Firefox 51.0 Released for systems and Android on Jan 23, 2017 with various bug fixes and updates. Below is the list of few changes which is made in this release of firefox. Read more details about this release of Firefox.
This article will help you to install Firefox 51 on CentOS, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, CloudLinux Linux and other Linux operating systems. This article will use Firefox 51 compiled code available for Linux systems, which doesn’t require any compilation etc. We need to just extract the archive file and start using it.
1. Remove Existing Version’s
First remove any existing version of Firefox from your system if installed using rpm. Red Hat based system use following command.
# yum remove firefox [OR] $ sudo apt-get remove firefox
2. Downloading Latest Firefox Archive
Download the latest Firefox archive from here (32 bit) and here (64 bit). At the time of last update of this article Firefox 51 is the latest stable version available. Download Firefox 51 source code as per your system architecture using one of following commands.
# cd /usr/local # wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-51.0.tar.bz2
# cd /usr/local # wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-51.0.tar.bz2
3. Extract Archive on System
After downloading the latest version of Firefox archive on your system, let’s extract is using the following command.
# tar xvjf firefox-51.0.tar.bz2
4. Configure Firefox
Firefox source is completely pre-compiled and we don’t have to do anything to make it running on the system. We just need to create a soft-link of Firefox binary file to systems bin directory to make it accessible from anywhere in the system.
$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Now start Firefox using following command from Linux terminal. You may also use GUI menu to start Firefox on your system.
# firefox &