Firefox 42 Nightly Is Now Built In GTK+3

Firefox Nightly for Linux has been compiled with GTK+3 and the stable version of Firefox 42 may be the first one to be released with GTK+3.

For now, there are a few glitches around showing borders of address and search bars, but there is a huge boost in speed.

Installation instructions:

Mozilla does not provide a repository for its Firefox browser, but the installation steps are quite easy anyway and should not create difficulties on any Linux distribution.

The latest versions of Firefox are available as pre-compiled libraries via the Mozilla FTP, so we need to download the archive (i386 or i686 for 32 bit systems and amd64 or x86_64 for 64 bit systems), extract  it and run the firefox file. Also, it is advised to remove previous versions of Firefox, move Firefox to /opt and create a symlink, for an easier usage.

The below instructions should work on all the popular Linux systems, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS, Deepin, Peppermint, LXLE, Linux Lite, Debian, Robolinux, SparkyLinux, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux, Manjaro, ROSA Desktop etc.

How to install Firefox Nghtly on 32 bit Linux systems:

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/firefox-42.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf firefox-42.0a1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox*
$ sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

To start Firefox, just open a terminal, type firefox and hit enter.

How to install Firefox Nightly on 64 bit Linux systems:

$ wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/firefox-42.0a1.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjvf firefox-42.0a1.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox*
$ sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox
$ sudo ln -sf /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

To start Firefox, just open a terminal, type firefox and hit enter.

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