Install Firefox 50 On Ubuntu 16.04 / 14.04 LTS / LinuxMint / CentOS

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In this Tutorial I will show you how to install Firefox 50.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS /14.04 LTS, LinuxMint 17 / 16 / 15 , Fedora , CentOS 6.X / 7.x 


Firefox a most commonly used browsers by everyone and one of the standard browsers too.It is an opensource browser and it is developed by mozilla corporation and mozilla Foundation and available for Multiple Operating systems (ie) Windows,Linux,Mac OSX , and it comes with its private mode and powerful plugins.


Firefox Released its new stable Version 50.0 on November 15th 2016

Changelog in Firefox 50.0

New:-
  • Added Guarani (gn) locale 
  • Added option to Find in page that allows users to limit search to whole words only 
  • New preference for allowing Ctrl+Tab to cycle through tabs in recently used order 
  • Improved printing by using the Reader Mode 
  • Lock icon strikethrough for pages containing insecure password fields 
Fixed:-
  • Fixed rendering of dashed and dotted borders with rounded corners (border-radius) 
Changes:-
  • Added a built-in Emoji set for operating systems without native Emoji fonts (Windows 8.0 and lower and Linux) 
  • Updates to keyboard shortcuts 
  • Set a preference to have Ctrl+Tab cycle through tabs in recently used order 
  • View a page in Reader Mode by using Ctrl+Alt+R (command+alt+r on Mac) 

Installation Steps

Method 1 (For Debian based systems) Via PPA

Best and easy way is to upgrade firefox by updating the Repository, it will automatically upgraded to new version if the ppa is updated
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Method 2 : Via tar file -- applicable for all distributions

Step 1:Download The Latest Version of Firefox 50 from their FTP link using wget

For 32 bit systems
wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/50.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
For 64 bit systems
wget https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/50.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
Step 2: Extract the tar package
tar -xjf firefox-50.0.tar.bz2
Step 3: Move the Firefox folder to opt

Remove the Older version of firefox if it's there
sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox
sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox
Step 4: Create Symbolic link for New Firefox as default
sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefoxold
sudo ln -s /opt/firefoxX/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
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