Installing outside of a package manager
Complete instructions for installing Firefox outside of package management may be available at your distribution’s support website. For example:
Before you install Firefox, make sure that your computer has the required libraries installed. Missing libraries will cause Firefox to be inoperable.
The following instructions will install Firefox into your home directory, and only the current user will be able to run it.
- Download Firefox from the Firefox download page to your home directory.
- Open a Terminal and go to your home directory:
- Extract the contents of the downloaded file:
tar xjf firefox-*.tar.bz2
- Close Firefox if it’s open.
- To start Firefox, run the firefox script in the firefox folder.
Firefox should now start. You can then create an icon on your desktop to run this command.
As noted above, you need to install the required libraries for Firefox to work. Many distributions don’t include libstdc++5 by default.
“firefox not installed” message or wrong version of Firefox starts
If Firefox is installed following the instructions given above, it must be started (in a Terminal or in a launcher on the Desktop, for example) using the command
If you try to start Firefox in a Terminal with the command
it will either start the package-manager-installed version of Firefox or will tell you the program is not installed.