Major Sandboxie News: Sandboxie is now a free tool with plans to transition it to an open source tool

Sophos is excited to announce that we are making Sandboxie a free tool, with plans to transition it to an open source tool.

This new evolution of Sandboxie is one we are enthusiastic about, but that does not mean this was an easy decision to make.  Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business, and we have been exploring options for its future for a while. 

Frankly, the easiest and least costly decision for Sophos would have been to simply end of life Sandboxie. However, we love the technology too much to see it fade away.  More importantly, we love the Sandboxie community too much to do that. The Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community and we didn’t want to let you down.

After thoughtful consideration we decided that the best way to keep Sandboxie going was to give it back to its users – transitioning it to an open source tool.  We will release more information about the open source project as we continue to work on the details.

Until the open source transition is completed we have decided to make Sandboxie completely free.  We have included a FAQ below with more information. We will continue to update this post as additional details become available. 

 

Sandboxie FAQ

 

How do I get a free license?  What features are included?

Sandboxie currently uses a license key to activate and grant access to premium features only available to paid customers (as opposed to those using a free version).  We have modified the code and have released an updated free version that does not restrict any features.  In other words, the new free license will have access to all the features previously only available to paid customers.

 

What if I have time left on my current Sandboxie license?

Regardless of how much time might be left on your existing Sandboxie license, in order to receive the latest updates customers with currently valid license keys will also need to install the latest unrestricted free version .  This will ensure you have access to all Sandboxie features and are using the most up-to-date version of the product.

 

What if I currently do not have a Sandboxie license?

Simply download the unrestricted, free version. No current or previous license is required.

 

When will Sandboxie be released as open source?

We are investigating making Sandboxie open source, however we are still working through the details and timeline. We will update this FAQ when we know more.

 

What license agreement will apply to my existing, paid licenses?  Will the same agreement apply to the unrestricted, free version that will be made available?

The license agreement under which you originally obtained the paid licenses to Sandboxie will continue to apply to those paid licenses until the expiration of the applicable license term.   A new license agreement will apply to licenses of the new unrestricted, free version of Sandboxie made available for download. 

An update EULA can be found here: https://www.sandboxie.com/EndUserLicenseAgreement

 

Will customer support still be available?

As part of our transition to a free and potentially open source product, Sandboxie support will become community based.  The community will include developers directly involved with Sandboxie.

  • You can find the download links to download on https://www.sandboxie.com 

     

  • How long will the license server continue to work?
    I currently have to stay on 5.28 and would re-enter the license key on the last day to have another 180 days.

  • Very good new! Hopefully this will mean many more years of Sandboxie.

  • In reply to Seth Geftic:

    Many thanks.

    For XP users, will a free version of 5.22 (the last version for XP) also be released

    with modified code that does not check for a license or restrict any features?

  • In reply to tec tec:

    There are no plans to remove the license server in the foreseeable future. However, please update to the latest version to ensure your usage is not interrupted.

  • In reply to soccerfan:

    There are no planes to create a free version for XP.  

  • Thank you for making Sandboxie open source, or at least for announcing you will. I guess if you won't maintain it anymore this is the best solution.

    About the new update, is it just to remove the paid limitations or is there any other fix?

  • First of all, thank you for the news Seth!

    It's great to hear that sandboxie is going open source and it's a very generous gift to the community.

    Sandboxie isn't the first thing Sophos has released for free for example their Sophos UTM Home Edition firewall which has been going for many years.

    Sophos could have easily retired this at any time and with windows 10 updates are known to break things including sandboxie, it would have meant a very quick End of Life for the product.

    So thankyou Sophos for your (admittedly long) announcement and heres to many more years of sandboxie!

     

  • In reply to Vivaldo Sagese:

    Vivaldo Sagese

    About the new update, is it just to remove the paid limitations or is there any other fix?

     

     
  • In reply to Redacted:

    All of you who think that Sandboxie goes open source are good news have considered who is going to continue developing it?

    I doubt any Sophos team will do any work on it. If that happens... then what?

    Do you know the abilities required to update a tool like Sandboxie? Do you think any average coder will be able to keep it up to date when a Windows update breaks something or a software stops working sandboxed?

    Guys able to do such work earn lot of money and I doubt (I hope I'm wrong) anyone will want to do it for free.

    So this announcement is, and again I hope to be wrong, the end of Sandboxie.

  • In reply to Akhilesh@Sophos:

    Hello Akhilesh,

    because of the problems with IE11 on Windos 7 I am back from the 5.30 to the 5.28.

    https://community.sophos.com/products/sandboxie/f/forum/112574/5-30-breaks-internet-explorer-11-on-windows-7-x64-5-28-works

    Is this fixed in 5.31.4?

  • In reply to Pedro López:

    Pedro López
    Do you know the abilities required to update a tool like Sandboxie? Do you think any average coder will be able to keep it up to date when a Windows update breaks something or a software stops working sandboxed?

    Guys able to do such work earn lot of money and I doubt (I hope I'm wrong) anyone will want to do it for free.

    Let's face it, if Sophos thought it was worth continuing to develop Sandboxie, they wouldn't have discontinued it. Yes, this is the end of Sandboxie, but I'm still happy to know that knowledge won't be lost, whatever the code is actually worth. Even though right now it's just an announcement.

    Said that, people do much more impressive things for free, like entire OSes, not to mention that most of the web runs on open source software. It doesn't have to be for free though, I'm willing to pay again for a product like Sandboxie.

  • In reply to Vivaldo Sagese:

    Vivaldo Sagese
    Said that, people do much more impressive things for free, like entire OSes, not to mention that most of the web runs on open source software. It doesn't have to be for free though, I'm willing to pay again for a product like Sandboxie.

    And how many time take those impressive things for free to be done? Years!

    Are you going to wait patiently for months when a software you use stop working?

    Ronen (one person) used to create bug fixes in a matter of days or weeks. When the software was acquired by a company, what happened? Things went better or worst? Now imagine the software being developed by people that don't have any urgence to get things fixed.

  • In reply to Pedro López:

    Pedro López

    All of you who think that Sandboxie goes open source are good news have considered who is going to continue developing it?

    I doubt any Sophos team will do any work on it. If that happens... then what?

    Do you know the abilities required to update a tool like Sandboxie? Do you think any average coder will be able to keep it up to date when a Windows update breaks something or a software stops working sandboxed?

    Guys able to do such work earn lot of money and I doubt (I hope I'm wrong) anyone will want to do it for free.

    So this announcement is, and again I hope to be wrong, the end of Sandboxie.

     

    If Sandboxie had made money, Sophos would not be dumping it. This explains why there has been such poor support and little development for the last 3 years. So now the community is supposed to fix their own bugs. And yes, it will require experts. They will need to be kernel developers, know much windows internals, have the proper Microsoft driver signing tools, willing to work for free, a website for posting releases, etc. And it breaks every time a new Windows 10 build is released.

    Perhaps these future Sandboxie developers will chime in on this thread and tell us of their plans to continue Sandboxie.

  • In reply to Bite Me1:

    Bite Me1
    They will need to be kernel developers, know much windows internals, have the proper Microsoft driver signing tools, willing to work for free

    Exactly, and you don't find that kind of people on every corner.

    Not to mention the amount of time required to study and understand all the ins and outs of Sandboxie's code.

    Sandboxie going open source have almost all chances to be the end of the software.