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How do I install the latest stable version of Firefox?

Here is the deal. My primary OS is Ubuntu 10.10. I like it so far and I don't want to upgrade yet to the latest version.

But, I also want to install the latest stable version of Firefox which is 14.0.1, as it is my favourite browser. What should I do as there are no more updates for Maverick through the official update manager?

I also have installed Opera through the latest version repository and whenever there is a new version I can update it. Isn't there something similar for Firefox?

marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, hhlp, fossfreedom Feb 2 '13 at 10:04

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Just go to the firefox download web page and install it directly.

  • download the archive (firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2.crdownload)
  • unpack and run it:

    tar xjf firefox-14.0.1.tar.bz2.crdownload
    cd firefox/

    alternatively, double click on the package and when it unpacks, double click on the firefox executable within.

  • you can move the whole firefox directory wherever you want

  • you can create a desktop shortcut, in 10.04 you just need to right-click on the desktop and select "create launcher". Point it to the "firefox" file in the newly unpacked "firefox/" directory.

P.S. As someone suggested, moving to a more recent stable release is a good idea. At least to 11.04. The LTS (long term support) releases get regular security updates and bug fixes.

  • Thank you for your answer. I did what you said and now I have the v14.0.1 running. Nevertheless, the next time a new version comes out what should I do? Delete the folder which contains the 14.0.1 version and download/extract the latest one? Isn't there a way for this to be done automatically as in Opera? – Constantinos Aug 22 '12 at 12:24
  • If you have done as January suggested, this direct version of Firefox is can be updated independently of whatever the repos do or don't. Within Firefox, Alt+H and check for updates. – user25656 Aug 22 '12 at 12:30
  • OK! But now there is a problem... NO YOUTUBE!!! Or as far as I can tell no plugins??? (PS: how do I make a paragraph, each time i press ENTER it posts the comment) – Constantinos Aug 22 '12 at 12:37
  • This is ..unexpected. I followed the instructions myself and installed the 14.0.1, run int from a directory, opened a youtube page and it just works (on a 10.04 system). What happens if you do sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer? P.S. comments here can only have one para and a few hundred characters. – January Aug 22 '12 at 12:56
  • Nonetheless, consider moving to 11.04. It won't be much different from 10.10. – January Aug 22 '12 at 13:22

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