How to install firefox-2.0.tar.gz in Linux

Q. I have downloaded firefox file from mozilla web site to my Linux desktop system. The name of file is firefox-2.0.tar.gz. How do I install firefox-2.0.tar.gz in Fedora Core Linux? Please provide me step by step instructions for the same. What about my old bookmarks and add-ons. I am going to lose them?


A. Update: FireFox version 3.0 has been released and it is recommended that you install Firefox 3.0 under any Linux distribution.

Mozilla Firefox is a free, open source, cross-platform graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation and hundreds of volunteers. 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.

Installing firefox on Linux

Just use following instructions to download and install Firefox.

Download firefox to your Linux desktop

=> Visit this site to download firefox

Firefox 2.0 installation – Just untar file and install it

Let us say you would like to install firefox in your own home directory called /home/tom/firefox
$ mkdir /home/tom/firefox

Change directory:
$ cd /home/tom/firefox

Copy your files to /home/tom/firefox and untar it:

$ cp /home/tom/Desktop/firefox- .
$ tar -zxvf firefox-

And you are done. Start firefox:
$ /home/tom/firefox/firefox &

How do I install firefox for everyone?

Install Firefox in /opt directory. Login as root user:
# cd /opt
# mkdir firefox
# cd firefox
# cp /home/tom/Desktop/firefox- .
# tar -zxvf firefox-

To start firefox:
$ /opt/firefox/firefox &

You can also create a shortcut from your own desktop :)

What about my bookmarks and browsing history – Am I going to lose them?

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.

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39 comments… add one
  • michael Jul 25, 2009 @ 21:17

    u rocked man. it works.

  • Rain Aug 28, 2009 @ 3:42


    I’m very new with Linux and I got it along with my Asus EEE. Can you guys help me? I want to upgrade to Firefox 3.5 but I just save it to disk and now I don’t know where and how to open it. It just goes to my documents and I don’t know how to run it. I need a step by step procedure. Hope you guys could help me.

  • gccradioscience Sep 8, 2009 @ 23:50

    Same problem here, I hope someone will come out with a easier way to install these files and more safely. I see that there are newbies here and yes I am one that just installed Ubuntu 9.04 and Linux is like a whole different world. Things are different here. 1. No nasties, no cookies, no donuts, no spyware, no snoopware. Since I used Linux vs Windows, I think Microsleuth made spyware, and adware, and cookies, and crumbs and thats when we say that’s it I give up, I am installing Linux! We all need to take the time and educate ourselves and learn this OS language. One day I will get the hang of this. I just have to get to the library and read up on it. We all need to get prepared for new things coming out that would be worse than cookies called donuts. A data piece that would be like a cookie even worse, it would spys on you through “the donut hole”. Linux indeed saved my netbook from complete damage due to the computer bug ever called the missing windows root/system32/hal.dll bug. That one was created by Microsoft. This malware keeps windows from booting up and also disables the DOS prompt feature.

  • Harry Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:59

    Long and numerous command lines is the reason why Linux will NEVER come even halfway close to Windows when it comes to popularity.

    What’s so difficult about making an installer-script for Linux ?

    Die, Linux. Die.
    Or…well….it will kill itself, anyway.

  • Scan Dec 23, 2009 @ 23:25

    Hi all,

    I got the file firefox-3.5.6.tar.bz2 form the site, I make “gzip firefox-3.5.6.tar.bz2” and I got the firefox-3.5.6.tar.bz2.gz,
    but when I make “tar -zxvf firefox-3.5.6.tar.bz2.gz” its respond with:

    tar: This does not look like a tar archive
    tar: Skipping to next header
    tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    maybe I do something wrong? Maybe the file is xxxxxx.tar.bz2.gz and about it I have this message?
    Help me please. :-)

    • 🛡️ Vivek Gite (Author and Admin) nixCraft Dec 24, 2009 @ 4:53

      tar -jxvf firefox-3.5.6.tar.bz2

  • andy May 11, 2010 @ 12:59

    I am not a computer person and agree things should be made easier for the masses. I right clicked on the file and chose Extract here and then found firefox runs off the desktop from its own folder. OK . it works, and to get flash download the flash file and copy it into the plugins folder in firefox..mouse copy/paste.. So it works and not a key stroke needed…and I feel less of a nerd for it…

  • Grace Jul 17, 2012 @ 22:19

    How do I download the newest firefox 14.0.1.tar.bz2 on Xandros Linux. I just factory reset and have firefox 3, I’ve never worked with Linux operating system before and am very confused. Please help with very specific steps…

    Thank you.

  • gagan Oct 30, 2012 @ 13:39

    hi ,grace
    here is the link

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