Sandboxie is an open-source sandboxing program for Microsoft Windows. Sandboxie creates an isolated operating environment in which applications can be run or installed without permanently modifying the local system. This virtual environment allows for controlled testing of untrusted programs and web surfing. After various ownership transitions (Sophos acquired Invincea which acquired Sandboxie from the original author Ronen Tzur), Sophos eventually stated they would no longer be involved in the development of Sandboxie and that the open-source community would have to continue development instead.
|Original author(s)||Ronen Tzur|
|Initial release||June 26, 2004|
|Final release||5.33.3 (March 4, 2020)|
|Preview release||5.33.6 Beta (March 24, 2020 ) |
|Operating system||Windows 7 and later|
|Platform||IA-32 and x86-64|
|Available in||23 languages|
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In February 2017, Sophos announced the acquisition of Invincea. Invincea posted an assurance in Sandboxie's website that for the time being Sandboxie's development and support would continue as normal.
Windows XP SP3 was supported up to version 5.22, after which support for XP was dropped. In September 2019, Sandboxie version 5.31.4 was released under a freeware license "with plans to transition it to an open source tool". The previous commercial license still applied to customers with active licenses until their license expired.
In April 2020, Sophos released the source code (as source code-only version 5.40) under the GPLv3 license. Sophos stated that they would no longer be involved in the development of Sandboxie and that the open-source community would have to continue development instead.
In April 2019, the official site was shut down, preventing downloads, installations and purchases, which prompted the creation of a temporary forum in the company's own domain.
In May 2019, the official site returned with the original forums permanently shut down in favor of Sophos' own forums., which were later shut down as well. Between May and September 2019 (when Sandboxie became freeware), the purchase options were still missing.
In response to the announcement of the closure of the Sandboxie website, software developer David Berdik scraped the site's contents and published the archive on GitHub on May 10, 2020.
Sandboxie was included in Brothersoft's 2010 Editors Pick list.
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[W]e announced the acquisition of Sandboxie from an earlier transaction in 2013.
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We are not making this an "official" build.
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One may ask, if you already have great next-generation technology, why do you need Invincea’s technology?...Think of Invincea as the superhero that takes our ensemble to the next level – the entity that adds neural network-based machine learning to the team.
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Today I depart from Sandboxie, as I announced a few weeks ago.[*]
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I am happy to pass the torch to the capable hands of Invincea...In about six weeks, I will depart from Sandboxie.[*]
- "[IMPORTANT] Sandboxie Open Source Code is available for download". Sophos. 2020-04-08. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
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Many of you are probably wondering, what does this mean for Sandboxie and its users? The answer as of right now, is that nothing is changing. We will continue to operate as we have since Invincea acquired Sandboxie. We have no current plans to discontinue developing Sandboxie updates or supporting it.[*]
- "Frequently Asked Questions - What are the requirements to run Sandboxie?". sandboxie.com. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
- "Major Sandboxie News: Sandboxie is now a free tool with plans to transition it to an open source tool". Sophos. 2019-09-10. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
- "Sandboxie - Download the latest version of Sandboxie". www.sandboxie.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
- "[Sandboxie Status Update] What happened to the Sandboxie site and forums?". Sophos. 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
We started experiencing issues with our servers due to a bug that is causing slowness accessing the Sandboxie site, as well as the licensing/activation options. Added to that, we found a security weakness in the software being used for the forums, and out of an abundance of caution, they were taken down for the time being. In order to keep communication going, we have created this temporary forum within our Sophos Community.
- "The Sandboxie Forum is now closed". Sophos. 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
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Sandboxie does not work on...Windows XP x64 bit
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