Install Firefox in Ubuntu: the easy way

With the release of Ubuntu 11.04, everyone is excited and so happy to be one of the users using it. I think you all have read my easy tutorial on how to install Ubuntu inside Windows, nice and easy way without corrupting your boot loader. If you haven’t then check it out here.

Many users will be greeted with Firefox 4 version when running Ubuntu 11.04. Recently Firefox has released its new version 4.0.1. It contains a lot of security and stability fixes. Firefox 4 contains ‘WebGLES vulnerabilities’, which according to Firefox can be used to run attacker code and install software, requiring no user interaction beyond normal browsing. I had recommend updating your Firefox as soon as possible.

So here comes the problem, lot of users are too lazy to update it because they dont know exactly how to upgrade it. While the fault is in Ubuntu’s end because the default firefox that comes installed with Ubuntu 11.04 is of canonical. Upgrading to firefox higher versions requires you to enter commands at terminals which allows you to activate the specific firefox repositories. For code-savvy people that’s OK, but what about the amateurs and beginners who are new to UBUNTU! Well not worry, here i am. Just follow the steps below and you can install firefox in ubuntu in no time.

  1. Go to and download the latest version on to your drive. The file type will be of tar.bz2.
  2. Right click the downloaded file and choose the ‘Extract Here’ option. Rename the extracted folder to Firefox 4.0.1.
  3. Now go to File System>usr>lib folder from your nautilus explorer. Now copy the above extracted folder in here.
  4. Open the extracted folder and locate the file named Firefox. Now right click it and select ‘Make Link’ option. This will create a new file called ‘Link to Firefox’.
  5. Cut and paste this link into File System>usr>bin folder. There will already be a file called Firefox. Rename this file to Firefox.old and rename your Link to Firefox file to just Firefox.

Thats’s it. Enjoy your new and updated Firefox. For further updates just select Help>About Firefox in the Firefox menu, and click Check for Updates button. Easy isn’t it.

For finding this solution it wasn’t easy for me as well, until i stumbled upon this great article over here written by Jaco. Thanks for this Jaco.

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  1. Prathmesh Reply

    I cant copy the firefox folder in system>usr>lib…. an error comes “permission denied”

    • Gautam Doddamani Reply

      you have to do it through terminal prathmesh. open terminal and type sudo su and then enter your password. this wil log u in admin mode…after that enter sudo nautilus and then try to copy the file. it should get copied this time :)

  2. Dora Reply

    If I cmonmuicaetd I could thank you enough for this, I’d be lying.

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