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Initial release10 August 2013; 10 years ago (2013-08-10)
Stable release
0.8 (9.0.9) / 13 April 2020; 4 years ago (2020-04-13)
Open source
WebsiteThe Pirate Bay:
Pirate Tor Browser

PirateBrowser is an

Internet browser by The Pirate Bay used to circumvent Internet censorship


PirateBrowser was released on 10 August 2013 on the tenth anniversary of The Pirate Bay.[2] It is a bundle of Firefox Portable 23, the FoxyProxy addon for Firefox, and the Vidalia Tor client with some proxy configurations to speed up page loading. According to TorrentFreak it had been downloaded more than 100,000 times in its first three days,[3] 1,000,000 times by October 2013, 2,500,000 times by 6 January 2014, and 5,000,000 times by 16 May 2014.[4][5][6][7][8]

"It's not providing anonymity and it's not secure to hide your identity. PirateBrowser is only supposed to circumvent censoring and website blocking. If we made the browser fully anonymous it would only slow down browsing"[3][9]

piratebrowser.com[10][2] was suspended around December 2015.[1]

The browser circumvents site-blocking in countries including, according to the Pirate Bay Web site,

Internet Service Providers
(ISPs) in these countries.

"The goal is to create a browser-like client to circumvent censorship, including domain blocking, domain confiscation, IP-blocking. This will be accomplished by sharing all of a site’s indexed data as P2P downloadable packages, that are then browsed/rendered locally" [11]

Further reading

  • Muchmore, Michael (August 14, 2013). "PirateBrowser Review".
    PC Magazine
  • Antonovich, Chris; Hatalsky, Olivia Hatalsky (12 March 2014). PirateBrowser Artifacts (PDF). Burlington, Vermont:
    Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigations


  1. ^ a b "piratebrowser.com". piratebrowser.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-07. Retrieved 7 September 2021. This domain name has been suspended...This domain name is pending ICANN verification and has been suspended. If you are the owner of this domain you can reactivate this domain by logging into your EuroDNS account.
  2. ^ a b Van der Sar, Ernesto (August 10, 2013). "Pirate Bay Releases 'Pirate Browser' to Thwart Censorship". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 7 September 2021. However, on its 10th anniversary they are now releasing a special "PirateBrowser" which effectively bypasses any ISP blockade.
  3. ^ a b "Pirate Bay's Anti-Censorship Browser Clocks 100,000 Downloads * TorrentFreak".
  4. ^ "Pirate Bay's Anti-Censorship Browser Clocks 5,000,000 Downloads * TorrentFreak".
  5. ^ "Pirate Bay's Anti-Censorship Browser Clocks 2,500,000 Downloads". TorrentFreak. 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Pirate Bay's PirateBrowser web browser reaches 1m downloads". the Guardian. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  7. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (October 19, 2013). "Pirate Bay's Anti-Censorship Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser". the Guardian. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  9. ^ Eddy, Max (August 12, 2013). "PirateBrowser Beats Blockades, Doesn't Make You Invisible to NSA". PCMAG. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ Winston (10 August 2013). "PirateBrowser - No more censorship!". The Pirate Bay. Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved 7 September 2021. Do you know any people who can't access TPB or other torrents-sites because they are blocked? Recommend PirateBrowser to them. It's a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible. No bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap, just a Pre-configured Firefox browser. A nice present to TPB and our users on this day, our 10yr birthday!
  11. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (January 5, 2014). "How The Pirate Bay Plans to Beat Censorship For Good". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 7 September 2021.