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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 photon design

Mozilla plans to make Firefox 57 a milestone release by introducing major changes to the web browser when the version is released. We talked about those in the past already; most notable probably is the focus on WebExtensions in Firefox 57. Classic add-ons will stop working at that time, as they are no longer supported […]


firefox text to speech

TTSFox is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds text to speech functionality to the browser, even when the device is offline. It can sometimes be useful to have something read aloud to you. This can be the case if you do something that is not directly in front of the monitor, […]


adblock plus review

If you are a Firefox user and pay attention to user reviews and ratings on the Firefox add-ons website, you may have noticed an increase in anonymous ratings. The ratings are left by anonymous user "random six character string", and only have a rating but no review itself. This in itself is strange for veteran […]


firefox addons webextensions

The following article looks at a list of top Firefox add-ons, and checks whether those add-ons are available as WebExtensions already, or are planned to be released as WebExtensions. Top Firefox add-ons in this context means the following: first page of add-ons on Mozilla AMO based on user count, user rating, and featured. Mozilla plans […]


firefox 55 geolocation insecure fail

Mozilla plans to make a change to Geolocation in Firefox 55 that would block requests automatically if they come from non-secure origins. Geolocation, broken down to its core, refers to technologies that allow sites and applications to determine a user's position in the world. This can be useful when mapping services are used among other […]


firefox chrome ie safari memory performance 2017

Mozilla Firefox with its multi-process architecture enabled is still the web browser with the best memory performance according to Mozilla. Our own memory benchmarks saw Firefox lead the pack in 2012 and 2014 when we compared the browser's memory usage against Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer on Windows. Mozilla did run tests of its own […]


firefox addon permissions

So, by now you have probably heard that a major change is coming this year to the Firefox add-on ecosystem. In a nutshell, Mozilla will scrap all legacy add-ons and move the add-on system exclusively to WebExtensions. The net effect is that legacy add-ons won't work anymore when the change comes -- it is planed […]


classic theme restorer dead

The Classic Theme Restorer add-on for Firefox will stop working when Mozilla releases Firefox 57.0 Stable, and Firefox 59.0 ESR. Classic Theme Restorer was developed as a direct response to Mozilla refreshing Firefox with the Australis theme release in Firefox 29. The add-on allows Firefox users to restore many theme features that Mozilla removed and […]


firefox 52.0

Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Stable was released on March 7, 2017 to the public through the web browser's automatic update functionality, and on Mozilla's website. Note: Firefox 52.0 is being rolled out on March 7, 2017. The release is already on Mozilla's FTP server, but may not be yet available through automatic updating. All Firefox users […]


update

Mozilla is working on an updated version of the preferences in the Firefox web browser to remove inconsistencies and improve the user experience. The Firefox preferences page allows users to modify various important browser settings such as the homepage, update behavior, or search engines. The page has not changed all that much in the last […]


firefox installation permissions

Mozilla plans to turn on a permissions system for the installation of WebExtensions in the Firefox web browser that is similar to that of Google Chrome. Whenever you install an extension in Google Chrome, all of the extra permissions that the extension requests are listed in the installation prompt. The idea is to provide users […]


noscript 5.0

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. NoScript is the main reason why I'm still using Firefox as my main web browser, and not another browser. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any […]


firefox testpilot containers

Mozilla launched a new TestPilot project for the Firefox web browser yesterday that brings Containers to all versions of the web browser. We talked about the web browser's Containers functionality before in our first look of the feature back in mid 2016. Containers look a lot like Firefox profiles on first glance, but they are […]


backtrack tab history

BackTrack Tab History is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that copies history from tabs when you open links in new tabs. All modern web browsers support tab-specific histories. What is meant by that is that they record a certain number of sites that were opened in a tab in the past. This provides […]