Hot on the heels of its quasi-official arrival on Flathub, a new version of the Vivaldi web browser has been released.

Vivaldi 6.5 includes some nice new features, a few of which enhance and build on existing ones introduced in earlier releases:

  • New ‘Sessions Panel’
  • Workspaces rules
  • Notes improvements
  • Now syncs entire browser history

Of these, the new ‘Sessions Panel’ is the standout addition — not least because it’s been one of the most requested features from Vivaldi users!

Here’s what it looks like:

Vivaldi 6.5 Adds New Sessions Panel, Workspace Rules + More
Image: Vivaldi

Accessed from the sidebar, the Sessions panel lets save sessions, manage and restore saved sessions, name them, edit them, and sync them. Plus, there’s an automatic session backup option at bottom of the panel that’s perfect for “set and forget” fans.

Use Vivaldi on multiple devices? Chances are you use Vivaldi Sync, and you’ll be interested to hear that with this update your entire browsing history is now accessible from all your devices, not just your “typed history” (addresses you entered in the address bar).

Better yet, it’s now end-to-end encrypted.

Sticking with sync, Vivaldi 6.5 lets you search through synced open tabs from the address bar, whereas previously they were only accessible by clicking on the cloud icon in the tab bar. A nice time-saving change.

Vivaldi 6.5 Adds New Sessions Panel, Workspace Rules + More
Image: Vivaldi

Finally, Vivaldi 6.5 adds the ability to create new automation rules for your Workspaces. This is going to be perfect if you actively use workspaces and want to auto-move tabs for specific sites to a specific workspace, without needing to do it manually.

To add rules, head to Settings > Tabs > Workspaces and hit the new ‘Add New Workspace Rule’ button to get going. The UI is incredibly straight-forward, as the screenshot a few rows above shows.

To learn more about this release visit the Vivaldi blog.

Getting Vivaldi Web Browser

You can download Vivaldi for Linux, Windows, and macOS from the official Vivaldi download page.

For Ubuntu users, you’ll want to select the .deb package, and install it using the Ubuntu Software app. If you’re on Ubuntu 23.10, you’ll need to install Gdebi first and open the Vivaldi deb package with that (skip it all: open a terminal and run sudo apt install /path/to/vivaldi.deb).

Already use Vivaldi?

Assuming you haven’t disabled them, you will get/receive this update (like other Vivaldi updates) as an in-app update (on macOS or Windows) or via your Linux distro’s package manager (Linux).


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