[tor-dev] Fwd: [guardian-dev] Orfox: New Firefox-based Android Private/Secure Browser

Nathan Freitas nathan at freitas.net
Wed Aug 20 16:52:09 UTC 2014

Nice outcome from GSoC! I think the primary discussion here is whether
Tor Browser's existing build system can be extended for Android, and
whether "Orfox" should exist at all as separate app/project.

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Subject: [guardian-dev] Orfox: New Firefox-based Android Private/Secure
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:49:33 -0400
From: Nathan of Guardian <nathan at guardianproject.info>
Organization: The Guardian Project
To: guardian-dev <guardian-dev at lists.mayfirst.org>

Based on work done this summer by Amogh Pradeep during his Google
Summer of Code stint with me, we now have a real working version of
Firefox/Fennec for Android with all the necessary defaults changed to
match Tor Browser's defaults as closely as possible. We also remove
the Android permissions for things like camera, mic, GPS and turn off

You can see the primary commits we've made here (many by me, but
started successfully by Amogh):

We still need to figure out which preferences and features map between
the desktop mobile browser and the Android version, so there is quite
a bit of work to do. For instance, even though the preference from Tor
Browser is set to start in private browsing mode, it doesn't work at
all in the Android app. Also, we haven't applied any of the lower
level source patches to the gecko engine yet, or included any of the
default extensions like HTTPS Everywhere or NoScript. Sorting out and
resolving these differences is what is on deck for this fall, and
everyone is welcome to join in. In addition, the recent audit work
from iSec
is also on our minds, and figuring out how we can live up to the goals
of that study on a mobile device is also very important.

The current build successfully passes the DNSLeakTest.com tests and
passed the HTML5 video leak issue here:
ip-check.info still doesn't see the browser as being Tor Browser, so
there are some differences yet to resolve there.

The whole project is automatically building on our jenkins server, and
you'll find all the links to APKs and our test build repo below.

Over the next few months we hope to launch this as our new official
browser for Orbot, and deprecate Orweb as quickly as possible.

Main project repo:

Our fork of Mozilla's Gecko-Dev:
(which we can rebase on the original as needed)

Nightly/dev builds direct APK download here:

OR our fdroid test build repo:


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