Tor Browser 11 Anonymous web browser launched with new look

The Tor Project announcement today the release and general availability of Tor Browser 11.0, the latest and greatest stable version of their anonymous web browser based on Mozilla Firefox and the Tor Project.

Over a year in the making, the Tor Browser 11 web browser is finally here, ready for use by those who want to protect their privacy by remaining anonymous online while surfing the World Wide Web.

Based on Mozilla Firefox 91 ESR (Extended Support Release) and open-source and free software Tor 0.4.6.8 to enable anonymous communications, Tor Browser 11 introduces a brand new look borrowed from Firefox 91.

Almost every element of the Tor Browser UI has been updated in this release, including typography, color, and buttons to match Firefox’s new, thinner icon style and Proton UI. with a dark mode theme.

The new look offers a streamlined browser chrome, streamlined menus, and an all-new tab design. Additionally, the Circuit View, Login Screen, Security Levels, and Onion Site Errors have also been updated with some much needed quality of life improvements.

“To ensure it lives up to the new experience, every element of the Tor Browser Custom UI has been modernized to match Firefox’s new look and feel,” the developers said.

Besides the new look and feel, Tor Browser 11 is the first stable version of this anonymous web browser to completely deprecate onion services v2. Since Tor 0.4.6.8 is now used by default, the onion v2 address is no longer accessible and users will instead see an “Invalid Onion Site Address” error message.

If you were relying on a site that uses onion v2 services, you should notify the person(s) responsible for upgrading to an onion v3 service as soon as possible. New v3 addresses use 56 characters, compared to the 16 characters used in v2 addresses, so you should be able to easily spot an old v2 address in your bookmarks.

Under the hood, Tor Browser 11 is designed for GNU/Linux distributions using GCC 10.3.0, and the Linux toolchain has been updated to mozilla91. Apart from that, the RLBox sandboxing API has been temporarily disabled for the Linux binary, which you can download right now from the official site.

Over three dozen bugs have been fixed in this major update to make Tor Browser more stable and reliable, but some known issues still exist, such as fonts not displaying correctly when launching the app using the start-tor-browser script (as a workaround, you need to run it with the firefox script instead).

Most likely, some of these pesky issues will be fixed in an upcoming interim release, but until then, enjoy your online privacy with the brand new Tor Browser 11 and its prettier user interface.

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