How To Install Latest Firefox Quantum In Linux?

Mozilla Firefox (known as Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

Firefox is available for Windows, OS X, Linux and mobile for Android.

Firefox Quantum uses the new Quantum engine, which is written in Rust and C, promises to be faster and more stable. And lot more changes was done.

It’s holding 16.95% of world wide usage as a “desktop” browser.

Mozilla team has released Firefox 67 (May 21, 2019) today. In this article, we will show you what’s new in Firefox 67.

Firefox is No.1 Browser which is flexible to use and also fast & trusted.

Make a note:

  • Take a backup of your bookmarks and other data (If you are going to install by manual method) which you need, so that we can import it after installing the latest version.
  • For Firefox upgrade will be pushed within 24-48 hours, after that you will be getting an upgrade notification to upgrade latest version.
  • If anybody want to TRY latest Firefox features now, try manual method.

1) How To Download Latest Firefox Release?

Use the below command to download the latest version of Firefox archive file.

Most of us usually get confused where we can download and extract the source file. For manual software installation, i would advise you to use /opt directory.

Firefox 32-bit download

# wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/67.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-67.0.tar.bz2

Firefox 64-bit download

# wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/67.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-67.0.tar.bz2

Extract Firefox archive file

# tar -jxvf firefox-67.0.tar.bz2

Find Firefox global location to create a symbolic link.

# whereis firefox
firefox: /usr/bin/firefox /usr/lib64/firefox /usr/share/man/man1/firefox.1.gz

2) How To Configure Firefox In Linux?

To access the installed software on global, you need to create a Symbolic link to /usr/bin directory.

# ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

/usr/bin/firefox
ln: failed to create symbolic link ‘/usr/bin/firefox’: File exists

While creating a Symbolic link, i got the above error message. Because the mentioned file has already exists in that location. To overcome this issue, you need to rename the file to different name, like firefox-old.

# mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old

Now, create a Symbolic link to desired directory. Yes, now its successfully created.

# ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

/usr/bin/firefox

Launch, newly installed Firefox web browser by simply firing the below command.

# Firefox

3) How To Upgrade Firefox In Linux?

You will be getting a Firefox update notification in most of the Linux distributions within 2 days. Use the distribution official package manager to perform the upgrade.

$ sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade firefox

Enjoy…Cool….)

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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