Saturday, July 23, 2011

Install future versions of Firefox on Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 now runs Firefox 5 so there's really no reason to try this unless the latest stable release isn't cutting edge enough for you. For those that want to take a peek ahead without upgrading to Ubuntu "Oneiric", the various Firefox channels PPA offers an option.

Here's the gist of it in order of stability from most stable to least stable.

Firefox Beta Channel (currently Firefox 6) :

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install firefox

Firefox Aurora Channel (currently Firefox 7):

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/firefox-aurora
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install firefox

Firefox Nightly Channel (currently Firefox 8):

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install firefox-trunk

That should do it. Remember that you can always use ppa-purge to revert back to the latest stable version if needed.

Firefox Beta Channel (currently Firefox 6) :

~$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next

Firefox Aurora Channel (currently Firefox 7):

~$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/firefox-aurora
Firefox Nightly Channel (currently Firefox 8):

~$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa

This is a consolidation of a few of my previous posts on installing Firefox (Aurora, Nightly) from PPA.

Enjoy!