Howto: Update firefox on Linux

by on July 30, 2007 · 29 comments· LAST UPDATED July 30, 2007

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Q. My Firefox version is 2.0.0.0 and I'd like to update the same to latest version. How do I upgrade my Firefox on Linux?

A. You can easily upgrade firefox on Linux.

Please note that installing Firefox 2 will overwrite your existing installation of Firefox. You won't lose any of your bookmarks or browsing history, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might not work until updates for them are made available.

Update Firefox on Ubuntu / Debian Linux

You can use APT package handling utility i.e. apt-get command. You can also use a GUI package tool called Update Manager:
Just type the following two commands at terminal:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install firefox

You can also use GUI tool: Click on System > Administration > Update Manger > Click on Check button see for updates

Update Firefox on Fedora / Redhat / CentOS Linux

Use yum tool or gui tool for the same purpose:
# yum update
# yum update firefox

Update firefox from official Mozilla site

You can download firefox from official website. Just follow these firefox installation instructions.

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1 Miran July 31, 2007 at 10:54 pm

This is the only thing slowing Linux down… At least that is MY opinion. Why can’t I just download Mozilla 2.0.0.6, then click on it’s icon and have it install itself? Better yet… Why can’t it just update itself like it does in Windows? Say what you will, but until Linux becomes user-friendly in this regard most people are not going to use it. Be nice… I LOVE Linux! I really do! I just think basic tasks like installing software need to be simplified. I HATE having to say that Windows is a better operating system for most people… but it is.

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2 Marlo April 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

You are just too leasy to explore Linux a bit more.
Installing and finding apropriate software in Linux is much easier than in windows.
Just read the whole post. Lamer!

“Click on System > Administration > Update Manger > Click on Check button see for updates”

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3 att332 March 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

And you don’t know how to spell lazy.

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4 Vineet Walia August 14, 2007 at 11:54 am

No web i need to in my lapi

I am not able toupdate my firefox2 it having 1.5 version So please suggest me .

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5 dugger666 October 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

Here I’m using SUSE 10.3
How could I do?
can’t use sudo or yum

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6 Ken July 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

It’s people that need a “user friendly” approach that takes a mindless double click that make me ill. If you have on of the many distros that use a package manager it’s as easy as typing apt-get update and then apt-get install firefox. If that is too much work for you, or if it blows your mind then may I suggest a leapfrog? they are around 50 dollars usd come with fun learning games and require the technical proficiency of a log. There are now in 09 plenty of distros (see ubuntu) that have “double click” installs for deb files because people can’t be arsed to compile and frankly this takes from more serious work like alternatives to nt only software or web apps see silverlight vs moonlight. You can love nix all you want but it doesn’t have to love you.

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7 Shaun September 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Ken – your ignorance is astounding. While pointy-headed gits like you continue to think that a list of arcane commands that are not even the same between distros is a valid and valuable way to run a GUI-based O/S, then Linux will continue to lag in the consumer market. We don’t all have the hours to memorize long lists of “clever” command acronyms, and frankly having to compile everything in order to do anything is as dead as the 70s when it last made any kind of sense. Grow up and join the rest of the human race: we have lives to lead, and actual work to do.

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8 Andy September 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm

thanks for sharing this tips how to update firefox on linux OS. it works for me…

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9 Craig September 15, 2009 at 3:34 am

Miran, you are correct! Linux will never be for most people. I’m fairly new to Linux (about 2 months now and using ubuntu) but it is far superior to windows for some people. I run a dual boot system and the first thing I noticed was power up to internet times. Vista takes me 3min 42 seconds to be on the internet and working. Linux is 38 seconds. Windows being user friendly also means it is resource hungry. 38GB just for the OS while ubuntu uses only 2GB and can be ran from a cd or usb drive. Windows is basically for people who don’t have time to learn how to really use a computer. Linux is tool for computer savvy people who need to or want to use the computer as a tool and not just for the software. Finally it should be noted that Linux is free, and seeks out more users, not to simply use the system but also to contribute to it and continue to build upon a solid foundation. You’ll never witness a Linux user download anti-virus software off a pop-up they received warning them their computer was at risk. If you still need a mindless OS fix, you can always run a dual boot. If you ever get into any kind of programming you’ll see that Linux is a must.

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10 Tim September 24, 2009 at 2:50 am

So, if the way linux does things is so much better, why not remove the ability to use Firefox’s normal add-ons, and instead force people to implement those in the same way as the Firefox updates themselves? For that matter, why bother with a gui at all? Obviously, anyone reading this thread realizes that linux has any number of advantages over windows (or whatever)…
-sidenote-
well, OK, there may be a few who are just so stingy they’d rather do the extra work than pay for a Windows/Mac OS. I actually fall into both categories to some extent, though I have only just this morning gotten around to installing linux, previously making do with XP on an ancient system because I refused to buy a newer one if it meant being stuck with Vista. I am now happily viewing this page on my ps3, whose 256 meg of RAM (from what I’ve heard) is actually more than I have XP running on…OK, slightly less happily after I got booted out of linux when I clicked submit, but at least fifefox saved everything I typed. I knew it saved tabs, but would never even have hoped to have anything I was typing be saved. Learn something knew every day.
-end sidenote-
But to be blind to the aspects where Windows has advantages over linux is just as counter-productive a mindset as insisting that everything be done for you regardless of the bloat that comes with it. Not being a programmer/developer myself, I can only assume the reason it isn’t as straightforward is precisely because of the different ways it needs to be done in the various distros, thus making it hard for a “universal” linux installer that you could just double-click; so it wouldn’t be worth the effort given the average computer literacy of a linux user vs. that of the average windows user. To imply that a process is somehow better merely by virtue of its inconvenience is truly childish.

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11 Sasha September 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I have OS Linux Xandros on my asus eee pc. I have activated full desktop mode and it is excellent. Also, I have updated firefox 2 to firefox 3. Now I am looking for upgrading firefox 3 to firefox 3.5. If anyone can help me with this, I would appreciate.
Thanks in advance.
Sasha

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12 Marlo April 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Good solution for begginers are:
Mint, Arch, Fedora … and many more depends on taste. Try a bit of search on :
http://distrowatch.com/

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13 Jennie August 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Hi
I have EEEPC 701 with Linux installed Mozilla Firefox 3.5.5 and Flash Player.
I need to upgrade both and have no idea how. I have downloaded however neither will just reinstall. I can’t use “Check for updates” as it is greyed out.
I cannot use delete button to get rid of the firefox directory.
I cannot cut or paste.
Getting frustrated and want to throw Linux away but hate Windows more.
Can someone please send me the most basic instructions on how to fix this.
I need the latest flash player before I die.

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14 kashyap September 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

jenne – try logging into as root user

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15 Andrea September 22, 2010 at 2:36 am

Since you have already downloaded firefox, just copy it to your home directory and follow these instructions:

log into the terminal as root using
$ su
it will ask for your admin password.
Then,
# mv firefox-3.6.9.tar.bz2 /usr/lib/; cd /usr/lib/; tar -jxvf firefox-3.6.9.tar.bz2; ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

But before you can do this, you must remove the current firefox with the command
‘sudo apt-get remove firefox’
That is if you have apt-get. If you don’t I can help you with that.

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16 Al Langevin September 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

“You can easily upgrade firefox on Linux.” Baloney.

There’s nothing easy about upgrading Firefox. One person says upgrade, another says you have to remove then install. Oh wait, here’s the easy to remember method below!

# mv firefox-3.6.9.tar.bz2 /usr/lib/; cd /usr/lib/; tar -jxvf firefox-3.6.9.tar.bz2; ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

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17 Andrea November 4, 2010 at 3:11 am

@Al Langevin
You don’t have to memorize it or even type it into the terminal, just copy and paste.

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18 Malcolm Martins January 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

No longer able to use linux as my webmail will not work with Mozilla Firefox 2 and I have spent 8 hours trying to work out how to update. I have 25 years experience with computers, starting with self assembly and basic programming. If I cannot do it ,then this may be the reason Linux is falling behind windows. It is a pity because I prefer Linux.

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19 KenKen January 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

I have similar experience with computers to you and I am having a similar problem updating Firefox. I am very wary about uninstalling the current version before installing the new. If it doesn’t work then I will be left with no Internet access and it seems no way of re-installing.

With all Windows disadvantages, at least updating software is straight forward.

Please let me know if you solve the problem.

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20 Malcolm Martins January 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I have managed to update now, but I got the information needed from the eepc website. I did this two weeks ago so cannot remember specific details. I still have problems because I cannot access webmail via my Talk Talk service provider in Linux.
I have to use one of my other Windows computers for webmail.

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21 Shelley R January 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Well I am totally baffled. I have been looking into this for the past 12 months now and I am still none the wiser. At this rate I will be buying a new laptop with Windows. I really don’t understand all this root business and having to type commands to download a newer version at the risk of losing access to certain applications. I much prefer downloading in one click and knowing it is all in the right place on the PC. If only I had more time to learn more about computer programming.
Is there really no fool proof method? I just wanted a basic computer that works with simple instructions. EEE PC – I’m sure it said something about being easy??? :-(

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22 donna bills April 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

firefox is freezing up on me

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23 Michael September 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

This post started in 2007 – we have 2011 now ;)

I work with Linux (UNIX) since 1990..and you know what – I typed this ‘how to update firefox on cent/os’ in google and came to this site ;)
Ofc – most people working with linux know how they could manually update a package/software… but that’s not what a lot of people want to do. They want to use their package manager rpm/debian-based and do it the standard way. Cent/OS as other L*nix distros never have the latest software – they test it before shiping ;)
That’s why I was looking for an ‘unofficial’ repro for the software (to use yum-package manager) – reading all this here didn’t really help, but was entertaining ;)

Btw: I still don’t get this windows/linux war on every web site ;) I don’t think people should always discuss windows or linux – windows will go away and we will all use a Mac in the future ;)
Enjoy.
btw:
http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=firefox
was all I had. But I thought maybe someone has a yum-repro somewhere for updates .

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24 dhaval1 February 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

when i am installing any software in my ubuntu8.10-32bit, it shows ” E: could not found package ‘software name’ “.
what i have to do for this?

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25 frustrated March 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

I have read this post top to bottom and still cant figure out to install the upgrade. I tried clicking into system/administration… but there was no update manager. I am new to this OS and I don’t hate it but I need help.

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26 Emmanuel October 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I have Ubuntu 8.04 and this did not work for me at all

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27 Robert Laing January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

I have the original AUS EEC PC 4G. i INSTALLED ANOTHER 4 g MEMORY CARD. I HAVE NOT UPDATED FIREFOX SINCE I PURCHASE D THE EEC PC 4G SURF COMPUTER ON 8 MARCH 2008. NOW MY EEE PC TELLS ME I NEED TO UPDATE MOZILLA FIREFOX BUT I REALLY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DO IT. I HAVE LIMITED COMPUTER EXPERIENCE. ANY ASSISTANCE YOU WILL PROVIDE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. ANY ASSISTANCE YOU WILL PROVIDE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. tHANK YOU SO MUCH.

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28 sobaran February 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

verry nice firefox

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29 Western Sudan March 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Very nice well done

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