Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition Released

John T. Haller's picture
Submitted by John T. Haller on April 17, 2008 - 10:17pm

Firefox logoMozilla Firefox®, Portable Edition version has been released in English, German, French and Italian. It's the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a launcher as a portable app, so you can take your browser, bookmarks, settings and extensions on the go. This new release updates the included Firefox to fixing some security and stability issues. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

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portable_firefox_small.pngMozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that's easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go. Learn more about Mozilla Firefox...

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This release updates the bundled Mozilla Firefox to (release notes). Installer / Format

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is available for immediate download from the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition homepage. You can get the German release from the German homepage and the French and Italian releases from the Localization page. Get it today!

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Tim Clark's picture

Thanks John,

Will download and install at work tomorrow and report back.
[modem at home ya'know]

[Update: Fri am

Download: Fine
Install over Fine
Launch and Navigation: Fine
Scan during Install and Launch: Fine
Multiple OD scans: Fine

Looks like another Success.]


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Same here.

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For updates that just say they move to the next version, would just updating firefox regularly be the same as this update?

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ZachHudock's picture

No. NEVER let the mozilla apps do their auto-update, it breaks the local install because it will set all local registry values to point to your portable version. This has been discussed numerous times already.

The developer formerly known as ZGitRDun8705

I know that, but I think this for a few reasons.

1. I don't have a regular version of firefox.
2. Under modifications Update Prompt - As updating the browser on a flash drive can be very slow, Firefox Portable asks you if you'd like to update rather than doing it automatically.

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ZachHudock's picture

1. You may not have a local install of firefox, but if you do the update from a school or work PC, it will break the install there. If you do it on your home PC, without a local install, your system will then think Firefox is installed, it will show up in your Add/Remove programs and cause some other odd issues.

2. That was probably left in there from the older releases when the auto-updater actually worked correctly.

Your best bet would be to download this newest release and update that way. None of your profile or settings will be messed with.

The developer formerly known as ZGitRDun8705

2. Since we shouldn't the auto-update feature in FireFoxPortable, this feature ought to be disabled. I'll try to find the right place to request this in the forums. (I'm new at this.)

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We can't disable it. Mozilla has trademarked names and logos for their programs, and in order to keep the Mozilla branding on it, there are some aspects of the base app that we can't change. In upcoming releases of the Mozilla apps, the updater will properly work again.

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I'm having trouble with the plugins. None of my plugins are in the plugins folder and, I tried installing them from the addons site didn't work. They only work when I'm on the pc I installed them from. So, how can I get em to work?

Not all plugins will work. But please post this in the forums as this is a news story, and no one will see it here.

Hi, been a new user of Firefox Portable for about a month now, and it seems I can't click an URL link in Outlook to go to that URL in Firefox. Is that because it's portable? Any workarounds? Thanks.

ZachHudock's picture

Yes, clicking a URL in an email from a desktop-based mail client will open the link in whatever the system default is. The only way to make FirefoxPortable open these links would be to set it as the system default, which is NOT portable.

In the future, please post support questions in the support forums not as a comment on a news story.

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The developer formerly known as ZGitRDun8705

don't post support questions into news threads.

Ill answer your question anyhow:
That only works if Firefox Portable is running. If it isn't, your standard browser will open. There is no way around that at the moment. This happens because its portable and setting the portable version as "standard" breaks portability so dont (that is just a friendly warning :)).

In the future, please use the searchbox in the top right corner before asking a new question and welcome to Smile

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you're right. Depends on Outlook.

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i have a problem with this new version!

a lot of addons don't work with this version!
(like infoRSS for exemple)

if i used version
and make mozilla update ,
all is OK!


I updated FFP over FFP and all my Add-ons work fine.

Could you give another example, I don't use infoRSS
but do have about 20 Add-ons.


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