Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 10 months ago

#9541 new enhancement

"Work Offline" button should stop/start tor (as well)

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-usability, ux-team
Cc: gk, overview8 Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:


On the Tor Browser Bundle 3.0alpha3 release

If you go to the menu -> Web Developer and press "Work Offline" it says:

"Tor unexpectedly exited."

Tor won't start when you disable this option again, you need to close and start the browser.

In my opinion, in addition to a NEWNYM function (#9442), there must also be the functions to stop or start Tor in this 3.0 version. The "Work Offline" button could use such functions too.

In short, there must be more control over the Tor network settings in the browser.

There is currently no way to temporarily disable Tor without closing the browser, even though I frequently need to do this.

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Change History (9)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by gk

Cc: g.koppen@… added
Keywords: tbb-3.0 added

FYI: ESR 17 is the last version where checking "Work Offline" will work if you have a local proxy configured (see for details). And, yes, this is sold as a feature.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by erinn

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

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by gk

Cc: gk overview8 added; g.koppen@… removed

Closing #13156 as a duplicate.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by gk

Keywords: tbb-usability added; tbb-3.0 tbb-torbutton removed
Summary: "Work Offline" button breaks Tor"Work Offline" button should stop/start tor (as well)

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by arma

Would it satisfy everybody here if Tor Browser set Tor's DisableNetwork config option here, rather than actually killing and starting the Tor process?

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by bugzilla

Severity: Normal
Status: newneeds_information


  1. Stop/Start/Restart Tor from the controller/Torbutton (from GUI).
  2. Make Tor "Work Offline" (comment:5).
  3. Leave as is.

I frequently need to do this.

For what purpose?

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by traumschule

Type: defectenhancement

With TB 8 switching "Work Offline" turns the network on and off with the message:

Offline mode
Firefox is currently in offline mode and can’t browse the Web.

Press "Try Again" to switch to online mode and reload the page.

Pressing "Try again" seems to work as well.

Setting DisableNetwork=1 with nyx works and gives in TB:

The proxy server is refusing connections
Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections.

Check the proxy settings to make sure that they are correct.
Contact your network administrator to make sure the proxy server is working.

It would be necessary to change this message and tell how to turn the network on again.

comment:8 Changed 11 months ago by gk

Status: needs_informationnew

comment:9 Changed 10 months ago by gk

Keywords: ux-team added
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