Getting started with Blisk browser

tutorial by Blisk team


Blisk features toolbar with buttons to manage Blisk:

New GUI in Blisk version 8
Blisk toolbar (Blisk v.8 and later)

Layout settings

Blisk features three layouts:

  • Default layout with device and desktop side-by-side.
  • Device-only layout.
  • Desktop-only layout.
NOTE: Blisk website and some other popular websites (Google, Youtube, Stackoverflow) display in Desktop-only layout. You can change this behavior at blisk://setup#emulation

To make your browsing experience more comfortable, Blisk shows Desktop-only layout for:

  • New tab page and system pages
  • Blisk website
  • Search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing etc)
  • Social networks (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Other top websites (YouTube, Stackoverflow, Reddit etc)

Screenshots and recorder

Blisk provides features for taking screenshots and recording the screen. Screenshots and screen records are automatically saved to your secure Blisk cloud storage. You can share screenshots and screen records with your teammates or attach them to bug reports.

Screenshots and screen recorder
Screenshots and screen recorder (Blisk v.8 and later)
NOTE: Screenshots and screen records are saved to Blisk cloud storage. The storage is available for registered users only. Get Blisk account to use these features

Enable Screenshots and screen recorder:

  1. Start Blisk, click Login or Register
  2. Register or log into your Blisk account
  3. Click button
  4. Take a screenshot or record a video
  5. Your screenshot will be automatically saved to the cloud storage and you can share it with your team.


Auto-refresh lets developers and designers be more productive by updating pages automatically. Every time you write the code and save changes - Blisk refreshes tab(s).

Auto-refresh has two states:

  • Ready to set up.
  • Enabled for this website. Click once again to edit watcher settings.


Auto-refresh works with domains, not specific URLs. If you set up auto-refreshing for http://localhost, Blisk will refresh all URLs from domain automatically (e.g. http://localhost/some-page).

Auto-refresh works with different file formats. You can set up auto-refreshing for any file, for example:

  • Standard files: HTML, CSS, JS
  • Platform-specific: CSHTML, JAVA, PHP, PY
  • Font files: OTF, TTF, WOFF
  • Raster and vector images: JPG, PNG, SVG

Auto-refresh works with folders. You can set up auto-refresh for any local folder(s).

NOTE: watching a folder with many subfolders and files may affect high CPU load. It depends on your computer specs.

Setting up

  1. Go to the domain you want to refresh automatically
  2. Click auto-refresh button
  3. Adjust auto-refresh settings:
    • Dropdown with the domain name. You can pick any domain from the list
    • Tabs to refresh. Select, whether you want to refresh all opened tabs from the domain or the active tab only
    • File formats. Specify the file formats you want to watch. Formats should be separated by commas
    • Add folder. Add the folders you want to watch.
  4. Click Save to enables auto-refresh.

Watchers management

Go to blisk://setup/#auto-refresh. If you have at least one file watcher - it will be displayed in the list watchers You can enable/disable any watcher by clicking toggle button, edit it or remove watchers.

Advanced settings

You can set up advanced setting for each auto-refresh:

  • Disable cache: this option prevents caching of resources. Auto-refresh reloads the page entirely.
  • CSS live reload: Blisk updates the CSS without a full page reload.
  • Auto-refresh delay:: use this option to delay the auto-refresh in case your sources need extra time to bundle.

Error notifier

Blisk monitors page errors in JavaScript and resources that failed to load. Blisk notifies you when the issue appears, provides errors report and searches for the solution on StackOverflow.

Error notifier
Error notifier (Blisk v.8 and later)

Error notifier has two states:

  • No errors on the page
  • The page has errors. Click the button to view the errors report.

Page inspector

Blisk delivers own page inspector with most important CSS properties. It powers quick inspecting of any element on desktop or mobile without launching DevTools.

Page inspector
Page inspector (Blisk v.8 and later)

Page inspector has two states:

  • Ready to launch.
  • Inspector enabled. Hover your page to inspect it. Click the button again to disable.


Blisk delivers best DevTools (same as in Chrome). You can launch separate DevTools for desktop and device and use them simultaneously to inspect elements, measure performance etc.

DevTools in Blisk
DevTools (Blisk v.8 and later)
NOTE: You can use DevTools for device and desktop simultaneously

Google Tab

Google Tab is an overlaying tab with Google search. You can use this tab to quickly find anything on the web without leaving your current tab.

Google Tab in Blisk
Google Tab (Blisk v.8 and later)

Google Tab has two states:

  • Ready to launch.
  • Google Tab enabled. Click the button again to disable.

Blisk settings

Blisk settings
Blisk settings (Blisk v.8 and later)

Blisk includes additional links to settings:

  • Blisk setup - find more Blisk settings.
  • My account - go to your account.
  • Upgrade plan - update Blisk to Premium version.
  • My cloud storage - go to your cloud storage.
  • Scroll-sync - manage scroll-sync.

Blisk shortcuts

Blisk lets you perform most tasks directly from the keyboard. You can find the list of the default bindings (keyboard shortcuts) below. Note: you cannot change the existing shortcuts.

Action Windows Mac
Default view + 1 + 1
Mobile-only view + 2 + 2
Desktop-only view + 3 + 3
Take mobile screenshot + + 1 + + 1
Take desktop screenshot + + 2 + + 2
Start screen recording + + 3 + + 5
Auto-refresh + + A + + A
Error notifier + + E + + E
Page inspector + I + + Y
Show device DevTools + + K + + L
Rotate the device + R + R
Blisk setup + + S + Z
Show Google tab + S + + X

Device list

Within device list panel you can change the device, view the settings of the current device, change the device orientation or change the behavior of device toolbar.

Blisk device list
Blisk device list (Blisk v.8 and later)


If you face the issue with Blisk, please try to restart the browser and check if the problem still reproduces. Before submitting a bug report, please check that you're using the latest version of Blisk.

When submitting the bug report, please mention your Operating system and it's version, version of Blisk.

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