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Windows desktop client

  1. Download Cloudflare WARP for Windows.
  2. Navigate to your predefined download folder and open the executable file to install WARP.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete installation. Cloudflare WARP will automatically launch and appear in your menu bar with the Cloudflare logo.
  4. Click Next and Accept Cloudflare’s privacy policy.
  5. Turn on the toggle to enable WARP.

WARP is now running and protecting your Internet connection.

WARP modes

The WARP app has two main modes of operation: WARP and 1.1.1.1.

In WARP mode, all traffic leaving your computer is encrypted and sent over WARP, including DNS traffic. In 1.1.1.1 mode, the WARP app only encrypts DNS traffic to the 1.1.1.1 resolver.

WARP mode is the default and the recommended mode of operation. However, if you only want to use the 1.1.1.1 resolver mode:

  1. Click the WARP app icon.
  2. Click the cog icon, and choose your preferred mode of operation for WARP.

WARP options

Beyond the two modes of operation, the WARP app lets you configure additional options to better suit your needs. You can change the protocol used to connect to Cloudflare or enable 1.1.1.1 for Families, for example. To access these options:

  1. Click the WARP app icon.
  2. Click the cog icon > Preferences.

The following is a list of options you can configure in the Connection tab:

  • Disable for all Wi-Fi / wired networks: Check the box corresponding to the network where you want to prevent WARP from working on.
  • DNS Protocol: The available options depend on the WARP mode you have enabled:
  • 1.1.1.1 for Families: Allows you to enable 1.1.1.1 for Families and choose between blocking malware, or blocking malware and adult content.

For the Advanced options, refer to Exclude or include network traffic with WARP for more information.

What Cloudflare places on your device

Cloudflare WARP GUI

This is the main GUI application that you interact with. You can find it in:

  • The Start menu > Cloudflare.
  • On your disk, in C:\Program Files\Cloudflare\Cloudflare WARP\Cloudflare WARP.exe.

Cloudflare WARP service

This is the Windows service that is responsible for establishing the wireguard tunnel and all interaction between Cloudflare’s service endpoint and the client application. You can find it in C:\Program Files\Cloudflare\Cloudflare WARP\warp-svc.exe.

Log files

The Windows application places log files in two locations based on what part of the application is logging information. These logs are included during feedback submission when you check Feedback > Share debug information. You can find the logs for:

  • WARP Service: C:\ProgramData\Cloudflare.
  • Application GUI Logs: C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Cloudflare.

How to remove the application

  1. Click the Start menu and search for Settings. You can also press ⊞ Win + i).
  2. Select Apps > App & Features.
  3. Scroll down to Cloudflare WARP and select Uninstall.