Waterfox
Waterfox
68.0

4.2

Waterfox free download for Mac

Waterfox68.0

13 May 2020

High-performance browser based on the Mozilla platform.

Overview

Waterfox, based on the Mozilla platform but created exclusively for 64-bit systems, has one goal in mind: speed. The only thing you may need to consider is that your plug-ins must be 64-bit, also.

Features
  • Built with Clang-cl on Windows
  • No Adobe DRM
  • No Pocket
  • No data collection
  • Run every 64-bit plugin
  • Run every add-on (even unsigned ones!)
  • Windows XP 64-bit support

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Waterfox

Version 68.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later

Waterfox Classic (10.5 or later)
  • Latest security advisories patched
  • Current now has support for Java and Silverlight once more! Please use at your own risk.

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31 Reviews of Waterfox

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3.5
kingjj
08 July 2019
Version: 56.2.11

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This version has been out for 20 days or so, so this isn't just a first impression. The new icon really looks like a blue fox urinating. I understand that Alex really needs to change the icon, so maybe he can have a "Make My Icon" contest or something. Speaking of which, boy does this thing piss away memory. It launches using a not great but acceptable half gig, but after a day of average usage, it's usually sucking up triple that amount. And, say I wanted to have a baseball game running in the background while I did something more productive. I'm just kidding. That wouldn't be possible with Waterfox. If I tried to switch to another app I'd be looking at a beachball for ten minutes, I can't even imagine what it would be like to try to work while it was playing video.. So unfortunately, Waterfox seems to be outgrowing me at a pretty rapid pace, and I'm constantly forced to use my backup of Opera even though I hate the layout, and I know it's probably logging every move I make, I just need that 1.5 gb of memory for other things.
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3.5
kingjj
08 July 2019
Version: 56.2.11
This version has been out for 20 days or so, so this isn't just a first impression. The new icon really looks like a blue fox urinating. I understand that Alex really needs to change the icon, so maybe he can have a "Make My Icon" contest or something. Speaking of which, boy does this thing piss away memory. It launches using a not great but acceptable half gig, but after a day of average usage, it's usually sucking up triple that amount. And, say I wanted to have a baseball game running in the background while I did something more productive. I'm just kidding. That wouldn't be possible with Waterfox. If I tried to switch to another app I'd be looking at a beachball for ten minutes, I can't even imagine what it would be like to try to work while it was playing video.. So unfortunately, Waterfox seems to be outgrowing me at a pretty rapid pace, and I'm constantly forced to use my backup of Opera even though I hate the layout, and I know it's probably logging every move I make, I just need that 1.5 gb of memory for other things.
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5
Aargl
21 May 2019
Version: 56.2.10
After Mozilla's grotesque blunder with addons expired certificates, Waterfox confirmed its benefits as a solid and reliable browser. As for the future, news are pretty good: the next big version should continue putting together what is/was good in Firefox, some old extensions are even being updated, as mentioned in the release notes: https://www.waterfox.net/blog/waterfox-56.2.10-release-download/ I salute Mr Alex's dedication to his project and feel more confident than ever about this great successor to Firefox! :-)
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5
Wikno
29 April 2019
Version: 56.2.9
Really enjoying Waterfox so far after using it a couple days. I'm not heavy on the add-ons, just a few. But I'm always looking for something decent based on FireFox or WebKit.
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4
Aargl
22 April 2019
Version: 56.2.9
Since my precedent review, I had issues with Chromium on some sites, so Waterfox came back to be my main browser, even if Chromium is faster. But moving forward, some XUL extensions started to have issues: MAFF stopped working, FEBE too, now Cookiebro seems to go the same path... XUL support was the main reason why I switched from Firefox Quantum to Waterfox and, though I've achieved a viable Firefox UI through a combination of userChrome.css and theme, plus various tricks to restore my workflow, I still have issues (in particular, the version of 1Password for FFQ won't work with all my other browsers, while an old version works everywhere except for FFQ! :-/ ) The next version of Waterfox is cooking (based on FF68 ESR) and it's very likely that it will break a lot of things. At that point, the gap between Waterfox and Firefox might only be about privacy — which you can achieve with a bunch of addons and tweaks in Firefox, so... Wait and see. ;-)
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Smayer97
13 December 2018
Version: 56.2.4
requirements page is down.... cannot tell if I can run it. here: https://waterfoxproject.org/en-US/waterfox/56.2.5/system-requirements/ OR here: https://staging.waterfoxproject.org/en-US/waterfox/56.2.5/system-requirements/
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5
Aargl
12 October 2018
Version: 56.2.3
WTF 56.2.4 is out. Time for a small review. :-) Now that FF Quantum has gone away from me and my use case, I'm still using the last version of Chromium running on OS 10.9 as my main browser, but this will probably change as it's not being updated anymore for that system. Now, I coud call WTF "the old faithful" as it is slowly evolving, integrating security patches from FF, but keeping what I liked in old FF. No doubt it will take the place of Chromium for me, sooner or later. In the meantime, it's my safe choice when Chromium is not satisfactory or buggy on some site.
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5
Lvdoc
16 July 2018
Version: 56.2.2
Jeez, I didn't even know this browser existed until today. I'm glad I found it. I like the older tab style, and it seems to run smoother than the more current version of FF. It's also easy on the CPU (so far, at least). I'm not into using a lot of add-ons, but that seems a nice bonus for other users.
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Dougster
18 June 2018
Version: 56.2.1
Worth using for the extensions that no longer work in Firefox.
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kingjj
25 May 2018
Version: 56.2.0
I'll keep this very short and to the point. If you're a Firefox user from way back and use a Mac desktop, you need this. Runs well (very well, in fact), and all of your old add-ons work. I'm unsure why it's so under the radar, as I wish I would have discovered it a year ago instead of mucking around with ESR.
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Aargl
18 May 2018
Version: 56.2.0
Not much to add to my former reviews... ;-) It keeps working perfectly, it runs old XUL addons together with new webextensions (just what Firefox should have done!) and keeps the classic look of old Firefox. I regularly test current Firefox (60 at the time of this writing) and I can't see any good reason to abandon my old habits as it's not even faster — at least on my machine (some say it's faster on recent macs...) The promise of future development is quite enthralling as they plan to incorporate the latest enhancements of Firefox (Multiprocess even with classic add-ons?)
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