Waterfox 15.0

Waterfox | The fastest 64-Bit variant of Firefox!

Waterfox is a 64-Bit version of Firefox. The Firefox source code is taken and compiled to run specifically for 64-Bit Windows computers. To make Waterfox stand out a bit more, it’s compiled with optimizations so that it will run more efficiently and faster than just compiling Firefox as a 64-Bit program. For some people with older systems, the 64-Bit version loads quicker and is much more responsive than the 32-Bit build.

How does it compare to 32-Bit Firefox?
In benchmarks, the 64-Bit variant of Firefox out-performs the 32-Bit variant. Also because this variant is being built specifically for Windows, there might be further performance increases.

Were there any optimisations made?
Yes, Waterfox was compiled with SSE, SSE2, x64 favoring and the following optimisation flags: /Og /Oi /Ot /Oy /Ob2 /Gs /GF /Gy

Note: Waterfox is advertising supported and may offer to install OPTIONAL AVG Security Search that is not required for the program to run. Please watch the installation carefully to opt out.

Download: Waterfox 15.0 | 41.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Portable Waterfox 15.0 | 28.8 MB
View: Waterfox Homepage | Release Notes

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Are people from tech websites always this panicky? In the install wizard click "Custom installation" and it won't install AVG bits-n-pieces. Its that simple.

Also Waterfox is not made by Mozilla.

And it works just fine.

warr10r said,
Are people from tech websites always this panicky? In the install wizard click "Custom installation" and it won't install AVG bits-n-pieces. Its that simple.

Also Waterfox is not made by Mozilla.

And it works just fine.

Yeah you could do that, or you could just get the official Firefox and not download that bundled crap to begin with. The idea that "waterfox" is faster is nonsense.

CatweazƖe said,

Yeah you could do that, or you could just get the official Firefox and not download that bundled crap to begin with. The idea that "waterfox" is faster is nonsense.


....and this is why we're stuck in a 32bit world.

Oh Well! I have enjoyed waterfox for some time but now its just fu-ked up.

I don't want AVG,iI wonder how much AVG paid to mozilla to advertise? only stupid people use security search there is no way to opt out ouf? or am i the stupid one

you have to change search,homepage,or just home page or just search under custom install

WTF?


AmUnderage said,
Oh Well! I have enjoyed waterfox for some time but now its just fu-ked up.

I don't want AVG,iI wonder how much AVG paid to mozilla to advertise? only stupid people use security search there is no way to opt out ouf? or am i the stupid one

you have to change search,homepage,or just home page or just search under custom install

WTF?


Umm you just press custom installation, you don't need to install any of it.

Why doesn't the official Firefox support 64 bit??? That's the problem and why people need to turn to these waterfoxes and palefoxes.

Daniel_Pooh said,
Why doesn't the official Firefox support 64 bit??? That's the problem and why people need to turn to these waterfoxes and palefoxes.

As if the 32-bit variant is somehow slow or lacking performance? The lack of 64-bit is not a "problem" in any way.

sreynolds74 said,

As if the 32-bit variant is somehow slow or lacking performance? The lack of 64-bit is not a "problem" in any way.

Because I have a 64 bit operating system and I expect to use a 64 bit Browser I am trying to transition into a 64 bit world 32 bit does lack performance and is an old standard.

Interesting. Would never use a browser like this for daily activities but to each their own I guess...

Obry said,
Interesting. Would never use a browser like this for daily activities but to each their own I guess...

Not sure what you mean by that. I use it at work and at home and it works great. Its literally a 64-bit compilation of Mozilla's code. That's it.

All Waterfox is, is a 64-bit compiled version with SSE, SSE2 and some optimization flags. However, the last few versions have been pretty unstable due to the various Flash issues and use of the Intel compiler and other issues due to the new installer, renaming from firefox.exe to waterfox.exe causing XULRunner crashes, etc. The person maintaining Waterfox isn't a developer/programmer so debugging the various issues is pretty difficult.

The whole adding an optional toolbar thing has made me consider dropping Waterfox altogether and just keep using Chrome or straight Firefox.

Lord Venom said,
All Waterfox is, is a 64-bit compiled version with SSE, SSE2 and some optimization flags. However, the last few versions have been pretty unstable due to the various Flash issues and use of the Intel compiler and other issues due to the new installer, renaming from firefox.exe to waterfox.exe causing XULRunner crashes, etc. The person maintaining Waterfox isn't a developer/programmer so debugging the various issues is pretty difficult.

The whole adding an optional toolbar thing has made me consider dropping Waterfox altogether and just keep using Chrome or straight Firefox.

The whole issue with flash started when these other browsers suddenly started using that stupid pluginwrapper crap. At least it did for me. I have since quit using Waterfox and Palemoon just because of that junk. Still using Seamonkey some, but have flash disabled.

Bundling AVG with ANYTHING makes it junk, IMO!!

Actually I am using Waterfox and you are right it might be snake oil. Lately like now as I am typing this the performance is so slow. It is a joke. It becomes unstable at times and just freezes. I have 64-bit Win 7 Pro and this should not happen.

i am going to check out that Google project. If it does not work out I am going back to plain old Firefox 32-bit.

TwoXfour said,
This http://code.google.com/p/pcxfirefox/ is where its at if you want performance.
Feel free to bench it, its about 20 to 25% faster that all the other Firefox projects.

Waterfox/Palemoon are just snake oil.

That's because it's optimized in such a way as to post impressive benchmark scores. They're all pretty much Snake Oil.

Walrush said,

That's because it's optimized in such a way as to post impressive benchmark scores. They're all pretty much Snake Oil.

You should try it before knocking it. Read the blurb, it has a few interesting patches for multithreading, which do make quite a difference.

keysteele said,
Whats the difference between this and Palemoon?

Pale Moon is 32-bit and it isn't bundled with crapware. Seriously though, just use the official Firefox. These so called optimized improvements are all in people's heads.

CatweazƖe said,

Pale Moon is 32-bit and it isn't bundled with crapware. Seriously though, just use the official Firefox. These so called optimized improvements are all in people's heads.

But Palemoon says it's 64-bit too

keysteele said,

But Palemoon says it's 64-bit too

You're right, they have both 32-bit and 64-bit builds. I was thinking they were only 32-bit.

Well, according to Whoishostingthis.com, Waterfoxproject.org is hosted by Blacknight.com and not by SourceForge. So maybe that's why the dev is talking about hosting expenses.

Copernic said,
Well, according to Whoishostingthis.com, Waterfoxproject.org is hosted by Blacknight.com and not by SourceForge. So maybe that's why the dev is talking about hosting expenses.

Why use a website service to find info publicly available via whois? Small utility, win32whois, amongst many others will tell you all this info.

NyaR said,

Why use a website service to find info publicly available via whois? Small utility, win32whois, amongst many others will tell you all this info.


Don't even need a utility. Flagfox for Firefox/Waterfox.... Then simply click the little flag.

Wait... He started bundling crapware already? I'm downloading with terribly slow speed Watefox 15 currently. If it's something I can't prevent installing on my machine, certainly Waterfox is over for me.

30Kb/s --what's wrong with sourceforge? Is this the 'expensive host' he's talking about? Is the compiler so expensive that... ah, forget it?

Edited by PC EliTiST, Aug 30 2012, 3:19pm :

PC EliTiST said,
Wait... He started bundling crapware already? I'm downloading with terribly slow speed Watefox 15 currently. If it's something I can't prevent installing on my machine, certainly Waterfox is over for me.

30Kb/s --what's wrong with sourceforge? Is this the 'expensive host' he's talking about? Is the compiler so expensive that... ah, forget it?

Have you tried different sourceforge server?

PC EliTiST said,
Wait... He started bundling crapware already? I'm downloading with terribly slow speed Watefox 15 currently. If it's something I can't prevent installing on my machine, certainly Waterfox is over for me.

30Kb/s --what's wrong with sourceforge? Is this the 'expensive host' he's talking about? Is the compiler so expensive that... ah, forget it?


anymore avg bs and I'm not using it. avg is adware. avast doesn't force it down your throat like avg does..

Marshall said,
The link you gave was flagged as a trojan, fyi.

Because Waterfox now bundles OPTIONAL AVG Security Search?

''Questions about the AVG addition
Many of you will be wondering why Waterfox now has the option to install this feature. To sum it up simply, Waterfox uses expensive software to make it what it is, plus the huge amount of users means expensive hosts. Before I move further on let me say that Waterfox will ALWAYS remain a free program and will never include spamware, spyware or advertisments.''

Copernic said,

Because Waterfox now bundles OPTIONAL AVG Security Search?

''Questions about the AVG addition
Many of you will be wondering why Waterfox now has the option to install this feature. To sum it up simply, Waterfox uses expensive software to make it what it is, plus the huge amount of users means expensive hosts. Before I move further on let me say that Waterfox will ALWAYS remain a free program and will never include spamware, spyware or advertisments.''

avg is in and of itself adware. avast not so much.