Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 533 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.6
  • Total Downloads:
    3,302,013
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 21, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    68.62MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,482
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox is the gold standard of alternatives to the still-dominant Internet Explorer. This browser is full-featured, secure, and lightning fast--although competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available. Its killer selection of add-ons remains strong, however, with built-in support for the next generation of themes, called Personas.

Several notable improvements in recent updates keep Firefox abreast of current browsing tech. In addition to improvements made to the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine so that it renders Web applications faster, there have also been other significant under-the-hood changes. These include: blocking third-party software from encroaching on Firefox's file system turf to increase stability; support for the Web Open Font Format, which means many non-English browser users should have a faster time loading Web pages with downloadable fonts; and support for the File interface, which can help with tasks such as uploading multiple photos and is part of the draft HTML5-standard effort. HTML5 support debuted in Firefox 3.5. Another deeper change to the browser is that it is now running scripts asynchronously, which can help to load a Web page faster by putting off some work until the high-priority chores are complete. Firefox also isolates out-of-date plug-ins so they do not become a security risk.

The latest update to Firefox 3.6.6 fixes security holes and solves some problems with plug-ins crashing (for example, most notably, a Flash or Silverlight crash now won't take Firefox down with it). Upgrading is highly recommended.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
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  • All Versions

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    out of 533 votes

    • 5 star 176
    • 4 star 141
    • 3 star 68
    • 2 star 56
    • 1 star 92
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4 stars

"Well-designed but slow."

March 17, 2010  |  By Nano8blazex

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

Good browser, tons of allowance for customizing + addons, nice user interface. Rarely crashes, and very, very reliable. Possibly the browser I believe to be most reliable.

Cons

It takes forever to start up. On OS X it takes at least 20 seconds on my computer... watching the firefox icon bounce up and down gets frustrating sometimes. On Windows (7) it takes just as long, sometimes even longer. Slow in general.

Summary

Mostly I view this browser in a positive manner, for it is one of the most reliable browsers out there, and also probably one of the safest. The user interface is also very good, and it seems more refined than other browsers. However it starts up pretty slowly, both on Mac and Windows, but that is the only downside.

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4 stars

"fast. good interface. supposedly more secure than most."

March 01, 2010  |  By mkhilario

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

better interface than safari. easily customizable view for use on windows netbook small screen. Running one browser on mac and windows simplies things. While better than safari, I prefer how it works with windows.

Cons

not easy to change the cache size, or turn it on and off. Most will not look to do this, though.

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4 stars

"Sometimes slow, but looks and works great"

February 15, 2010  |  By elanamayer

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

Nice look, organized, personalized, generally fast, easy login

Cons

Sometimes slow, downloading is a little weird since I'm used to Safari

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3 stars

"Should have waited until the add-ons were updated."

February 08, 2010  |  By vbhip

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

Nice look, feel. I've been a Firefox fan for years. Love its security.

Cons

Some hangs (incompatible add-ons, I suppose, that I don't recall as having been reported), caused Firefox to absorb almost 100% of my CPU.

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2 stars

"Firefox ate my bookmarks and I can't get them back"

February 07, 2010  |  By tommylaws11

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

Loved it until it 'ate all of my bookmarks.

Cons

Loved it until it 'ate all of my bookmarks.

Summary

I used Firefox exclusively for about four years or so. About two weeks ago, it 'ate my bookmarks' and, no matter what I have tried (and I have looked on tons of blogs), nothing has gotten them back. I now (sadly) use Chrome, since it had imported my bookmarks. Note: Chrome sucks,since it is impossible to 'organize' them or delete them. I may have to go to Safari.

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4 stars

"I don't know what you guys' beef is."

February 06, 2010  |  By CypraeaMonkey

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

My add-ons from 3.5 work just fine

Cons

I can't find any.

Summary

Great browser (the only one I use now). I love the tree-style tab add-on because I can have my >50 tabs open and see them without having to scroll back and forth up top.

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2 stars

"More stable but does not have add on features"

February 06, 2010  |  By eaabdi

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

More stable

Cons

Symantec Anti Virus Add on will not load on this. Also the add ons of the previous version disappeared.

Summary

Stability is present but in other respects it is an average Browser

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1 stars

"bye bye add-ons!"

February 02, 2010  |  By mimby

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

None that I could see

Cons

Ver. 3.6 totally wrecked ALL of my add ons. And it disabled my 3rd-party download speed-up app, and it disappeared all my saved login passwords.
I HATE this version. I immediately uninstalled, re-installed 3.5.7 and restored my Profile backup.

Summary

This version BITES, baby!

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3 stars

"What happened to RealPlayer downloads?"

January 31, 2010  |  By thomtln1_dotmac

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

Don't notice much difference.

Cons

Except now the RealPlayer Downloader doesn't work.

Summary

It's fine.

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4 stars

"stability, finally!"

January 31, 2010  |  By YookShilHalNom

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Pros

STABLE, fast, tons of add-ons available

Cons

still gets hung on pieces of java script

Summary

Great browser, more versatile than Chrome but not as fast. Most stable I've seen FFX for over a year.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.6

Firefox 3.6 is built on Mozilla's Gecko 1.9.2 web rendering platform, which has been under development since early 2009 and contains many improvements for web developers, add-on developers, and users. This version is also faster and more responsive than previous versions and has been optimized to run on small device operating systems such as Maemo.

Notable Firefox 3.6 features include

  • Available in more than 70 languages - get your local version.
  • Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox's appearance with a single click.
  • Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
  • The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
  • Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
  • Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
  • Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
  • Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.

General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date January 21, 2010
Date Added January 21, 2010
Version 3.6
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6
  • Download Information
    File Size 68.62MB
    File Name Firefox 34.0.5.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 3,302,013
    Downloads Last Week 3,482
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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