How to Install Firefox Developer Edition on Ubuntu Linux (Debian)

Firefox Developer Edition Logo
Great free dev tool

Firefox developer edition has a lot of cool tools to help web developers, designers, and those who want to build for FirefoxOS.  Of course, on Linux, it’s a little harder to install for those who don’t have a lot of experience in the command line, right now. It’s a really easy install, once you know your way around a bit more. This tutorial is assuming your using default settings in Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu.

Go here:

You’ll be presented with various versions available to run in Linux, if you’re using Ubuntu, you’ll want the Debian flavor in either 32- or 64-bit. 32-bit will run on either, so unless you know you’re on 64- bit get the 32-bit.

Right click/click the arrow and go to the containing folder, this is the easiest way to find the path you’ll need to go to in the terminal and navigate to the bin, and inside extract the files.

Of course “/home/steven/Downloads/firefox-35.0a2.en-US.linux-x86_64.tar.bz2” will be your path to the “.tar.bz2” compressed file.

Firefox is pretty easy to install from here, you don’t need to make, compile, configure or anything. Let’s make sure it’s working.  Inside bin…

and once insde:

This will run this, most local, version of Firefox, which is the development edition you just download.  if it’s working, great! Let’s make an Alias. I used “ffdev” for mine, because I wanted to keep the normal firefox around and easy to get to. You can use any name you like.


And now you can type your alias (mine is ffdev) in anywhere to run the Firefox Developer Edition.

Did I get something wrong? Don’t like the way I explained something?  Good! Let me know in the comments.

Written By StevenLacks