New Release: Tor Browser 9.0a2

Tor Browser 9.0a2 is now available from the Tor Browser Alpha download page and also from our distribution directory.

Note: this is an alpha release, an experimental version for users who want to help us test new features. For everyone else, we recommend downloading the latest stable release instead.

This release is fixing regressions and providing small improvements similarly to our 8.5.1 release. Additionally, we update Tor to, OpenSSL to 1.1.1c, we disable the WebGL readPixel() fingerprinting vector, add the ro locale, and start updating our toolchains in prevision to the planned migration to Firefox 68 ESR.

The full changelog since Tor Browser 9.0a1 is:

  • All platforms
    • Update Torbutton to 2.2
      • Bug 30565: Sync nocertdb with privatebrowsing.autostart at startup
      • Bug 30469: Add ro translation
      • Translations update
    • Update NoScript to 10.6.2
      • Bug 29969: Remove workaround for Mozilla's bug 1532530
    • Update HTTPS Everywhere to 2019.5.13
    • Bug 30541: Disable WebGL readPixel() for web content
    • Bug 30712: Backport fix for Mozilla's bug 1552993
    • Bug 30469: Add locale ro
  • Windows + OS X + Linux
    • Update Tor to
    • Update OpenSSL to 1.1.1c
    • Update Tor Launcher to
      • Bug 30469: Add locale ro
      • Translations update
    • Bug 30639: Revert IPv6 support test
    • Bug 30560: Better match actual toolbar in onboarding toolbar graphic
    • Bug 30571: Correct more information URL for security settings
  • Linux
    • Bug 30451: Compile go-webrtc with a non executable stack
  • Android
    • Bug 24920: Only create Private tabs in permanent Private Browsing Mode
    • Bug 30635: Sync mobile default bridges list with desktop one
  • Build System
    • All platforms
      • Bug 30480: Check that signed tag contains expected tag name
      • Bug 30536: Update Go to 1.12.5
    • OS X
      • Bug 30491: Move our macOS builds to Debian Stretch
    • Linux
      • Bug 25930: Update GCC to 8.3.0 for our Linux builds

June 12, 2019


Why is there two versions on F-droid? Which one should users use? And why is the Play Store seemingly getting more updates?

There is an alpha and a stable version. If you want to help us find bugs in new features use the alpha one and the stable otherwise. The Play Store is getting updates faster as this is a process controlled directly by us. For F-Droid we still need to ask the Guardian Project folks to upload new versions for us which is a manual process and costs time. But we work on fixing that:


June 13, 2019


bridges are such a pain now. when picking auto ones it is very slow, plus there is only 3 bridge lines for maual input. can that be increased to something like orbot where a user can put more than 3? I had several issues where all 3 bridges I got manually are either very slow (1-2 kbps) or just not working and this goes for all bridge types.

final question: in manual input it says address:port, so does that mean for obfs4 bridge lines there is no need for the rest of the line?

thank you

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