64 bit firefox

Are you a Firefox user that is running a 64-bit version of Windows? If so you make want to take a look at the Waterfox project. The geeks who put this together are trying to milk the browser for every ounce of performance that can be squeezed out of Firefox. It uses the Firefox source code and all around feels just like using Firefox, but behind-the-scenes it was compiled specifically for 64-bit processors.

Because this is an officially distributed version of Firefox you’ll notice that the branding it carries is Waterfox, which also comes with a slightly tweaked logo. As long as you can get past that you’ll be able to enjoy the better performance and improvements to multi-tasking and stress handling that the creators say it has thanks to the 64-bit architecture.

What about plugins and add-ons? All of the major plugins like Flash, Java, and Silverlight all have 64-bit versions that work with the browser and are linked to from the Waterfox download page. In terms of your Firefox add-ons… they should all work without any issues.

So the major question is whether there is any noticeable performance difference between Waterfox and the vanilla Firefox. Yes, there definitely is. Just browsing around sites everything feels noticeably snappier. It’s actually pretty crazy. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to see much of a performance difference, but it was pretty clear in my tests.

Waterfox Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)