Pale Moon "Legacy"Final release:
Pale Moon 3.6.32 fixes a few performance and stability issues. Full
details can be found in the Release notes. This is the final version of this branch and no more updates wil be made.
This branch is no longer officially supported by the Pale Moon
developer, but you may post support questions for this branch in the designated board on the Pale Moon forum.
Pale Moon 3.6.x (the "Legacy" version) is no longer maintained
but kept available for those people needing this version
of the browser because of their hardware, operating system, resources, browsing environment
or add-ons/toolbars that have no updated versions or support for later
Firefox code. It has only limited support for HTML5 and CSS3, and this
standards support will not be extended further. If you run into web
sites complaining you need to upgrade your browser or otherwise run
into modern/new web sites that are not working properly, it is
recommended you upgrade Pale Moon to the next generation
After a good number of years of stable, tried-and-tested use, the
Gecko engine version 1.9 has finally reached the end of the line, and
with it, the Legacy version (3.6.x) of Pale Moon. The reasons for this
are multiple, but some of the more important highlights are given here:
Unfortunately, this also means that I will drop support for
SSE-only processors. Considering these processors have been superseded
by SSE2-capable ones a decade ago (in 2000 by Intel's Pentium 4, and in
2003 by AMD's Athlon64), these systems are considered museum-grade by
now. I know that there are still plenty of Athlon XP machines out
there, but overall it is a very small percentage of Pale Moon users;
similarly, the museum-grade O.S. of Windows 2000 will no longer be
supported with the end of support for the Legacy version, as the Next
Generation version will only run on Windows XP (with the latest service pack) or later versions of Windows.
- Functionality: More
and more web sites are adopting techniques and code that no longer
works in gecko 1.9.2, or cause severe performance issues. This includes
large and popular social media sites, blog sites, art sites and most
other actively developed web sites on the Internet. As such, the legacy
browser is quickly losing ground in terms of being useful for its
- Maturation of the Next Generation code:
The Firefox code base has improved significantly in the last few
versions and the initial memory problems are all but mitigated. This
means that there are ever fewer reasons to keep running 3.6.x, even on
lower-end systems. The Next Generation version of Pale Moon performs well in virtual machines, for
example (this has been extensively tested).
New security patches for problems that also affect gecko 1.9.2 are
becoming increasingly difficult to back-port, especially issues related
in Pale Moon 3.6.x, although they are not commonly exploited. What is
additionally important, is add-ons and toolbars that will no longer be
updated and have not been updated for a while already. Each
unmaintained add-on or toolbar poses a potential additional risk.
Running 3.6.x prevents you from using updated extensions as they are no
longer maintained or developed for that version of the browser.
If you are running an old system no longer supported by Pale Moon, you
have the option to switch to Mozilla Firefox or another browser that
still supports your hardware. If you are running on Windows 2000, I
strongly recommend you update your O.S.; Windows 2000 is no longer
maintained or updated by Microsoft and has a number of vulnerabilities
that won't be patched anymore (it's no longer safe to run for most
If you are still in need of the latest Legacy build of the browser, you
can download it from the locations linked to below. Please note that no
further support for this browser will be given, although you may find
fellow users willing to help out on the Pale Moon forum.
The latest, final version is 3.6.32.
This version has not been updated since June 2012 and should not be considered safe in an open-net/Internet environment anymore.
Minimum system requirements:
Installer @ download crew: Download
2000/XP/Vista/7, 32-bit or 64-bit
- A processor with SSE support
- 64 MB of free RAM (128 MB or more recommended)
- At least 50 MB of free (uncompressed) disk space
Portable @ download crew: Download
Or you can download from the Pale Moon archived versions page, where you can also find the language packs for this version in 3.x/langpacks.