Firefox ESR is the perfect choice for enterprise users who need stability and security updates but may not have access to newer features. The Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) versions are officially supported by their respective organizations because they do not contain any bugs or unfinished products within their programmed functions! The Firefox extended support release is perfect for university or government networks where they need more support than just updated software.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using a recommended Launchpad PPA repository to provide the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.
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Update your Ubuntu operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Use the following command to install or check if the packages are installed.
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y
Import Firefox ESR Browser PPA
First, import the “Mozilla Team” team PPA that contains the latest up-to-date version of Firefox ESR.
Use the following command to import the PPA as follows.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa -y
Install Firefox ESR Browser
Before running the installation command, run an apt update to reflect the new imported PPA.
sudo apt-get update
Install the software using the following command.
sudo apt install firefox-esr -y
Note, you do not need to remove the standard Firefox stable browser; this is installed separately.
Launch Firefox ESR Browser
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
In your terminal, use the following command.
If you would like to launch and use the terminal simultaneously, send it to the background.
However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path:
Activities > Show Applications > Firefox ESR
Once the application has launched, you will arrive at your default landing screen.
How to Update Firefox ESR Browser
The software should update by itself with your system packages for desktop users, using the APT package manager. For users that would like to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
How to Remove (Uninstall) Firefox ESR Browser
For users who no longer want to have Firefox ESR, using the autoremove command is best to keep your system clean and not bloated and remove the browser in full.
sudo apt autoremove firefox-esr -y
Next, remove the imported PPA if you have no desire to re-install the software, the command will see the same as importing but with the
--remove syntax added to the command.
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mozillateam/ppa -y
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the enterprise version of Firefox ESR on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
Firefox ESR is the perfect choice for users who need stability and security updates but may not have access to newer features. The Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) versions are officially supported by their respective organizations because they don’t contain any bugs or unfinished products within their programmed functions! If you’re looking for a browser that will give you the most up-to-date security patches and bug fixes without all of the bells and whistles, then look no further than Firefox ESR.