Getting Firefox installed on your computer is your first step to using it. This article will show you how to install Firefox on Linux. For other operating systems, see How to download and install Firefox on Windows and How to download and install Firefox on Mac.
Many Linux distributions include Firefox by default, and most have a package management system that lets you easily install Firefox. Generally, you should install from package management. Package management will:
Package management also has some downsides:
To install Firefox using the package manager, please refer to the documentation of the Linux distribution you're using.
Complete instructions for installing Firefox outside of package management may be available at your distribution's support website. For example:
tar xjf firefox-*.tar.bz2
Firefox should now start. You can then create an icon on your desktop to run this command.
As noted above, you need to install the required libraries for Firefox to work. Many distributions don't include libstdc++5 by default.
If Firefox is installed following the instructions given above, it must be started (in a Terminal or in a launcher on the Desktop, for example) using the command:
If you try to start Firefox in a Terminal with the command:
firefox, it will either start the package-manager-installed version of Firefox or will tell you the program is not installed.