I looking where can I install and try the new browser Firefox Quantum, I didn't find how to get it. Can someone please tell me what repositories or links to download and install it ?
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deb http://ftp.hr.debian.org/debian sid main contrib non-free to
/etc/apt/sources.list and install it with this command:
apt install -t sid firefox
This will install only Firefox from unstable. Rest of packages will remain on
Added by cas 2018-04-19 (because it's quite common for people to want to install something from unstable without upgrading everything to unstable, and the answer here is applicable to more than just firefox):
This is a good answer, but incomplete. There are two more things that need to be done before running
apt install -t sid firefox.
APT::Default-Release "stable"; to
/etc/apt/apt.conf or a file in
/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ so that apt will only install packages from sid/unstable if you explicitly tell it to with
If you don't set the default release to stable, the next upgrade or dist-upgrade will upgrade your entire system to
sid. Most people don't want this.
If you're using a named Debian distribution such as
stretch in your
sources.list file, use that name rather than the generic
apt update to update the local package database.
apt install -t sid firefox will install not only the
firefox package but also the minimum set of upgraded & new packages required to satisfy the new firefox package's dependencies. This will usually just be a few firefox-related packages, built from the same source, but may also include other packages - e.g. if the new firefox depends on a newer version of a library package.
Sometimes it may even cause an important package like
libc6 to be upgraded which will then trigger a huge cascade of other package upgrades, effectively upgrading you to a hybrid of stable & unstable. This is generally worse than doing a full dist-upgrade to unstable itself. If this happens, you have two good choices: 1. cancel the firefox upgrade and wait for it to arrive in stable or https://backports.debian.org/; 2. cancel it and upgrade to unstable (which is not as bad as it sounds. In Debian, "unstable" doesn't mean "will crash all the time". It means "pre-release, changes constantly. sometimes things may break and require manual fixing")
If you’re already among the Firefox faithful, you’ll automatically upgrade to Firefox Quantum on November 14. But, if you enjoy the cutting edge, you can try it in Beta on desktop, Android, and iOS. Or, if you’re a web developer, download Developer Edition, which includes brand new, cutting-edge tools for those who build the web.
you simply could wait a few weeks. or you could download the beta which is in tar.gz format
so seems Quantum is not an "all new firefox" but an update.
hey, if it really is only about installing a beta version, then you may simply add the Firefox-beta Repo: https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/firefox-next
wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/57.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-57.0.tar.bz2 tar xvf firefox-57.0.tar.bz2 sudo unlink /usr/bin/firefox sudo ln -s ~/firefox-57.0/firefox /usr/bin/firefox firefox
I was just more-or-less forced to do this, because Amazon Prime Video (at least the Indian version), decided it was no longer going to work with the Firefox in stable. That would leave Chrome as the only major installed browser able to run Amazon Video.
Since 57 is available in unstable, the options were to try to backport it, or just try installing it directly and hope it didn't pull in a whole lot of stuff from unstable. Fortunately, as you can see below, it didn't. I think a proper backport would still be better, but it would be a lot more effort.
Specifically,the following packages were installed from unstable:
fontconfig-config libevent-2.1-6 libfontconfig1 libfontconfig1:i386 libfontconfig1-dev libhunspell-1.6-0 libnss3 libnss3-dev
A more conservative approach would be to try to force
apt to use only packages from stable, by doing
apt-get install firefox/unstable
but this approach is also slightly more likely (in general) to cause problems, because these are not the version that this firefox package would normally be working with.
Please do note that in general installing packages from unstable is not a good idea.
Having gone with this, nothing bad seems to have happened, as far as I can tell.
root@orwell:/home/faheem# apt-get install -t unstable firefox Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: fontconfig-config libevent-2.1-6 libfontconfig1 libfontconfig1:i386 libfontconfig1-dev libhunspell-1.6-0 libnss3 libnss3-dev Suggested packages: mozplugger The following NEW packages will be installed: firefox libevent-2.1-6 libhunspell-1.6-0 The following packages will be upgraded: fontconfig-config libfontconfig1 libfontconfig1:i386 libfontconfig1-dev libnss3 libnss3-dev 6 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3423 not upgraded. Need to get 44.8 MB of archives. After this operation, 160 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
Note also that stable let's one install the stable Firefox (version 52) and the new Firefox from unstable (57) side by side.
root@orwell:/home/faheem# dpkg -l | grep firefox ii firefox 57.0.4-1 amd64 Mozilla Firefox web browser ii firefox-esr 52.5.2esr-1~deb9u1 amd64 Mozilla Firefox web browser - Extended Support Release (ESR)
And it looks like the Firefox maintainers thought far enough ahead to enable diversions for the
root@orwell:/home/faheem# dpkg -S /usr/bin/firefox diversion by firefox-esr from: /usr/bin/firefox diversion by firefox-esr to: /usr/bin/firefox.real firefox, firefox-esr: /usr/bin/firefox
Although this is an old question, I feel like
snap should at least be mentioned. It's a lot more convenient than installing from Sid, in my opinion.
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install firefox
The script below will download the latest version of Firefox (either from the Stable or Beta channel) and package it into a .deb for installation.
Download and extract the ZIP file linked below and run
./build-firefox.sh from the Terminal.
--install flag when running the script to automatically install it after building.
I'm not sure why @stanislav-vlasic 's answer was down-voted, I assume because he suggests a specific mirror, so heres a tip on how to get sid for your current debian mirror:
egrep '^deb .*? stretch ' /etc/apt/sources.list \ | head -n1 \ | sed 's/stretch/sid/g' \ | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt update sudo apt install -t sid firefox
That appears to have gotten me firefox quantum as of time of writing, no promises on stability!
Ah I understand now, apt pinning is less than trivial, I found a much more concise option posted by: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-install-firefox-quantum-on-debian-stretch-linux
Which covers in detail, both the
deb <your mirror> sid main repository line in
/etc/apt/sources.list, as well as how to pin apt.
I'm going to make the following recommendation:
# /etc/apt/preferences.d/sid Package: * Pin: release a=unstable Pin-Priority: -1
Install new firefox:
sudo apt install firefox -t sid
Make the new firefox the default
sudo apt remove firefox-esr