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Installing Waterfox to the home directory of the current user is ideal, so the automatic updater can install updates.

You won’t need to modify any special permissions to get automatic updates, if you install in /home/user/

Run the following commands as your normal user; do not run as root!

  • Download Waterfox for Linux; Right-click & copy the URL

  • Open a terminal and cd into the home directory:

user@hostmame ~$ <-- Tilde: ~ indicates the home directory
  • Run the following command (replace the https url in the example, with the url obtained from the Waterfox website, to ensure you get the latest version):
wget https://storage-waterfox.netdna-ssl.com/releases/linux64/installer/waterfox-...en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2
  • Extract the compressed file:
tar -xvjf ./waterfox*.tar.bz2

Done! You can launch Waterfox from the commandline (optional) via:



  • Hit the super user key (windows key)
  • Search for Main Menu
  • Click on Internet (left panel) -> New Item (right button)
  • Click the icon on the left panel and navigate to: /home/user/waterfox/browser/icons and double-click mozicon128.png to select it
  • Fill out the name; for command, click browse and navigate to your Waterfox installation: /home/user/waterfox/ and select the waterfox executable


Now when you search for waterfox in Gnome, it should appear in your results and is also available to pin in your dash or dock.

If it doesn’t already exist, create Waterfox.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications and populate with the following (change the installation path from /home/angela/waterfox to wherever you installed in on your own system.):

[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Waterfox Icon=/home/angela/waterfox/browser/icons/mozicon128.png Exec=env GTK_THEME=Adwaita:light /home/angela/waterfox/waterfox %u NoDisplay=false Categories=Network;WebBrowser; StartupNotify=false Terminal=false MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/xml;application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml;application/rss+xml;application/rdf+xml;image/gif;image/jpeg;image/png;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;

You may need to restart Gnome shell for this to take effect:

  • Alt + F2 on most systems; enter r
  • or via CLI: gnome-shell --replace

Note: The above instructions can also be used for Firefox or Firefox ESR; though compiling from source should only be done if you want the latest version(s) that aren’t available in your distro’s package manager.

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Screenshot of Waterfox version 55.2.2 running on Windows 10, showing the English Wikipedia
Developer(s) Alexandros Kontos, Adam Wood
Initial release 27 March 2011 (2011-03-27)
Stable release(s)[±]
Desktop 2020.01 / 11 January 2020 (2020-01-11)[1]
Android 68.0a2 / 9 June 2019 (2019-06-09)[2]
Repository 10px-OOjs_UI_icon_edit-ltr-progressive.svg.png
Written in C, C++, CSS, JavaScript, XUL
Engine Gecko, SpiderMonkey
Operating system Windows 7 or later, macOS, Linux, Android
Platform x64, ARM64, PPC64LE
Type Web browser, mobile web browser, feed reader
License Mozilla Public License

Waterfox is an open-sourceweb browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems. It is intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked. There are official releases for Windows (including a portable version), macOS, Linux and Android.

Waterfox has the classic Firefox style of rounded tabs similar to the old Google Chrome tabs.

Waterfox is based on Firefox and is compiled using various compilers and using Intel’s Math Kernel Library, Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 and Advanced Vector Extensions. Linux builds are built with Clang on all architectures other than PPC64LE. Waterfox is continuing to support the long-standing XUL and XPCOM add-on capability that Firefox removed in version 57.[3][4][5][6]


The features of Waterfox currently are:[7][8]

  • Compiled with Clang+LLVM on Linux
  • Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) is disabled by default
  • Web Runtime is disabled (deprecated as of 2015)
  • Pocket is removed
  • Telemetry is removed
  • Data collection is removed
  • Startup profiling is removed
  • All 64-bit NPAPI plugins are allowed
  • Unsigned extensions and legacy add-ons are allowed
  • Sponsored tiles on the new tab page are removed[9]
  • A new «Duplicate Tab» command is added
  • A locale selector is added to about:preferences > General (further improved by PandaCodex)
  • Cookie Prompt has been re-implemented. Firefox later implemented a more advanced cookie control feature as part of its tracking protection initiative
  • Passwords and logins manager
  • Synchronizer for bookmarks, history, tabs, passwords, add-ons, and preferences across devices
  • Bing is used as the default search engine


Waterfox_icon_for_user.pngWaterfox logo used until 2015128px-Waterfox_Logo_%28redesigned_2015%29.pngWaterfox logo used from 2015 to March 2019128px-Waterfox_New_Logo_2019.pngWaterfox logo used from March 2019 to June 2019

Waterfox was first released on March 27, 2011, for 64-bit Windows. The Mac build was introduced on May 14, 2015, with the release of version 38.0,[10] the Linux build was introduced on December 20, 2016, with the release of version 50.0,[11] and the Android build was first introduced in version 55.2.2.[12] Version 29.0 released on July 22, 2015, had a build for iOS.

On May 7, 2019, with 68.0a1 the first alpha version of the next generation of Waterfox was released.[13]

From May 12, 2015, to November 12, 2015, Waterfox had its own exclusive charity search engine called Storm.[14] After using Ecosia as the default search engine for a brief time, it now has Bing as the default one.

In October 2019, the naming scheme of releases was changed, and would follow the syntax YYYY.MM.X for future releases, where X indicates incremental hotfixes. Also there was a division into two branches, classic and current.

See also[edit]

Today we are looking at how to install Waterfox on Ubuntu 18.04, Waterfox is a Firefox-based browser who’s focused is to provide you, the user privacy on the web.Please use the videos as guides and you will find all the commands and instructions below.  In the first step we will download the installation package, then we will extract it, then we will open a terminal in the directory where the extracted package is, then we move the extracted package to the /opt directory, a directory where many 3rd party apps stores their data, so it is a great place, and lastly we will add Waterfox to our app menu.  Enjoy!Instructions1) Download Waterfoxhttps://www.waterfoxproject.org/en-US/waterfox/new/?scene=12) Extract Package3) Open a terminal in the extracted folder4) Move Waterfox folder to the /opt directorysudo mv waterfox /opt/waterfox5) Add Waterfox to your app menusudo apt install alacartethe command is the path to waterfox executableicon location — /opt/waterfox/browser/icons/mozicon128.pngOfficial Site:https://www.waterfoxproject.org/Subscribe to our weekly Linux Round-Up: SUBSCRIBEFor a video with Voice-Overs look here: https://youtu.be/F8PsF2LnPrcCurios about Chromebooks have a look at our Chromebook Comparison Chart!Want to buy us a cup of coffee, thank you!Do you want an ad-free, secure web experience, that pays you?  Look here for more information!Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/linuxmadesimpleИспользуемые источники:

  • https://gist.github.com/angela-d/5f6760f5512e8b8029aeda3cbb1d26dd
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/waterfox
  • https://www.linuxmadesimple.info/2019/05/how-to-install-waterfox-browser-on.html

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