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A Single Command Install of Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu

Firefox 3.5

The final version of the Firefox 3.5 is now available for all major Operative Systems on Mozilla’s web site. Firefox downloads, as usual are not only on a per-OS basis, but also on a per-language basis. Firefox 3.5 maintains that tradition, it is availabe in over 50 different languages. “Your is certainly included”.

If you want to get Firefox 3.5 on your Ubuntu producton box, before Ubuntu offers you a Firefox 3.5 update, then, just copy and paste these lines of code below.

Back-up your current profile of Firefox 3.0.11 (or whatever version you have) with
cp -r ~/.mozilla/firefox/ ~/firefox_backup
This will backup your current Firefox profile into the firefox_backup directory in your Home Folder.

Now install Firefox 3.5 with
wget -O - http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.5/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.5.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~
Replace “en-US” with say “en-GB”, “It” “es-ES”, “es-AR”, etc etc. if you want Firefox respectively in English as in Great Britain, Italian, Spanish as in Spain or Spanish as in Argentina. Hit Here to have an idea.

To run Firefox 3.5, move to your Home Folder, look for the firefox directory. Double-click on the firefox file in that directory.
You can also run Firefox 3.5 from the command-line with ~/firefox/firefox .
You can now add it to your Applications Menu. Go to System->Preferences->Main Menu
In the “Command Field”: /home/username/firefox/firefox.
In the “Name field”: Firefox 3.5

Make sure Firefox 3.0.11 is closed before running firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 will begin with an update. It will update your Bookmarks, Browser History, Passwords. It will also update your Extensions and will check for compatibility.

What to do with Incompatible Add-ons.

Firefox Update

Lifehacker proposes this:

  • Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
  • Right-click anywhere. Choose New>Boolean. Make the name of your new config value extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false.
  • Make another new boolean pair called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set the value to false.
  • Restart Firefox.

Lifehacker: Make Your Extensions Work with the Firefox 3 Beta ~ also works with Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 is the first browser to support open video formats, allowing movies to become part of today’s dynamic web pages without requiring a plug-in.

Now Watch This!!! A quick preview of Firefox 3.5’s new and exciting features.

Have your say on Mozilla’s fastest Firefox so far!!!

Download Firefox 3.5

[Update 1]
The Firefox stable is now at version 3.5.5, use this line of code to install it in your *buntu
wget -O - http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.5.5/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.5.5.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~

Install Firefox 3.6 beta 2 for testing with
wget -O - http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.6b2/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.6b2.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~


  1. Howard Dickins
    8:53 pm on July 7th, 2009

    @Foomandoonian Nope. But you can still get it… http://bit.ly/17fAs8

  2. Peter Nikolaidis
    9:39 pm on July 7th, 2009

    A Single Command Install of Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu | Kabatology ~ Open Source, Linux http://snipurl.com/mb97r

  3. jmagsho
    4:42 pm on July 8th, 2009

    easy Firefox 3.5 install for Ubuntu users – http://tinyurl.com/lv5mr4

  4. Gary Walter
    12:25 pm on July 10th, 2009

    A Single Command Install of Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu http://tinyurl.com/lv5mr4

  5. Martin Kaba
    5:18 pm on July 16th, 2009

    RT @nikolaidis: A Single Command Install of Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu http://snipurl.com/mb97r

  6. Philip Baylis
    12:29 pm on July 28th, 2009

    A Single Command Install of Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu http://tinyurl.com/lv5mr4

  7. Quepp42
    2:47 am on July 30th, 2009

    Hey I just tried to do this method, but when I try to run the new firefox, it does nothing. When i tried to run it in the terminal, it gave me this message:

    /home/mark/firefox/firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    could anyone tell me how to fix this problem?

  8. Pubudu
    6:16 am on August 14th, 2009

    Or can install it with one small script (with automatic updates)


  9. Gino Strada
    5:51 pm on August 19th, 2009

    And how to remove it?

  10. Cesar
    4:42 am on August 23rd, 2009

    After toying around with it for a while i feel that Its still not good enough to give up epiphany for. Is there anyway i can get rid of just firefox 3.5?

  11. steve
    5:02 am on September 14th, 2009

    Seems to not be working. 404 error on the link contained therein.

  12. Darin
    7:57 am on September 21st, 2009

    Firefox is up to version 3.5.3 now. Just change the 3.5s in the command to 3.5.3 and you’re golden.

    wget -O – http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.5.3/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-3.5.3.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C ~

    That just worked for me.

  13. Ramon Perez
    4:38 am on October 18th, 2009

    I installed Firefox 3.5, but I can’t open the prefences window; it keeps giving me a message like this: XML Parsing error: undefined entity. Location: chrome://browser/content/preferences/preferences Line number 25, Column 1:


    I’d appreciate if someone can help me with this, thanks

  14. durahman
    8:26 am on December 15th, 2009
  15. embroidery punching
    11:34 am on February 21st, 2010

    I’m unable to find firefox 3.5. Please someone give me the link so that i could download the older version of firefox.