above.

Its design began in September 2014. It was Igalia, a close partner of the main web browser publishers, who stuck to it and since then the effort has been maintained because it is necessary to update the code, test it, correct bugs, implement new web standards, develop new functions… In return, this also benefits the development of WebKit: last year, Igalia was responsible for 16.5% of all commits Safari’s rendering engine.

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