Firefox 93.0 release: here is what is new and changed
Firefox 93.0 will be released later today, if you are reading this on October 5, 2021. The new stable version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser is a feature update that includes security and stability fixes as well.
All other Firefox channels are updated around the same time. Firefox Developer and Beta versions are upgraded to version 94, Firefox Nightly to version 95, and Firefox for Android will also be updated to version 93.
The last Firefox 78.x ESR version is released today. Mozilla released Firefox 91.0 ESR in August, and it will become the only supported ESR channel when Firefox 94.0 is released next month.
You can check out Firefox 92.0 release information, in case you missed it or want to read it again.
- Firefox 78.15 ESR is the last release of the branch, and the only supported version of Firefox to support Adobe Flash and Mac OS X versions 10.11 and older.
- Firefox supports the AVIF image format by default
- WebRender should be enabled on all systems now.
- Firefox 93.0 includes security updates.
Firefox 93.0 download and update
Firefox installations will be updated automatically on most systems, as Firefox checks for updates automatically in intervals to download new updates automatically.
To check the installed version, go to Menu > Help > About Firefox. Note that this will also run a manual check for updates and will install new versions that are found during the scan.
Manual downloads are also available. The following pages list direct downloads for supported Firefox channels.
- Firefox Stable download
- Firefox Beta download
- Nightly download
- Firefox ESR download
- Firefox for Android on Google Play
New features and improvements
AVIF format support is enabled by default
Mozilla planned to enable AVIF support in Firefox 92, but postponed the release. AVIF support is enabled by default in Firefox 93. It is an open format that offers "excellent compression" and has no patent restrictions.
The Firefox implementation supports still images, "with colorspace support for both full and limited range colors, and image transforms for mirroring and rotation", but no animated images.
Tip: open this test site in your browser to see if it supports AVIF.
Unload tabs on Windows when memory is critically low
Firefox includes a new tab unloading feature on Windows. It is an automated feature that will unload tabs if available "system memory is critically low".
Tabs are unloaded based on last access time, memory usage and other attributes.
Mozilla hopes that the feature will reduce the number of memory-related crashes that users of Firefox experience.
See our full coverage of Firefox's new tab unloading feature here..
Insecure downloads are blocked by default
Firefox blocks insecure downloads by default now (non-secure downloads on secure webpages).
The preference dom.block_download_insecure can be toggled to allow insecure downloads again, by setting it to False.
- Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.
- Confirm that you will be careful if the warning prompt is displayed.
- Search for dom.block_download_insecure.
- Set the preference to FALSE.
See our full coverage of the new insecure downloads blocking feature of Firefox here.
- Firefox's PDF Viewer supports filling out XFA-based forms, which some governments and banks use.
- Firefox users on Mac OS are prompted to finish installation if they run the browser from a mounted .dmg file to prevent session loss.
- Web compatibility improvements for Firefox's SmartBlock feature.
- New referrer tracking protection when Strict Tracking Protection is enabled, and in Private Browsing.
- VoiceOver screen reader reports checkable items are checked or unchecked.
- Orca screen reader works correctly with Firefox now. Users don't have to switch to another application anymore after starting Firefox.
- Download panel "follows the Firefox visual styles" now.
- The SHA-256 algorithm is now supported for HTTP Authentication using digests. "This allows much more secure authentication than previously available using the MD5 algorithm" according to Mozilla.
- The default HTTP ACCEPT header for images changed to: image/avif,image/webp,*/* (following addition of support for the AVIF image format).
- TLS ciphersuites that use 3DES have been disabled. They can be re-enabled only when deprecated versions of TLS are enabled.
Security updates / fixes
Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here after release.
Firefox 94.0 will be released on November 2, 2021. Firefox 91.4 will be released alongside it, and it will be the only ESR version that Mozilla will release, as Firefox 78.x ESR will no longer be supported as of November 2, 2021.
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