How to Update Firefox in Ubuntu

How to Update Firefox in Ubuntu


Mozilla Firefox is the browser of choice for many people. Firefox is fast, secure. The best feature of Firefox is great that it has lots of add-ons to add additional functionalities to the browser. It has a great downloader called DownThemAll.

Firefox is great for web developers because it has lots of development tools that no other browsers have. The official Ubuntu releases are have old version of Mozilla Firefox web browser installed. So if you’re using Ubuntu now and you haven’t updated your system, then you must be using the old version of Firefox browser.

We will update Firefox web browser to the latest version available in the official Ubuntu repository.

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install the latest version of Mozilla Firefox on Ubuntu. To follow this tutorial, you need to have the following requirements:

  • A computer with Ubuntu operating system installed.
  • Good internet connection to download the required software packages from the internet.
  • Basic knowledge of Ubuntu terminal. With basic I mean, how to open a terminal on Ubuntu and how to execute commands. 

Step 1: First open Mozilla Firefox web browser and click on the “Help” menu at the top and select “About Firefox”.


It will open a new window showing the current installed version of Firefox web browser.


Now it’s time to update it.

Step 2:To update Firefox web browser first opens the terminal of your Ubuntu operating system. You can open your terminal by pressing Control, Alt and T at the same time. You can also go to the Unity dashboard and search by the keyword “Terminal” and click on the terminal. Or you can right click on the Desktop and click on “Open Terminal”.

Step 3:Now it’s time to update the repository information of your Ubuntu operating system. The repository is updated frequently, so if you have old repository database on your Ubuntu system, you can’t update any software package. Because your Ubuntu operating system won’t have any idea that there are new packages available. Run the following command and press enter,

“sudo apt-get update”


It will prompt you for your password. Type in your user password and press Enter.


Package repository update will start automatically. Wait for it to finish, it will take some time if it’s the first time you’re running this command.


Step 4: Once it’s finished, it’s time to update the firefox packages on our Ubuntu operating systems. To do that the following command and press Enter and if it ask you for the password, enter your password.

“sudo apt-get install firefox”


This command will download all the packages related to firefox browser that are newer than the packages already installed on your Ubuntu system including all the dependencies that come with it automatically and install the packages one by one.

This process will take a time, depending on the number of packages your Ubuntu system needs to update and your internet connection speed. So just wait till it finishes.

Step 5:Once the package downloads and installation is complete, open Mozilla firefox browser and click on “Help” menu and then click on “About Firefox” to check the version of your firefox browser.


That’s how you update Firefox browser on Ubuntu.