Install Firefox 74.0 on Ubuntu / CentOS / LinuxMint

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Firefox 74.0 on Ubuntu 18.04 / 16.04 LTS, LinuxMint, Fedora, and CentOS 6.X / 7.
Firefox is the most commonly used browser for everyone and one of the standard browsers.
It is an open source browser, developed by Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation, and can be used on multiple operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Mac OSX. It comes with private mode and powerful plugins

What’s new in Firefox 74.0?

  • With the ability to reverse alphabetical ordering (name Z-A) in Lockwise, your login management has been improved and you can access it under “Login Name and Password”.
  • Firefox now makes it easy to import bookmarks and history from the new Microsoft Edge browser on Windows and Mac.
  • You can now use the Add-ons Manager (About: Add-ons) to remove add-ons installed by external applications. Going forward, only users can install add-ons. They cannot be installed by applications.
  • The Facebook container prevents Facebook from tracking your network-on non-Facebook sites, Facebook logins, likes, and comments are automatically blocked. However, when you need an exception, you can now create an exception by adding a custom website to the Facebook Container.
  • Firefox now masks the computer’s IP address by using a random ID in some WebRTC schemes, thereby providing better privacy for your Web voice and video calls by supporting mDNS ICE.
  • Changed
  • When a video with a batch of photos is uploaded to Instagram, the “picture in picture” switch will be on top of the “next” button. The toggle switch has now been moved so that you can flip through the next batch of images.
  • On Windows, you can now use Ctrl + I to open the Page Information window without opening the Bookmarks sidebar. Ctrl + B still opens the Bookmarks sidebar, making keyboard shortcuts more useful to our users.

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Various security fixes.

So how to install Firefox 74 on Ubuntu / LinuxMint / CentOS?

Method 1 (for Debian based systems) via PPA

The best and easiest way is to upgrade Firefox by updating the repository, if PPA is updated, it will automatically upgrade to the new version.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Method 2: Via tar file-for all distributions

Step 1: Download the latest version of Firefox 74 from FTP using wget

https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/74.0/

For 32-bit systems

> wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/74.0/linux-i686/zh-CN/firefox-74.0.tar.bz2
For 64-bit systems

wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/74.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-74.0.tar.bz2

Step 2: Extract the tarball

Tar-xjf firefox-74.0.tar.bz2

Step 3: Move the Firefox folder to opt

Remove older versions of Firefox (if any)

Sudo rm -rf / opt / firefox73

Sudo MV Firefox / opt / firefox73

Step 4: Create symbolic links for new Firefox by default

Sudo MV / usr / bin / firefox / usr / bin / firefoxold

Sudo ln -s / opt / firefox74 / firefox-bin / usr / bin / firefox

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