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Firefox has no sound after updating to version 52. I am using Debian/Bunsenlabs with ALSA as my main sounddriver.

Is it possible to get Firefox play sound without installing PulseAudio?

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    Firefox does support this through a configure option. It seems your distribution does not enable that option. You could build from source; see this answer on AskUbuntu
    – Fox
    Mar 16, 2017 at 21:57

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Since version 52, Firefox is built by default with only pulseaudio support.

So if you really can't use pulse, you'll have to rebuild firefox to enable the alsa support.

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So in version 52, Firefox ships with pulseaudio only out of the box. You can still compile firefox yourself with ALSA. Some distro's re-enabled it again, some chose not to because they are afraid it will break soon now Mozilla is not supporting it.

People saying Firefox ESR 52 does support ALSA. I just installed it, I can confirm it doesnt.

Me, I am fed up with firefox. First the DRM (netflix) ordeal, now dropping ALSA support. Which forces us to use Pulseaudio. I am jumping ship to Chrome.

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