Firefox
Firefox
79.0

4.0

Firefox free download for Mac

Firefox79.0

01 August 2020

Fast, safe Web browser.

Overview

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a versatile and feature-packed browser with advanced security features that can hide shared user activity and has customizable privacy settings that protect your system from unwanted tracking and harmful software. 

Mozilla Firefox is perfect for casual searches as well as more complex queries. 

You no longer need an app or extension to take screenshots because when you download Firefox for Mac you get a brand new capture tool that captures any part of a webpage and makes images available for download online.

Faster and Better

Since the release of Quantum is now twice as fast as its predecessors and needs 30% less memory than its main competitor Chrome.

Clean Interface

Firefox interface is intuitive to use with tools and features that are easy to locate.

The dashboard-style homepage offers access to:

  • Different search bars 
  • Downloads
  • Bookmarks
  • History
  • Synchronization across devices and platforms
  • Add-ons
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Customizable page layouts
  • Advanced saving options
  • Brand new screen capturing tool

Features 

  • Facebook container extension - separate activity on Facebook from other web activities.
  • Enhanced and customizable privacy tracking protection settings could slow down browsing speeds, but protects your privacy.
  • Protect your computer from malware and harmful software
  • Lockbox Password manager for password-free login
  • Firefox Monitor, check, and set alerts for any email breaches. 
  • Run Firefox in Safe Mode
  • Backup your Firefox Profile
  • Site optimization for a smooth browsing experience
  • Tiled history: a tiled display of the sites you've visited lately 
  • Session Restore

Support for Developers 

  • Firefox provides an open-source platform for developers to create powerful add-ons and extensions 
  • Add extensions from the Firefox extension workshop to enhance productivity and user experience.
  • Developer hub where you can port Chrome Extensions with minimal effort.
  • Author, run, and test extensions with the built-in command-line tool
  • Automate code tests for your add-on
  • Test your add-on for compatibility across platforms
  • Live testing and debugging

Compatibility

There is no Firefox support for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.

Firefox Editions

Beta

The Beta version is unstable, and the platform is still in the testing and development phase and sends data to Firefox about any issues encountered.

Nightly

Be the first to check out the features of the next-generation web browser. Nightly is an unstable testing and development platform and sends data to Mozilla and partners to handle any problems encountered.

Developer Edition

Author, debug and scale with the only browser built exclusively for developers.

TestFlight

Developers in the iOS Developer Program can test Firefox beta version via Apple’s TestFlight program.

Known Issues

  • Firefox will not start up - check for operating-specific issues
  • Firefox crashes - check crash signature online to find the error
  • Firefox runs but is not responsive - check if your profile is locked
  • No Live Support
  • Hard to find Bookmarked Pages
  • Fewer Extensions
  • Some Websites Work Better in Chrome
  • Plugins are not updated automatically

FAQ

Can I use Firefox on a Mac?

You can use Firefox on a Mac if you have a later version than Mac OS X 10.8 installed on your device.

What is the latest version of Firefox for Mac?

Firefox 45.9.0esr is the latest running version with security fixes.

Is Firefox free?

Yes. Firefox is an open-source web browser that’s free to use.

Is Safari better than Firefox?

The outcome will largely depend on user preference, but in terms of battery life of your Mac, Safari will always win, and in terms of developer options, Safari lacks support for open source projects.

Is Chrome better than Firefox?

The two browsers compare with each other, but Firefox uses less memory, and Google Chrome has a more substantial add-on library. 

What's new in Firefox

Version 79.0:
New:
  • Firefox users in Germany will now see more Pocket recommendations in their new tab featuring some of the best stories on the web. If you don’t see them, you can turn on Pocket articles in your new tab by following these steps.
Fixed:
  • Various security fixes.
  • Several crashes while using a screen reader were fixed, including a frequently encountered crash when using the JAWS screen reader.
  • Firefox Developer Tools received significant fixes allowing screen reader users to benefit from some of the tools that were previously inaccessible.
  • SVG title and desc elements (labels and descriptions) are now correctly exposed to assistive technology products such as screen readers.
Enterprise:
  • A number of bug fixes and new policies have been implemented in the latest version of Firefox. You can see more details in the Firefox for Enterprise 79 Release Notes.
  • Updates to the password policy allow admins to require a primary password (formerly called master password. Previously the policy could disable the primary password but not force a primary password. Users required to use a primary password will only be asked to create a primary password the first time they try to save a password.
Developer:
  • Developer Information
  • Newly added asynchronous call stacks let developers trace their async code through events, timeouts, and promises. The async execution chains are shown in the Debugger’s call stack, but also for stack traces in Console errors and Network initiators.
  • Erroneous network responses with 4xx/5xx status codes display as errors in the Console making it easy to understand them in the context of related logs. The request/response details can be expanded or resent for quick debugging.
  • JavaScript errors are now visible not only in the Console, but also in the Debugger. The relevant line of code will be highlighted and display error details on hover.
  • Opening SCSS and CSS-in-JS sources from the Inspector now works more reliably thanks to improved source map handling across all panels.
  • Inspecting accessibility properties from the browser context menu is now available to all users by default.

Related articles

FAQ

Can I use Firefox on a Mac?
You can use Firefox on a Mac if you have a later version than Mac OS X 10.8 installed on your device.
What is the latest version of Firefox for Mac?
Firefox 45.9.0esr is the latest running version with security fixes.
Is Firefox free?
Yes. Firefox is an open-source web browser that’s free to use.
Is Safari better than Firefox?
The outcome will largely depend on user preference, but in terms of battery life of your Mac, Safari will always win, and in terms of developer options, Safari lacks support for open source projects.
Is Chrome better than Firefox?
The two browsers compare with each other, but Firefox uses less memory, and Google Chrome has a more substantial add-on library. 

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anonymous-meadowlark-4859
19 February 2020
Version: 73.0

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Excellent browser and love all it's features; yes I have used others; Vivaldi, Safari, Chrome, Opera; all have something to offer, but Firefox hit me with a brick, after I learned how to sync my account, so I will lose nothing. The 'Generic forks; Cliqz, Waterfox, Pale Moon and others do not present the needed security updates and new versions as quick as Firefox. Firefox is at 73.01, and is rock solid. I do not have a cell phone, so my data is synced with Firefox. I read the complaints by choice, reviews; that will not stand in my way. If you are not a fan of FF, please use another browser that floats your boat; that is using a "moral compass"
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Aargl
12 August 2020
Version: 79.0
Bad bad news for FFx users! :-o https://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-lays-off-250-employees-while-it-refocuses-on-commercial-products/
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Iliketrash
31 July 2020
Version: 79.0
Goodbye El Capitan. Firefox > 78 is no longer compatible with macOS 10.11.
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mherndz-1
19 July 2020
Version: 78.0.2
Back to Safari. Firefox has been having troubles signing in to NY unemployment site. Now it just cannot get through. Safari was able to get through without a hitch, so goodbye Firefox. Can't risk using it for important sites anymore. :( A shame…
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Mcr
04 June 2020
Version: 77.0
HEADS UP, a 77.0.1 update was released in less than 24 hours after 77.0.0 was released, fixing a fairly important bug that shipped in 77.0. MU will probably take awhile to even register the 77.0.1, so if this page is still showing 77.0, you may want to go direct to Mozilla and download the .0.1 update.
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Aargl
04 June 2020
Version: 77.0
MU> The FAQ here above need correcting: "What is the latest version of Firefox for Mac? Firefox 45.9.0esr is the latest running version with security fixes." ;-)
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tkachenko.darija
04 June 2020
Version: 77.0
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mrperfect
03 June 2020
Version: 77.0
Little bit of a re-learning curve. But after a couple months I love it. Sayonara Safari.
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incrzr
07 May 2020
Version: 75.0
I don't like it. No option for custom keyboard shortcuts and it uses 10x more CPU than other browsers (Safari, Brave, Chromium).
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Bousozoku
02 May 2020
Version: 75.0
Firefox is a browser I use on macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and Windows 10. It's been incredibly useful for the past several years, but the recently introduced privacy controls have made it exceptional. Using Sync to keep my bookmarks, passwords, and site preferences across devices is amazing. Having Lockwise on iPhone allows me to get at those to feed my information to apps carefully. The one downfall I've recently seen is that 4 GB of RAM on Catalina means that Firefox won't work correctly. Still, I'm using a mid-2012 MacBook Pro and now, with 16 GB, Firefox seems as good and quick as it did when this machine was new. It doesn't seem to work quite as well on Hulu as it should but that's because of the privacy controls not allowing some advertisers to stream their bits. I can use Safari for that because it doesn't seem to have much in the way of privacy controls.
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daljeetghai
02 May 2020
Version: 75.0
The Browser Is quite fast and I am also happy about the Savenet site, which I presume is safe.
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