What Is a Web Browser?

Web browsers are like the vehicle you use to cruise the internet. Here's how they work.

A browser is software that's used to access the internet. A web browser lets you visit websites and do activities within them like login, view multimedia, link from one site to another, visit one page from another, and print, send, and receive email, among many other activities.

The most common browsers are: Microsoft Edge (formerly Internet Explorer), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Opera. Which browser you can use sometimes depends on the operating system your computer is using, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, and Mac OS.

What does my browser do?

When you type a web page address, such as www.allaboutcookies.org, into your browser, that web page in its entirety is not actually stored on a server ready and waiting to be delivered. In fact, each web page you request to see is individually created in response to your request.

In other words, you're actually calling up a list of requests to get content from various resource directories or servers on which the content for that page is stored.

It's rather like a recipe for a cake: you have a shopping list of ingredients (requests for content) that, when combined in the correct order, make a cake (the web page). 

The page you request may be made up of content from different sources. Images may come from one server, text content from another, scripts from another, and ads from another. As soon as you move to another page, the page that you have just viewed disappears. This is the dynamic nature of websites.

What is my browser, IP address, and hostname?

Your particular browser you are using now (also known as "user agent") is CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)

Your Internet Protocol (IP) Address is

Your Hostname is allaboutcookies.org

How do I clear my browser cookies?

We'll walk you through clearing your browser cookies in our easy guide on how to manage cookies.