HowTo: Install firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2 in Linux

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I‘ve downloaded Firefox version 14.0.1 from mozilla ftp server. The name of file is firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2. How do I install firefox in any Linux distribution?


Step #1: Download Firefox 14

Download Firefox version 14 from the Firefox download page to your /tmp directory. First, close Firefox if it’s running. Open a command line-terminal and go to your /tmp directory, enter:
$ cd /tmp
If you’ve not saved or downloaded Firefox 14, use the wget command as follows:
$ wget ''
OR, you can download 64 bit version:
$ wget ''
Sample outputs:

--2012-07-18 16:37:44--
Resolving, 2001:200:141:feed::feed
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 20311567 (19M) [application/x-bzip2]
Saving to: `firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2'

100%[==========================================================>] 2,03,11,567  322K/s   in 47s     

2012-07-18 16:38:32 (425 KB/s) - `firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2' saved [20311567/20311567]

Step #2: Extract and Install firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2 Tar Ball

To extract the contents of the downloaded file called firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2 and install into /opt directory, enter:
$ tar -jxvf firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2 -C /opt
Sample outputs:


If you can not install Firefox 14 in /opt directory, due to permission issues; use the following command to install FF14 in your own home directory:
$ mkdir ~/firfox14
$ tar jxvf firefox-*.tar.bz2 -C ~/firfox14

Step #3: Start Firefox 14 under Linux

First, make sure you backup ~/.mozilla/ directory, enter:
$ mkdir ~/backups
$ cp -avr ~/.mozilla/ ~/backups

To start Firefox, type the firefox command script in the firefox directory:
$ /opt/firefox/firefox
$ ~/firefox14/firefox/firefox
Sample outputs:

Firefox 14 in action

A Note about your bookmarks and browsing history (Am I going to lose them?)

You won’t lose any of your bookmarks or browsing history when you run Firefox v14, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might not work until updates for them are made available.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

4 comment

  1. Hi Friends,
    After doing all the above steps I successfully installed but when I ran the browser and if I open say it crashing and showing error as in pop-up window

    We are sorry
    Firefox had a problem and crashed

    and Details as bellow…

    Add-ons: {c0c9a2c7-2e5c-4447-bc53-97718bc91e1b}:5.9,,,{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}:10.0.1
    BuildID: 20120605140359
    CrashTime: 1342681925
    EMCheckCompatibility: true
    FramePoisonBase: 00000000f0dea000
    FramePoisonSize: 4096
    InstallTime: 1340783820
    Notes: GLXtest process failed (exited with status 1): No visual found for first FBConfig

    ProductID: {ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}
    ProductName: Firefox
    ReleaseChannel: default
    SecondsSinceLastCrash: 501391
    StartupTime: 1342681923
    Theme: classic/1.0
    Throttleable: 1
    Vendor: Mozilla
    Version: 13.0

    This report also contains technical information about the state of the application when it crashed.

  2. @G Babu: It sounds like the extension ‘YouTube Downloader’ is not compatible with this version. You should try and disable it, if you can do so before Firefox crashes.

    If you are not able to get it disabled before Firefox crashes, then I’d say your options would be to go back to an earlier version of Firefox, or create a new Firefox profile and import your bookmarks into this profile.

  3. I prefer to download the tarball (where doesn’t matter; it doesn’t have to be .tmp) and extract it to $HOME/tmp.

    I then copy it to /opt/firefox-XX.X.X, whe XX.X.X is the version, e.g. 14.0.1.

    Finally, I symlink /opt/firefox-XX.X.X to /opt/firefox

    That way, I still have older versions to fall back on when FF screws up (as sometimes happens).

  4. @Leaman
    Thank you leaman for responding to my mail. So even previous version of firefox also giving same error so please could you help me how to get out of this problem

    I am using fedora 16 os

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