Sandboxie: Launching the Windows application as Open Source

Sandboxie: Launching the Windows application as Open Source

Sandboxie: Launching the Windows application as Open Source

This April, Sandboxie, the well-known application used in the Windows Operating System has been released under the format of Open Source by your maintenance company "Sophos", after 15 long years, after its creation.

Sandboxie it's basically a free tool, (and now open), which allows you to create a safe environment within Windows. In such a way, to be able to install and run software that may be dangerous or may contain malicious software (malware) and the rest of the Operating system. What offers a way to isolate processes, actions or applications, without jeopardizing the stability, security and privacy of the Operating System and its Users.

Sandboxie: Introduction

For the case of Windows 10 Operating System, which has the application Windows Sandbox, especially for updates, Sandboxie is an excellent and functional alternative, easy to use, especially in the field of security, since Windows Sandbox was perceived by many as a problematic or inefficient native solution.

However, SandboxieIs a SandBox (Sandbox or test) compatible with all versions of Windowsat Windows 7, which allows you to run files and programs with complete safety.

What is a Sandbox?

For the less knowledgeable, it is good to clarify that a Sandbox can be described as: A safe environment independent of the Operating System where specific or advanced developers or users can perform different tests or run sensitive processes. In such a way, that what is installed, executed or processed, even though it is dangerous, does not compromise the team safety.

Hence, a Sandbox It is useful for conducting tests and experiments of various kinds, such as running a program that is under development or evaluation, or making a series of changes without affecting the Host Operating System, among many other possibilities.

Sandboxie: Content

Sandboxie: Now Open Source

According to official website of the app, the application was released as Open Source from the month of April 2020, through the following statement:


Sophos is proud to announce the release of the Sandboxie source code to the community, which means that we are finally an open source tool!

We are excited to give the code to the community. The Sandboxie tool has been built on many years of work by highly skilled developers and is an example of how to integrate with Windows at a very low level. We are proud to release it to the community in the hope that it spawns a new wave of ideas and use cases.

As we are monitoring and keeping you up to date on the adoption of the source code and its transition to becoming a true open source project, we can imagine that you have some questions about the availability of the free versions of the Sandboxie and the future of the forum and this site. Web".

Furthermore, also the official website of the Sophos organization I report this change, which can be seen through the following link. And to download and test this tool, you can access the following link.

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  1.   Diego regero said

    Create a safe environment within Windows ... and so far I have been able to read.

  2.   a said

    Do I understand what a wine-style bottle manager is?
    I mean, will I be able to run old applications on a new machine?
    Will directx be able to run? Make full and non-virtual use of system resources?
    I find it interesting that it is isolated, and if something is infected, it does not spread to the rest.

  3.   Linux PostInstall said

    It did not create that it allows running apps that natively do not run within the Operating System, that is, if it does not run in Windows 7 because it is very old, it will not run in the Sandboxie either. However, on their website they say the following:

    What kind of programs can I run with Sandboxie?

    It should be able to run most sandbox applications.

    Major web browsers (Microsoft Edge is not supported at this time)
    Mail and newsreaders
    Instant messengers and chat clients
    Peer-to-peer networks
    Office Suites (Libre Office, OpenOffice) (MS Office 2016 / Office365 support is offered for the paid version)
    Most games, in particular online games that download extension software code.

    In all the cases on this list, your client-side program is exposed to remote software code, which could use the program as a channel to infiltrate your system. Running the sandboxed program greatly increases your control over that channel.

    And besides, you can even install some applications in the sandbox.

    1.    Fernando1 said

      It basically prevents the changes made by the program you run from being saved permanently.
      I like it better than "Windows Sandbox" because it is much lighter, it is a very light program.
      It only requires the permanent execution of a driver, and then the executable every time you want to run a program in the sandbox.
      It creates a folder with the basic SS folder structure, where it records the changes made by the programs.

      1.    Linux PostInstall said

        Greetings, Fernando! Thank you for your comment and enlightening contribution.