November 15, 2011 · General · Email This Post

Firefox (formerly known as Phoenix and Firebird) is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component. It is similar to Galeon, K-Meleon, and Chimera, but it is written using the XUL user interface language and was designed to be cross-platform.

What is new on firefox 8

The latest version of Firefox has the following changes:

Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
Added Twitter to the search bar for select locales. Additional locale support will be added in the future
Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
Improved performance and memory handling when using

Install firefox 8 on ubuntu

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install firefox language-pack-en language-pack-en-base

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32 Comments to “How to install firefox 8 on ubuntu using PPA”

  1. Greg says:

    I have had this repository added for quite some time, and it hasn’t yet shown an upgrade to Firefox 8.

  2. Greg says:

    Using 10.04, by the way.

  3. linux mint says:

    me too… linux mint 9

  4. RJ says:

    yeah.. didn’t quite work for me either. using 10.10. I did get it to work.. by another terminal code.. looking for that now.

  5. RJ says:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
    then in terminal
    sudo apt-get update
    Then in terminal
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    I redid the sudo apt-get update and then again the upgrade.. and it just worked all the sudden.
    I , also , had the ppa already added as the above post suggested.
    but it didn’t work before I did what is in this post. let me know if that one worked for you too.

  6. danrgmc says:

    RJ got it right-now I just hope I don’t have problems when firefox 8 shows up in the stable channel.

  7. munkee says:

    Isn’t Firefox 8 coming down as a normal update on 11.10?

  8. Christopher_T. says:

    The repo does NOT seem to be working for Oneric. “Repo not found” errors. Tried deleting it & re-adding it, still no joy. Possibly not updated for 11.10?

  9. Jian says:

    done as the article guided, but not work . 🙁

  10. Thanks RJ, your instructions worked perfectly for me.

  11. Joey D. says:

    Contains no Firefox 8. You should try your suggestions before you post them. This is silly.

  12. coercer says:

    tragic…one week later and still no ff8 in official repositories…

  13. manwithcake says:

    Seriously, do you honestly think that one piece of software not being available as an upgrade of 1 version level a week after its official release qualifies as a tragedy? You need to get out more. Also, try the link I posted, it works.

  14. mr.pogi says:

    Unfortunately, the Firefox Stable PPA for 10.04 and 10.10 has a “Publishing has been disabled for this archive” message.

    That’s why OP tip doesn’t work.

  15. Christopher_T. says:

    OK, my bad. Apparently, FF updated thru the Mozilla Security repo. (Sorry, I use Chrome as my regular browser.) So if you are using Oneric, use “sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa”

    And @mancake: The Mozilla Ubuntu team is usually right on top of these things. They are really very good.

  16. RJ says:

    i would think there would be a channel log that will see if as there and not be a problem.. but make no mistake.. I am far from a Guru in this place.
    i wish Greg the original ” doesn’t work guy’ above would come back and try my suggestion.
    Glad that it works for you Alexandra and Danrgmc.
    Others below.. may be try to put in ppa and maybe the one I had too.. or try the security ppa ?
    one of them has to work.

  17. Christopher_T. says:

    The security repo has FF8 in it. I checked my version, even went to the Launchpad site and confirmed it. See my post below.

    Speculation: The Ubuntu Mozilla team is now using the security ppa for updates. Whatever. For Oneric:

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install firefox language-pack-en language-pack-en-base
    (although if you have FF installed, it should update when you do sudo apt-get update).

  18. Greg says:

    The security ppa didn’t give me an update for Lucid, but the firefox-next ppa did, although Firefox now mentions I’m currently using the “beta update channel” when I go to About Firefox.

  19. Christopher_T. says:

    For Lucid, you might try the firefox/stable ppa mentioned at the beginning of this post.

  20. Greg says:

    Christopher, I have had the stable repo enabled for a long long time on my 10.04 computer, and have been patiently waiting for it to indicate an update to Firefox 8. It never did. That’s what I first posted (see the post from Greg dated November 15, 2011 at 1:23 am).

    I understand the frustration – this repo worked just fine in the past. I’m not sure what changed. Maybe they just haven’t pushed out FF8 into that repo yet.

  21. T says:

    worked with your suggestion, thank you!

  22. I am running ubuntu 11.10 on my net-book, as well as a classic 10.10 version. your updated commands worked for me to upgrade firefox, but I was wondering if there is a terminal command for removing a repository, or is there only a way to add it?? Although I realize that I could probably craft a script to edit the /etc/sources.list. I from am going to try to research it 2. g2g FF is prompting a restart to the updated version.

  23. orange says:

    How sad!! it’s been version 8, but application self-updating function on linux platform has not been implemented yet! Those applications on linux are merely just toys, even a major software like firefox…

  24. glebihan says:

    It’s not that the self-updating function has not been implemented : it has been removed on purpose. That’s not the way applications should be updated on linux. The correct way is to use the repositories. Even if it means you sometimes have to wait for a few days before the new version is released…

  25. mixali4 says:

    Thank you. Using firefox 8 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

  26. Josh says:

    When a PPA is added to the system a file is created under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/repositoryname.list To remove a repository just use “sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/repositoryname.list” If you type out the command up to the repository name and use press tab twice you will see a list of all ppa’s installed. Makes it easier to know the name of what you need to remove. Hope that helps.

  27. a_4f.m/\ffpp247 says:

    hey guys,for me not work & show this error:

    ou are about to add the following PPA to your system:
    Firefox Stable Channel Packages
    Firefox Stable releases.

    Aimed at Lucid and Maverick users who want to use a modern browser which starts faster than you can brew your morning coffee
    More info:
    Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

    Exception in thread Thread-1:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 552, in __bootstrap_inner
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/softwareproperties/”, line 78, in run
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/softwareproperties/”, line 90, in add_ppa_signing_key
    print “Error reading %s: %s” % (lp_url, e)
    NameError: global name ‘lp_url’ is not defined

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  29. My Ubuntu was giving me errors because I couldn’t figure out right away how to disable repositories that had been used added by apt-add-repository…..

    I figured out that if you just delete the file in the directory:


    If you want to undo a repository added by apt-add-repositry just delete the unwanted file name, that is causeing the problem with your updates.

    I deleted the above file, and my update manager; stopped complaining about updates.

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