To help keep Tor Browser available on Windows, Linux, MacOS and Android, we rely on a community of volunteer Alpha testers to try out early versions of Tor Browser before their general release.
In addition to finding and reporting bugs, Alpha testers are also encouraged to provide feedback about new and experimental features to the team before they reach Tor Browser stable.
To become an Alpha Tester all you need to do is:
Download the latest Tor Browser Alpha available for your platform.
Sign up for an account on the Tor Forum (if you'd like to submit your feedback there).
Start testing and follow the steps below to feed back any issues you discover to our developers.
What to look out for
Each new version of Tor Browser Alpha is accompanied by a release post on the Tor Blog and Forum that includes a short, specific list of changes to test.
You can also find a more general list of browser functionality worth checking on the Tor Browser Wiki.
However, Firefox updates can introduce new bugs to Tor Browser in unpredictable ways. As such, we encourage you to continue to test features and functionality beyond what's listed in the changelog too.
Feeding back to our developers
Firstly, check to see if the issue is unique to Tor Browser Alpha, or if it’s present in Tor Browser’s stable release and/or Firefox as well.
Once you’ve verified that the problem you’ve encountered is indeed an issue with Tor Browser Alpha, check the Tor Browser Alpha Feedback category on the Forum to see if it’s been reported already. If so, you can add your report to the same thread.
If you’re the first to discover the issue, please create a new thread in the Tor Browser Alpha Feedback category.
Make sure to include the following details:
- Summarize the issue concisely
- Outline the steps necessary to reproduce the issue
- Describe what you expected to happen instead
- What security level Tor Browser is set to?
- What version of Tor Browser Alpha are you using? E.g. Tor Browser 11.5a9
- What platform are you using? E.g. Windows 11, Debian 11.3, MacOS 12.3, Android 12 etc.
- What type of device are you using? E.g. Lenovo ThinkPad, MacBook Air, Samsung Galaxy S22, Google Pixel 6 etc.
- How did you install Tor Browser?
- Any relevant logs and/or screenshots
Or, if you have a GitLab account, post any bugs you find using the templates provided in applications/tor-browser (but make sure to search the project for duplicates first).
You can also submit Gitlab issues anonymously using Anonticket.
Collect new forum badges
As a small thank you for helping us keep Tor Browser stable and bug-free, Alpha Testers can collect special badges by reporting bugs on the Tor Forum.
Earn the bronze Alpha Tester badge for reporting your first bug that gets liked by a Tor Project team-member, and keep testing to unlock the silver and gold badges too.
What are the risks?
Tor Browser Alpha and Nightly are unstable versions of Tor Browser and should not be used for activities that could put you at risk.
Instead, please limit your use of Tor Browser Alpha and Nightly to preview new features, test their performance and provide feedback before their release.