Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Waterfox Portable, the World's Fastest Browser...probably ;)!
"...just because the binary is built for a 64-bit operating system doesn't necessarily indicate that the performance of the application is going to be better than its 32-bit counterpart." —Matthew Nawrocki, TechRepublic.com (April 20, 2012, 8:43 AM)
"Waterfox is the 64-bit version of Firefox whose main purpose is browsing speed. Its powerful features and customization possibilities make it a great browsing tool for 64-bit computer users." —Mihaela Citea, Softpedia.com (February 10th, 2015)
"Although Firefox outperformed Waterfox in Peacekeeper browser benchmark tests run by TechRepublic in 2012, Waterfox showed a mild improvement over Firefox in tests run by Softpedia in 2014." —Wikipedia.org (17 February 2015, at 19:49)
Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-Bit systems, Waterfox has one thing in mind: speed.

Size: 252 MB (264,482,816 bytes) Packed Size: 89.7 MB (94,081,024 bytes)
MD5: EC7D261230B77241071A5973AAB91255

More releases...

Release Notes

  • Flash player is included. Latest portable plugins: Flash PlayerJava/JRE, Silverlight.
  • External download manager integration enables, see example in the help file.
  • More in the help file...

NPAPI-friendly browsers

  • If you still need NPAPI-type plug-ins like Java (64 bit), Silverlight (64 bit)—other than Waterfox—you can also use pcxFirefox (32/64 bit).

DIY/Do It Yourself: Upgrade to the Latest Release

Requirements 7-Zip, NPP/Notepad++ or other text editor, PortableApps.com Launcher Generator/PAL, PortableApps.com Installer/PAI.

  1. Get the latest portable app. template, and extract the content with 7-Zip.
  2. Get the latest:
    1. Waterfox, get the non-portable one, usually named Waterfox x.x.x Setup,
    2. belaviyo native-client,
    3. Adobe Flash Player portable plugin.
  3. Extract the native client package to WaterfoxPortable\App\bin\windows-native-client folder, Extract files
    Into App\bin\windows-native-client
  4. Open Adobe Flash Player portable package with 7-Zip, browse into Fx64 and extract NPSWF.dll to WaterfoxPortable\App\Waterfox\plugins folder, Extract Flash
  5. Open Waterfox installer with 7-Zip → browse into core folder → select all contents (Ctrl+A) → extract them to App\Waterfox folder, Open Waterfox installer
    Extract core to App\Waterfox
  6. Open Waterfox.exe "Properties" window, look up the version, Look up version
  7. Browse to WaterfoxPortable\App\AppInfo and open appinfo.ini file with NPP. Replace the [Version] section with the latest version number. Make sure the PackageVersion entry is in 4 place digit, eg. not just 56.0.2, Update version
  8. Run PAL, paste the template folder address C:\0TEST\WaterfoxPortable, and click Go—a new launcher will be created, Create new launcher
  9. Test the new launchers by following this guide.
  10. When all is OK, then delete the WaterfoxPortable\Data folder and WaterfoxPortable.ini file then run PAI, paste the package folder address C:\0TEST\WaterfoxPortable, and click Go—to create the installer package. Create installer
  11. Use the installer package to upgrade your portable application. Don't forget to at least backup your Data folder before any upgrade :)
  12. If you find any changes that's not handled by the launcher, consult the PAL help file to modify the launcher yourself or ask for our paid upgrade support.

Portability Notes

  • Waterfox writes non essential data to Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Flash player, Silverlight, Java/JRE plugins writes to Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

Our Takes

  • Too bad the developer removes some of standard Mozilla Firefox's features from Waterfox. It makes it feels like something is missing.
  • But the decision to keep support for all NPAPI plugins is very welcome.

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