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23 September 2020

High-performance browser based on the Mozilla platform.

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bob-185
22 July 2020
Version: 68.0

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Well I have been using this for a few days and must confess I really like it. I can log onto a web address that until now kept saying Blocked Addware. Even though I hadn't.
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Aargl
14 September 2020
Version: 68.0
After a few years using Waterfox instead of Firefox Quantum, it became harder and harder to tell the difference and why, in the end, I was using it... The dev used to put an emphasis on privacy but since he recently partnered with a firm that arose some doubt about data collection (System1), he wrote in a forum that we users had misunderstood and Waterfox never claimed to be a privacy focused browser... :-o I've not been convinced by his answers to the doubts expressed by the other users, and while I've been a happy user for years I finally switched back to Firefox a few months ago. I'm not saying that Waterfox is worse than other browsers, privacy wise, but I'm simply not convinced that it's better than Firefox for that matter — provided you use all the necessary addons and set the right settings in about:config. Moreover, I was using Waterfox Classic to be as close as possible to pre-Quantum Firefox, so when I read that it should now be considered "best effort", that achieved to decide me. I keep it at hand, just in case... ;-)
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George6
14 August 2020
Version: 68.0
It makes a loads of uncontrollable Connections, even when opening with a blank page. For that we already have Chrome.
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bob-185
22 July 2020
Version: 68.0
Well I have been using this for a few days and must confess I really like it. I can log onto a web address that until now kept saying Blocked Addware. Even though I hadn't.
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Grafovich
25 June 2020
Version: 68.0
None of the versions I tried worked on 10.6-10.7.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aargl
28 March 2018
Version: 56.1.0
I finally came back to Waterfox (from FF 52ESR) after a few months, mainly because some extensions were not updated for FF52 but for FF56 yes (and MAFF is now working!).
I haven't faced a single bug, all is working perfectly!
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Aargl
21 March 2018
Version: 56.0.4
Actually there's a place where you can get some news: https://www.reddit.com/r/waterfox/ In fact, you'll read that the next version should land in a few days! And that a new website is coming too: https://staging.waterfoxproject.org/en-US/
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Aargl
18 March 2018
Version: 56.0.4
While I'm still using Firefox 52 ESR, I frequently run Waterfox and I consider more and more using it for a number of reasons:
- it IS Firefox 56 while FF52ESR has only its security fixes, so...
- ... many extensions can't update in FF52 while they can in WTF56
- it keeps the XUL extensions working
- it keeps the Classic interface (not 'butt-ugly' FF57+ ;-) )
- it's supposed to be less 'telemetric' than Firefox
To be fair, there are a few uncertain things about it, though:
- addons.mozilla.org recognizes it as being Firefox 50.0! :-o
- some extensions that should work don't... (or not yet)
- it has not frequent updates (and no up to date blog to keep users informed about its development progress)
- it seems to rely on one single man, no one can tell if he will be able to keep up with the effort for years, for whatever reason...
Anyway, it's a very good choice, for the time being, especially for the old users reluctant to FF57+!
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Macfool
12 March 2018
Version: 56.0.4
This is a solid browser with a bit less telemetry than FIrefox.
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Macinman
14 February 2018
Version: 56.0.4
I used this quite a few years ago before Firefox was completely 64-bit. I installed the latest version on my iMac running High sierra, and while this works. Is it really worth running anymore? Compared to Firefox Quantum, it seems old and not as optimized.
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rcd
03 February 2018
Version: 56.0.4
This does not work on Mac OS X 10.6.8. I get "Waterfox cannot be opened because of a problem." There seems to be a log file, if you want to see it.
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Virtualruffy
02 February 2018
Version: 56.0.4
I like it better than Safari and chrome nonsense. It also works very well on older OS such as OSX 10.8 which is abandoned by firefox. So if you're running older OS this or seamonkey are your best bets. Seamonkey has email built in but is much slower to upgrade.
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Aargl
07 October 2017
Version: 55.0.2
MU> 55.2 is out.
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4.5
Aargl
29 September 2017
Version: 55.0.2
After trying a bunch of sites, the current version (55.1.0.1) seems to work perfectly. It took me time to find that localization doesn't work as in Firefox: it's a setting in the prefs! — strange enough, the languages are not sorted alphabetically, so I had to watch carefully until I found French... Importing a profile from FFx: apparently you only can do it on the first launch and it doesn't import everything. Copying the profile and editing profiles.ini doesn't work. I had to create a profile with the same name of my FFx profile then copy the old profile's contents into the new folder. It took a few launches for Waterfox to sort things out but in the end all seems to be working. The "ethical" search engine is a nice addition. For me, it will be when FF57 (or even Waterfox 57?) comes out that we'll see how they compare. Wait and see.
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anonymous-skink-4656
23 August 2017
Version: 54.0.0.1
Cool! Without all those unnecessary things that are in the original Firefox. Seems to be a bit faster too.
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bianca96000
28 February 2017
Version: 51.0.1
It's ok, but not what i was expected.
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Aargl
11 February 2017
Version: 51.0.1
I would have liked to like it but latest version doesn't run on 10.6, so I DL v48, launch it, it asks to update to v50, I do, it won"t run... :-/
I reinstall v48, ride a few pages, notice a lot of glitches on certain sites full of ads, have a few crashes, stop.
As I was searching for a replacement browser for a friend who is still on 10.6, I won't make any other trial: Firefox v45 ESR is a lot more... everything! ;-)
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Virtualruffy
01 October 2016
Version: 35.0
Waterfox is on 48.0.2 and still supports 10.6 unlike firefox.
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Cheops
27 August 2016
Version: 35.0
Waterfox is currently at 48.0.1 (Aug 10, 2016), not 35.0.
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0.5
mr-smith
17 July 2016
Version: 35.0
Using a browser that has not been updated for over a year is never a good idea.
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kscmint
06 July 2016
Version: 35.0
Just as good as Firefox except 64-bit although slightly behind in version.
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wickedsp1d3r
04 February 2015
Version: 35.0
Offers nothing that would make me switch from the original. These 3ᴿᴰ party builds must be treated with caution.
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-rick-v-
26 January 2015
Version: 35.0
Just FYI to other readers out there— Firefox for Mac is already 64-bit, and has been for quite a a few years now. Therefore, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of advantage to running Waterfox on Mac over the regular mainstream Firefox. But there might be a few disadvantages. For example, being a down stream fork, any new features or (more importantly) security updates have to be incorporated into the Waterfox project before it's pushed out to us. Things are different on the Windows side of the fence, where this Waterfox project originated. Despite Windows being 64-bit since Vista, many (if not most) programs still run in 32-bit mode. For Windows, I admire and applaud Waterfox's efforts.
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The-Equalizer
25 January 2015
Version: 35.0
Chromium still loads webpages 3x faster for me. Yahoo mail took almost 2 minutes to load with this, but less than 20 seconds with Chromium. Perhaps the developers might consider an ultra lightweight, stripped-down, version in the future that is specifically designed for speed ... Just an idea ...
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Fyreflye
21 January 2015
Version: 35.0
Not only is this Firefox clone compatible with Firefox itself but apparently it simply takes over your Fx Default personality folder and opens with all Extensions and Bookmarks plus the latest version of Flash already loaded. The only thing that differentiates Waterfox from Fx is that it's been tweaked to load and open pages a bit faster. If I had fewer Extensions its speed might improve. You may or may not find Wfx preferable to Fx, but it's easy to try out and see. Though I found no problems with it I'm knocking off one star just because for me it's not that much faster than Fx. But I'm going to continue to use it to see what future versions may bring.
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Max-G
21 January 2015
Version: 35.0
Very fast FF version. Highly recommended.
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