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Developer(s)Jason Halme
Final release3.6.13 [±]
Preview release4.0.0 [±]
Operating systemLinux
TypeWeb browser
Licensebinaries: proprietary
source: MPL 1.1
Websitewww.getswiftfox.com (archived)

Swiftfox was a web browser based on Mozilla Firefox. It was available for Linux platforms and distributed by Jason Halme. Swiftfox was a set of builds of Firefox optimized for different Intel and AMD microprocessors. Swiftfox was freely downloadable with open source code and proprietary binaries. Firefox extensions and plugins were compatible with Swiftfox, with notable exceptions. The name Swiftfox comes from the animal swift fox. Swiftfox differs from Firefox by a limited number of changes, and builds for different processors. Swiftfox was discontinued at some point prior to April 2017, and the project homepage now redirects to the creator's private Twitter account.


The Swiftfox build is optimized using the following methods:

Binary code optimization

Increased security

  • Better protection from buffer overflow attacks[6] (Swiftfox 2.0 uses -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2; Firefox 2.0 uses gcc 3.x, which does not support this).[2]


Changed default preference values

Swiftfox speed[edit]

No definitive benchmarking has been reported, but a quicker startup time and a 1.7% webpage rendering speedup has been reported on version[10] There are no benchmarks for the different processors builds.

Additional options[edit]

Swiftfox is bundled with the following freely available Firefox plugins and extensions:

  • XForms extension is installed and enabled
  • libunixprintplugin.so plugin is installed


The same as Firefox, the Swiftfox source code is open-source, with the source code under MPL 1.1 except for parts relating to branding.[11] Unlike Firefox, the Swiftfox binaries have a proprietary license[11] which does not allow redistribution. According to the author, this is to prevent the possibility of any confusion with tainted versions (see the Firefox branding argument Mozilla Firefox#Trademark and logo issues). The name Swiftfox is trademarked by Jason Halme, and accordingly cannot be used on other third party Firefox builds without his permission.


Swiftfox binaries are available as Debian packages from official site. The proprietary binary license prevents Debian and other Linux distributions from having Swiftfox available as part of a distribution, so to redistribute Swiftfox one would have to change the name and icons.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Swiftfox Forum". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ a b c d Using url of about:buildconfig to check the details of the 2.0 builds
  3. ^ a b "Optimize Options - Using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)".
  4. ^ a b c d "Swiftfox 2.0pre changelog".
  5. ^ "Swiftfox Forum". Archived from the original on 2007-03-21.
  6. ^ "Limiting buffer overflows with ExecShield". redhat.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08.
  7. ^ "Script Gallery - Pango".
  8. ^ a b "Swiftfox changelog".
  9. ^ "Swiftfox Forum". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28.
  10. ^ "APC Magazine: What's The Worlds Fastest Browser". Retrieved 2006-10-30.
  11. ^ a b "Swiftfox license".

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