Mozilla, makers of Firefox and other things, is working on bringing support for the webp format to the Firefox web browser. WebP is an image format developed by Google (based on tech by a company Google acquired) that offers lossy and lossless compression. Google designed the format as an alternative to the aging jpeg image […]
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.
The Firefox web browser is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit application for all supported desktop operating systems including Windows. The 64-bit Firefox version for Windows is a fledgling however when compared to the Linux and Mac OS X versions, as it has just been available officially since December 2015. 64-bit builds for Windows were […]
Mozilla plans to launch a new search reset feature in Firefox 51 that enables users to restore the default search engine should the need arise. Firefox users who want to reset the browser's main search engine to the default -- which is different based on which country they come from -- can do so in […]
Mozilla plans to improve the visibility of custom zoom levels in the Firefox web browser starting in version 51 by displaying levels in the address bar. Firefox's custom per-page zoom level feature is quite useful. You may use it to increase or decrease the zoom level of any given page to make content smaller or […]
The following guide walks you through the steps of overriding the add-on signing enforcement in Firefox Stable and Beta. You will be able to install unsigned add-ons in Firefox versions in which this should not be possible. Mozilla implemented the add-on signing security feature in Firefox some time ago, and made it mandatory in Firefox […]
Mozilla plans to support plugin-free streaming on Netflix and Amazon Video on Firefox for Linux starting with version 49 stable of the browser. The streaming world is slowly moving towards using HTML5 for streaming purposes and away from using plugins such as Microsoft Silverlight or Adobe Flash. While there is still work to be done, […]
Mozilla plans to launch an update for the built-in password manager in Firefox that will make HTTP passwords work on HTTPS sites as well. If you use the built-in functionality to save passwords in Firefox currently, you may know that the manager distinguishes between HTTP and HTTPS protocols. When you save a password for http://www.example.com/, […]
Most web browsers display suggestions when you start to type in the browser's address bar. These suggestions are matches found in the browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, and also online results. Some browsers display them in the order URL and then title, while others began to put the focus on the title and not the […]
Mozilla pushed a feature to Firefox 51 Nighty the other day that introduces so-called one-off searches from the address bar to the browser. The main idea behind the feature is to give Firefox users direct options to run searches using other installed search engines. Firefox, like any other browser, uses one particular search engine for […]
Mozilla plans to deprecate parts of SocialAPI, an interface designed originally to make social interactions faster and easier, in Firefox 51. Mozilla introduced the SocialAPI in Firefox 17 as a way to make interactions with social network services like Facebook easier and faster. The API offered access to various browser components, a chat window, sidebar, […]
Mozilla launched the new Test Pilot project No More 404s yesterday on the official Test Pilot website. The add-on has been designed to provide Firefox users with options to read an earlier version of a deleted web page. Basically, what it does is monitor response codes for 404 not found errors to display an option […]
Firefox 48 Stable will be released on August 2, 2016 according to the Firefox release schedule. Firefox 48 is a major release that makes add-on signing mandatory on Stable and Beta versions of the browser, and introduces multi-process functionality to the first batch of users (who don't run any add-ons). Firefox 47.0.1 and earlier versions […]
Firefox Hello, the messaging then screen sharing / video chat feature of Firefox will be removed from Firefox 49 if things go as planned. Mozilla integrated Firefox Hello in version 34 of the browser. The organization did so natively back in 2014 which meant that Hello was part of the Firefox browser. The main idea […]
Unbranded Firefox versions are created specifically for developers to test their add-ons in without having to get development versions signed. Mozilla introduced add-on signing some time ago and will make it a requirement without override in Stable and Beta starting with Firefox 48. Firefox Stable and Beta versions cannot override add-on signing anymore which means […]