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Mozilla Firefox is a free open source browser available for Windows, Linux, Mac and the Android mobile operating system. The browser development started in 2003 at a time when Internet Explorer dominated the browser landscape. First versions of Firefox, originally titled Phoenix, were released in early 2004. Firefox version 1.0 was released in November 2004 and new versions of the browser were released since then in regular intervals.

Firefox is currently the number three browser in the world market share wise only trailing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Google’s Chrome browser which appeared on the scene in 2008.

Mozilla adopted Google’s release scheme by switching to a rapid release schedule in 2011 under which new versions of the browser are released every 42 days. The browser is currently available in four different channels, namely Stable, Beta, Aurora and Nightly. The majority of users are on the stable channel which offers the best stability but is the last to receive new features which are first introduced in Nightly versions of Firefox and then moved to Aurora and Beta releases before they make their way into the stable version of the Internet browser

Below are all Firefox articles, tips and tricks, and reviews that we have published here on Ghacks. You may want to start browsing our Firefox Add-ons reviews or our selection of Firefox Tips.

firefox reset preferences

Mozilla releases updates to Firefox Stable regularly. The organization did so on a six week schedule in the past, but has loosened that up a bit in recent time. This schedule bumps the number in front of the dot by one. Smaller updates may increase the number after the dot to fix smaller issues or […]


Mozilla announced a major change in November 2014 in regards to the company's main revenue stream. The organization had a contract with Google in 2014 and before that had Google pay Mozilla money for being the default search engine in the Firefox web browser. This deal was Mozilla's main source of revenue, about 329 million […]


firefox sync bookmarks

Mozilla implemented changes in Firefox 53 Nightly recently that improve the reliability of the web browser's bookmark syncing functionality. Firefox Sync is integrated in the web browser. It enables Firefox users to sync data -- bookmarks, passwords or the browsing history for instance -- to the cloud, and from there to other devices that run […]


firefox53 local file access content process

Mozilla enabled a new security feature in Firefox 53 recently that moves local file access to a new content process in the browser. Firefox's new multi-process architecture Electrolysis is making big leaps. Mozilla started to roll out the new architecture in Firefox 48 Stable. While the roll out is still on going, Mozilla is already […]


classic theme restorer

Mozilla announced a couple of days ago that it plans to make Firefox support only WebExtensions add-ons by the end of 2017. While that seems far far away right now, it is almost certain that things won't be ready by then. What I mean by that is that WebExtensions capabilities won't match those of Firefox's […]


about sync

About Sync is a free add-on for the Firefox web browser designed to reveal information about the Firefox Sync account and its data. Firefox Sync is the integrated data synchronization feature of the Firefox browser. You can use it to sync data such as browser bookmarks, the browsing history or passwords across connected devices. The […]


firefox doorhanger old design

Mozilla plans to ship Firefox 53 with restyled doorhanger notifications. Doorhanger notifications are small overlay windows that Firefox displays underneath the browser's address bar when user interaction is required. This can be a request to access the computer's location, to save the typed in authentication information, or install an add-on on the Mozilla website. If […]


firefox webextensions

Mozilla announced a far reaching change coming to the organization's Firefox web browser in late 2017. The organization plans to cut support of all extension technologies but the rather new WebExtensions when Firefox 57 Stable is released. Support for WebExtensions was introduced in Firefox 48 Stable, and new capabilities were added in newer releases. According […]


noscript multi-process firefox

NoScript, the one must have add-on for Firefox if you ask me, has received an update recently that introduces full multi-process compatibility (e10s). This paves the way for enabling Firefox's multi-process architecture if NoScript is installed. Mozilla is still in the process of enabling Firefox's multi-process architecture on systems running the stable version of the […]


firefox 50

Mozilla Firefox 50.0 was released on November 15, 2016. Mozilla postponed the release of the new stable version of the Firefox web browser to ship it with noticeable startup improvements. Note: if you are reading this article on November 15, 2016: Mozilla will release Firefox 50.0 today. It is already available on the FTP, but […]


firefox block background audio

Firefox will block the automatic audio playback of content in non-active tabs starting with version 51 of the web browser. There are two types of background audio in browsers: first audio playback initiated by the user, for instance by starting playback on a site and then switching to another tab. Second, audio playback that starts […]


firefox quantum compositing

The first quantum project component, Quantum Compositor, has just landed in the latest Firefox Nightly version (currently on 52). Project Quantum is Mozilla's attempt to create a next-generation web engine. We talked about project quantum when it was revealed by Mozilla two weeks ago. Quantum is a large project that is all about parallelism and […]


firefox content processes

Mozilla revealed yesterday that it plans to enable multiple content processes in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of the web browser. Firefox's multi-process architecture is not yet enabled for all users of the stable version of the browser, currently on version 49.x, but plans are already underway to improve multi-process Firefox. Tip: Check […]


firefox-crash

Firefox Nightly has been crashing on me for the past three days. The browser starts up fine, but it crashes after about a minute has passed even if I don't do anything. One thing that is strange and noticeable is that Firefox nightly spawns two windows, one blank without title or any other information, and […]