Install Firefox Nightly on Ubuntu Linux 18.04
# Create /opt directory sudo mkdir --mode=755 /opt # create a directory for firefox sudo mkdir /opt/firefoxnightly # Download latest Nightly 64-Bit wget -O firefoxnightly.tar.bz2 "https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-nightly-latest-ssl&os=linux64&lang=en-US" # Extract firefox to the folder we created for it in /opt tar xjf ~/Downloads/firefoxnightly.tar.bz2 /opt/firefoxnightly # give rights so that it auto-updates sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /opt/firefoxnightly # start Firefox Nightly cd /opt/firefoxnightly && ./firefox
1. Download Firefox Nightly
You’ll get a
.tar.bz2 file. Mozilla doesn’t provide
.rpm packages since binaries are more universal and work on all distributions.
Extract the file and you’ll get a folder called
2. Create an
/opt is for system-wdie installation of add-on software, while
/usr/local is for single user and local installations. Since
/opt is optional, Ubuntu doesn’t have one by default. You can create one, no big deal.
sudo mkdir --mode=755 /opt
Whichever directory you want to install in is up to you.
3. Adding the Dock Icon
I was able to start Firefox Nightly but hwne right-clicked the icon, there were no options to add it as a Favorite.
# Create a desktop icon touch ~/firefoxnightly.desktop
Add the following to the shortcut icon file. See
/usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop for inspiration
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Firefox Nightly Comment=Take a browse on the wild side Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Network;WebBrowser; # # WARNING: Remember to fix the path in Icon and Exec # Icon=/opt/firefoxnightly/browser/chrome/icons/default/default128.png Exec=/opt/firefoxnightly/firefox %u # Actions=Default;Mozilla;ProfileManager; # [Desktop Action ProfileManager] # Name=Profile Manager # Exec=/opt/firefoxnightly/firefox –no-remote –profile-manager # These actions show when you right-click the icon in the Dock Actions=new-window;new-private-window; # Open a New Window [Desktop Action new-window] Name=Open a New Window Exec=/opt/firefoxnightly/firefox -new-window # Open a New Private Window [Desktop Action new-private-window] Name=Open a New Private Window Exec=/opt/firefoxnightly/firefox -private-window
validate the file, no output means it passed
add the shortcut to Dock
# for current user desktop-file-install --dir=.local/share/applications firefoxnightly.desktop # for all users (/usr/share/applications/) sudo desktop-file-install firefoxnightly.desktop
At this point i can search for Firefox Nightly and see the icon to click. But not seeing the right-click menu options i added.
What i did was search for Firefox Nightly and then dragged the icon to the Dock to add it as Favorite. That added it to the dock as well as gave me the right-click options.
- StackOverflow: /opt folder missing in Ubuntu 14.04
- Why is Nightly provided as a tar.bz2 archive? Do I have to compile it?
- Firefox releases README
- Firefox Nightly releases
- Getting Firefox Nightly to stick to Ubuntu’s Unity Dock