Vivaldi not very responsive

  • The last few weeks Vivaldi has been very slow to connect, and sometimes when I open history it locks up for up to 30 minutes.
    I can click on a link to open a new page or a new tab, and it can again lock up for some times before it starts working again.
    It started about 4 updates ago, and shows no sign of improving so I have deleted a lot of cache files (millions of them literally cos Vivaldi seems to like to hoard them) and my browser history is limited to 1 year.
    Can anyone suggest another fix?

    Vivaldi 3.3.2022.45 (Stable channel) (64-bit)
    Revision a05c4d885c8da0745ffe551e567e84b9fb6a5889
    OS Windows 10 OS Version 2004 (Build 19041.508)
    JavaScript V8
    Flash C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\pepflashplayer64_32_0_0_433.dll
    User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/85.0.4183.106 Safari/537.36
    Command Line "C:\PPrograms\Internet programs\Browsers\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe" --vivaldi-standalone --flag-switches-begin --allow-insecure-localhost --enable-features=PasswordImport --flag-switches-end --enable-audio-service-sandbox --ppapi-flash-path="C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\pepflashplayer64_32_0_0_433.dll" --save-page-as-mhtml
    Executable Path C:\PPrograms\Internet programs\Browsers\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe
    Profile Path C:\PPrograms\Internet programs\Browsers\Vivaldi\User Data\Default

  • Have you tested in a clean/new user profile? Have you profiled the browser in dev tools to try to see what's taking so long? I don't recall any recent reports of people having to wait half an hour for their browser to load their history. My history goes back several years, so 1 year shouldn't be an issue.

  • Vivaldi has option to delete all history, why don't you try that?

  • That's chromium for you..caches everything.

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  • @iPristy Because I want my history lol

  • @BoneTone If I do that I lose all my logins and bookmarks yes?
    I don't know what dev tools are?

  • @boristhemoggy
    Hi, if you add a new profile it is blank but you can still use your default profile.
    To add one use the profile icon right top in the address bar.
    Instead you can try a Guest profile, too:
    It is possible your history database file is corrupt and this cause the slowdown.

    Cheers, mib

  • @boristhemoggy No, you don't lose them, you just cannot access them from within the new user profile. You simply switch back to your default user profile to resume your work. It's good to create a new user profile to test because often times, and frequently for issues like this, the problem is something with your user profile or configuration. Testing in a new profile eliminates these as a possible cause if the problem persists, or narrows down the cause to those items if it doesn't.

    Here are a handful of useful links for dev tools, I just found them by doing a web search.

    Vivaldi Help - Developer Tools

    Google Support References:

    Getting started with an analyzing runtime performance

    Performance analysis reference

    Troubleshoot Chrome browser performance issues

    Find and fix problems with the chrome dev tools issues tab


    How to use chrome-devtools to find performance bottlenecks

    Note: keyboard shortcuts listed in non-Vivaldi references may not be correct.


  • @BoneTone Thanks.
    Developer tools are all well and good if you know what to do with them. I don't have a clue.
    I shall play around with profiles and see what happens, thanks 🙂

  • @boristhemoggy said in Vivaldi not very responsive:

    I don't have a clue.

    That's what the "how to", "getting started" & other links were for. There are certainly many more similar pages, some likely better than those; I found them in ~15 seconds with a single web search. I didn't have a clue once, everyone who does now was once clueless.

  • @BoneTone Are you saying that anyone with a problem with software needs to educate themselves to software development problem solving level in order to make it work for them? Rather than the authors of the software clean out the bugs and ensure things work?

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    @boristhemoggy Not that, so much. More that problems that are local to you cannot be diagnosed and fixed from the development end. My Vivaldi is very snappy and responsive. Yours, not so much. How am I to know what's different between us, and what the problem is at your end?

    Now there are a ton of questions one could ask, like what kind of hardware you are on, what extensions you use, what 3rd party security software you run, etc., but even so, we would be guessing - try this - try that.

    We still don't know what your results were like with a clean profile. Did you try that? Everyone here will try to help, if you will try the things we suggest.

  • @boristhemoggy nope, and even if you did read the sources I searched and provided for you, you still wouldn't be at the level of debugging problems like a software developer. What I am saying is that when people have an issue, they should do some basic investigation to try to determine what the root cause of the issue is.

    At the very least, look at the Vivaldi Help documentation about troubleshooting issues, and do what is described there. With performance issues, the built-in dev tools are one of if not the best way to track down what's happening, and one doesn't need programming skills to use them. We're trying to help you solve your problem, by providing resources and guidance. Your issue isn't reproducing on our machines, so what's different about yours?

    As it stands now, we can't determine who the correct authors are that should be notified of a problem in their software. We aren't even certain that there is a problem for which a reasonable solution would be modifying some code.

    We don't have access to your machine and can't do the work for you. But if you're willing to read a help page or two, and try a few things, the people on this forum are very happy to provide assistance, even though virtually none of us work for Vivaldi. The Vivaldi dev team is small, they don't hang out on the forum reading through all the threads. This is a community driven forum, the moderators are volunteers, the people providing help are just users like you and me. If you're willing to answer some questions & try a few things, they're willing to help.

    Thanks @Ayespy, somehow I missed the notification for the previous post.

  • @Ayespy I tried the extensions first, someone (on another forum) suggested this as a first thing to do. It seems one of them is misbehaving but we don't know which one yet. I am switching them on again one by one.

    So, the answer to my question was...try disabling all your extensions and then enabling them one by one to determine if one of them is guilty?

    That was enough to solve my problem without me going on a course to learn how to use dev tools and become a programmer lol

    Thanks for everyone who took the time to respond.

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  • @BoneTone I asked on another forum and got a suggestion that found my answer immediately. I would respectfully suggest that if you continue 'helping' people in here you learn a bit of respect, patience and humility.

  • @boristhemoggy said in Vivaldi not very responsive:

    I asked on another forum and got a suggestion that found my answer immediately

    The exact same answer is in the Vivaldi troubleshooting help page I linked days ago, before your very respectful reply to all the help I spent my time providing. My apologies.

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