Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#22547 closed enhancement (worksforme)

Suddenly Tor Browser is not the default browser anymore

Reported by: mrphs Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: #ux-team #tbb-usability
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Description (last modified by mrphs)

In one of my computers, I've setup Tor Browser to be the default browser to open links from other applications where I can't easily copy the link manually. This usually makes things more convenient.

After upgrading to TB 7.0 I realized that all links are being opened by Firefox instead, while still labeled as Tor Browser on the Application Launcher menu.

I tried going to about:preferences page and try to make Tor Browser default again, at first the Make Default button didn't seem to function but after realizing there was a "pop up" window under the current active window (this is probably MacOS problem?), it seems like I have to choose between "Tor Browser" and "Tor Browser", which is pretty confusing because clearly one of them means "Firefox" and not "Tor Browser".

Seems like something's triggering MacOS to think Firefox is Tor Browser or the other way around. Either way, it seems a bit dangerous especially because of the similarities between FF and TB look and feel. I bet most people won't even realize the links are opened in FF and on clearnet.

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launch_app.png (61.6 KB) - added by mrphs 3 years ago.
about_pref.png (94.9 KB) - added by mrphs 3 years ago.
TB_vs_TB.png (74.8 KB) - added by mrphs 3 years ago.

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Change History (6)

Changed 3 years ago by mrphs

Attachment: launch_app.png added

Changed 3 years ago by mrphs

Attachment: about_pref.png added

Changed 3 years ago by mrphs

Attachment: TB_vs_TB.png added

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by mrphs

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by gk

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

It seems that is expected, see: #21723 and #21724. You need to reset it to be your default browser this one time.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by teor

We made a fix made so macOS would *stop* confusing Tor Browser with Firefox. Previously, it could happen at any time, depending on which apps were open (and in what order). Now, when you reset the default this one time, it will never get it confused ever again.

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