Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 532 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
32.0.2
File Size:
62.79MB
Date Added:
September 18, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
3,251,482
Downloads Last Week:
3,678
Product ranking:
#1 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a Web browsing alternative that offers a full range of features to let you peruse your favorite sites with ease. This program offers all of the functionality you'd expect from a Web browser through a clean and familiar interface.

Pros

Site optimization: If you're looking for an alternative to Safari on your Mac, you may find that some sites load more quickly and function better through Firefox. Especially if you have trouble with certain sites you visit a lot in Safari or another browser, it may be worth it to try out Firefox to see if it can run them more smoothly.

Tiled history: When you open a new tab in Firefox, you'll see a tiled display of the sites you've visited lately or most often, so you can get back to your favorites with ease. Or if you want to visit a site that's not displayed, you can use the search bar located in the upper right-hand corner of the interface.

Cons

Exclusive search box: While the box for URL entry also says you can enter a search term, we were unable to get any real search results in this way. Using the designated search box seems to be the only option for completing a keyword search. This does not have to be a significant drawback except that the program seems to indicate it should work the other way as well.

Poor tile loading: The tiled screen with recent pages visited didn't load terribly thoroughly, and most tiles didn't contain images of the actual sites they described. They also didn't always take us to where we were trying to go.

Bottom Line

Firefox for Mac is a good option to try if you have trouble accessing certain sites through Safari or other browsers. However, because of the issues we experienced during testing, we still prefer Safari or Chrome for everyday surfing on the Mac.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 532 votes

    • 5 star: 176
    • 4 star: 141
    • 3 star: 68
    • 2 star: 55
    • 1 star: 92
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  • 3 stars

    "REMOVE THE TUNEUPMYMAC DOWNLOAD BUTTON"

    July 18, 2014   |   By CubusX31

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 30.0

    Pros

    Only needed it for school.

    Cons

    None, plus the huge button for a completely useless TunupMyMac download mad numerous users download/install the wrong file.

    Summary

    Hey CNET.COM. How about removing the Free Download link for TuneupMyMac at the top of the page? I am not the only one who mistakenly downloaded that installation file. Also, how about posting a way to get this useless program completly off of our Macs so we do not have to Google search the process??? If you're going to post something like make it a little more known that it's not Firefox.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very Unstable"

    June 18, 2014   |   By OrgDevGuy

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 30.0

    Pros

    Standard Firefox

    Cons

    Slows down to point of unusuability/crashes at least 2X/day, requiring a force quit.

    Summary

    Not ready for prime time.

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  • 2 stars

    "Links on numerous sites now give error messages"

    June 18, 2014   |   By Treetoes

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 30.0

    Pros

    Conveniet and works with USPS

    Cons

    Page links send an error message

    Summary

    Worthless for most uses

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  • 1 stars

    "Fugly (Is this 10 characters?)"

    May 09, 2014   |   By MacGuffin

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 29.0.1

    Pros

    None over the previous release.

    Cons

    Good God, the graphics on the tabs look like Exploiter.

    Summary

    I can't begin to say how upset I am that I downloaded version 29.0.1 I take security seriously, which is why I immediately updated when prompted to do so. Firefox, like pretty much all browsers, had its limitations but appearance wasn't one of them. The graphics on the tabs are now at best reminiscent of non-serious browsers like Sea Monkey and Opera and at worst of Exploiter. As a result, everything is harder to read and fonts and icons suggest cartoons. For some reason, it has also become exceedingly difficult to drag Firefox into other position. I'll be reverting to whichever release I was using prior to this upgrade as soon as I post this. Wise up, developers. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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  • 2 stars

    ""Safeguards" make it difficult to use"

    May 07, 2014   |   By llocey

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 29.0

    Pros

    I used to like Firefox's ease of use.

    Cons

    I find that one site which I need to use is "forbidden" with this version of Firefox. It is very frustrating! I can't figure out how to correct this problem and have had to revert to a different browser to access this site.

    Summary

    I am more than just disappointed with this new version of Firefox and have deleted it from my computer.

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  • 4 stars

    "I believe that Chrome is better for Mac"

    April 24, 2014   |   By GarryGallaher

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 28.0

    Pros

    It works but not that smooth

    Cons

    Not that convenient, memory hog

    Summary

    Not a native app, should be adapted better

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  • 4 stars

    "I use Firefox"

    February 26, 2014

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 27.0.1

    Pros

    It's pretty fast and works with most web sites. The search window allows some customization so that you are not stuck with using Yahoo, Bing, or Google Search

    Cons

    There are some websites that Firefox doesn't work with; so, I find it necessary to also use Safari.

    Summary

    It's a decent browser for the Mac computer. I like it better than Safari.

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  • 1 stars

    "Firefox not allowed on the iPad"

    February 26, 2014   |   By musicmugger

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 27.0.1

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

    Don't try loading it onto the iPad Air, because Apple will not allow it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Always top notch"

    February 25, 2014   |   By Thombar99

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 27.0.1

    Pros

    Works exactly like I expect it to. Has great add-ons and extensions.

    Cons

    Really haven't found anything I don't like about it.

    Summary

    This is a very smooth and well performing browser. You can't go wrong using it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Necessary for some sites"

    February 18, 2014   |   By macdad614

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 27.0.1

    Pros

    Fast enough.
    Allows me to view documents that some websites will not access using Safari.

    Cons

    Not any that I have observed.

    Summary

    CNET's site has green Download Now and Free Download buttons that all appear to be the same. CNET should NOT allow Google SPAM on this page.

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