Firefox 46 Released with GTK3 integration

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. It uses Gecko layout engine to render web pages. Firefox dominant other web browsers because of its speed, security and add-ons. It’s holding 16.95% of world wide usage as a “desktop” browser.

Mozilla Foundation proudly announced the release of new version of Firefox 46 on April 26, 2016 with improvements . Firefox is No.1 Browser which is flexible to use and also fast & trusted.

Note (Backup) :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.
Note (Upgrade) :1) For firefox Upgrade Ubuntu based system, i advise you to wait 24-48 hours, after that you will get upgrade notification to upgrade latest version.
2) If anybody want to TRY firefox 44 features now, try manual method.

1) Download Firefox

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

[Firefox 64-bit download]
# wget

[Extract firefox archive file]
# tar -jxvf firefox-46.0.tar.bz2

[Searching firefox global location]
# whereis firefox
firefox: /usr/bin/firefox /usr/lib64/firefox /usr/share/man/man1/firefox.1.gz

2) Configuring Firefox

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

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

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

While creating Symbolic link it throws some error (see the above output), why ? because the mentioned file already exists in that location. So rename the file to different name, like firefox-45.

# mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-45

Now, Create the Symbolic link to desired directory. Yes, now its successfully created.

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


Launch the firefox web browser by simply firing the below command.

# Firefox

3) Firefox Upgrade

In Ubuntu they officially added the firefox repo, so you can simply do upgrade to latest version of firefox on every release by firing below command to Ubuntu and directive systems.

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

See the below screen shot which clearly shows- Now I’m using the latest version of Firefox 46


Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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