Introducing Mozilla’s Firefox Nightly .deb Package for Debian-based Linux Distributions – Firefox Nightly News

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Great news for people using Firefox Nightly on Debian-based

Linux
PRODUCT

distributions (such as

Debian
ORG

, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and others): installing, updating, and testing the latest Firefox Nightly builds just got a lot easier. We’ve set up a new

APT
ORG

repository for you to install Firefox Nightly as a .deb package. These packages are compatible with the same Debian and Ubuntu versions as our traditional binaries. If you’ve previously used our traditional binaries (distributed as .tar.bz2 archives), switching to

Mozilla
ORG

’s

APT
ORG

repository allows

Firefox
ORG

to be installed and updated like any other application. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so don’t hesitate to report any issues you encounter to help us improve the overall experience.


Adopting Mozilla’s
PERSON

Firefox Nightly .deb package offers multiple benefits:

you will get better performance thanks to our advanced compiler-based optimizations,

you will receive the latest updates as fast as possible because the .deb is integrated into

Firefox
ORG

’s release process,

is integrated into

Firefox
ORG

’s release process, you will get hardened binaries with all security flags enabled during compilation,

you will not have to create your own .desktop file,

file, you will be able to continue browsing after upgrading the package.

To set up the

APT
ORG

repository and install the Firefox Nightly .deb package, simply follow these steps:

# Create a directory to store

APT
ORG

repository keys if it doesn’t exist: sudo install -d -m

0755
CARDINAL

/etc/apt/keyrings # Import the

Mozilla
ORG


APT
PRODUCT

repository signing key: wget -q https://packages.mozilla.org/apt/repo-signing-key.gpg -O- | sudo tee /etc/apt/keyrings/

packages.mozilla.org.asc
ORG

> /dev/null # The fingerprint should be

35BAA0B33E9EB396F59CA838C0BA5CE6DC6315A3
CARDINAL

gpg -n -q –import –import-options import-show /etc/apt/keyrings/packages.mozilla.org.asc | awk ‘/pub/{getline;

gsub(/^ +| +$
ORG

/,""); print "

"$

0
MONEY

"

"}’ # Next, add the

Mozilla
ORG


APT
PRODUCT

repository to your sources list: echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/

packages.mozilla.org.asc
ORG

] https://packages.mozilla.org/apt mozilla main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mozilla.list > /dev/null # Update your package list and install the Firefox Nightly .deb package: sudo apt-get update

&&
ORG

sudo apt-get install firefox-nightly

And that’s it! You have now installed the latest Firefox Nightly build .deb package on your Debian-based

Linux
PRODUCT

distribution.

For those of you who would like to use Firefox Nightly in a different language than

American
NORP


English
LANGUAGE

, we have also created .deb packages containing the Firefox language packs. To install a specific language pack, replace fr in the example below with the desired language code:

sudo apt-get install firefox-nightly-l10n-fr

To list all the available language packs, you can use this command after adding the

Mozilla
ORG


APT
PRODUCT

repository and running sudo apt-get update :

apt-cache search firefox-nightly-l10n

We hope this new installation method makes it easier for people on Debian-based

Linux
PRODUCT

distributions to test and provide feedback on the latest Firefox developments. Your participation in the Nightly community plays a critical role in helping us deliver the best possible browser experience.

Following a period of testing, these packages will become available on the beta, esr, and release branches of

Firefox
ORG

.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Edit (

November 8, 2023
DATE

): Following community discussions, we have updated the post to highlight that

Firefox
ORG

can continue browsing after an

APT
ORG

upgrade, allowing people to restart at their convenience.