New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.3

Tor Browser 8.0.3 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

This release features important security updates to Firefox.

Tor Browser 8.0.3 includes newer NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere versions. Moreover, it ships with a donation banner for our end of the year campaign and includes another round of smaller fixes for Tor Browser 8 issues on Linux systems. We also switched to a newer API for our NoScript <-> Torbutton communication, which we need for the Security Slider.

The full changelog since Tor Browser 8.0.2 is:

  • All platforms
    • Update Firefox to 60.3.0esr
    • Update Torbutton to 2.0.8
      • Bug 23925+27959: Donation banner for year end 2018 campaign
      • Bug 24172: Donation banner clobbers Tor Browser version string
      • Bug 27760: Use new NoScript API for IPC and fix about:blank issue
      • Translations update
    • Update HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.9.19
    • Update NoScript to
  • Linux
    • Bug 27546: Fix vertical scrollbar behavior in Tor Browser 8 with Gtk3
    • Bug 27552: Use bundled dir on CentOS/RHEL 6

December 05, 2018


Almost every time I open Tor Browser, the browser is "not responding" for a few seconds.

Also, sometimes when watching videos, the pointer of the mouse is very difficult to handle.

Do you have solutions? Thanks!

I have the same problem of the browser freezing up for a few seconds after opening it and I'm using version 8.0.3 on Linux. I never experienced this before with the 7.x versions. On a different note I noticed the pagination on this site was messed up the last few days, at least for me it didn't work at all (was the code changed?) but the pagination is working again now.


December 11, 2018


I recently downloaded Tor 8.0.3 64-bit to my new computer that has Windows 10 64-bit. The Tor browser launches, but I cannot bookmark web pages, the bookmarks toolbar doesn't appear, the menu button in the upper right does nothing and customize gives a blank screen. I am running Firefox 63.0.3, the most recent. Any idea what's going on? Thanks.

Does an update to 8.0.4 help? Do you have some antivirus/firewall software installed that could interfere with Tor Browser? Does your issue go away if you uninstall it (just for testing as disabling is often not enough to stop this kind of software from messing with other applications)?

Hi again. Updating to 8.0.4 and having the latest Firefox version now allows me to open the menu (button on upper right) and the customize screen now opens from the menu. The bookmarks toolbar now also appears, but I still cannot bookmark pages. Ugh. Thank for your help.

I went to security settings and unchecked block pop-ups and still nothing when I try to bookmark. Here are the error messages from the log:

Error: Error(s) encountered during statement execution: attempt to write a readonly database Sqlite.jsm:807:25
Key event not available on some keyboard layouts: key=“r” modifiers=“accel,alt” id=“key_quickRestart” browser.xul
Key event not available on GTK2: key=“u” modifiers=“accel shift” id=“torbutton-new-identity-key” browser.xul
Key event not available on some keyboard layouts: key=“i” modifiers=“accel,alt,shift” id=“key_browserToolbox” browser.xul
IndexedDB UnknownErr: ActorsParent.cpp:600 (unknown)
undefined (unknown)
NS_ERROR_FILE_READ_ONLY: Component returned failure code: 0x80520013 (NS_ERROR_FILE_READ_ONLY) [nsINavBookmarksService.createFolder] PlacesUIUtils.jsm:982
NS_ERROR_FILE_READ_ONLY: Component returned failure code: 0x80520013 (NS_ERROR_FILE_READ_ONLY) [nsINavBookmarksService.runInBatchMode] PlacesUIUtils.jsm:1037
[12-20 10:54:37] Torbutton WARN: no SOCKS credentials found for current document.[12-20 10:54:39] Torbutton WARN: no SOCKS credentials found for current document.

Any ideas what I should do?

If you mark the folder where you store your Tor Browser as read-only there is not much what we can do. I recently read:

"On Windows 10, Microsoft has an optional feature that protects the home directory and desktop from modification. When this feature is turned on, Tor Browser doesn't work, because it is installed on the desktop in the home directory." (

Maybe you have turned that on?

When I uncheck Read Only for the Tor Browser folder on the desktop under properties and click apply, a pop-up asks if I want to apply that to all sub-folders and files. I clicked yes. When I go back to the folder properties, Read Only is again checked. I can live without being able to bookmark pages, but it is aggravating. I wish you all could come up with a fix for this issue. I'm not a computer heavyweight and the stuff in the link above was way over my head. Thanks.

You don't have to install Tor Browser in a folder that is marked read-only on your system. The install wizard gives you are suggestion (your desktop), so that you can easily find the installed version (users had trouble with that in the past). If you want to install it somewhere else, just enter a different location. However, I don't know what is marked as read-only on your system. Thus, it is hard to give you a good alternative suggestion.


January 17, 2019


Also, I was unsuccessful in importing my bookmarks from the Tor Browser on my laptop running Windows 7 to my Windows 10 desktop. I got this error message - "Unable to process the backup file." The file was a .json file.