Firefox 57 release overview

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 13, 2017
Updated • May 22, 2018

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 57.0 to the stable channel on November 14, 2017. The new version of the web browser is a major release as it introduces big changes to the browser's performance, interface, and add-on compatibility.

In short: the new version of Firefox is a lot faster than previous versions, replaces the Australis interface introduced in Firefox 29 with the new Photon interface, and drops support for the legacy add-on system to focus on WebExtensions.

Executive Summary

  1. Firefox 57.0 comes with a design refresh called Photon.
  2. Legacy add-ons and themes are not compatible anymore.
  3. Performance improvements thanks to Project Quantum.. Mozilla states that Firefox 57 is two times as fast as Firefox 52.0.

Firefox 57.0 download and update

firefox quantum 57

Firefox 57.0 will be released on November 14, 2017 to the browser's stable channel. Existing Firefox users will have the browser updated automatically on the day, provided that automatic updates is enabled.

Firefox users can run manual checks for updates in the browser with a click on Menu > Help > About Firefox.

The release is already on Mozilla's FTP server, but it is best to wait for the public release announcement by Mozilla. Mozilla will update the download links as well on November 14.

Direct download links for Firefox installation files:

Firefox 57.0 Changes

Firefox 57 is probably the most important release for Mozilla in a long, long time. The organization removed the old add-ons system from Firefox, refreshed the interface, and integrated some parts of Project Quantum in the browser.

Photon design

firefox 57 new tab page

Firefox 57.0 comes with a modified interface, the first major refresh of Firefox's design since the release of the controversial Australis interface in Firefox 29.0.

Photon is more than just an interface overhaul however as it is part of the Mozilla Quantum project. This means that Photon is not just a new paint for Firefox, but something deeper that took factors such as speed and responsiveness into account.

As far as the interface is concerned, Firefox 57.0 introduces changes to the New Tab page, the Firefox menu, themes, and customization options.

Firefox's theme has changed; if you used a previous version of the browser you will immediately notice the changes. Version 57.0 of the browser comes with a light and dark theme that you can switch between, and options to change the theme's density to touch or compact modes. Compact uses a little bit less of space, touch is optimized for devices with touch capabilities.

firefox 57 new theme density

The Firefox menu is still at its default location, but it is not made up of icons anymore but of text links (with icons instead). The menu is fixed, meaning that you cannot add or remove items from it anymore.

firefox 57 menu

Customize options are still provided though as you can see on the screenshots above. You can still drag and drop many interface elements around, or remove them entirely from the browser UI. New items can be placed on the main toolbar or a new ">>" menu designed for items that you don't want placed on the toolbar but in reach anyway.

When you navigate to a site you will notice the new "..." menu that is placed inside the address bar. This is the new Page Actions menu that lists options to interact with the page directly.

firefox 57 page actions

You find options to bookmark the page, or save it to pocket, and options to copy or email the link, send the tab to a connected device, or take a screenshot there.

Mozilla added dupes of the first two options inside the address bar as well. A right-click on the entry, e.g. "save page to Pocket" displays options to add or remove the icon from that spot.

The New Tab Page and Start Page of Firefox 57 is based on Activity Stream now. Activity Stream was launched as a Test Pilot experiment before Mozilla implemented the functionality in the browser.

The page features a search, top sites, highlights, Pocket recommendations (only select countries) and snippets that Mozilla displays. Firefox users can customize the New Tab page with a click on the cogwheel icon to display or hide any of the elements (removing all leaves a blank page).

Users who want more control can install the New Tab Override extension by Sören Hentzschel.

Photon is more than just the visuals that you see on the screenshots.Mozilla tweaked animations, icons and many other things to improve the responsiveness of the browser.


The second big change in Firefox 57 is that parts of Firefox's new web engine Quantum are implemented in the browser. Mozilla stated earlier that Quantum made Firefox twice as fast for some operations when compared to the recent Firefox 52.0. That's an impressive gain.

Quantum makes use of technology that modern processors offer. It supports parallelism and other features, and uses these to make Firefox faster.

Quantum CSS, also known as Stylo, is the first major Quantum component that Mozilla integrated into Firefox.

Without going into too many details, Quantum CSS uses parallel computing and other improvements to make the handling of CSS in Firefox a lot faster.

Mozilla revealed in September that Firefox engineers removed a total of 468 issues related to speed, bottlenecks for instance, in the preceding months.

You can check out this overview on Mozilla Hacks for details on that, and this article on Quantum in general on the same site.

Quantum makes the browser more stable at the same time, as Quantum Compositor was moved to its own process thanks to the previous integration of Electrolysis (multi-process Firefox).

In short: Firefox feels a lot snappier and faster.

Changes to the Firefox add-on system

firefox legacy extensions

Firefox 57 does not support legacy add-ons or themes anymore. Firefox users who ran those in previous versions of the browser will notice that these have been disabled during the update to Firefox 57.

So, if you have updated to Firefox you may notice that some of your add-ons have been disabled, and that is the reason why.

Add-ons and themes that have been disabled are listed under legacy extensions on about:addons. Options to remove them and to use the new "find a replacement" feature are provided.

There is no guarantee that a replacement is available however. The Classic Theme Restorer extension for instance cannot have a replacement as WebExtensions cannot replicate its functionality.

In short: Firefox 57 supports only WebExtensions. Plenty of popular extensions have been ported, but there is an equally large number of popular extensions that have not yet. Some will never be ported for one reason or another (because of developer disinterest, a lack of APIs or because they are abandoned by their developer).

Mozilla plans to support legacy add-ons throughout the lifetime of Firefox ESR 52. The Firefox ESR 59 release won't support legacy add-ons anymore, and Mozilla noted already that there won't be a switch to enable legacy support again.

New Permissions in Preferences

firefox new permissions

You find (some) permission controls in the preference in Firefox 57. You can control location, camera, microphone and notifications directly there.

Load about:preferences#privacy and scroll down to the permissions section. A click on settings displays all sites that requested access to the linked feature, e.g. location. You can remove select websites or all websites from the listing at any time.

There is still some work to be done in this regard though, as controls lack options that Firefox's classic permissions system offered (removed by Mozilla).

Other Firefox 57.0 changes

  • The Share button has been removed in Firefox 57. You can install the Firefox add-on Share Backported to bring it back.
  • The autoscroll feature of Firefox uses asynchronous scrolling in Firefox 57. This should improve the smoothness of the scrolling of this mode.
  • The Linux security sandbox is set to a higher (more restrictive) level in Firefox 57.0. It blocks file system reads and writes on Linux systems. Firefox users on Linux who run into issues after the upgrade to the new version can modify the sandbox level accordingly (see known issues below for instructions).
  • Pressing the middle-mouse button in the content area on Unix systems does not navigate to URLs anymore by default.
  • Support for AMD VP9 hardware video decoder that improves video playback with lower power consumption.
  • Tracking Protection is now available as an option for all sites. It was previously only available for sites in private browsing mode.
  • Firefox 57 ships without visible search bar in the interface. You can enable it under about:preferences#search on new installations. Old installations should not be affected by this.

Firefox 57.0 Issues

Firefox 57.0 has three unresolved issues that may affect users of the browser:

  • Firefox users who operate screen readers are advised to use Firefox ESR until performance issues are resolved.
  • Firefox may crash on Windows and Linux systems with Intel Broadwell-U processors. Mozilla suggests that Windows users make sure the most recent updates are installed, and that Linux users should make sure the distribution package for Intel microcode is installed.
  • Firefox for Windows users who use the browser over Remote Desktop Connections (RDP) may have no audio as it may have been disabled due to security restrictions. Mozilla's support page suggests changing the level of the Firefox sandbox to 2.
    • Load about:config?filter=security.sandbox.content.level in the browser's address bar.
    • Double-click on the preference and set its value to 2.
  • Older versions of the Japanese Input Method Editor ATOK IME may cause crashes, and are disabled because of that on 64-bit versions of Firefox on Windows. Mozilla suggests to upgrade to a newer version or another IME.

Developer Changes

  • Visual refresh of DevTools themes.
  • New and re-designed Console panel (written in React and Reduct), allows  to inspect objects in context now.
  • The rel="preload" attribute has been disabled again.
  • New -screenshot flag for the headless mode of Firefox.
  • resource:// URIs don't leak information anymore.
  • Lots of Quantum CSS, WebExtensions changes. Consult the resource section below for links to the information.
  • Social API is completely removed.
  • Legacy add-ons maximum compatibility is set to 56.*. Developers cannot upload legacy add-ons with a higher maximum compatibility.

Firefox 57.0 for Android

  • Only supports WebExtensions. Legacy add-on support dropped.
  • Features performance improvements for faster page load times and better stability.
  • New Tab page updated.
  • Video decoding shuts down automatically when the playing tab is sent to the background. Will resume automatically when brought back to the foreground. Audio continues to play.
  • Tracking protection outside of private browsing supported.
  • Private mode automatically enabled on compatible keyboards when in private browsing mode.
  • Long URLs can be scrolled now in the address bar.
  • Added wo locale.

Security updates / fixes

Will be added once they are published. They are out.

  • CVE-2017-7793: Use-after-free with Fetch API
  • CVE-2017-7817: Firefox for Android address bar spoofing through fullscreen mode
  • CVE-2017-7818: Use-after-free during ARIA array manipulation
  • CVE-2017-7819: Use-after-free while resizing images in design mode
  • CVE-2017-7824: Buffer overflow when drawing and validating elements with ANGLE
  • CVE-2017-7805: Use-after-free in TLS 1.2 generating handshake hashes
  • CVE-2017-7812: Drag and drop of malicious page content to the tab bar can open locally stored files
  • CVE-2017-7814: Blob and data URLs bypass phishing and malware protection warnings
  • CVE-2017-7813: Integer truncation in the JavaScript parser
  • CVE-2017-7825: OS X fonts render some Tibetan and Arabic unicode characters as spaces
  • CVE-2017-7815: Spoofing attack with modal dialogs on non-e10s installations
  • CVE-2017-7816: WebExtensions can load about: URLs in extension UI
  • CVE-2017-7821: WebExtensions can download and open non-executable files without user interaction
  • CVE-2017-7823: CSP sandbox directive did not create a unique origin
  • CVE-2017-7822: WebCrypto allows AES-GCM with 0-length IV
  • CVE-2017-7820: Xray wrapper bypass with new tab and web console
  • CVE-2017-7811: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56
  • CVE-2017-7810: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 56 and Firefox ESR 52.4

Firefox 57.0.1

Mozilla released Firefox 57.0.1 on November 29, 2017. It is a security and bug fix release that addresses the following issues:

  • Addressed an issue with pref.js profile paths having non-ascii characters.
  • Fixed a Google Maps crash on OS X devices with Intel HD Graphics 3000 video adapters.
  • Block RealPlayer Free client library injection as it was causing performance problems.
  • Addressed video color distortion issues on AMD devices on sites like YouTube and other video sites.
  • Security fixes.

Firefox 57.0.2

Firefox 57.0.2 was released on December 7, 2017 to the stable channel of the web browser. The release fixes two issues in the browser:

  • A crash issue on start that is caused by old versions of G Data Endpoint Security.
  • A WebGL and D3D9 in Windows.

Firefox 57.0.3

We covered the Firefox 57.0.3 release here.

Firefox 57.0.4

We covered the Firefox 57.0.4 release here.


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  1. Jonas said on September 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Since I’ve rarely wanted to transfer more than one tab between browsers, I’m not inclined to install another extension just for that — especially one that (according to your description) closed all my tabs in the process. In the past I’ve just copied and pasted the URL, but (even for just one tab) that is a little tedious.

    I just tried an interesting little experiment, with a useful result. (I did this on my Mac, but I’m guessing it would work on other platforms too.) I’m reading this article in Firefox, so I opened a new blank window in Chrome. At the top of both browser windows, at the far-left end of the URL bar, there’s a little icon of the letter “i” in a circle. (If you hover over it in Firefox, it says “Show site information”; in Chrome, hovering it says “View site information” — that’s the icon I’m talking about.)

    I simply dragged the Firefox “i” icon from the top of this page, into the Chrome window — and this page loaded in Chrome! It worked! Then I tried something just a bit trickier, in the other direction — I first (from a bookmark) loaded into Chrome a page from my local web-development server (i.e. not online)… then dragged the “i” icon from the Chrome toolbar into this Firefox window — and it worked then too!

    So, although I have no interest in the OneTab extension, I just learned something useful! I hope other people find this trick useful too. (Later I’ll try it in Safari — maybe it works in every browser?)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 28, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Interresting find Jonas, thanks for sharing!

      1. John G. said on August 27, 2023 at 8:13 pm

        Your comment doesn’t appear to be one of the real @Martin, because there is no black label rounding the entire title of the comment as before. :S

  2. kero said on January 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    I also used onetab already and didn’t even know they had this feature. Thanks so much.

  3. Legion said on February 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Exporting tabs to FF: “The address wasn’t understood. Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (chrome-extension) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.”


  4. DMoRiaM said on August 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    And the most important information was left out of the article or it don’t even exist in the first place: how to completely disable such functionality.

    1. Tom said on August 23, 2023 at 8:59 am

      Your comment doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s an explicit user action to import data from other add-ons. If you don’t want it you just don’t do it.

      1. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:14 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am actually searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am currently searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      3. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:32 am

        my bad. somehow my, and I think DMoRiaM’s comment got mixed into the wrong article. Haha.

    2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:34 am

      go to about:config and set browser.translations.automaticallyPopup to false.

      1. Robert G. said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 pm

        Thanks Christoph for the info.

      2. Kuba said on September 29, 2023 at 1:07 pm

        this worked, thanks!

  5. Sean said on August 17, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    Does this hack still work on FF 107 or whatever is most current?

    1. Addlibs said on August 19, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      Firefox 118 seems to be officially rolling this out by default:

      1. zed said on August 20, 2023 at 11:08 am

        Hoping Mozilla won’t remove the option altogether in the future as they already did for other, ahem, unwanted features… Why don’t they listen to their users instead?

      2. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:13 am


        your reply seems to be Addlibs (according to your RSS reader),
        Addlibs did not intend to comment on this article “OneTab browser extension”, but regarding Firefox’s new built-in fullpage translation “Firefox Translation”.
        Firefox Fullpage Translation

  6. dmacleo said on August 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    what the heck is going on with comments on this site lately?
    first comment on THIS article was 9-2019.

    1. John Wold said on August 21, 2023 at 2:50 am

      Looks like the comments database is corrupted.

      Besides old comments appearing in new articles, the same comment appears in multiple articles.

      Also I answered a comment in one article, and the same answer appeared as an answer to a different comment by the same person.

  7. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:16 am

    @Martin Brinkmann,

    Anyway, please deal with this anomaly ASAP.
    Comments are a mess, irrelevant and chaotic.
    If there is no prospect, Ghacks Technology News should be put on hiatus until the system is fixed.

    1. Frankel said on August 21, 2023 at 11:46 am

      It’s the same as before with endless monologues or people telling others why they are wrong.

      1. Guest said on August 23, 2023 at 3:55 pm

        Actually, Frankel, it’s you who’s wrong

  8. martins Lutes said on August 22, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    This is all techo-BS. What people want is far simpler: a hotkey toggle: images on/images off. Is that really so complex? Seems so. It’s like autoplay videos on/off. In that case you can set it to off but it doesn’t stick. Typical digiocy.

  9. Mystique said on August 23, 2023 at 11:11 am

    This isn’t great but it might help people that have moved from chrome to firefox to some extent. I can’t tell you the amount of time I have seen people complain that a certain extension they use on google is not available and the only thing holding them back from moving over when they are actually wrong and the very same developer has a Firefox version also. I would always encourage manually looking as there are always hidden gems.

    In regards to the website I have reached out to Martin personally and to his credit he replied very quickly. He has informed me that they are aware of the problems and are attempting to fix it.

    Martin is no longer involved in the technical management of the site so I imagine if we want to ask someone then our comments would perhaps be better directed towards Softonic.

  10. John G. said on August 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

    I don’t understand what is happening here with the comments. The counter shows zero comments and then inside there are some comments from older dates even since years. And mostly of them are non related by the way with the article. So sad what’s going on and nobody is still fixing it. :S

    1. Herman Cost said on August 23, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      This site now appears to be mostly be created and run by AI. On the positive side (if there is one), I guess we can assume at some point the AI will be capable of recognizing and fixing corrupted files and the like.

  11. Andy Prough said on August 23, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    “Import Chrome extensions” …. (by installing comparable Firefox extensions) … (for a small number of extensions).”

    What a bunch of bogus PR spin. Someone who liked uBlock Origin on Chrome could already install it just fine on Firefox with a couple of mouse clicks. This just adds extra unnecessarily complicated steps to something that was already dead simple, all in order for Mozilla to claim fake one-to-one compatability that doesn’t actually exist.

  12. Ray said on August 23, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    It would be interesting if Firefox could install Chrome Addons directly from the Chrome Web Store. Although there would probably be some incompatibility, perhaps there’s a shim to translate some Chrome-specific WebExtension APIs over to Firefox. Microsoft Edge can install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store, but Edge is using the same Blink web engine as Chrome so that makes things easy.

    Don’t really care about importing as I never use that feature.

  13. Rex said on August 24, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Just retire Gecko and join the Blink bandwagon already, Mozilla. Then you can guarantee 100% Chrome extension compatibility! /s
    Not like your browser is getting much attention let alone budget compared to your other woke social justice initiatives.

  14. Anja said on August 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm


    does anyone know if the STG has issues with the sidebar at the moment? I just added it and can not find any option to use it in the sidebar. I am also using an add-on for tree style tab…this might be the source of the problem?

    Greetings, Anja

  15. Pete willams said on August 25, 2023 at 1:41 am

    tried typing- about:config -in the search bar -( I want to enable javascript) but it simply will NOT open!

  16. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I tried Firefox Translate, but it doesn’t do Chinese or Japanese, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. I uninstalled it and am sticking with the Google Translate extension.

  17. ECJ said on August 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    “…Vivaldi and Brave use self-hosted solutions, which still require connections, but offer better privacy than an integration of Google Translate or other third-party translation services would offer.”

    While I like Brave as a browser, their translation “solution” just plain sucks. I’d rather have the data sent to Google or Bing, than have a translate feature that just doesn’t work properly. Not only is it not possible to select just a section of text to translate, but to make it worst, most of the time translating the whole page in Brave is either really unbearably slow, or more often than not, it just won’t translate the page at all and displays a “This page couldn’t be translated” error. It’s pretty pointless if their users need to keep using something else to translate pages and have to give up their privacy anyway.

    The native translate feature in Firefox sounds like a much better solution than what Brave use.

  18. Merlin said on August 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Great news, thanx FF devs! Hopefully, more languages will be available in the future. So happy!

  19. TelV said on August 28, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Floorp comes with its own built-in translator. It’s been like that ever since the first release in fact.

  20. Mystique said on August 29, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Article title: Firefox 117: native language translations, last Firefox 102 update and security fixes

    I think for now every time I comment on an article I am going to put the title of the article and/or the URL of said article because I am seeing my own comments which are from another Firefox related article but not exactly this one.

    In regards to this website Martin does not have administrative access to the back end of the website. It would fall on softonic international to fix it now which seems to be of very low priority.

    This might be the straw that broke the camels back for ghacks which is a shame because it had many good comments and articles that go way back. Moving away from it would suck.

    Maybe try contacting them here to see if you can get any action.

  21. Quinton Blakely said on August 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Can you help me please.

  22. Brian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:15 am

    Latest version, they pust their VPN (powered by Mullvad) yet again. Instead of writing version changes. sigh.

  23. Shiva said on September 1, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Luckily I had a recent backup available. Firefox was no longer giving me access to profiles when I reinstalled version 116.03 and was asking me to create a new profile. It asked me to upgrade last night and to my surprise all theJS scripts were gone.

  24. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [Firefox] outgoing connections to domain”

  25. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [plugin-container] outgoing connections to domain (including”

  26. Zibtek said on September 13, 2023 at 8:46 am

    It’s exciting to hear that Mozilla is actively working on a design refresh for their Firefox web browser, internally referred to as Photon. The last major redesign, known as Proton, was introduced in Firefox 57 back in November 2017. Since then, Mozilla has made some interface changes, including the controversial address bar overhaul in Firefox 75 Stable.

    While specific details about the design refresh are currently limited, Mozilla has created a meta bug on Bugzilla to track the changes. Although no mockups or screenshots have been shared yet, the bug names provide some insights into the elements that will receive a refresh, such as the address bar, tabs bar, main menu, infobars, doorhangers, context menus, and modals.

    The new design is scheduled to be released in Firefox 89, which was initially planned for a mid-2021 release, specifically May 18, 2021. However, as development work is still ongoing, there is a possibility of a delayed release.

    1. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 11:58 am

      @ Zibtek,

      I’m already using Photon on Floorp which is a fork of Firefox. Here’s a pix of what it looks like: I enabled the menu bar at the top, but you can turn it off if you don’t like it.

      Floorp is a Japanese browser based on FF102. I’ve been using it as my default browser ever since ‘owl’ pointed it out on the Ghacks site last year (or was it this year, can’t remember exactly when). In any event it contains many more enhancements than the vanilla version of Firefox. It also comes with searXNG search engine in the list of search engines provided which saves having to install it yourself.

      Floorp download:

  27. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:03 am

    My comment is regarding the following,
    Article title:
    Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird

    Indeed, today, those patch versions were applied through automatic updates.
    However, since I had disabled the “WebP” function, I was not interested in that topic (Google, etc.).

    Regarding Thunderbird:
    Today finally,
    My Thunderbird 102.14.0 (en-US) was updated with “Thunderbird 102.15.1 (x64)” through the automatic update feature.
    By the way,
    Naturally, it will not be automatically updated to 115 (Supernova).

    it is clear from Bugzilla that the bug fixes related to migration from 102 to 115 are not complete, so existing users of “102” should refrain from manually updating to 115.

    Betterbird has been released 115.2.1-bb11 (12 September 2023) . Betterbird make Thunderbird a faithful upstream.
    Betterbird: Release Notes

    1. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:31 am

      @Martin Brinkmann,

      I posted in response to an article published on 2023/09/13.
      Article title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird. >>
      However, the link was to an unrelated article published on 2019/09/27.

      This kind of “disorder of Articles and Comments” has been going on for another month.
      Is this an obvious (by Softonic, which operates and manages act of sabotage against Martin and Ashwin?
      It’s really frustrating!

  28. Anonymous said on September 13, 2023 at 11:09 am

    [ My comment is on “Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird” though not directly related to that article ]

    What happened to gHacks? When the site was bought out, Martin assured us it wouldn’t go downhill and he’d maintain editorial control, but the AI-written articles are ruining the quality of the site. I’ve been tempted to drop the site from my RSS reader because of this. Is there an RSS feed with only the human-written articles? Individual feeds for each author isn’t a good solution.

  29. Mystique said on September 13, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Article Title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    Article URL:

    If anyone was unaware you should download the extension “Don’t Accept WebP” regardless of the patch. WebP is absolute trash that is unnecessary and clearly an issue. I would rather my images be in their native format and not some recompiled trash such as WebP.

    I have absolutely no love for the parent company of this website.

    1. bruh said on September 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      I agree, this is so atrocious – most of the time you can even tell by the URL what format the original image was in – this “reconvert-on-the-fly” nonsense is terrible – but especially so when you’re converting a lossy format, which should be avoided as often as possible.

      Sometimes you can edit the image URL to get it to send the right image, unfortunately “don’t accept WebP” doesn’t always work – but that’s why they offer a built in conversion, I suppose.

    2. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      @ Mystique,

      Thanks for the tip (about the addon). I wasn’t aware that Webp was a vulnerability.

  30. News filter for ghacks said on September 13, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    I read only Martin Brinkmann’s, Mike Turcotte’s, and Ashwin’s articles. Add uBlock Origin news filter for ghacks:

    ! 2023-09-13,.home-posts:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    1. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 7:50 am


      I tried your uBlock filter on Brave snap packaga for Ubuntu, but it doesn’t work, do I need to restart the browser?

      I have noticed uBO doesn’t fully work on Brave, for instance the Element Picker can’t pick anything while the Zapper do, but not 100%, Nuke Anything works much better, but it’s only temporarily.

  31. bruh said on September 19, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    “important address bar change” alright calm down… lol

    I have gotten rid of the stupid shield and the “not secure” box, and have it set up so that it always displays the full URL (I think…?).

    In a perfect world, it should just always show the full url, no icons, or emojis, or anything like that.

    “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar” I’ll bet nobody will notice anything – apart from a select few autists like myself who customise everything and don’t like change.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 19, 2023 at 6:57 pm

      “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar”

      Why, I don’t know either (a breeze of madness or is it of love in the air), but there’s an about:config to handle that as well (Firefox) :

      // display all parts of the url in the location bar (do not trim)
      pref(“browser.urlbar.trimURLs”, false); // Dfault=true

      Things, too many, too often are decided in spite of common sens.

  32. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Firefox is always copying whatever Chromium does… it is like they are a Chromium browser without the name and having trouble rendering many websites. In fact, it is like they are getting 400million just for existing and adopt anything Google releases or does, like web extensions, widevine, safe browsing and then visual changes like this.

    I like how some people think there is a choice, and the choice is better than the leader… while still failing at basic stuff.

  33. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    What’s the point of these useless changes? Just show the full address with the protocol at all times and be done with it…

  34. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 19, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in a unmasked format.

    Martin, as of 19 September 2023, the gHacks comments system is still severely mangled. Data subjects have considerable rights conferred on them; where those decisions are likely to affect them.

    1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      Let’s start again. “I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in [an] unmasked format.”

      Hallowed be the memory of the Lost Souls.

  35. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    “HTTPS doesn’t mean safe:
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.”


  36. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  37. x said on September 19, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  38. Tachy said on September 20, 2023 at 4:11 am

    website still wacked huh?

  39. Anonymous said on September 21, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Article: Firefox 119 will launch with an important address bar change

    Just one thing regarding the URL bar as it looks like now in latest Firefox, the relatively new feature where some extensions would add their icon inside the URL bar, how bad can it get?
    ps. uploaded same pic to several links just to make sure some will work.

    (For those who can’t see the pic it’s a snapshot showing a URL bar full of extensions, and also Firefox own built in icons that would appear inside the URL bar depending in some cases on which type of website is being viewed, there’s no space left for the actual thing the URL bar is supposed to view, namely the URL address itself)

    Yes, I have several extensions on the toolbar, but the menu bar is pretty full and I want to keep some on the toolbar too, and usually Firefox would also push excessive extensions behind a drop-down menu for access to them as well, but as it looks like now the URL bar is given too little space priority, or is there a way to restrict to a minimum URL bar size?

    1. a2 said on September 24, 2023 at 4:13 am

      You can modify Firefox with a “profileFolder/chrome/userChrome.css” file:
      /* */
      /* */
      @import url(urlbar_info_icons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(page_action_buttons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(compact_extensions_panel.css);
      #urlbar-container:focus-within { min-width: 60vw !important; }
      #navigator-toolbox .chromeclass-toolbar-additional { margin-inline: -2px !important; }
      #unified-extensions-button { order: 1 !important; }

  40. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Well, Mozilla and Firefox are saved because of this and many other changes / ‘news’ in the past days!

  41. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    A while ago they separated the “Firefox” brand from the “Firefox Browser” brand, now they are abandoning the Firefox brand? Or are they abandoning the Firefox Browser brand? I don’t know.

  42. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    While that small change would make sense as standalone, it’s unfortunately done in a context where Google (and thus Mozilla) wants to get rid of the URL ultimately and just display search engine data on that bar, going on with that trend of the browser only being a search engine carrier.

  43. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Were users forced to use the same account for different Mozilla products ? Maybe those who want their news reading habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Pocket do not want their e-commerce habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Fakespot under the same identity ? This is really starting to look like a Google account. When I think that this Firefox account thing more or less started with just an end-to-end encrypted sync service where Mozilla could not access the data. Now they use accounts to monetize user data. Sigh.

    There are probably still drones haunting the web claiming the highly repeated lie that “Mozilla does not even have user personal data” (meaning they only monetized the fuck out of every possible piece of sensitive private user data under other forms, without the risk of breaching GDPR). Well, sure they have, lots of that too.

    “users who signed-in using Google or Apple credentials”

    Wait, what ?

  44. bruh said on September 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    “Firefox 118 release brings new web translation feature and end of Firefox ESR 102”


    Ugh, is this really their priority? If you want to provide translation, if you want to do a great job, it takes lots of time and effort, and you’ll have better luck if you severely limit the number of languages – this is a big job to provide decent translation, any POC can provide poor translation.

    Curious how good it is, and how much of the firefox time/resources are being wasted on this that could be used elsewhere.

  45. Stop the crap said on September 26, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Great extension, shame firefox is just pants, now all a sudden in 118 I can no longer copy the URL address in firefox and paste it in any other app.
    All other apps works perfectly fine, I can even copy and paste from a web page within firefox, but not from the URL bar…. idiots.

    1. bruh said on September 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      Err, really, are you sure this is a real problem?

      I don’t have 118, but if you’re on a page, you should be able to highlight and copy that URL.

      One thing I noticed on chrome recently is it won’t let you copy any of the URL auto-complete suggestions unless you actually click on one and go to it, after you do, you can then copy it,

      I want to hear more about this as I may be going to 118 at some point, on the lookout for “breaking changes” such as this.

  46. Stella said on September 27, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Nice, just a suggestion, would be nice to see a screenshot of the translate feature in this article so we have an idea of what if looks like.
    Other than that, great article!

    1. Anonymous said on September 29, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      Firefox is not good as before.

  47. kampus muhammadiyah sejuta inovasi said on September 29, 2023 at 4:30 am


  48. MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 12:39 am

    Hey Martin, I really hope this comment get’s flagged to be reviewed. Why? I wrote an userscript to help a bit with the mess of comments. It simply compares the article published date to the comments wrote date and if the date is < than the article's date, the comments will be hidden.

    But check it out for yourself :):

    1. Anonymous said on September 30, 2023 at 9:35 am

      I don’t think Martin has any control over the site any more :( He might even not be allowed to comment. Remember if the comment bar isn’t highlighted black then it’s not him.

    2. Frankel said on September 30, 2023 at 4:14 pm

      Move on. You cling to a site that was sold years ago and has a lost many users.

    3. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      @MickyFoley, thanks for sharing. In my view the script is more pertinent to Ghacks’ readers than to administrators who are on the other side of the camera.

      I’ve installed the script, as a lever to reconsider articles’ Comments’ section which I’ve hidden and access only via Ghacks’ Comments RSS feed. As most of us I was getting confused. We’ll see how this script relieves from the confusion, but the RSS feed remains useful for catching comments that are hidden by the script : at least comments we see are in the right place.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 6:43 pm

        The script doesn’t seem to handle things as it ailed for:

        I’m commenting here at
        as a reply to above [ MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 12:39 am ]

        The article was published long before MickyFolley’s above comment.
        Back to blocking Comments until they get fixed, if they ever do.

      2. MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 8:24 pm

        Works. If the comments are equal to the date or later posted than the article’s date, the comments stay. If not > removed. It won’t fix the “post and find yourself in another article”. It’s only for reading. To fix that too, this would require a bunch of checks, store the URL of the article in DOM and switch back after posting. But it took me a few hours to even get this script working like it is now.
        Best case: Fixed by admins. But I highly doubt this will ever happen. At least not soon.

      3. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 11:22 pm


        > “If the comments are equal to the date or later posted than the article’s date, the comments stay. If not > removed.”

        That means that a comment published before an article won’t appear within that article.
        That solves half the problem, indeed (my fault in stating above the script didn’t make it).
        That doesn’t mean that a comment published after two different articles won’t appear in both articles, which is the main problem.

        This very thread, with and without your script, appears simultaneously on :


        and on ;


        I’m posting this very comment from the former.

        The issue is getting old and not yet repaired, so this is likely my last comments on Ghacks until the problem is solved.

      4. Karl said on October 1, 2023 at 3:29 am

        Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions

        @Tom H.

        Hello Tom, hope all is well with you. Please continue to comment every once in a while, I will try doing that too. If the comments section goes silent completely then “they” have less of a reason to fix whatever the problem is as nobody are commenting anymore. But if we are still here and are making some noice about the “problem” then maybe it as an effect sooner or later, but so far it seems like “they” could not care less about having a functioning or malfunctioning comments system. :(

  49. Tom Hawack said on October 1, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions


    All is acceptable for one’s own life, mine, far less on this planet, obviously, but that’s another topic.
    I do hope as well that you, personally, are reasonably happy, I wish that for all of us.

    Commenting at least once in a while for the reasons you mention seems pertinent, as well as to answer to comments addressed to ourselves. I’m not cutting links to Ghacks, I continue to read articles and, concerning comments, discover them via Ghacks’ Comments RSS, but we all know the pain it is presently to read/write comments within Ghacks articles. Regarding the Comments RSS feeds even them link to one or another of the articles on which they appear …

    Hence, confusion. What ads to the bother is that nobody knows exactly what’s going on, no information is provided be it by the admins, be it by the mother company, a position I linger to understand. I don’t know if Softonic considers this issue seriously or not, the problem could be unsolvable, no idea, if anyone knows beyond speculations please share.

    Anyway, there are more dramatic things, aren’t there? Have nice Sunday.

  50. nicolaasjan said on October 1, 2023 at 11:17 am

    This is getting ridiculous. :(

    Recent comments from this thread are appearing in this old article:

    And no, the above mentioned script from @MickyFoley does not prevent that of course.

    1. Tom Hawack said on October 1, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      This comment is posted on [] and may appear within other articles.

      @nicolaasjan, ridiculous indeed.

      A word, at least, on Ghacks acknowledging the issue, informing new visitors who’d be thinking about leaving a comment, would be welcomed. Maybe something like :

      Is it that hard, is such an expression of consideration for Ghacks readers that hard to carry out?

  51. TelV said on October 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Running FF118 on Android 7.1.1. Can access 109 addons, but when trying to install one of them (uBlock Origin) the message “Unable to find an app to open XPI files” appears. Just before that a message appears once which says “LINE has stopped”. But LINE wasn’t open to begin with. Tried several times, but always with the same result.

    The UBO file 1.52.2.xpi downloads OK, but can’t seem to install it.

  52. plusminus_ said on October 1, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Literally 4 years later… lol. Who was still holding out for this day and hasn’t already moved to another browser (I now use Kiwi… and Iceraven)?

  53. MickyFoley said on October 1, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Well, I don’t think I’ll invest more time in the script. Not worth it. Martin is on betanews too and almost the same articles. Time to reactivate my account there and say a goodbye to gHacks. Selling to Softonic wasn’t the best decision.

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