How To Manually Install Firefox Browser on Linux

This brief tutorial shows you how to manually install Firefox Web Browser on Linux.

First go to to download the tar.bz2 file. This file does not contain sources, but pre-compiled binary package. If you like command line, use the following command to download.

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Once downloaded, change your working directory to the download directory and extract the tar.bz2 file.

tar xvf firefox*.tar.bz2

A new directory named firefox will be created in the current directory. As I said earlier, these files are pre-compiled binaries and Firefox is ready to run. There’s no need to compile from source. To start Firefox, run the firefox script in firefox directory.


If the built-in Firefox browser is running right now, you need to close it before you issue the above command. All your Firefox configurations in your home directory will be read by this manually installed Firefox browser.

If Firefox files are stored on your home directory, then only you can run this manually installed Firefox browser, so in order for other users to run it, we move it to /opt/ directory.

sudo mv firefox/ /opt

Create a symbolic link

sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-new

To start Firfox in the future, press ALT+F2 and run this command:


That’s it!


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5 Responses to “How To Manually Install Firefox Browser on Linux

  • it really works… Very useful. steps are very clear. thank you so much

  • Soumyo Mukherjee
    6 years ago

    I need to install it in tcl linux tv.
    What are the steps for that?

  • Thank you so much

  • starcastle22
    4 years ago

    This is what a get:

    XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /opt/firefox/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    Couldn’t load XPCOM.

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