Pale Moon 12.1 released

Pale Moon is a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows operating systems with current, high performance processors. It looks identical to the standard Firefox browser and supports Firefox extensions, themes and identities.


  • Highly optimized for modern processors
  • 100% Firefox sourced: As safe as the browser that has seen years of development.
  • Uses slightly less memory because of disabled redundant and optional code
  • Significant speed increases for page drawing and script processing
  • Stability: experience fewer browser crashes.
  • Support for SVG and Canvas, and downloadable fonts including WOFF
  • Support for HTML5 and WebGL (v4+)
  • Support for Firefox extensions (add-ons), themes and personas
  • Support for OOPP (Out-of-process plugin execution)
  • Able to use existing Firefox bookmarks and settings with this migration tool

Version 12.1 is a major update to the browser, implementing a number of visual and under-the-hood changes.

Security fixes:

  • Bug #745580 Thebes: handle bad results from Core Text shaping more robustly.
  • Bug #744541 XPCOM i/o: Charset conversion issue.
  • Bug #748613 Javascript: Scope vulnerability
  • Bug #747688 Layout engine: Drop references for all destroyed frames
  • Security update of the included MSVC runtime libraries

Enhancements and fixes:

  • Dynamic smooth scrolling algorithm for mouse/keyboard implemented. Smooth scrolling is now also enabled by default.
  • Update to the status bar code to fix pop-up status not switching sides on mouse-over, as well as using a safer allocation/destruction mechanism for controls (potentially preventing memory leaks).
  • Fixed: cache size override on new profiles (would be set to 1GB instead of the application default of 200MB). Bug 20120512-GN.
  • Addition of a number of preferences in the Tabs category of the options dialog box:
    • A checkbox for inserting related tabs next to the current tab when opening a link;
    • A checkbox for closing the browser window when the last tab is closed;
    • A selection for new tabs: Choose from a blank page, the Pale Moon start page or the Quickdial page.
  • Some slight color has been re-introduced in the navigation elements to improve clarity of the UI.
  • Disabled an image decoding library with hazardous code. This has no impact on the browser's image decoding capabilities or performance as alternative methods for decoding are used by default.
  • Some changes to memory handling which potentially keep memory use better within bounds.
  • A change to the build environment to improve stability of Javascript. Note that this is a trade-off and may result in a slight drop in synthetic benchmarking performance of the browser compared to the previous version of Pale Moon. The impact of this on overall real-world performance of the browser is negligible.

Download setup: Pale Moon 12.1 | 11.8 MB (Freeware)
Download portable: Pale Moon 12.1 | 15.2 MB
Download: Pale Moon 12.1 x64 | 14.0 MB
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