Opened 7 years ago

Closed 8 months ago

#10466 closed defect (user disappeared)

Slow menu response of Torbrowser

Reported by: torland Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-usability
Cc: gk Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
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Since Torbrowser 3.X comes with TorLauncher I really like the TorBrowserBundle and use it daily as my Firefox replacement.

Although the browser experience and speed is really good I noticed an issue that hampers the usability and leads to the impression that TBB is slow.

When I open the main menu or context menu or when I switch in the main menu from the open "File" menu to "Edit" this is much slower in TBB than in the standard FF.


1.) right click in the URL address field. TBB is much slower than FF
2.) open "File" menu and move the mouse pointer over "Edit". There is a significant delay in TBB compared to FF.
3.) I have the bookmarks toolbar visible and there are folder in it. When I click on a folder in TBB it can take up to 1-2 second until it opens. In FF the bookmark toolbar folder open immediately.
4.) Right click in the browser window to get the standard browser context menu. It take significantly longer in TBB than in FF
5.) I have structured my bookmarks with folders. If I click on Bookmarks in the main menu and move the mouse down from folder to folder the folder submenu opens immediately in FF whereas there is a delay in TBB.

The delay I am talking about is not always the same. Sometimes it open almost immediately (but never as fast as in FF) sometimes the delay is significant up to 1-3 seconds.

From a user perspective TBB handling seems to be slower because of that. When opening a menu I sometime have the impression as if TBB loads the menu over the network.

The fact that TBB loads pages over the Tor networks slower than FF is understandable from a user perspective. But that local actions are slower than in FF is something a user cannot understand.

Is there something I configure in TBB to make menu handling faster?

I am using TBB 3.5 I have build via gitian on Linux 64-bit Ubuntu.

Thanks & regards,


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Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by gk

Cc: gk added

Works fine for me on a 32bit Linux. Does that happen for you (item 1.), 2.) and 4.)) as well if you take a clean and new TBB? Does this happen always or only if you do it the first time in a new session?

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by torland

I can confirm that 1.) 2.) and 4.) happens with a clean TBB 3.5 64-bit freshly extracted from tor-browser-linux64-3.5_en-US.tar.xz.

For me it happens always, but the delay I experience is different. Sometimes only slightly slower than FF, sometimes boring slow with 2-3 seconds delay. I have seen this delay never in FF.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by mikeperry

This also doesn't happen to me (certainly not the 2-3 seconds issue). This may be specific to certain window managers/X11 configurations on Linux..

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

Component: TorBrowserButtonTor Browser
Keywords: tbb-torbutton added
Owner: changed from mikeperry to tbb-team

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by bugzilla

Keywords: tbb-usability added; tbb-torbutton removed
Severity: Normal
Status: newneeds_information

Is this still an issue?

comment:6 Changed 8 months ago by gk

Resolution: user disappeared
Status: needs_informationclosed
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