Firefox
Firefox
72.0.2

4.0

Firefox free download for Mac

Firefox

72.0.2
23 January 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 72.0.2:
Fixed:
  • Issues opening files with spaces in their path
  • A hang opening about:logins when a master password is set
  • A web compatibility issue with CSS Shadow Parts which shipped in Firefox 72
  • Inconsistent playback performance for fullscreen 1080p videos on some systems
  • Various stability fixes

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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darkwing52
25 October 2019

Most helpful

I have more confidence in FF than any other browser when it comes to paying attention to my interests and protection and privacy.
Like (4)
Version 70.0
ShotBlocker
09 January 2020
Ah, a new year, 2020, a new Firefox, and time to vent. I've always hated Safari, such a "mushy" browser, with that slick and nauseating Apple sheen. Ugh. And Chrome -- if you want to sell your soul to Google's brand of "surveillance capitalism," be my guest. So we're stuck with Firefox. Firefox was OK, functional if a bit homely, up until they began to up their version numbers every week or 10 days. Soon we'll be up to version 172. Firefox now piles features upon features and options upon options with every new release, more than anyone could use. And "Mozilla" (who ever dreamed up that dumb name?) is so proud of their megabucks "Pocket" acquisition (neither wanted nor used by rank and file users) but -- God forbid -- if you're a knuckle-dragger who still wants "tabs on bottom" they make you muck endlessly around in CSS code for a fix, and break it with every new release. No amount of begging influences the high flying execs at Mozilla, cruising comfortably at 40,000 feet. So instead of a light, tight, kickass browser we end up with a piece of overcooked corporate bloatware. Swell. Anyway, thanks for listening folks. I owe you one. -SB
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Version 72.0.1
1 answer(s)
yhwt
yhwt
11 January 2020
Many words for a complain as simple as "want tabs on the bottom". Not aware of a browser that does that and for good reason. The address bar is at the top and having the tabs next to it makes obvious sense. If you can make a convincing case as to why tabs on the bottom would be a superior design choice, I am sure you can get things moving. But I doubt that's possible. There is reasons why neither Safari nor Chromium do that. I find your one star rating a bit harsh. Having exotic requests and than giving a software the worst rating feels like overreaction.
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Version 72.0.1
RogerG5788
09 January 2020
FireFox is my main Web Browser. I have used it from when it first came out and I use exclusively. 12/24/365! Nothing else compares to it. Beats the hell out of Safari. Integrates well with extensions and is trustworthy and reliable.
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Version 72.0.1
Macfool
06 January 2020
v. 72.0 is out. If anything, the Standard security settings are a little too aggressive on legit sites. Smooth and fast on a unsupported 2Ghz. Catalina '09 Mini. Get it now: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/72.0/mac/ - choose your language. Happy New Year.
Like (1)
Version 71.0
Sleek
02 January 2020
Do not download Firefox 71. This version will not let You to go to google, gmail, Google Search or even WOT. Even when You visit ebay or any other Pages all you will see garbled images and will not show you images.
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Version 71.0
3 answer(s)
quir
quir
05 January 2020
This sounds a lot like you have some serious malware on your mac. I would have an IT expert take a look at your computer. Highly doubt this is caused by Firefox. And believe me, if Firefox was unable to open google.com this forum would explode with rants.
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Version 71.0
zlazkow
zlazkow
08 January 2020
Use duckduckgo and startpage. Google is not your friend.
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Version 72.0
Sleek
Sleek
09 January 2020
Dear quir and zlazkow, I am in Apple Developer Team and I do not have any Malwere on My System. and I have Duckduckgo.
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Version 72.0.1
badbadger
19 November 2019
Recently I wrote that Firefox is slow .... and now there is a new version: 70 :) It's better, much better. Firefox now has a new faster Javascript Baseline Interpreter and compositor improvements that... (I quote from mozilla) "reduce power consumption, speed up page load by as much as 22 percent, and reduce resource use for video by up to 37 percent". Apart from Mozilla marketing: Firefox now works quickly and efficiently. I recommend, check it out for yourself.
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Version 70.0.1
dogwithsocks
08 November 2019
When you have 100+ tabs open FF is uses the least memory and runs faster than any other browser I have used (Chrome, Vivaldi, Brave, Opera, never really got into Safari because of the lack of customisation, extensions and integration into other platforms). My problem is that there are some essential extensions I want to use but they are not available on FF (e.g. Gmelius, Hubspot etc.).
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Version 70.0.1
2 answer(s)
Robert86
Robert86
08 November 2019
Have you talked/complained to the authors of those 'essential extensions' about what security/processes are lacking to allow them to run on the current Firefox versions?
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Version 70.0.1
dogwithsocks
dogwithsocks
08 November 2019
I have not. HubSpot is not even planning to build an extension for FF. I know, it's just a small issue over all, but it affects the workflow of my business. Although, I still believe that FF is the best browser at the moment.
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Version 70.0.1
bsmit
30 October 2019
So configurable. Trust this and love it!
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Version 70.0
chofutaro8
26 October 2019
This is the best browser: very configurable and secure.
Like (1)
Version 70.0
darkwing52
25 October 2019
I have more confidence in FF than any other browser when it comes to paying attention to my interests and protection and privacy.
Like (4)
Version 70.0
1 answer(s)
darkwing52
darkwing52
25 October 2019
ps - I don't understand why a review from 2009 should get the top spot. It is hardly relevant 10 years later, except for the link to acid3. The "most helpful" algorithm needs to have a time decay built into it.
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Version 70.0
calvarytabernacleinfo
14 October 2019
It's the best browser and moved out from Chrome for security reasons. Chrome is having lot of Adware and collecting too much of data leaving behind without any option to disable.
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Version 69.0.3