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This article explains how to download and install Firefox on a Mac.
This article explains how to download and install Firefox on a Mac.

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This article explains how to download and install Firefox on a Mac. * If you are updating from a previous version of Firefox, see [[Update Firefox to the latest version]]. {for win,linux}{note}'''Note:''' This article only applies to Mac. {for win}For instructions to install Firefox on Windows, see [[How to download and install Firefox on Windows]].{/for}{for linux}For instructions to install Firefox on Linux, see [[Install Firefox on Linux]].{/for}{/note}{/for} {warning}Make sure your Mac meets the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/system-requirements System Requirements] for Firefox. If you use an old version of OS X, see these articles for more information: *[[Firefox support has ended for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8]] *[[Firefox Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11 users move to Extended Support Release]] {/warning} = Installing Firefox on Mac = #Visit the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/new/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=support.mozilla.org Firefox download page] in any browser (for example, Safari). It will automatically detect the platform and language on your computer and recommend the best version of Firefox for you. #Click {button Download Firefox}. #*'''Note:''' If you want to have a choice of the language for your Firefox installation, click the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release Download options and other languages] link instead. #Once the download has completed, the file (Firefox.dmg) may open by itself and pop open a Finder window containing the Firefox application. Drag the Firefox icon on top of the Applications folder in order to copy it there. #;[[Image:Install Firefox on Mac 1]] #;{note}'''Note:''' If you do not see this window, open the Firefox.dmg file that you downloaded.{/note} #After dragging Firefox to the Applications folder, hold down the {key control} key while clicking in the window and select {menu Eject "Firefox"} from the menu. #;[[Image:Install Firefox on Mac 2]] {warning}'''Complete the steps above before running Firefox.''' Do not run Firefox directly from the Firefox.dmg file, as this can result in issues such as lost data and settings.{/warning} '''Tip:''' You can add Firefox to your dock for easy access. Just open your Applications folder and drag Firefox to the dock. [[Image:Dragging Firefox to Dock]] Firefox is now ready for use. Just click on its icon in the dock or Applications folder to start it. = Starting Firefox for the first time = When you first start up Firefox, you will be warned that you downloaded Firefox from the Internet. Because you download Firefox from the official site, click {button Open}. [[Image:Firefox Downloaded Security Check Mac 10.15]] Upon installation, Firefox will not be your default browser, which you'll be notified about. That means that when you open a link in your mail application, an Internet shortcut, or HTML document, it will '''not''' open in Firefox. If you want Firefox to do those things, click {button Use Firefox as my default browser}. If you're just trying out Firefox or simply do not wish to set Firefox as your default browser, click {button Not now}. [[Image:Firefox 72 as Default Browser Mac]]
This article explains how to download and install Firefox on a Mac. * If you are updating from a previous version of Firefox, see [[Update Firefox to the latest version]]. {for win,linux}{note}'''Note:''' This article only applies to Mac. {for win}For instructions to install Firefox on Windows, see [[How to download and install Firefox on Windows]].{/for}{for linux}For instructions to install Firefox on Linux, see [[Install Firefox on Linux]].{/for}{/note}{/for} {warning}Make sure your Mac meets the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/system-requirements System Requirements] for Firefox. Firefox version 83 and higher support Apple devices with an ARM-based CPU (i.e. Apple Silicon). Firefox 83 supports the current x86 architecture and run on both current Intel-based Apple devices and new Apple Silicon devices by way of Apple's Rosetta 2 emulation software and thus performance speeds may suffer. Later versions of Firefox are expected run natively (i.e. not under emulation). If you use an old version of OS X, see these articles for more information: *[[Firefox support has ended for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8]] *[[Firefox Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11 users move to Extended Support Release]] {/warning} = Installing Firefox on Mac = #Visit the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/new/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=support.mozilla.org Firefox download page] in any browser (for example, Safari). It will automatically detect the platform and language on your computer and recommend the best version of Firefox for you. #Click {button Download Firefox}. #*'''Note:''' If you want to have a choice of the language for your Firefox installation, click the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release Download options and other languages] link instead. #Once the download has completed, the file (Firefox.dmg) may open by itself and pop open a Finder window containing the Firefox application. Drag the Firefox icon on top of the Applications folder in order to copy it there. #;[[Image:Install Firefox on Mac 1]] #;{note}'''Note:''' If you do not see this window, open the Firefox.dmg file that you downloaded.{/note} #After dragging Firefox to the Applications folder, hold down the {key control} key while clicking in the window and select {menu Eject "Firefox"} from the menu. #;[[Image:Install Firefox on Mac 2]] {warning}'''Complete the steps above before running Firefox.''' Do not run Firefox directly from the Firefox.dmg file, as this can result in issues such as lost data and settings.{/warning} '''Tip:''' You can add Firefox to your dock for easy access. Just open your Applications folder and drag Firefox to the dock. [[Image:Dragging Firefox to Dock]] Firefox is now ready for use. Just click on its icon in the dock or Applications folder to start it. = Starting Firefox for the first time = When you first start up Firefox, you will be warned that you downloaded Firefox from the Internet. Because you download Firefox from the official site, click {button Open}. [[Image:Firefox Downloaded Security Check Mac 10.15]] Upon installation, Firefox will not be your default browser, which you'll be notified about. That means that when you open a link in your mail application, an Internet shortcut, or HTML document, it will '''not''' open in Firefox. If you want Firefox to do those things, click {button Use Firefox as my default browser}. If you're just trying out Firefox or simply do not wish to set Firefox as your default browser, click {button Not now}. [[Image:Firefox 72 as Default Browser Mac]]

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