Version 2.2.0

It felt like it would be nice to move some features over from the development branch of the project. There are not too many changes all in all, but one of them is big and the others produce a more correct experience.

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  • New showimages option renders images in Bombadillo with utf-8 characters
  • Gemini documents now respect ``` notation for monospaced blocks
  • Adds better stability for poorl formed gophermaps
  • Optimized text wrapping
  • Image dithering logic added

Version 2.1.0

This release is primarily bug fixes and code cleanup after the 2.0.0 release. However, there are new features as well:

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  • Find text within a document by pressing / and entering your text query
  • Navigate found text with n (next) and N (previous)
  • Add Bombadillo as a title to the terminal window via the runtime flag -t
  • Ability to set default URL scheme, rather than it always defaulting to gopher
  • New theme: color. Renders any VT100 style escape sequences that deal with color found within the current document.

Note: due to a library incompatibility with Go 1.11 a hot-fix was done to provide that compatibility. The release has been incremented to 2.1.1 to reflect that change.

Version 2.0.0

Bombadillo grows to become a non-web browser, allowing seamless browsing across a variety of internet protocols, while staying simple, usable and privacy-focused.

New protocol support

Bombadillo has always supported Gopher, and continues to do so. In addition to Gopher support has been added for a number of great protocols:


Project Gemini is a new protocol, collaboratively designed, aiming to exist somewhere between gopher and the web. Bombadillo's implementation of this protocol includes TLS via Trust On First Use certificate pinning.


Access telnet servers within Bombadillo. You can play games!


Finger has been around for a long time, and has had some new activity recently. Browse servers, users, and bookmark your favorites.


Bombadillo can act as a pager for local files, allowing you to browse them in the same way you browse any other site.


As a non-web client, there is no built-in support for http or https in Bombadillo. Two new features bridge the gap, making it easy to view web content:

  • Open your web links in your default graphical web browser
  • Have web content processed by popular browsers Lynx, w3m, or elinks and displayed within Bombadillo

All web functionality is opt-in only - you are in control.

Improved browsing experience

Large parts of Bombadillo have been redesigned and rebuilt to improve the overall browsing experience.

Community suggested improvements

Thanks to your feedback, we've added support for XDG base directories and a version information flag. Keep the feedback coming!

Easy installation

A new Makefile makes building and installing Bombadillo simple, while adding flexibility for custom install requirements.

Improved documentation

It's easy to get help, with a new man page covering the details of using Bombadillo. Documentation covering configuring, building and installing is also available in our source code repository.

Other important changes

We've changed the default location for Bombadillo's user configuration file .bombadillo.ini to be more standards compliant. Furthermore, Bombadillo now requires Go version 1.11 to build.

Help! My old config isn't working!

This has likely occurred because Bombadillo previously stored your .bombadillo.ini file in your home directory. The new default setting is to follow the XDG base directory standard.

To fix this, you can:

  • Move .bombadillo.ini to the XDG config home directory - this is usually ~/.config or what is specified in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME
  • Change the configlocation setting in defaults.go before building Bombadillo - refer to the documentation in the file for more information

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the contributors, commenters, feedback-givers, and online friends for the help and support to see this realised.

Full change log

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There were ~250 commits by three contributors and ~35 issues submitted by five contributors.

  • Updates to README
  • Added Makefile for building
  • Added man page
  • Rebuilt the rendering engine
  • Modularized protocol support
  • Fixes issue w/ gopher type 7 responses
  • Reworked user messaging system
  • New application styling/layout
  • Added ability to see how far into a document you are
  • Expanded check command to let users check where a link goes to
  • Rewrote and simplified line wrapping
  • Improved terminal resizing responsiveness
  • Bookmarks can be scrolled when focused
  • Added gemini support
  • Improved telnet support and fixed visual bugs
  • Improved response to various signals
  • Added finger support
  • Added local files support
  • Gemini links are supported via the gophertype h URL resource format
  • Added command line flag to get version information
  • Improved/safer handling of local paths
  • Simplified file saving
  • Added validation to some option values
  • Added support for redirects in gemini
  • Added TOFU style certificate pinning system to gemini module
  • Added support and options for client certificates
  • Updated URL parsing to better support the added protocols
  • Added support for purging gemini certificates
  • Added inverse theme
  • Added defaults.go file to allow users to set defaults before building
  • Added support for http(s) through multiple terminal browser rendering backends
  • Updated opening http(s) links in a gui browser to do better validation of gui availability
  • Updated config location from ~ to XDG_CONFIG_HOME
  • Added removal of escape codes from documents to prevent pages breaking. Note: This is to be revisited for a future release
  • Writing files will no longer overwrite files with the same name, suffixing will get added
  • Removes usage of library methods only available in Go 1.12+, allowing compatibility with 1.11
  • Code formatting and linting
  • General bug fixes and performance/stability improvements

Version 1.0.0

Please see Version 1.0.0 documentation for documentation and binaries.