Pale Moon
Sven Sorensen

Fast, stable and free web browser with addons, customizations and a developer tools with a familiar user-interface.

A review by Sven Sørensen
Screenshot of Pale Moon 31.3, an Internet browsing app for the Windows operating system.

Pale Moon is a free and open web browser on the layout and rendering engine Goanna. It is optimized for usage on modern processors which includes a number of enhancements over the traditional set of browsers many are used to.

Though Pale Moon used to be heavily based on Mozilla's Firefox, it has since come a long way by developing its in house Goanna layout engine. From what we've seen, it adheres to web standards without a hitch.

With support for themes and layout customization, it's quite possible to have the browser looking the way you want it. Furthermore, several options are available from the Preferences to set different levels of security by blocking addons, password management (protected by a master password), HSTS, HPKP and an optional do not track setting.

Pale Moon supports the W3C Media Source Extensions and playback for MP4 and WebM video can be toggled.

Web Developer Tools are a great set of options for those developing web sites with a Inspector, Web Console, Debugger, Style Editor and more. Additional addons for developers can also be downloaded from Pale Moon's site through the menu system.

Speaking of addons, Pale Moon does a selection of useful and quality addons from their site which can be used for a number of purposes. Take a look and have a browser.

All in all, Pale Moon is a solid web browser that's obviously been developed for not just speed but also stability.

Features and highlights

  • Optimized for modern processors
  • Based on our own optimized layout engine (Goanna)
  • Safe: forked from mature Mozilla code and regularly updated with the latest security patches
  • Secure: Additional security features and security-aware development
  • Supported by our user community, and fully non-profit
  • Familiar, efficient, fully customizable interface
  • Support for full themes: total freedom over any element's design

Pale Moon on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows operating system on either a laptop or desktop PC from web browsers without restrictions. Pale Moon is available to all software users as a free download for Windows. As an open source project, you are free to view the source code and distribute this software application freely.

Compatibility with this Internet browser software may vary, but will generally run fine under Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. Depending on the options available for downloading, separate versions may be available from Moonchild Productions depending on the target system architecture.

Filed under:
  1. Pale Moon Download
  2. Freeware Web Browsers
  3. Open source and GPL software
  4. Major release: 31.3
  5. Internet Browsing Software
Pale Moon has been picked by our editors as excellent.
Pale Moon has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Pale Moon against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.

Screenshots (10)


34.2 MB - Tested clean
Free Open Source
Moonchild Productions
Windows 11 10 8 7
PC Type:
32-bit, 64-bit · x86_x64
Sep 28, 2022
Version: (download)
4.3 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.

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