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I'm new the Debian 7, I can't install my Mozilla Firefox, can someone recommend me a working way to install it properly.

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Normally I don't say 'try google', but there's a million pages that cover installing Firefox on Debian (assuming you don't just use IceWeasel). – EightBitTony Jul 18 '13 at 21:02
I tried many tutorial, but it s not as simple as you think, cordially. – MohamedB Jul 18 '13 at 21:03
In which case, your question isn't as detailed as it needs to be, because you a) didn't say you'd tried, b) didn't say what failed. – EightBitTony Jul 18 '13 at 21:04
up vote 5 down vote accepted

If you want vanilla Firefox, the easiest way would be to just download it from Mozilla.


Extract it in your home folder using tar xvf downloaded.tar.gz && mv firefox/ ~/.firefox.

This command will extract the tar you've downloaded, and move into a hidden directory in your home folder (aliased to ~/, which is synonymous to home/username/).

You will have to create a symbolic link to the ~/.firefox/firefox binary in /usr/local/bin/ in order to be able to run it via the firefox command, though, as your home directory isn't scanned for binaries by default.

cd /usr/local/bin/
su -
ln -s /home/username/.firefox/firefox firefox # ~/ doesn't work since you're root now, and have a different home directory

Firefox will update automatically.

However, Firefox is actually included in Debian, under the name of Iceweasel, due to branding issues.

You can start it with the iceweasel & command, or search for it - depending on which desktop environment you have.

As Michael suggested, Iceweasel can be a bit dated, so check out mozilla.debian.net as well.

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If you need a newer version than the Iceweasel that's included in Debian's standard repository, check out mozilla.debian.net – Michael Kjörling Jul 18 '13 at 21:07
I didn't know that iceweasal is the same as firefox and that is just about branding conflict, thank you. – MohamedB Jul 18 '13 at 21:20
Sure, no problem. I would still recommend running vanilla Firefox. If you're running Debian stable - most likely Iceweasel hasn't caught up with Firefox upstream. Your web browser is something you really want to keep up to date, and since I've been using Firefox Nightly for some time now, I can attest that it's completely stable. – jcora Jul 18 '13 at 21:24
minor quibble - any binaries or symlinks you install yourself really should go in /usr/local/bin, not /usr/bin - just to keep up with standards – MattDMo Jul 18 '13 at 22:10
A less than obvious note: 64 bit releases are here instead: releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/… – ntrrgc Jul 18 '13 at 22:45

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