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Waterfox vs Firefox: What's the difference


Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems. It is intended to be ethical and (in Waterfox Classic) maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked. There are official releases for Windows (including a portable version), Mac OS, Linux and Android in two versions: Classic and Current. It is also known for allowing to install web browser extensions from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.

Waterfox is based on Firefox (and uses Firefox's engine) and is compiled using various compilers and using Intel's Math Kernel Library, Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 and Advanced Vector Extensions.


Mozilla Firefox is a Web Bowser, with which one can access the internet. Mozilla Firefox was developed by Mozilla Foundation in 2002 under the Phoenix community. Mozilla Firefox is known for its speed. Though the Firefox browser needs a lot of memory for operating efficiently. It may limit the multiple tasking of computers. However, It provides better network security. It has advanced security options that protect your system from spyware and malwares. It has strong popup broker and authentication protocols which makes it safe from potential attackers using any unauthorized codes. Further to enhance security users can use enhanced security options like NoScript and Flashblock. It enables user to execute advanced code so that certain new features which can make the browser more Intutive.


  1. Speed: Fastest browser when it comes to download speed. Users can get records of all their download in form of table so that they can easily move and delete.

  2. Security: Helps computer from spyware and viruses. It also have state -of-art popup blocker that stops almost 100% popups.

  3. Tabbed browsing: Tabbed browsing allows the user to open an unlimited number of pages in a single window, thus helping to organize browsing.

  4. Firefox have embedded memory, which means if the computer is turned off by mistake, the browser will remember which sites were open and offer to restore the previous session.


  1. Compatibility issues: Some websites do not show properly in this browser and require the user to view them with IE

  2. Memory: Takes lots of memory to run. and also uses more CPU. The Software tends to freeze and close when too many tabs are open simultaneously.

  3. Interrupted Service : Download cannot be resumed if they are interrupted.

Difference Between Firefox and Waterfox

Waterfox Firefox


Waterfox is faster in starting up as it doesn't show any kind of compatibility issues and starts instantly.

Firefox takes little time in starting up. This can be because of its plugins and extensions.

Platform Support

Waterfox supports only windows, Mac and contain versions of Linux.

Firefox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Apple mobile devices.

Language Support

Waterfox is not fully optimised for couple of languages and may report errors. To use multiple language in Waterfox, you need to download the language pack to make it accessible to people in different countries.

Firefox supports more than 90 languages


Waterfox supports Chrome Store, Firefox Store and Opera Online Store with the largest extension support.

Firefox has great plugins and extension support.

HTML 5 Support

Waterfox supports HTML 5 but not as compared to Firefox.

Firefox works better than Waterfox in HTML5 as its is more stable.

Built-in Search Engine

WaterFox has two search boxes at the top of the main interface. WaterFox include Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, StartPage, Wiki, and Yandex. Waterfox has more support than Firefox.

Firefox supports Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Baidu, Wiki, and Amazon.

Display Theme

Waterfox features blue theme

Firefox features orange theme


Waterfox is not secure as it disables pocket by default by turning off the Telemetry function.

Firefox doesn't support telemetry data to it. and the encrypted media extension (EME) required by sites like Netflix is disabled by default.

Memory and CPU Usage

Waterfox uses few hardware resources (when opened 20 sites at the same time) and hence use less memory and CPU

Firefox uses more hardware resources (when opened 20 sites at the same time) and hence uses more memory and CPU.

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