Introduction to Dillo

Dillo is a fast, small footprint graphical browser. Version 0.8.5 is now considered a very stable beta. Dillo does not support Java, JavaScript or CSS, and the current version does not support FTP, HTTPS or frames. It is, however, very fast and so is useful on older, slower machines. It supports downloads and can support cookies.



Dillo always interprets web pages as if they had the ISO-8859-1 encoding. Thus, it is useless for reading non-English web pages.

Package Information

Dillo Dependencies




OpenSSL-0.9.8d and Electric Fence

Optional (Run-Time Requirement for FTP Downloading)


User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/dillo

Installation of Dillo

Support for secure connections is considered experimental by Dillo's author. If you want the optional HTTPS support for Dillo and have OpenSSL-0.9.8d installed, run the following command:

sed -i -e "/#undef ENABLE_SSL/d" dpi/https.c

Install Dillo by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc/dillo &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -d -v -m755 /usr/share/doc/dillo-0.8.5 &&
install -v -m644 doc/{README,*.txt} /usr/share/doc/dillo-0.8.5

Configuring Dillo

Config Files

/etc/dillo/dillorc, /etc/dillo/dpidrc, and ~/.dillo/*

Configuration Information

Dillo stores its configuration in the system wide /etc/dillo/dillorc file and the ~/.dillo directory which is created automatically when dillo is run for the first time. Note that cookies are turned off by default. To enable cookies, edit the ~/.dillo/cookiesrc file.


Installed Programs: dillo, dpid, and dpidc
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: ~/.dillo, /etc/dillo, /usr/share/doc/dillo-0.8.5, and /usr/lib/dillo

Short Descriptions


is a GTK+ graphical WWW browser with limited facilities, but a small footprint and runs fast on slower machines.


is a Dillo plugin daemon.


is a control program for dpid.

Last updated on 2007-02-02 05:00:08 -0600