How to Install Firefox 93 in Linux Desktop

Firefox 93 officially released for all major OS e.g. Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, and Android. The binary package is now available for download for Linux (POSIX) systems, grab the desired one, and enjoy browsing with new features added to it.

What’s new in Firefox 93

This new release comes with the following features:

  • The new AVIF image support, which offers considerable bandwidth savings for sites compared to existing image formats.
  • Firefox now blocks downloads that depend on insecure connections, safeguard against malicious or unsafe downloads.
  • Superior web compatibility for privacy protections and new referrer tracking system.
  • Better privacy protection for your web voice and video calls.
  • Enhancements to core engine components, for greater browsing on more sites.
  • Enhanced performance and nicer user experience for extensions.
  • Other various security fixes.

New Firefox has also added lots of new interesting features to Android as well. So, don’t wait, just grab the latest Firefox for Android from Google Play Store and have fun.

Install Firefox 93 in Linux Systems

Ubuntu users will always get the latest version of Firefox via default Ubuntu’s update channel. But the upgrade isn’t yet available and if you are curious to try it, there is an official Mozilla PPA to test the new version of Firefox on Ubuntu and its derivatives.

Install Firefox on Ubuntu

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt install firefox

On other Linux distributions, you can install Firefox 93 stable from tarball sources in Debian and Red Hat-based distributions such as CentOS, Fedora, Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux, etc.

The download link for Mozilla Firefox tarballs can be found by accessing the below link.

The process of installing the latest version of Firefox from archive sources is similar for Ubuntu and CentOS desktop versions. To begin with, log in to your desktop and open a terminal console.

Then, issue the below commands in your terminal in order to download and install Firefox from tarball sources. The installation files will be placed in your distribution /opt directory.

For 32-Bit OS
$ cd /opt
$ sudo wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/93.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-93.0.tar.bz2
$ sudo tar xfj firefox-93.0.tar.bz2
For 64-Bit OS
$ cd /opt
$ sudo wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/93.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-93.0.tar.bz2
$ sudo tar xfj firefox-93.0.tar.bz2

After Firefox application files had been decompressed and installed to /opt/firefox/ system path, execute the below command to first launch the browser. The latest version of Firefox should open in your system.

$ /opt/firefox/firefox

Now close the firefox, and remove the old version of firefox and create a symbolic link to the new Firefox version as default.

$ sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefoxold
$ sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Launch Mozilla Firefox by navigating to Applications -> Internet menu where a new Firefox launcher should appear. In Ubuntu desktop just search for firefox in Activity dash.

After hitting on the shortcut icon, you should see the new Mozilla Quantum browser in action in your system.

Firefox Quantum
Firefox Quantum

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Firefox 93 browser from a tarball source file in Debian and RHEL/CentOS Linux distributions.

Note: You can also install Firefox with a package manager called ‘yum‘ or ‘dnf‘ for RHEL-based and ‘apt-get‘ or ‘apt‘ for Debian-based distributions, but the available version may be a little older.

$ sudo apt install firefox     [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install firefox     [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky Linux/AlmaLinux]
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72 thoughts on “How to Install Firefox 93 in Linux Desktop”

  1. XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /home/kmvora/apps/firefox/libmozgtk.so:
    libgtk-3.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    Couldn’t load XPCOM.

    Reply
  2. This description is very easy and runs well!

    Now I have a problem with pipelight and silverlight, I try to integrated in FireFox but it doesn’t works.

    I try the follow commands:

    # pipelight-plugin -y --enable silverlight
    Plugin silverlight5.1 is now enabled
    

    last but not least

    # pipelight-plugin --create-mozilla-plugins
    

    If I call /usr/bin/firefox-old, it works on FF 35
    Someone has an idea to solve the problems of
    Thanks for help

    Reply
  3. Hi, I’m getting below error while installing this 45.0.1 version.
    I’ve installed RHEL 7 on my machine and want to update firefox.
    [

    firefox/webapprt-stub
    [[email protected] Downloads]# cd firefox
    [[email protected] firefox]# firefox -V

    (process:3725): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion `sys_page_size == 0′ failed
    Mozilla Firefox 24.5.0
    [[email protected] firefox]# ^C

    ]

    Reply
    • @Shrinivas,

      Which version of glibc you have? if it’s 2.6, then it’s a bug that appears to have reemerged when Firefox runs under version glib 2.36. Try to update you Linux distributions and try installing again..

      Reply
  4. followed the steps, when I run /usr/bin/firefox, nothing happened. I want to install ff29 on centOS6.4. Could you have a look?
    Thx

    Reply
    • @Constance,
      Could please share any error if you see on the screen? this article is for FF 41, not FF 29, but the same instructions works for FF 29 too..

      Reply
  5. Hi,
    I have installed firefox 39.0 according to above mentioned steps but, it is still giving the following error.
    unable to obtain stable firefox connection in 60 seconds (127.0.0.1:7055)
    I have selenium-webdriver (2.46.2). I am trying this on centOS.

    Reply
  6. After these commands:
    # mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old
    # ln -s /full-path/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

    When I type /usr/bin/firefox
    Its saying error:bash: /usr/bin/firefox: No such file or directory

    Reply
    • @Akshay,
      That means, you’ve not linked properly your firefox binary under /usr/bin/. Try to follow instructions carefully and give a try again..

      Reply
  7. Hi,

    I followed the steps as mentioned.

    Im getting following error

    [[email protected] firefox]# firefox -v
    XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /var/tmp/firefox/libxul.so:
    libXcomposite.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    Couldn’t load XPCOM.

    Can you please help me with this..

    Thanks!!

    Reply

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