Mozilla’s Electrolysis

The goal of the Electrolysis project (“e10s” for short) is to run web content in a separate process from Firefox itself. The two major advantages of this model are security and performance. Security would improve because the content processes could be sandboxed (although sandboxing the content processes is a separate project from Electrolysis). Performance would improve because the browser UI would not be affected by poor performance of content code (be it layout or JavaScript). Also, content processes could be isolated from each other, which would have similar security and performance benefits.

Although the Gecko platform supports multiple processes, the Firefox frontend is not designed to use them. Work to make the frontend (including addons) support multiple processes was begun in early 2013.

Enabling and Disabling Electrolysis

To enable or disable e10s, open Nightly’s Preferences and check the “Enable E10S” checkbox. You will need to restart Nightly.

Nightly > Preferences > General > Enable E10s

If your browser breaks in a way that you can’t easily recover to change this setting, start Firefox in Safe Mode (by holding Alt/Option during start) which will force-disable e10s and allow you to enter the Preferences dialog and untick the checkbox.

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