How to install Waterfox in 5 simple steps

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How to install Waterfox in 5 simple steps

Post by Moem » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:23 am

Waterfox is a fine browser. If you used to love Firefox up until version 57, you'll love it and it will import all your Firefox data. How to install it on 64-bits Linux Mint?
(Unfortunately, there is no 32-bits version.)

1. Download the compressed archive from You'll get a .bz2 file.
2. Extract it to the location of your choice, keeping the directory structure intact. I chose to extract it to my home.
3. You now have a folder called waterfox. Inside that is a file also called waterfox. Doubleclicking that file will start the browser.
4. It will now offer to import your Firefox data.
5. Set up a menu launcher to that 'waterfox' file so it launches from the menu. Inside one of the folders, in the one called 'browser' and then 'icons', you will find a decent looking icon. It's the one shown below.

Waterfox keeps itself updated; if you open Help => About Waterfox it will tell you which version you're running. As of January 1 2018, the current version is 56.0.1.
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Re: How to install Waterfox in 5 simple steps

Post by Pierre » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:29 am

then, once you have extracted the compressed *.tar.gz2 file to your /home,
and checked that all is working A.ok

you can then move it to /user/lib/waterfox ( you may need SU privileges )
& then create a Short-cut to the executable file, on your Desktop.

this is something that I've done on some of my PCs, and not just with Waterfox / Firefox / Palemoon . . etc.
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Re: How to install Waterfox in 5 simple steps

Post by turtlebay » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:45 pm

The other way to do it is this.

Run these commands to add this repostory to your APT sources list:

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echo 'deb release main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/waterfox.list
And the public GPG key:

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curl | sudo apt-key add -
You can download and install the packages after you update the APT package index:

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sudo apt-get update
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