How to Install Firefox Quantum on CentOS

r00t January 5, 2018

Install Firefox Quantum on CentOS

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install Firefox Quantum on CentOS 7. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Mozilla released Firefox Quantum on 14th November, 2017, though it had been in Beta for quite a while but an official release was supplied. Firefox quantum is reported to be the quickest version of Firefox till date. It’s said to be two times faster than Firefox was 6 months past & uses 30 percent less memory than its competitor, Chrome. Less memory usage means quicker page loading and smoother browsing experience for users.

Mozilla Has built the UI & underlying browser, called Servo, Completely from the floor up. All these new improvements will make Firefox Quicker to load and render web pages, and also its user interface ought to be Responsive and quick even under heavy load with countless tabs.

I recommend to use a minimal CentOS server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an CentOS 7 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Firefox Quantum on CentOS

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

yum -y clean allyum -y update

Step 2. Installing Firefox Quantum.

Firstly we will download the Firefox Quantum from the Official Website:

### 32-Bit ###
cd /opt
sudo wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/57.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-57.0.tar.bz2
sudo tar xfj firefox-57.0.tar.bz2

### 64-Bit ###
cd /opt
sudo wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/57.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-57.0.tar.bz2
sudo tar xfj firefox-57.0.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:

/opt/firefox/firefox

Next, create a quick launch icon in your desktop applications menu:

cd /usr/share/applications/
sudo cp firefox.desktop firefox-quantum.desktop

Then, open firefox-quantum.desktop file for editing and search and update the following lines:

Name=Firefox Quantum Web Browser
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox %u
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox -new-window
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox -private-window

Save and close the file changes. Launch Mozilla Quantum by navigating to Applications -> Internet menu where a new Firefox Quantum launcher should appear.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Firefox Quantum on your CentOS 7 server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Firefox Quantum web browser on CentOS 7 system.

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