Installing and updating Firefox Developer via PPA aurora channel

Related: How do I install the Firefox Developer Edition? - it is just related, the question is not simple about how to install Firefox

So, I have added repo


but I can't install current developer version (53). I'm still running the stable (51) official version.

Even in synaptic I can't see 53 version package. Could it be because on ppa https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-daily/+archive/ubuntu/firefox-aurora, next to every package it shows (I need package for 16.10):

Failed to build: amd64 arm64 armhf i386 ppc64e

If it is so, how do you recommend to proceed? Install manually and wait?

20.9.2017 - Edit

  • it looks like they started to update the channel again see comment https://askubuntu.com/a/936166/642778 bellow.

  • added a title for clearance: Basically because the problem is really not just "how to install Firefox". Yes, you can just download archive from the official FF web, decompress, run and FF will do self-auto updates.

But there are some people, who want the source code too, people who are updating their FF extensions, or people who cannot have allowed auto-updates or many other reasons...

  • There aren't any built packages in the PPA at the moment. You can get FF aurora from mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/channel/desktop. Feb 19, 2017 at 17:51
  • Very 'wierd' ppa as none of the previous successful builds are available though the packages are still there for the last one, (52). Ex. for 16.04 64 bit - launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mozilla-daily/+archive/ubuntu/… Guess you'll have to wait till it gets good builds unless you want to download & install from previous page or from the beta channel ppa - launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/firefox-next
    – doug
    Feb 20, 2017 at 0:30
  • thx @doug for confirmation. I have downloaded manually from here and installed conventionally to /opt. Maybe we should correct the outdated articles, that are recommending installing via ppa, or at least pin there some warning.
    – antigone2
    Feb 20, 2017 at 19:20
  • You could just download from firefox's page, extract the tar.gz file in some $PATH place.
    – spark
    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:52

4 Answers 4


Try via Ubuntu Make

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install ubuntu-make
umake web firefox-dev

src: http://sourcedigit.com/20695-how-to-install-firefox-developer-edition-on-ubuntu-16-04/


This ppa seems to be already deprecated (latest update was 3 months ago):


So I'm thinking there's no luck for installing through apt-get anymore. It needs to be downloaded manually from https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/developer/


This PPA was updated on September 17, 2017 (with version 57.0b1), after 5 months of inactivity. It's kind of a weird release schedule but that's probably related to the changes in release channels which are described here https://hacks.mozilla.org/2017/04/simplifying-firefox-release-channels/


If you use ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa instead, then you can install 53.0a1 by installing the package firefox-trunk.

  • Apparently the person who posted the question knows how to add a ppa. But for other visitors it would be nice to have a solution which they could copy-paste to solve the problem.
    – MadMike
    Feb 21, 2017 at 7:37
  • @MadMike thx, exactly. And I do believe that developer version is different. Point is that this is not working, following instructions here won't work either, and for people who has already added this ppa is bad, that they will not get important update repairing some bug if there will occur one, and probably will not even notice that.
    – antigone2
    Feb 21, 2017 at 18:34

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