The Pale Moon browser - Your browser, Your way!

Welcome to the Pale Moon project homepage

Pale Moon is an Open Source, Firefox-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and ease of use. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!

Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser's speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with thousands of Firefox extensions many have come to love and rely on.

 
Download (Windows web installer)


Having trouble with the web installer or looking for other download options like an off-line installer, a package for a different operating system, Atom builds or portable version? Check the download menu at the top of this page!

Main features:
  • Optimized for modern processors
  • Safe: forked from Firefox and regularly updated.
  • Supported by a friendly, active community of users
  • Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface (no Australis!)
  • Smooth and speedy page drawing and script processing
  • Increased stability: experience fewer browser crashes
  • Support for many Firefox extensions (add-ons) and themes
  • New: support for Pale Moon exclusive extensions and themes
  • Extensive support for HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL
  • Many customization and configuration options
  • Able to import existing Firefox profiles with the migration tool

This browser, even though close to its sibling Mozilla Firefox in the way it works, offers a different set of features. For example, if you need specialized accessibility features or integration of Windows' parental controls, then Pale Moon may not be a good browser choice for you.

With the current generation of Gecko-based browsers, there are other differences between Pale Moon and Firefox that are more obvious and not just "under the hood": contrary to what Mozilla has done with their redesign of the user interface, Pale Moon will continue to provide a familiar set of controls and visual feedback similar to previous versions, including grouped navigation buttons of a decent size, a bookmarks toolbar that is enabled by default, tabs next to page content by default (easily switchable) and not in the least a functional status bar and more freedom in customization, to name a few things.

Top news:

Pale Moon 25.0 has been released which is a major new version of the browser. It includes a large number of changes and improvements which are outlined in the release notes.

Of special note is that Pale Moon 25.0 drops support for Windows XP. More information about this change here.

Pale Moon 25.0 may also have a number of extensions that no longer function. We are working on solutions for this. Please check here or on the new add-ons site for more information.

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Minimum system Requirements (Windows):
  • Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Server 2008 or later
  • A processor with SSE2 support
  • 256 MB of free RAM (512 MB or more recommended)
  • At least 150 MB of free (uncompressed) disk space


Pale Moon is, and will always be, completely FREE to download and use! (Freeware)
But, if you feel so inclined and if you enjoy the browser enough to help pay for bills for hosting and further development of the browser:


(suggested minimum of $2 due to fees)
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Other options for supporting Pale Moon are available too!

If you are interested in keeping updated of new releases of the optimized Pale Moon web browser for windows, please register on the official Pale Moon forum and subscribe to "Announcements", or subscribe to the news feed of the announcements board.

You may also be kept up to date by following the Twitter feed or liking the Facebook page by clicking the social media icons top-right of this page.

* Please note that current, popular "benchmarks" are extremely limited in what they test and the way they test "browser speed". Pale Moon does not aim to have an "as high as possible benchmark score", but instead focuses heavily on overall browser smoothness, CPU usage, efficient networking and program-wide optimizations not related to a certain (limited) subset of functions. Benchmarks, by definition, do not provide a real world browsing scenario, and should not be relied on to determine "which browser is faster or better".

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