Memory leak in Vivaldi?

  • I've noticed that when I leave some tabs open for more than a day or so, e.g. Slack, Google Drive, Twitter, that the "Browser" process grows in memory to 1gb or more. When I hibernate these tabs, the "Browser" process never shrinks again. Even if I completely close all those tabs -- so that there's just one blank tab left -- the process still holds onto 900mb or so. Is this a memory leak? Is there a way to get Vivaldi to free up the memory from the "Browser" process?

  • What version of Vivaldi, what macOS version and any extensions?

  • Vivaldi: 3.2.1967.41 (Stable channel) (64-bit)
    OS X: macOS Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G6020)

    This computer has 4gb of ram and it's a Macbook Air so it's not something I can upgrade.

    Extensions: Ghostery, Google Docs Offline, Page Ruler Redux

    Thanks Chas4!

  • I just disabled every extension and closed every tab, after running Vivaldi all day, and this is what the task manager looks like. It was also very sluggish until I restarted Vivaldi entirely, and now everything is snappy again.

    Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 9.18.16 PM.png

  • Any difference with todays (8/19) Vivaldi update to 3.2.1967.47? Also have you restarted the computer in a while?

    In Vivaldi Settings under Appearance does turning off Use Animation help?

  • I am on the latest version, 3.2.1967.47. I have restarted the computer recently.

    I just disabled animations and I will restart Vivaldi and run it for a day and see if it still behaves like this.

  • I disabled animations, disabled extensions, restarted Vivaldi and my computer, and then ran Vivaldi for a day or so.

    Memory use swelled up to 1+gb, so I closed every tab and this is what it's like now:


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    @stevehav I guess Ghostery is the bad guy. We had some memory leak issues in the past with G.

    You may report to Ghostery and Vivaldi bug tracker.

  • This current version has been pretty bad leakage-wise (at least in 10.13). I been giving it a restart before it ever got to a GB. But usually after a day, it's running at 700mb (after starting at 95-100mb).

    To be honest, every version since 3.0 has leaked a little. But for whatever reason, this particular version has been pretty bad.

  • @Gwen-Dragon Hi Gwen-Dragon, thanks for responding.

    Ghostery is currently disabled, and I have had it disabled ever since Vivaldi came out with its own tracker blocking.

    If the extension is disabled but not removed, would that still cause this problem? I would have thought that a disabled extension wouldn't ever have its code executed (i.e. in such a way that it could cause leaks).

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