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Basic data

developer Sophos
Publishing year June 26, 2004
Current  version 5.33.6
( March 24, 2020 )
operating system Windows 2000 ,
Windows XP ,
Windows Server 2003 ,
Windows Vista (32 + 64-Bit),
Windows 7 (32 + 64-Bit),
Windows 8 and 8.1 (32 + 64-Bit),
Windows 10 (32 + 64-Bit )
programming language C ++
category safety
License up to 5.30: Shareware
up to 5.33.6: Freeware
from 5.40: GNU GPLv3

Sandboxie is a computer program that provides a sandbox that enables programs to be run in isolation from the operating system.


If you run a computer program in Sandboxie, all write access to the hard drive is redirected to a special, self-definable folder . The program is able to intercept and redirect write accesses to files as well as to the Windows registry database. In this way, the actual computer system is not changed when programs are run in sandboxie.

If the file in question already exists in the Sandboxie folder, read accesses are also redirected accordingly, so that the program executed in Sandboxie itself continues to work with the changed files; otherwise, read accesses are initially made to the original files. To protect yourself from data being spied on by a Trojan , you can also completely block access to certain files, directories or keys in the registry.

If you want to discard the changes, you can empty the sandbox either manually or automatically when you close the sandbox. However, the user has the option to specify folders where the file changes are either reported through a dialog box and the changed files can be copied to the actual folder immediately, or listed and copied as needed before deleting the sandbox contents.

Areas of application

The most common application is running a web browser or e-mail program under sandboxie. If the Internet user catches malicious programs , they cannot simply nestle somewhere on the system, but are redirected to the sandbox. If you empty the sandbox regularly, the malicious programs are also deleted.

A second possible area of ​​application is trying out computer programs . If you install a new computer program in the sandbox, you can test it there and, if you don't like it, remove the program by emptying the sandbox without leaving any traces on the system, as is often the case with a normal uninstallation . You can also run programs already installed on the system in the sandbox in order to test the effects of changed program configurations. Software that intervenes very deeply in the system such as B. Antivirus programs cannot be installed in the sandbox because the installation routines of these programs cannot cope with the restricted rights of the sandbox and the installation is aborted.

Customization options

Several sandboxes can be managed in Sandboxie. Different settings can be made separately for each sandbox. So it is e.g. For example, it is possible to completely prevent read access to certain files or to specify files that the sandbox does not redirect the write access to when they are accessed. You can also run programs with restricted rights via sandboxie if you work with an administrator account yourself .

License model

Up to and including version 5.30, Sandboxie could be used free of charge as shareware for private use . After 30 days, a reminder window appeared asking you to license the software, and only one sandbox could be used. Since September 2019, the application has been available as freeware without functional restrictions or licensing requests . Sandboxie has been available as Free Software under the GNU GPLv3 since April 2020 .

See also

Individual evidence

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  8. Seth Geftic: Major Sandboxie News: Sandboxie is now a free tool with plans to transition it to an open source tool. Sophos Forum, September 10, 2019, accessed April 16, 2020 .
  9. Fabian A. Scherschel: Sandboxie: Windows tool for sandboxing is now open source. Heise Online, April 16, 2020, accessed on April 16, 2020 .

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