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I'd like to fetch and install old FF16 instead of FF17 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server.

Currently FF17 is default. FF17 is incompatible with Selenium 2.26

How one can install an old version of Firefox with apt-get? Can one pindown this version so that it is not automatically updated?

Also if there exists a static FF16 installation available it is a solution.

apt-cache policy firefox
  Installed: 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
  Candidate: 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 17.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 0
        500 lucid-updates/main Packages
        500 lucid-security/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.6.3+nobinonly-0ubuntu4 0
        500 lucid/main Packages
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For me the issue was solved using the following steps:

  1. download Firefox from Mozialla:

    cd ~/Downloads
  2. for single-user installation:

    1. unpack the archive within my home directory:
      mkdir -p ~/bin/firefox-16
      cd ~/bin/firefox-16
      tar -xjf ~/Downloads/firefox-16.0.tar.bz2
    2. Create a symlink to my ~/bin directory:
      ln -s ~/bin/firefox-16/firefox ~/bin/firefox
    3. I did that long time ago already, for you the step might be missing: open your ~/.profile and make sure to have ~/bin at the beginning of your $PATH:
      # set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
      if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
  3. For global installation, simply use the same steps as root, but replace the locations:
    • unpack to /usr/local/bin/firefox-16
    • symlink: ln -s /usr/local/bin/firefox-16/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox

For the global installation, no update of profiles should be required, as /usr/local/bin should already be in the $PATH. In both cases it is important this new path precedes /usr/bin (i.e. the new path should come before it), so the manually installed firefox is found first.

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You can grab an older Version from here:

And then you might go on like described here:

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Looks like Mozilla's FTP has older Firefox versions available:

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