"file://" references on start and open-link-in-new-tab have "about:blank" tabs

Description of the issue:
The browser is set to start with the previous windows/tabs.

When attempting to open a link to locally stored files, or when attempting to open a link in a new tab from a local file, the tab only shows “about:blank” instead of the content.

The “about:blank” is also shown for any windows that had tabs to local files.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary):
1. be on a page from local storage “file:///some/pfileath/to/index.html”
2. attempt to link from that page referencing “file:///some/path/to/other/link.html”
3. pasting the link into the new tab opens correctly.

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):
On opening a new link from an existing tab, the new tab only shows “about:blank”.

Expected result:
The link to appear in the new tab.
The restart to show the previously displayed tabs.

Reproduces how often:

Brave Version(about:brave):

Brave 0.23.105
rev 9a46f8f
Muon 8.0.9
OS Release 4.17.18-200.fc28.x86_64
Update Channel Release
OS Architecture x64
OS Platform Linux
Node.js 7.9.0
Brave Sync v1.4.2
libchromiumcontent 68.0.3440.84

Reproducible on current live release (yes/no):
just started with 0.23.105

Additional Information:

Some improvement with 0.24.0.

After the update to

Brave 0.24.0
V8 6.9.427.23
rev f657f15
Muon 8.1.6
OS Release 4.18.8-200.fc28.x86_64
Update Channel Release
OS Architecture x64
OS Platform Linux
Node.js 7.9.0
Brave Sync v1.4.2
libchromiumcontent 69.0.3497.100

it does remember the file://… links, so the tabs are restored.

Also, opening a link in-the-same-tab works for file:///… , but opening a new tab with the link pointing to a file:///… still shows the about:blank tab.

So we are getting there. Keep up the good work!

Have you tried the Developer Build?

no, have not.

AND, having been involved with networking and internet stuff since the late '80s, just today learned that if you want to open a link in a new tab, button 2 on the mouse does that.

When I button 2 a link from the file:/// link, it does open the link in a new tab.

In light of that, will just wait for a new stable release and keep testing.

Thanks for taking the time to look into this.

I’d highly recommend trying the Developer Build. You can download and install it without having to uninstall and/or remove any previous Brave installation. Not a whole lot of down sides to trying!

For your reference:
Other ways to open new tab:

Right-Click and choose New Tab from context menu :

Hold CTRL(for Windows) and Left (normal) Click to open link in New Tab:

File --> New Tab:

Looks like you’re using an older version of browser-laptop. We released 0.24.0 about a week ago which included a new version of chromium and fixed several of these about:blank issues. You can update your version of Brave by going through the Hamburger menu -> Help --> Check for Updates.... Brave should find the new version and update the software. If for some reason you’re not seeing any updates, you can directly download the new version from the following locations:

The other route is download the new version of brave that’s uses chromiums native UI rather than muons current HTML and JavaScript UI as @Mattches mentioned above.

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He had noted that he had updated to 0.24.0 :point_down:


tried the referenced build, and yes, the file:/// issue is not present.

BUT - this looks and feels like reskinned chrome, not the brave I am familiar with.

sound notifications, specifically from tweetdeck do not work.

It is much faster, like the original stable brave versions.

keep up the great work!