How To Install Firefox Quantum on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Firefox Quantum on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Firefox Quantum on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Mozilla today released Firefox 57 a.k.a Firefox Quantum. According to a Completely overhauled heart along with a revamped layout, Firefox Quantum has been built from the ground up to deliver a quick browsing experience while swallowing a limited amount of resources. Mozilla is calling Quantum the biggest update to the browser since its original release in 2004.

The browser now also comes with a new CSS engine Named Stylo which takes better advantage of today’s devices featuring multi-core Processors to deliver a faster and simpler browsing experience. Firefox Will automatically prioritize busy tabs over inactive ones for better resource management. Mozilla claims that its approach to multiple Processes is exceptional and different from that of Chrome.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Firefox Quantum web browser on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Firefox Quantum on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Firefox Quantum.

First, add a repository for downloading Mozilla Firefox Quantum. Just follow this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install firefox

Once installed open Firefox Quantum from Ubuntu Dash.

Alternative Method:

cd /opt
sudo wget
sudo tar xfj firefox-57.0.tar.bz2

Start Firefox 57 from the CLI:


In order to create a quick launch icon in your desktop applications menu, issue the following commands in the terminal:

cd /usr/share/applications/
sudo cp firefox.desktop firefox-quantum.desktop

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Firefox Quantum. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Firefox Quantum web browser on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Firefox website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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