Slow startup of Vivaldi



  • Hi!

    For some time now I've been bothered by the really slow startup of Vivaldi. It takes around five seconds from when I press the Vivaldi icon for Vivaldi to open.

    Does anyone have any tips of how I can shorten this startup time? I've tried temporarily disabling all extensions to see if that helps, it does but it only shaves off around a second, so it's still a four second startup, this is in comparison to Chrome where the main window opens within one second and the contents of the window load within a total of two seconds.

    This gets especially annoying when opening links from other applications when Vivaldi isn't already open, since I have to wait around five seconds each time. In total I'm sure I'm up in around 30 - 60 minutes of waiting for Vivaldi to open.

    Looking forward to any suggestions on how to speed up the initial startup of Vivaldi.

    -SanyaIV



  • For whatever reason, Vivaldi takes long to start if you have lots of files left in the download panel. Clean it up and see if it helps



  • I always clear the download panel after downloading something, so it's most likely not that in my case. Thank you for the tip though! :)



  • @iAN-CooG That did help here. I went from 19s to 9s for usability. Thanks.



  • For the life of me, I cannot understand why a measly 5 seconds is such a big deal. When you look at the big picture 5 seconds is a really petty amount of time.



  • @Para-Noid
    Because five seconds is not measly in comparison to other software, it's a long time in comparison to other browsers and software, and it's unnecessarily long and in the long run adds upp to a lot of wasted time. Simply put, it should be quicker. Even if five seconds isn't a lot, it should still be quicker. It just shouldn't take five seconds to launch a browser. If we were all just content with second-grade experiences, then we probably wouldn't even have Vivaldi.
    But hey, I get it, if you don't want them to improve Vivaldi then so be it. I'd prefer a better browser though.



  • @SanyaIV I guess most of us never close Vivaldi, so 5 seconds once a day when we switch on our computer is not something that we fret about. Try minimizing Vivaldi instead of closing it.

    From the developers' point of view it makes little sense to optimise performance while they are still building the browser and adding new features every week.



  • @Pesala , except when they target power user, that have requirements. My vivaldi takes at least a minute to load usually, but these times it's 3 minutes, and is slow to use once started. That on a power computer. Sure I keep it always open after, but my patience may run out in the future.



  • @thekingmen said in Slow startup of Vivaldi:

    except when they target power user, that have requirements. My vivaldi takes at least a minute to load usually, but these times it's 3 minutes, and is slow to use once started.

    I always laugh when people regard themselves as power users because they load 100s of tabs and run a dozen extensions. I think of a power user as someone who knows how to get the best out of tools by not overloading them.

    My Vivaldi loads in less than 5 seconds, even when I have five or ten tabs open.



  • I don't see so much difference, have you ever used brave? In the case of it yes to a slowness.



  • I am also annoyed by the slowness with which the browser starts. This may be insignificant for those who open a browser when starting their computer session and only close it (if at all) when going to sleep, but at least in my case I open the browser to find something, then close it and continue my work, then if required after 5-10 minutes open it again, closing and then continue my work, then perhaps open other two or three separate browser windows for some internet work, then close one or all etc. In this case Vivaldi slowness at opening (~4 seconds, but sometimes up to 7 seconds) makes it totally unusable.

    Happens both on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems, Vivaldi is installed as is (no extensions), I never use tabs, I delete all history & cookies etc. at least once every two or three days, so this a pure Vivaldi thing.

    Cristi



  • @secarica said in Slow startup of Vivaldi:

    ... in my case I open the browser to find something, then close it and continue my work, then if required after 5-10 minutes open it again, closing and then continue my work, then perhaps open other two or three separate browser windows for some internet work, then close one or all etc.
    ...
    Cristi

    What are your reasons for repeatedly closing the browser while working instead of just minimizing it? (Eg: security concerns, RAM consumption, CPU loading, ... ?)



  • @Blackbird First, generally I see no reason to keep open something that is no longer needed, else I will end up having more than a dozen various programs open, totally useless.

    Second, especially for web browsers, the days where the internet was a peaceful static place are long gone, so in modern days where almost on any page something is moving or flashing or yelling or whatever and rising the CPU heat and forcing a louder cooling just for some advertising I never care about, I need to close everything as soon as possible (as opposed to just leave a page open, even minimized, with the browser still doing in background some useless hard work).

    Should I mention battery savings when I am away with the laptop ?

    Cristi



  • @secarica Fair enough. I'm always curious why some users do certain things the way they do... it's one of the ways I learn new things. I can understand the 'busy-ness/noise' issues with sites running in the background or possibly tying up resources. In my own case, I started years ago with other browsers using a local text-only html page I created as the browser home page and which requires almost no browser/system resources beyond the basic browser keep-alive resources. Whenever I want to "unuse" the browser, I click the homepage icon and then minimize the browser... that way it's up on the task bar and ready to run virtually instantly when I click on its icon.



  • yes, there is a big issue with vivaldi browser startup. its very SLOW indeed, it takes over 5 seconds to appear, but this is not all, there is also a problem with opening new windows which takes at least 3 SECONDS to appear... its very disappointing, fix it pls as soon as possible! i also use chrome and opera browsers and there are no such issues at all.


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    @sly Vivaldi is slowed at least somewhat by a partially insurmountable issue. It opens 3 layers of processing (including a non-native UI that is rendered like a web page) every time it opens, versus only 2 with other browsers, and the second layer with other browsers is composed of native elements - which makes opening faster for them. Were Vivaldi to adopt native elements, it would open faster, but its development speed would be cut at least in half, possibly even slower, and its flexibility and configurability would be reduced by an order of magnitude. To have the browser we want, as soon as we can possibly get it, we have to trade some startup speed on slightly older hardware.


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