[qutebrowser] Log in to Google Account using qutebrowser

Florian Bruhin me at the-compiler.org
Wed Dec 4 13:28:26 CET 2019

On Wed, Dec 04, 2019 at 12:39:44PM +0100, Denis Khizhniak wrote:
> So, I have no idea how Google checks the actual browser and whether it's
> possible to fool him.

Neither do I. Chances are that as soon as someone finds a solution, Google will
just adjust whatever checking they do to break it again.

There are various other projects and browsers (including e.g. Brave or Steam)
affected as well. Some examples:


There are some people who claim to have a solution, but don't want to talk
about it publicly - precisely because it'll just end up in Google blocking that
as well.

I wouldn't be surprised if Google just blocks pretty much everything other than
Chrome and maybe Firefox. It's ridiculous, but it's yet another sign showing
that maybe it isn't a good thing to make yourself dependent on Google - you're
absolutely at their mercy, and they don't exactly have a good track record.

I've once tried helping someone who only got an internal server error when
trying to open an important attachment of an older mail in GMail. We contacted
Google Support, and as you'd predict, nothing happened.

Given that Google really doesn't care about its users, your only option is
either switching browsers, or moving away from Google. I did the latter years
ago[*]. Seeing what's going on here, this absolutely was the right decision,
but I'm aware this isn't something everyone can realistically do...


[*] At least for stuff like Calendar and Mail. I still use Youtube (mostly via
mpv/youtube-dl), Google Play and sometimes Maps (mostly switched to

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