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  • Written by Alex Kontos
  • November 30th, 2017
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Waterfox 56 Release

56.0 is now available for download.

IMPORTANT! Waterfox now uses its own profile location!

Waterfox now uses its own profile directory. If you have updated from an automatic update, you will get a prompt to import your data to this new location after restarting the browser post update.

As much of your data will try to be kept as possible.

  • Location on macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Waterfox
  • Location on Linux: ~/.waterfox/
  • Location on Windows: %APPDATA%\Waterfox

If you use a different than default location for Firefox, you should be able to just update the profile.ini in the new Waterfox profile location to carry on using that location.

What’s new in Waterfox 56.0?

Waterfox will now remain at 56 for the time being, following the security releases of 59 ESR until it becomes End of Line (Q1 2019). In the meanwhile, a “new” browser will be developed to follow the ethos of Waterfox of customisation and choice, while staying up to do date with the rapidly evolving browser landscape.

  • Based on Firefox 56.0.2 release
  • Security patches from 57 release
    • Bug 1261175
    • Bug 1325923
    • Bug 1339259
    • Bug 1365894
    • Bug 1366420
    • Bug 1369561
    • Bug 1370497
    • Bug 1375146
    • Bug 1383019
    • Bug 1384121
    • Bug 1387799
    • Bug 1387845
    • Bug 1394031
    • Bug 1394265
    • Bug 1394530
    • Bug 1395138
    • Bug 1397811
    • Bug 1399540
    • Bug 1399922
    • Bug 1400003
    • Bug 1400554
    • Bug 1401339
    • Bug 1401804
    • Bug 1402363
    • Bug 1402876
    • Bug 1402896
    • Bug 1403646
    • Bug 1404636
    • Bug 1406154
    • Bug 1406398
    • Bug 1406750
    • Bug 1407032
    • Bug 1407375
    • Bug 1407740
    • Bug 1407751
    • Bug 1408005
    • Bug 1408412
    • Bug 1408782
    • Bug 1408990
    • Bug 1411458
    • Bug 1412252
  • Fixed GUI rendering issues on macOS High Sierra
  • Fixed search suggestions not appearing
  • Enabled e10s by default, some add-ons that aren’t marked as compatible may cause unexpected behaviour.
  • Cookie Prompt has been re-implemented thanks to Savarese.Org

    Firefox used to allow you to be notified every time a Web site attempted to set a cookie. You could decide to accept or reject the cookie as well as specify the cookie lifetime and whether to use your choice for all cookies from the Web site, thereby updating your cookie preferences.

  • Fix *BSD compilation; white space issues (Pull request #284 and #289

Help! Some of my add-ons don’t work.

Don’t worry. Compatibility with older add-ons is being brought back in the next few releases. A few listed add-ons that won’t currently work:

  • LiveClick
  • Color That Site
  • Add Bookmark Here ²
  • Pure URL
  • Mozilla Archive Format

What’s coming in the next few weeks?

  • The staging website is available to test at staging.waterfoxproject.org, but still contains various Mozilla-isms.
  • A better Android release as it’s currently in poor form.

What features does Waterfox currently have?

  • Compiled with Clang+LLVM on Linux
  • Disabled Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) by default
  • Disabled Web Runtime (deprecated as of 2015)
  • Removed Pocket
  • Removed Telemetry
  • Removed data collection
  • Removed startup profiling
  • Allow running of all 64-Bit NPAPI plugins
  • Allow running of unsigned extensions and full add-ons
  • Removal of Sponsored Tiles on New Tab Page
  • Addition of Duplicate Tab option (toggle with browser.tabs.duplicateTab, thanks to PandaCodex)
  • Locale selector in about:preferences > General (further improved by PandaCodex)
  • Cookie Prompt see image

Partnership with Ecosia

Ecosia Logo

Waterfox has now partnered with Ecosia as a way to raise funds. When using Ecosia, revenue generated from ads helps plant trees and contributes to Waterfox upkeep costs! If you’d like to help support Waterfox while also doing some good in the world, please help us out by using it!