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Browser stats

Just took a quick look at what browsers people are using to hit the site this month:

Mozilla: 45%
IE: 31%
Everything else: 24%

This is a quick and dirty calculation so the numbers for Mozilla and IE are likely slightly higher than indicated. The breakdown on the Mozilla figure is about 30% Windows and 16% Mac (which includes Safari). Update: As someone pointed out in the comments, Safari’s stats should not be lumped into the Mozilla category (Safari uses the KHTML rendering engine). I’ll try to get my stupid stats package to sort that out.

This corresponds pretty closely with BoingBoing’s stats:

IE 36.8%
Firefox 36.7%
Safari 8.4%
Unknown 7.7%
Mozilla 4.3%
Netscape 1.6%

Roughly 37% for IE, 51% for the various Mozillas. Stats for Digital Web indicate even higher penetration for Mozilla and 37 Signals noted that Firefox was making a move for #1 back in October. This compares to mainstream usage (as reported by CNN): IE 90% and Firefox 5%.

How are your numbers looking?

Reader comments

MartinFeb 27, 2005 at 6:46PM

Mostly Mozilla for me, but I reckon it's only to be expected that weblogs will show up with more Mozilla/Firefox users, since the whole Firefox thing has been punted heavily among the weblog community.

jankowskiFeb 27, 2005 at 6:51PM

Am I misinformed, or is counting Safari under Mozilla/Firefox incorrect? Doesn't Safari use KHTML and not Gecko?

RyanFeb 27, 2005 at 6:55PM

I'm curious about how you've grouped the browsers. Safari is based on KHTML, not Mozilla, so why is it included with Firefox and Mozilla?

jkottkeFeb 27, 2005 at 7:01PM

Dunno...that's just the way my stupid stats package does it. But you're right...the Safari stats should not be lumped in there. Lemme see if I can separate them out....

Rachel CFeb 27, 2005 at 7:02PM

On IdolBlog (largely NZ/Aus traffic) it's sadly 92% IE usage. Firefox is starting to get some publicity here but with our broadband figures looking rather shabby compared to the US, it'll be a while before lots more jump on board.

tomcosgraveFeb 27, 2005 at 7:04PM

2005 statistics for show mostly Mozilla in the top 15 list, along with some RSS readers. That's it - IE isn't making the top 15 list that Webalizer produces.

Michael VerdiFeb 27, 2005 at 7:12PM

I have a videoblog fwiw.
Firefox 41%
Safari 33%
Internet Explorer 23%
Mozilla 2%
Netscape 1%

Lee BennettFeb 27, 2005 at 7:19PM

MS Internet Explorer - 46 %
NetNewsWire - 17.5 %
Safari - 9.2 %
Unknown - 8.5 %
Firefox - 4.9 %
Konqueror - 4.3 %
Mozilla - 3.5 %
Galeon - 1 %
Camino - 0.8 %
Netscape - 0.7 %
Others - 3.2%

NarkoleptikFeb 27, 2005 at 7:24PM

I seem to have about 57% IE users with Firefox, Safari and Opera following close behind. Firefox is definitely picking up though, the promotions in the past couple weeks have been invaluable.

Elle WizFeb 27, 2005 at 7:30PM

On my blog, I'm:

Firefox 1.x: 17%
Internet Explorer 6.x: 72%
Internet Explorer 5.x: 2%
Mozilla 1.x: 1%
Netscape 7.x: 6%
Opera: 1%
Safari: 1%

(courtesy of

From a short reader poll I did a few months ago, a lot of readers say they read my site from work or school, so I guess Firefox isn't the browser of choice yet for most corporations. I wish I knew how much of my readership was Firefox before I put the nice obnoxious IE-only banner up that says, "Your browser sucks, get Firefox!"

Pau Garcia i QuilesFeb 27, 2005 at 7:31PM

That's what AWStats says for my site:
MSIE - 59.2 %
Firefox - 22.4 %
Unknown - 5.5 %
Mozilla - 3.5 %
Lynx - 2.7 %
Opera - 2.1 %
Netscape - 1.8 %
Safari - 0.9 %
Konqueror - 0.6 %
Lotus Notes web client - 0.5 %
Others - 0.4 %

Maybe I should start using something like JSBrwSniff for a more conprehensive user-agent information

Enrique DansFeb 27, 2005 at 8:14PM

Mine look pretty much the same... I assume that a higher Mozilla penetration corresponds with a more computer-literate readership in the page, and the average blog reader today is still more tech-savvy than the average Internet user. MSIE is becoming "the browser for the ignorants", people who get a much worse browsing experience, filled with pop-up ads, slow and insecure navigation, etc. whilst Firefox is getting a somehow "ellite" or savvy positioning...

Jon GalesFeb 27, 2005 at 8:24PM

My stats package (Urchin) likes to group in RSS readers with browsers so the percentages are messed up, but there are about 2.5X times the number of IE users than Mozilla users. With Safari hooked in it appears about double.

This is progress.

bretFeb 27, 2005 at 8:25PM

i agree with josh...down with internet exploder!!! firefox is the only sensible way to go. my work site gets about 65% ie, 30% mozilla variants, 3% opera, etc etc.
ie is #3 all time worst microsoft product ever ( 1. frontpage, 2. visio, 3. ie, 4. windows me, 5. access ).

Samuel SidlerFeb 27, 2005 at 8:26PM

Jason, is there a chance you can break down the various Mozillas? I'm curious how many are using Camino. Thank you!

Jeff WernerFeb 27, 2005 at 8:31PM

Excluding search bots and misc.:
MSIE 55%
Mozilla 32%
Netscape 7%
Safari 3%
Opera 1%

(Stats via the very annoying to use Analog)

The high IE use may account for the fact that my personal blog is primarily read by non-web designer friends. My more tech-savy pals are always trying to pressure their Moms and lovers to switch to Firefox, but I disagree. The latest versions of IE work well. It's enough that my Mom can actually use a computer let alone browse the internet. She doesn't want any more changes in technology unless she can quantify its usefulness on her own terms. There are more important things to change than your browser.

Jason CosperFeb 27, 2005 at 8:38PM

Here are the top 5 browsers on Preshrunk...

Firefox 1.0 :: 36%
Internet Explorer 6.0 :: 32%
Safari 1.2 :: 12%
Firefox 0.8 - 0.10.1 :: 5%
Crawler/Search Engine :: 4%

P.S. If you're looking for a decent stats package to track your live data, I can't recommend Shaun Inman's lovely ShortStat package higly enough.

TempestFeb 27, 2005 at 8:44PM

Mine has:

Firefox 60%
IE 35%
Netscape 4%
and Mozilla 1%

But I tend to agree that none of these results have any true statistical implications because of the predominance of Mozilla based browsers among bloggers (and tech-savvy people in general), for one, and the somehow limited demographic of the bogosphere...

JustinFeb 27, 2005 at 8:50PM

Firefox: 37%
IE: 61%
Safari: 4%
All else: ~8%

Come on, Firefox! Seems pretty consistent with what I expected. Bloggers are smart in that they tend to stick to Firefox as the future of web browsing. IE will follow suit, but it will be much too late.

CZFeb 27, 2005 at 8:51PM

the fudge said no (largely Canadians) is running with 51% for IE, 34% for Firefox, 3% for Netscape and 4% for the conventional Moz'z.

With the ever irritating awstats.

thelearnerFeb 27, 2005 at 8:59PM

I'd like to point out that a lot of people using Firefox would also be using an RSS plug-in like Sage (or one of the others), whereas a lot of IE users would be actually visiting your site. If you factor that into your stats, firefox numbers would be even greater.

This is assuming that the number of people using an independent RSS syndication site or software are distributed equally across both browsers (which I doubt).

The purpose of checking browser stats has primarily been to optimize site design for some particular browser... with the advent of RSS, does site design / browser optimization still play as important a part?

AlexFeb 27, 2005 at 9:14PM

Current 2005 stats for

- 50.45% of's users use Internet Explorer
- 27.22% of's uers use Mozilla
- 11.80% of's users use Opera

- 5.63% of's users use an Unknown browser
- 1.81% of's users use Safari
- 1.63% of's users use Netscape

ArveFeb 27, 2005 at 9:18PM

Just being curious, Jason: Which stats package are you using?

ArveFeb 27, 2005 at 9:23PM

Oh, forgot my stats (for

Firefox: 35.1 %
MSIE: 27.5 %
Opera: 23.2 %
Unknown: 3.2 %
Safari: 3 %
Mozilla: 2.6 %
NetNewsWire: 1 %
Netscape: 1 %
FeedReader: 0.5 %
NewsGator: 0.4 %

The IE number is actually off, since I a lot of robots pretend to be MSIE.

NeuroelectronicFeb 27, 2005 at 9:23PM

the stats for my Xanga page ( are much more Firefox biased for some reason (69%) with IE trailing far behind (20%) I find this remarkable, especialy since most of the users of Xanga are very young and usualy not tech-savy.

AndiFeb 27, 2005 at 9:34PM

for (not a blog, demo skews to teens, newbies, heavily Google refs--some pages have techy content) ~5K visitors/day

IE 82%
Netscape 14%
Opera 2%

Win XP 76%
Win 98 8%
Win 2K 7%
Win me 3%
Mac 4%

Using Mach5 FastStats

James EllisFeb 27, 2005 at 9:43PM

Wisconsin Historical Society (all of 2005):

IE: 81.53%
Mozilla: 5.72%
Netscape: 2.12%
Other Netscape: 1.84%
Safari: 1.68%

WilliamFeb 27, 2005 at 9:49PM

Internet Explorer: 47.9%
Firefox: 46.6%
Safari: 1.1%
Netscape: 0.7%
Mozilla: 0.4%
Opera: 0.3%

Eric BostromFeb 27, 2005 at 9:53PM

so sayeth webalizer for february:
168629 58.45% Micro$oft Internet Exploder

88779 30.77% Netscape

25547 8.86% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)

21242 7.36% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)

20701 7.18% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

20128 6.98% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

19990 6.93% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)

14856 5.15% Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/125.5.6 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/125.12

10717 3.71% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

8862 3.07% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp;

6965 2.41% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +

6789 2.35% Googlebot/2.1 (+

6360 2.20% msnbot/1.0 (+

4685 1.62% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)

4371 1.52% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Eric BostromFeb 27, 2005 at 9:56PM

Sorry, something to put my % into context:

Total Unique Sites 11055
Total Hits 288485

My site is mostly all art/drawings, so i'm surprised safari is so under represented. :/

ShakeerFeb 27, 2005 at 10:22PM

44 Firefox 1.0
35 MSIE 6.0
7 Safari 1.2
5 Firefox 1.0.1
3 MSIE 5.22
2 Firefox 0.10.
2 MSIE 5.0
1 Firefox 0.9.3
1 Safari 1.0

Beerzie BoyFeb 27, 2005 at 10:38PM

42 MSIE 6.0
38 Firefox 1.0
7 Safari 1.2
3 Safari 1.0
3 Opera 7.54
2 MSIE 5.5
2 Firefox 1.0 (
1 MSIE 5.17
1 MSIE 5.0
1 Camino 0.8.2

I'm an ABE man, myself.

ABE = Anything But Explorer

joaobambuFeb 27, 2005 at 10:42PM

Still haven't converted to a content management system like Movable Type or Pmachine Expression Engine, so I forward my domain to my blogspot on

cool, just checked it out!

Firefox 1.x 27%
IE 6.X 52%
IE 5.X 3%
Konquerer 3.x 1%
Mozilla 1.X 3%
Netscape 7.X 3%
Netscape 5.X 2%
Safari 1.X 10%

martinFeb 27, 2005 at 11:17PM

Small (Australian) government site.

84.6% - IE/Win
6.7% - Mozilla
3.4% - Netscape
2.9% - Safari
2.4% - all others

NikFeb 28, 2005 at 12:09AM

I'm thinking that many popular blogs like Jason's would also show comparatively higher stats for Mozilla based browsers (just a feeling.) After all, a bulk of the talk about the Mozilla Foundation's work, web-standards (very importantly), how Firefox and Safari obeyed these to a very large extent and how IE was/is a horrible browser was often discussed on these very frequently read blogs (Zeldman, Kottke, Mezzoblue, Inman, etc) For example, visit Binary Bonsai, a popular weblog, especially for users of Wordpress and the Kubrick theme, in IE and see what I'm talking about.

At least that's how it appears to me personally. I wouldn't be introduced to Firefox and it's myriad features if it weren't for my reading these blogs.

Eric TF BatFeb 28, 2005 at 1:27AM

How terrible of you not to include Opera! Why, the Opera users of the world will be annoyed at you: I'm sure they'll both send you an email about this! They might even get their friends to complain, so you could be swamped by up to five messages! Prepare to recoil in terror!

(Joking! Really! I love Opera! Honest I do! I mean, selling something that everyone else is giving away is such a clever idea. Hell, it works for Microsoft Windows...)

AfsheenFeb 28, 2005 at 1:35AM

IE: 45%
Safari: 27%
Firefox: 24%

Much less IE than I expected, actually.

ПервыйнахFeb 28, 2005 at 1:46AM

Opera рулит, Firefox сосёт.

C. MaoxianFeb 28, 2005 at 2:18AM

IE: 67%
Firefox: 28%
Netscape: 2%
Safari: 2%
Mozilla: 1%

AliciaFeb 28, 2005 at 3:00AM

Firefox: 43%
IE: 25%
Safari: 21%
Mozilla: 8%
Opera: 3%

AshFeb 28, 2005 at 6:06AM

Stats for Weebls Stuff:

Internet Explorer: 81.4%
FireFox: 13.6%
Safari: 1.6%
Opera: 1%
Netscape: 0.9%
Mozilla: 0.9%

Based on *lots* of pageviews (I'm probably not allowed to quote figures)

Adam MichelaFeb 28, 2005 at 8:42AM

Stats for AcuraZine

Internet Explorer 6: 65%
Firefox: 16%
Crawler/Search Engine: 9%
Internet Explorer 5.5: 1%
Safari: 1%
Netscape 7.2: 1%

Alan WFeb 28, 2005 at 8:52AM

IE 30.9%
Firefox 29.7
Unknown 12.8
Netscape 9
Safari 7.1

Lee AylwardFeb 28, 2005 at 9:43AM

MS Internet Explorer 53.8 %
Safari 34.7 %
FireFox 8.7 %
Mozilla 0.8 %

This is on my design school's intranet site.

Duncan RawlinsonFeb 28, 2005 at 10:45AM

Firefox 18
IE 76
Safari 4
Mozilla 1
Opera 1

Stas for my blog ( )

JerryFeb 28, 2005 at 10:51AM


Just curious if you had taken into account referrer/comment spam traffic? On my web logs these "visitors" almost always report themselves as IE 6.0.


Greg FarriesFeb 28, 2005 at 12:21PM

Stats from

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x - 60.1%
Mozilla - 25.5%
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x - 5.4%
Netscape Navigator 7.x - 1.6%

Neil StraghalisFeb 28, 2005 at 12:31PM

I posted some stats from about a momth ago:

Still a large % of IE, but the Mozilla traffic has doubled in the last 6 months or so.

tinaFeb 28, 2005 at 1:35PM

MS Internet Explorer - 43.3 %
Unknown - 42.3 %
FireFox - 11 %
Netscape - 1.4 %
Safari - 0.7 %
Mozilla - 0.7 %
Konqueror - 0 %
Lynx - 0 %
Opera - 0 %

Seems that most of my Unknown users are using blog search engines.

Nick FinckFeb 28, 2005 at 1:36PM

Jason, thanks for the nudge there, I have since posted a stats update for the browser stats on Digital Web Magazine.

Mike JohnsonFeb 28, 2005 at 3:10PM

Go firefox! (browser versions lumped together)

Crawler/Search Engine Indeterminable - 27%
Internet Explorer - 25%
Firefox - 40%
Safari - 1%
Netscape - 2%

scott parteeFeb 28, 2005 at 3:14PM

MSIE -- 64 %
Firefox -- 24 %
Unknown -- 4 %
Safari -- 4 %
Mozilla -- 2 %
Netscape -- 1 %
Opera -- 0.2 %

Keep rockin' the Pro Blog, man! Love the new, more frequent flow and, quite frankly, am going to have to take out a campaign for financial support so I can get enough time to read your posts.

I'm a micropatron in need of a micropatron to read

Keep on keepin' on!

Robert OcchialiniFeb 28, 2005 at 3:37PM


Firefox - 29%
MSIE - 19%
NNW - 12%

most definitely skewed by the audience my site would attract....

I echo scott sentiments, but without the need for a patron to fund the reading of your site....remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Landon HowellFeb 28, 2005 at 4:14PM

IE - 80
Firefox - 12
Mozilla - 3
Safari - 3

RyanFeb 28, 2005 at 4:57PM

These numbers are great! It just shows that the "early adopters" as marketing textbooks call it is working its magic. "power users" who visit Blogs on a regular basis are an exact fit for this early adopters category; these numbers are encouraging--but not everything that is used by the early adopters and innovators reaches the masses. But this is a good sign that the Mozilla Foundation is on its way to possible greatness. I love firefox, its just works!

wheatFeb 28, 2005 at 5:03PM

According to Urchin, mine look like this:
Internet Explorer: 31.95%
Mozilla Compatible Agent: 23.68%
Mozilla: 14.08%

Safari is coming in at 1.5%

So, depending upon what Urchin counts as "Mozilla" vs "Mozilla Compatible," IE seems to be taking a (much deserved) beating.

zeroFeb 28, 2005 at 5:54PM

Tech sites are always biased towards Mozilla/Firefox in terms of users.

Out stats look a little more 'normal'.

MS Internet Explorer No 132689 91.5 %
Firefox No 7791 5.3 %
Mozilla No 1362 0.9 %
Safari No 1351 0.9 %
Netscape No 843 0.5 %
Opera No 628 0.4 %

February 05 was a pretty average month in terms of hits, with no major events really happening.

Roger JohanssonMar 01, 2005 at 2:31AM

February stats for 456 Berea Street:

Firefox: 48.4 %
IE: 29.5 %
Safari: 7.5 %
Mozilla: 7.3 %
Opera: 3.8 %
Netscape: 1.6 %

MadZewsMar 01, 2005 at 2:44AM

I'm surprised that you people are so fond of Firefox. Sure, everything is better than IE, but I have used just about every browser mentioned in this thread, and I find Opera to be the best. By far. Really far. Both the GUI and the performance are far superior to that of Firefox, not to mention Safari, Netscape or the others.


jimMar 01, 2005 at 10:07PM

seeing lots of firefox hits here on my sites. Only use firefox myself... is there really anything else?

Kirk GeigerMar 02, 2005 at 2:22PM

Majority of visitors use FireFox on my site as well.

JoeMar 02, 2005 at 2:29PM

Everyone should keep in mind that certain browsers may be misrepresenting by changing the user agent string.

Joey deVillaMar 03, 2005 at 11:12AM

The Accordion Guy breakdown:

IE: 57%
Firefox: 25%
Safari: 5%
Yahoo's "Slurp!" bot: 5%
Googlebot: 4%
Konqueror: 3%
Pluck: 1%

Catatonic PorpoiseMar 03, 2005 at 7:58PM

Benly statistics for Feb 2005:

41.1% Firefox
39.7% Microsoft Internet Explorer
12% Mozilla
2.3% Safari
2.2% Opera
0.9% Netscape
0.1% Camino

(from awstats)

thelonecodemanMar 04, 2005 at 8:56AM

Have you seen/read/heard anything about the browser AvantBrowser ( It's got 1 million downloads....

ArveMar 04, 2005 at 9:27AM

thelonecodeman: AvantBrowser is not a browser, it is a replacement GUI for Internet Explorer, and as such it won't show up in server logs

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.