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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    install multiple versions of firefox in linux

    Since apt-get and yum won't let you install multiple versions of firefox I will explain how to here.

    1. Go to this page and decide which version of firefox you want.
    I used this one.

    2. Unzip the archive
    tar -zxvf firefox-9.0.1.tar.bz2
    -z means filter the archive through gzip
    -x extract
    -v verbose
    -f file name

    3. Put firefox in its own directory.
    mv firefox firefox-9.0.1
    4. Make a backup of your profile direcory
    cp -r /home/bob/.mozilla /home/bob/.mozilla3
    If you use seamonkey or thunderbird there profile info will also be there.

    4. Create a new profile so you don't corrupt your old profile.
    firefox -CreateProfile "firefox-9.0.1 /home/bob/.mozilla/firefox/firefox-9.0.1"
    This is my profile name firefox-9.0.1 and this is my profile directory /home/bob/.mozilla/firefox/firefox-9.0.1

    5. Run firefox 9.0.1 from the directory I put it in.
    /home/bob/firefox-9.0.1/firefox -no-remote -P firefox-9.0.1
    /home/bob/firefox-9.0.1/firefox is my install directory
    -no-remote allows to use firefox 9.0.1 and my old version of firefox
    -P is the profile option
    firefox-9.0.1 is the name of my profile

    These 2 links go into more depth if you are interested.

    Don't do this like one of the links say to do.
    firefox -no-remote -CreateProfile firefox-3.6
    That creates a profile called firefox-3.6 like you would expect but it puts profile in the firefox directory instead of creating its own separate directory. So in this case it would be in /home/bob/.mozilla/firefox/ instead of /home/bob/.mozilla/firefox/firefox-3.6 like you would expect.

  2. #2
    neu5eeCh is offline Grande Half-n-Half Cinnamon Ubuntu
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: install multiple versions of firefox in linux

    I've been using this technique for several iterations of Ubuntu.

    Lately, however, I notice that whenever I start any profile that isn't default, even when I've specified the profile in the command line (using the -P option), I still get the "Choose User Profile" dialogue window (and even when I've checked off the "Don't Ask at Startup" option). Is this annoyance a bug?


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