Install Firefox 68 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS / 16.04 / LinuxMint / CentOS

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Install Firefox 68 On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS / 16.04  / LinuxMint / CentOS

In this Tutorial, I will show you how to install Firefox 68.0 on Ubuntu 18.04 / 16.04 LTS, Linux Mint, Fedora and CentOS 6.X / 7.x.

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. and the latest 
stable version  68.0 released on July 9,2019

What's New in Firefox 68.0?

  • Dark mode in reader view expands so that windows are also dark on the controls, sidebars and toolbars
  • Improved extension security and discovery
  • Cryptomining and fingerprinting protections are added to strict content blocking settings in Privacy & Security preferences.
  • WebRender will roll out to Windows 10 users with AMD graphics cards.
  • Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) update download support, which allows Firefox update downloads to continue when Firefox is closed.
  • Various security fixes
  • Unified existing locales (bn-BD, bn-IN) under a single Bengali (bn) localization.
  • Camera and microphone access now require an HTTPS connection.
  • When an HTTPS error caused by antivirus software is detected, Firefox will attempt to automatically fix it
  • The way non-default preferences are synced has changed.

So how to install Firefox 68 on Ubuntu / LinuxMint / CentOS?

Method 1 (For Debian based systems) Via PPA

The best and easy way is to upgrade firefox by updating the Repository, it will automatically be upgraded to the 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 68 from their FTP using wget.

For 32 bit systems

For 64 bit systems
Step 2: Extract the tar package
tar -xjf firefox-68.0.tar.bz2
Step 3: Move the Firefox folder to opt and remove the Older version of Firefox if it's there
sudo rm -rf /opt/firefox67

sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox68
Step 4: Create a Symbolic link for New Firefox as default
sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefoxold
sudo ln -s /opt/firefox68/firefox-bin /usr/bin/firefox
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