Laura Diane Hamilton

Technical Product Manager at Groupon


How to Upgrade Firefox on Linux Mint

If you want to install Firefox outside of the Linux package manager, below is an explanation of how to do that.

If you want to install the latest Firefox version and keep it up-to-date going forward, rather than relying on the Ubuntu package manager, below are the steps to do that.

First, download the latest version of Firefox from

Then, unpack the files: cd ~/Downloads/ tar xjf firefox-33.0.2.tar.bz2

Next, if you had a previous version of Firefox installed in /opt, remove it: sudo rm -r /opt/firefox/

Then move the firefox folder that you just unpacked into /opt: sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox33

Back up your old Firefox launcher and create a symlink pointing to the new Firefox version: sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old sudo ln -s /opt/firefox33/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Now you can run Firefox: firefox

If you would like to create a shortcut to Firefox, navigate to /opt/firefox33 and right-click on the firefox file. Select "copy." Then right-click on the desktop and select "create new launcher here..."

Paste what you copied into the "Command" field (/opt/firefox33/firefox). For name, put "Firefox." Double-click on the image of the launcher and navigate to the Firefox icon: /opt/firefox33/browser/icons/mozicon128.png

Now, Firefox will manage all of its own updates independent of Ubuntu's package manager. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to