How to Install Mozilla Firefox Offline?


Do you want to install Mozilla Firefox? This article shows you how to install Mozilla Firefox offline.

What is Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is an open-source web browser created by the non-profit entity Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation. The web browser – a software that allows you to access the World Wide Web – employs the Gecko layout engine to display web pages on devices.

The web browser was developed in 2012 by the Mozilla community who were in favor of a standalone browser instead of the suite that came bundled with other applications. Firefox had a successful pilot project in which it garnered 60 million downloads in nine months.

Mozilla net installers

When you go to the Mozilla website to download the software, you will get a net installer. The net installer has several benefits and disadvantages over its counterpart offline installer.

A net installer queries Mozilla to download and install the software at once. The main advantage of this method is that you will get an updated version of the web browser.

While this is a great way of installing Mozilla Firefox on your device, it may not be the best option for some people as it requires a live internet connection. It may be easier to just download the software package and install it on target machines, especially if there are many of them.

How to download Mozilla Firefox offline installer

It is easy to download the Mozilla Firefox browser. Head over to the browser’s main page for the download.

Install Mozilla Firefox offline
A screenshot of Mozilla Firefox’s homepage. | Credit / Mozilla website

Click on the “Download Firefox” button and wait to be directed to your next page. There are two similar buttons on the home page that prompt you to download the software. Click any of them as they both have the same effect.

You are to the next page where you will see a dialog box prompting you to choose the location of the software. It will download the net installer which is not what you are looking for.

Instead, use this website link where you will be taken to a page where you can download the Firefox offline installer.

Firefox offline installer download page
Firefox offline installer download page. | Credit / Mozilla

On your right-hand side, you will have plenty of options to choose from. You choose the browser you want to download by clicking the dropdown menu where the word “Firefox” appears.

The drop-down menu brings you the following options:

  • Firefox
  • Firefox Beta
  • Firefox Developer Edition
  • Firefox Nightly
  • Firefox Extended Support Release
  • Firefox Android
  • Firefox Android Beta
  • Firefox Android Nightly

Your next task is to choose your preferred installer. This depends on the operating system and architecture of your system

Clicking on the second drop-down menu brings you the following options:

  • Windows 64-Bit
  • Windows 64-Bit MSI
  • Windows 32-Bit
  • Windows 32-Bit MSI
  • macOS
  • Linux 64-Bit
  • Linux 32-Bit

Lastly, select your preferred language in the third and final drop-down menu. You will see a huge range of options to choose from.

At the bottom, you can check to see if you have made the right choices. If you see that you have made a mistake, go back to the drop-down menus to make the appropriate choices.

Mozilla Firefox offline installer options
Mozilla Firefox offline installer options. | Credit / Mozilla

Click the “Download Now” button to initiate the download of your Mozilla Firefox offline installer.

Clicking the button will immediately take you to a dialog box where you will select the location of the Mozilla offline installer file. The choice you make depends on where you normally store your downloaded files.

For Windows 10 machines, the default location is the “Downloads” folder. It is advisable to store your installer file in a folder you are familiar with.

Wait for it to download. This will depend on the speed of your computer as well as your internet connection.

How to install Mozilla firefox offline

Locate the folder where your installer file is stored. If you are installing it on the same computer that you downloaded it from, you can locate the installation file from your browser.

Double-click the installation file and wait for the extraction process to begin.

Mozilla Firefox offline installer extraction process
Mozilla Firefox offline installer extraction process

You will see a dialog box (for Windows 10 users) asking you if you want to let the app make some changes to your system. Click “Yes” and you will be taken to the Mozilla Firefox Setup Wizard.

Mozilla Firefox setup wizard
Mozilla Firefox setup wizard

Click “Next” and you are taken to the preferences page where you choose the type of set-up you want.

The default option is the “Standard” option, which installs the most commons options available in the browser.

The second one is “Custom” and is only recommended for experienced users. If this is your first time installing the browser and you are not a technical person, then go for the first option.

Mozilla Firefox setup wizard
Mozilla Firefox setup wizard

Click “Next” and you are taken to the next setup screen which shows you the folder where the application will be installed on your machine.

Mozilla Firefox installation folder setup
Mozilla Firefox installation folder setup

Click “Install” and let the installation process begin. The speed of installation varies depending on your machine, but it should be generally fast.

When the installation process is done, you can choose to fire up your new browser or do it later. You do this by either checking or unchecking the checkbox written: “Launch Firefox now.”

You have successfully installed Mozilla Firefox
You have successfully installed Mozilla Firefox

This is all you need to do to install Mozilla Firefox offline. You can follow the same procedure if you want to install the application on other machines.

Final remarks

Mozilla, just like the Chrome browser and other software, is pushing its net installer so that users can download and install the updated versions of the respective software.

While this is good, it is not always convenient especially if you have limited bandwidth and want to install the same software on several machines.

Whichever method, always try to keep your software up-to-date. This is for your own good as it improves security and makes less prone to online attacks.

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