How to Install Firefox Quantum 60 in Linux

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70 Responses

  1. Mirek Zvolsky says:

    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.

    testing machine in VirtualBox/Vagrant, CentOs, ssh/xwindows forwarding :((

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Mirek,

      The latest Firefox 60 requires GTK 3.4 to run. The only way to install latest version of Firefox is to upgrade your Linux system.

      • Mirek Zvolsky says:

        yum provides “*/libgtk-3.so.0” # -> gtk3
        yum install gtk3

        So I have installed gtk3, xorg-x11-xauth, dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts.
        vagrant ssh (Vagrantfile: forwardconfig.ssh.forward_agent = true ; config.ssh.forward_x11 = true)
        or: ssh [email protected] -X -p 2222
        ….works

        • Ravi Saive says:

          @Mirek,

          That’s really great and thanks for sharing, let me give a try on my CentOS 6 box, last day me too facing same problem, but I didn’t tried it installing from YUM package manager thought latest Firefox needs upgraded GTK…:)

      • Mirek Zvolsky says:

        ssh -X # or:

        vagrant ssh
        where in Vagrantfile:
        config.ssh.forward_agent=true
        config.ssh.forward_x11=true;
        
        yum install gtk3
        yum install xorg-x11-xauth
        yum install dejavu-lgc-sans-fonts
        # log out/in (exit/ssh)
        echo $DISPLAY   # will print: localhost:10.0
        

        We need firefox v58+ (at this time v52 from repo is not enough)

        su
        cd /opt
        wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/60.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-60.0.tar.bz2
        tar xfj firefox-60.0.tar.bz2
        ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
        exit  # -> normal user
        firefox
        
  2. Howard says:

    If coming from Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) then I think you might want to adjust your edits suggested above as follows:

    1) Do a global search and replace:

    $ sudo vi /usr/share/applications/firefox-quantum.desktop  
    :%s/Firefox ESR/Firefox Quantum/g
    

    >> 46 substitutions

    2) Include just one Exec line edited as follows:

    -> Exec=/usr/lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr %u  
    +> Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox %u  
    

    3) Leave Icon=firefox-esr (otherwise it disappears from my cinnamon menu.) Perhaps someone else can tell me how to do this better.

    4) Simplify StartupWMClass:

    -> StartupWMClass=Firefox-ESR
    +> StartupWMClass=Firefox
    

    So far this seems to work for me. (Debian Stretch 9.2 / Cinnamon 3.2.7)

    THANKS A BUNCH RAVI. YOUR PAGE REALLY HELPED ME!

    • Andres says:

      I just copied the icon from the quantum firefox directory to the “icon directory??”. (No idea if that’s what pixmaps actually is…)

      # cp /opt/firefox/browser/icons/mozicon.png /usr/share/pixmaps/
      

      -> Icon=firefox-esr
      +> Icon=mozicon128

      Thanks Howard for all the other info!

  3. David says:

    thanks for the Firefox Quantum installation steps for Linux.

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