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HowTo: Install firefox-13.0.tar.bz2 in Linux

I‘ve downloaded Firefox version 13.0 from mozilla server. The name of file is firefox-13.0.tar.bz2. How do I install firefox-13.0.tar.bz2 in any Linux distribution?

Step #1: Download Firefox 13

Download Firefox version 13 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 13, use the wget command as follows:
$ wget 'http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/13.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-13.0.tar.bz2'
OR, you can download 64 bit version:
$ wget 'http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/13.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-13.0.tar.bz2'
Sample outputs:

--2012-06-06 17:16:28--  http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/13.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-13.0.tar.bz2
Resolving ftp.jaist.ac.jp... 150.65.7.130, 2001:200:141:feed::feed
Connecting to ftp.jaist.ac.jp|150.65.7.130|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 19807142 (19M) [application/x-bzip2]
Saving to: `firefox-13.0.tar.bz2'

100%[==========================================================>] 1,98,07,142 86.9K/s   in 2m 51s

Step #2: Extract and Install firefox-13.0.tar.bz2 Tar Ball

To extract the contents of the downloaded file called firefox-13.0.tar.bz2 and install into /opt directory, enter:
$ tar -jxvf firefox-13.0.tar.bz2 -C /opt
Sample outputs:

firefox/
firefox/libnssdbm3.so
firefox/updater.ini
firefox/icons/
firefox/icons/updater.png
firefox/icons/mozicon128.png
firefox/components/
firefox/components/libbrowsercomps.so
firefox/components/binary.manifest
firefox/components/libmozgnome.so
firefox/components/libnkgnomevfs.so
firefox/components/libdbusservice.so
firefox/searchplugins/
firefox/searchplugins/wikipedia.xml
firefox/searchplugins/eBay.xml
....
...
firefox/libssl3.so
firefox/crashreporter.ini
firefox/libmozalloc.so
firefox/libmozsqlite3.so
firefox/precomplete

If you can not install Firefox 13 in /opt directory, due to permission issues, use the following command to install FF13 in your own home directory:
$ mkdir ~/firfox13
$ tar jxvf firefox-*.tar.bz2 -C ~/firfox13

Step #3: Start Firefox 13 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
OR
$ ~/firefox13/firefox
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Firefox 13 in action

Fig.01: Firefox 13 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, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might not work until updates for them are made available.

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  • HDTB June 24, 2012, 8:18 pm

    This saved my butt. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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