Install Firefox in your home directory

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Installing Firefox the following way has one advantage: Firefox will update itself automatically as soon as an update is available. This is great for users, who want to get the latest update as soon as possible without waiting for the next Manjaro update. It is also great for systems which need an updated (i.e. secure) web browser but are updated rarely.

1. Find out, whether your Manjaro installation is 32bit or 64bit:

uname -m

If the output is x86_64, you are using a 64bit installation of Manjaro. If the output is i686, your Manjaro installation is 32bit.

2. Download the latest Firefox in your language from here:

Download "Linux", if you are using a 32bit installation of Manjaro or "Linux 64-bit" if your installation of Manjaro is 64bit.

Alternatively, use Firefox Betaor Firefox Aurora / Developer Edition.

3. Unpack/extract the downloaded firefox-xx.x.tag.bz2 file to


This is the default path this wiki page will use in the continuation of this tutorial. When you want to use other file paths you have to adjust this tutorial, too. An alternate file path of your home directory is the following (please replace <YourAccountNameHere> with your account name):


If a bin folder in your home directory does not exist, create it.

You can now start to use Firefox by double clicking on the file (or executing it in a terminal):


4. Let's create an icon in order to start Firefox much more easily: create an firefox.desktop file and edit it:

sudo kwrite ~/.local/share/applications/firefox.desktop

(Instead of kwrite, use your preferred text editor: e.g. leafpad, gedit, mousepad, juffed, etc.)

Copy and paste the following code into your firefox.desktop file and save it:

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Web Browser

Now, you can click the firefox.desktop file and your Firefox will start. Create links of your firefox.desktop file or copy it to the place you prefer. You should also be able to start Firefox from your start menu now (after a reboot of your system).


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More Tips about Firefox in the Manjaro Wiki are available here