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How to set up the Firefox OS desktop build

Running the Firefox OS Simulator can be very useful for developers, tinkerers, and curious minds wanting to get a feel for how the Firefox OS operates.

Note: The Firefox OS Simulator add-on for Firefox was formerly known as r2d2b2g.

Use the Firefox OS Simulator add-on

Running the Firefox OS add-on for the Firefox browser is the quickest and easiest way to get it working in under a minute, and it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Install the Firefox OS Simulator

Please follow these easy steps to install and run the Firefox OS Simulator add-on for Firefox:

  1. Open your Firefox browser.
  2. Open this link to the Firefox OS Simulator add-on.
  3. Click on the button + Add to Firefox. Firefox will download the requested add-on and ask you to confirm that you want to install it.
  4. Click on the button Install – the add-on will be installed.

Run the Firefox OS Simulator

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu (on Ubuntu in the menu bar, click on Tools).On the menu bar, click on the Tools menu.
  2. Go over to the Web Developer menu, and click Firefox OS Simulator.
  3. On the left side of the simulator window, click on the switch Stopped so that it will turn to Running.

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The simulator will start and you may now start playing with Firefox OS!
Tip: Use the home or fn+left arrow buttons on your keyboard to simulate the home button on the device.
Note: For more detailed information, you can read more about Using the Firefox OS Simulator on the Mozilla Developer Network.

 

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Howdy!

I believe this article may need to be updated to reflect the mature state of the Firefox OS Simulator for Firefox.

A quick draft of what I have in my mind as far as the main topics -

Using the Firefox OS Simulator add-on for Firefox (Recommended)

  • Quick and straight-forward instructions of how to install the Simulator Add-on

Manually installing the Firefox OS Simulator

  • If the Firefox OS Simulator add-on doesn't work for some reason, complete the following steps.

Prepare your computer

  • Keep the same information

Get the Boot2Gecko app

  • Keep the same information

Get Gaia

  • Keep the same information

Start Firefox OS

  • Keep the same information

Update

  • Keep the same information

I'll submit a new revision of this article, but please feel free to comment on this discussion or edit my changes to the article.

Thanks!! =)

- Ralph

I approved your revision rjbd, hope that was ok @mluna.

underpass

Hello,

This article contains information for all the three operating systems but it's very difficult to translate since the OS selector is not visible to localizers.

Could you please correct this problem?

Thanks

Of course. All done.

It turns out that the OS selector won't work unless an article is also classified as "Firefox" desktop in addition to "Firefox OS."

Please let me know if you still have problems.