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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 library remove highlights

Firefox 57 was released this week, and with it came changes to the browser's New Tab Page, and a new library icon in the browser's main toolbar. Mozilla added a highlights section to the New Tab Page and the library icon menu of Firefox. While highlights is not the dominant change in Firefox 57, far […]


firefox default search

Mozilla released a major new version of the organization's Firefox web browser on November 14, 2017. The new version of Firefox promises better performance and stability, came with a theme refresh, and dropped the legacy add-on system on top of all that. Changes were made to the browser's default search provider as well. Firefox ships […]


firefox pioneer

Firefox Pioneer is a feature of SHIELD, a system that Mozilla implemented in Firefox to test new features and changes on a subset of Firefox users. Firefox Pioneer is an opt-in feature of SHIELD. It is offered as a browser extension for the Firefox browser that users need to install. Once installed, users may be […]


legacy extensions

Mozilla Firefox 57 will be released today; we have reviewed the new version of the web browser yesterday already. The new version comes with light and shadow; light, because it is faster and more responsive across the board, and shadow, because it dropped the old add-on system which Mozilla now calls legacy extensions. All classic […]


firefox quantum 57

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 […]


classic firefox 57

Custom CSS for Fx is a collection of CSS styles for Firefox 57 and newer by the author of the popular Firefox add-on Classic Theme Restorer. Firefox 57 won't support Classic Theme Restorer or any other interface changing extensions or themes anymore because of the switch to a WebExtensions exclusive system. The new WebExtensions system […]


classic add-ons archive

Classic Add-Ons Archive is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that can be best described as a local catalog of classic Firefox add-ons. The current version of the catalog lists 16706 Firefox add-ons that developers created over the past 14 yours based on Firefox's XUL/XPCOM technology. The add-on can be installed in development […]


migrate custom rules adblock-plus-ublock origin

If you want to migrate from the content blocker Adblock Plus to uBlock Origin, you may be able to do so in mere seconds depending on whether you have added custom rules to Adblock Plus or not. I don't want to get into reasons for migration away from Adblock Plus. Some users prefer the extension […]


tracking protection

Surprise, surprise. Mozilla slipped Firefox's built-in Tracking Protection feature into the Firefox 57 stable release next week. Tracking Protection was integrated into Firefox back in 2014, and made available in release versions of the browser with the release of Firefox 42. Tracking Protection, as the name implies already, is designed to block tracking scripts on […]


xmarks

Xmarks, once a popular solution to sync bookmarks between different devices, is not working correctly anymore for many users of the service. Xmarks (formerly known as Foxmarks) was released as a Firefox add-on back when Firefox did not support its own data synchronization service. It filled a gap at that time by allowing Firefox users […]


adblock plus 3 webextensions firefox

Adblock Plus, the -- by far -- most popular browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, has been released as a WebExtension. Firefox 57 will be released in eight days to the stable channel. The new version of the Firefox web browser breaks the traditional add-on system by supporting WebExtensions exclusively. Any add-on that […]


tor browser file ip leak

Tor users who use the Tor browser on Linux or Mac OS X devices may want to update the program to version 7.0.9 as soon as possible to plug a potential IP leak in the client software. Tor browser is a cross-platform browser based on Firefox code that integrates the anonymization network Tor in the […]


firefox addons

Mozilla launched a redesign of the official Firefox Add-ons website recently which changed the look and feel, and some functionality of the site. Firefox Add-ons, or Mozilla AMO, is the central repository for Firefox add-ons. While it is still possible to offer add-ons elsewhere, the vast majority of add-ons is offered on Mozilla's official site. […]


firefox 58 android quantum css

Mozilla plans to release the first major bits of Project Quantum, the organizations new web engine in Firefox 57 Stable on the desktop. The new technology makes Firefox two times as fast as Firefox versions that were released in 2017 as well according to Mozilla. While we do know that Mozilla will launch Quantum parts […]


firefox canvas image data

Mozilla plans to display permission prompts if websites or services attempt to use HTML5 Canvas Image Data in the Firefox web browser. Canvas fingerprinting is a byproduct of the HTML5 Canvas technology that all browser makers added to their browsers. As is the case with many technologies, it can be used for good or bad, […]


firefox extensions mozilla unlock

One of the limitations of the new WebExtensions add-on system of the Firefox web browser was up until now that these extensions would not work on some websites operated by Mozilla. Only WebExtensions are hit by the limitation, and it means that functionality that these extensions provide is not available on sites and services such […]


lockbox firefox

Mozilla plans to run four new Test Pilot experiments for the Firefox web browser in the coming two quarters. Test Pilot is a relatively new system that Mozilla uses to test ideas and features, and to gather telemetry data about those features to determine whether to add these features natively to the Firefox web browser. […]