Firefox (Application)

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Firefox

Install

# shared/opt install schema v1.5.6

#### as common user ####
# define applications vars
export SOFTWARE_PATH="/home/shared/opt/software"
export NAME="firefox"
export VERSION="92.0.1"
export URL="https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/${VERSION}/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-${VERSION}.tar.bz2"
su - -w SOFTWARE_PATH,NAME,VERSION

#### as root ####
# install packages and prepare destination path
apt-get -q -y install wget coreutils findutils < /dev/null
apt-get -q -y install tar bzip2 libgtk-3-0 libdbus-glib-1-2 < /dev/null
mkdir -m 777 -p "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/tmp_install/" "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/${NAME}_${VERSION}/"
exit

#### as common user ####
umask 0027
cd "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/tmp_install"
wget -c --no-check-certificate "${URL}"
tar -xjf "firefox-${VERSION}.tar.bz2" -C "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/${NAME}_${VERSION}"
# (optional) disable firefox update
mkdir "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/${NAME}_${VERSION}"/firefox/distribution
cat > "${SOFTWARE_PATH}/${NAME}_${VERSION}"/firefox/distribution/policies.json << 'EOF'
{"policies": {"DisableAppUpdate": true}}
EOF
cd
su - -w SOFTWARE_PATH,NAME,VERSION

#### as root ####
# ensure permissions to destination path
cd "${SOFTWARE_PATH}"
chown -R root:users "${NAME}_${VERSION}"
find "${NAME}_${VERSION}" -type d -exec chmod a-s,u+rwx,g+rx,g-w,o-rwx {} \;
find "${NAME}_${VERSION}" -type f -exec chmod a-s,u+rw,g+r,g-w,o-rwx {} \;
rm -rf tmp_install
ln -s -f -T "${NAME}_${VERSION}" "${NAME}"
exit

#### as common user ####
# test the application
"${SOFTWARE_PATH}/${NAME}/firefox/firefox"

Configure

Reset to factory

please note: backup plugin custom configs (e.g. ads blacklist, cookie whitelist)

got to 'about:support'

  • click on 'Refresh Firefox...'

Basic configuration

go to Preferences -> General -> General

  • set 'Restore previous session'
  • unset 'Always check ... default browser'

go to Preferences -> General -> Files and Applications

  • set 'Always ask you where to save files'
  • set 'Play DRM-controlled content'

go to Preferences -> General -> Browsing

  • unset all 'Recommend '* options

go to Preferences -> Home -> Home

  • unset 'Web Search'
  • unset 'Top Sites'
  • unset 'Highlights'
  • unset 'Snippets'

go to Preferences -> Search -> Search

  • unset 'Provide search suggestions'

go to Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Browser Privacy

  • unset 'Ask to save logins and passwords for websites'

go to Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Firefox Data Collection and Use

  • unset all 'Allow '* options

go to 'about:addons'

  • click on settings icon, unset 'Update Add-ons Automatically'

reopen Firefox

Performance Tweaks

Reduce child process to reduce memory consumption

go to Preferences -> General -> Performance

  • unset 'Use recommended performance settings'
  • set 'Content process limit' to 3

reopen Firefox

Reduce disk usage

from https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1271481

got to 'about:config'

  • set 'browser.cache.disk.smart_size.enabled' to false
  • set 'browser.cache.disk.capacity' to 256000

reopen Firefox

Old Performance Tweaks

Reduce child process to reduce memory consumption

go to Preferences -> General -> Performance

  • unset 'Use recommended performance settings'
  • set 'Content process limit' to 1

reopen Firefox

Tuning network requests

got to 'about:config'

  • set 'network.http.connection-timeout' to 30 # default 90
  • set 'network.http.response.timeout' to 300 # default 300
  • set 'network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server' to 8 # default 6

reopen Firefox

Reduce disk usage

got to 'about:config'

  • set 'browser.cache.disk.enable' to false
  • set 'browser.cache.memory.enable' to true
  • set 'browser.sessionstore.interval' to 60000

go to Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Cookies and Site Data

  • click on 'Clear Data' -> unselect 'Cookies and Site Data' and click 'Clear'

reopen Firefox

Plugins

Basic

Plus

Media

Spellcheck

Olds

Other notes

JRE plugin for browsers

Firefox old links to releases