Waterfox is basically 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.
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. Waterfox was compiled with SSE, SSE2, x64 favoring and the following optimisation flags: /Og /Oi /Ot /Oy /Ob2 /Gs /GF /Gy
Add-Ons work on any version of Firefox, on any platform.
What’s new in Waterfox 56.1.0?
After many requests, you can now Buy Me a Coffee! (Donation)
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory Patches:
Stylo is now enabled and built for Waterfox on all Desktop platforms.
Cookie prompt has been removed until it is fixed properly
The new about:preferences interfact has been fixed, can be enabled via browser.preferences.useOldOrganization
Profile import has been re-architected.
You can now Refresh your profile at about:support!
Update various media codecs.
Disable the add-ons discovery pane
Disable attempted telemetry ping to nowhere.
Enable support for input type=date and type=time.
Show punycode by default to prevent phishing.
OS X 10.7 support is now properly back.
Fixed playback issues on Windows that utilise the WMF decoder.
If you have issues with setting the default browser, re-download and use the Installer.
What’s coming up?
Integration of a classic add-on catalogue within about:addons.
Re-implement Cookie Prompt.
Include libc++-static to support Mac OS X 10.6.
Remove Google Play Services from Android to add it to the F-Droid store.
Port over various 57 WebExtension APIs that didn’t make it into 56.
Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit or later