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Mozilla Firefox Portable for Mac (22.0)

Hello,

I just made a portable version of latest Firefox (22.0), for Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4).

It was for a personal project that I needed the latest version portable, but I think it can be useful for other people.
The only one portable Firefox for Mac I found was a very old one...

Here is the download page : [Download no longer available]

Best :cool:

Beny

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http://www.freesmug.org

have mac portable apps

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Newer version?

Hey Beny,

I'm looking for version 26 of Portable Firefox. Any ideas?

Thanks,
-Mark

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Discontinued

I think most folks have abandoned portable software for Mac at this point, at least the projects I was aware of. The default Mac settings switched to not let you run unsigned software last year (or the year before). The default will likely switch to App Store only in another few versions. Sure, you can change defaults, but most people won't.

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Why I would like it.

I want a portable app of Firefox to make use of a separate profile of Firefox that I wouldn't update. Version 26 is the last one that supported the API that GWT dev mode needs. The new approach to debugging GWT is called "Super Dev Mode" and is not nearly as functional as the old way. Thanks.

Mark

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Mac via Wine Only

I'm sorry, Mark, but we only distribute Windows-based portable apps that work on Mac OS X via one of the Mac Wine variants. As I mentioned, we were considering adding Mac apps at one point but have decided to hold off due the direction OS X seems headed. All the Mac portable app projects I am aware of have been abandoned.

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Mac OS X direction?

Thanks for the response. I'm curious about what you mean when you say you are holding off due to the direction OS X seems to be headed. Please elaborate.

Thanks,
-Mark

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In older versions of Mac OS X, you could run any app you wanted under the default settings. Mountain Lion switched it so you can only run apps that are digitally signed by default about two years ago. Admins can change the settings, but the vast majority of users never will. Gatekeeper has one more setting, which is Mac App Store only. That will likely become the default in another year or two. GPL apps can't legally be distributed in any of Apple's app stores due to the licensing restrictions. Portable/USB apps can't be distributed via the App Store either.

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Mac OS X portable App

Thanks again. I assume I will be able to compile my own version of Firefox into a portable app and install it locally. Could you point me to a place that shows me how to do this for the Mac OS X for Firefox? That would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
-Mark

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If there are any, they may be over at SmugMug. I doubt they're complete since it was abandoned so long ago and Firefox has changed quite a bit since then. You can probably make it semi-portable with just a script file and using the -profile switch to direct it to a profile. It won't make the paths portable, extensions may break as you move around, and it will leave things behind on every PC, though.

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