29 October 2012

Install Firefox 16.0.2 in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 from tar.bz2


Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser developed for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux coordinated by Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards. As of July 2012, Firefox has approximately 24% of worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the third most widely used web browser.

New in Firefox 16.0.2

  • Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default
  • Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Acholi and Kazakh localizations added

To install Firefox 16.0.2 in Ubuntu follow these simple steps

Step 1: Download Firefox 16.0.2 from HERE and save it in your Download directory under your Home Directory.

Step 2: Extract firefox-16.0.2.tar.bz2 using following command on your Desktop.

$ cd Downloads

$ tar -xjf firefox-16.0.2.tar.bz2 -C ~/Desktop

Step 3: Remove previously installed Firefox if any , using following command

$ sudo rm -r /opt/firefox

Step 4: Move the extracted Firefox directory from Desktop to /opt directory.

$ sudo mv ~/Desktop/firefox /opt/firefox

Step 5: Create Symbolic link.

a. Backup your old Firefox launcher

$ sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old

b. Create symbolic link for new Firefox

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

Step 6: Launch newly installed Firefox using following command

$ firefox

Step 7: Create Launcher for newly installed Firefox on your Desktop

$ ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox ~/Desktop/firefox

That's it you have successfully install Firefox 16.0.2. To check version, type following command in terminal

$ firefox -v
Mozilla Firefox 16.0.2

Enjoy :)

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  1. Thanks. This was perfect. I spent hours trying to find an explanation that could be followed by me ( a complete noob).

  2. Works for me too! :D