Install Firefox Next (Beta) or Firefox Quantum (Nightly) on Linux Mint 20 - Step by step guide ?

Firefox is an open-source, feature-rich, and widely used web browser that is developed and maintained by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox Beta is unstable testing and development of Mozilla Internet browser that allows you to see all new features before they are released.

It is primarily aimed at individuals who wish to contribute to improving the Firefox browser, even if it means occasionally encountering some bugs. Developers can install the test releases such as beta or nightly to test the latest features before they are released in a more stable version.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux Mint Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Firefox Next and Firefox Quantum Nightly versions on Mint 20 Ulyana.

Steps to Install Firefox Next (Beta) on Linux Mint 20

1. Perform System Update

It is important to ensure your system packages are up to date. Run the command:

$ sudo apt update 

2. Install Firefox Next(Beta)

Before proceeding, check the version of Mozilla firefox currently installed on your Linux Mint with the below command:

$ firefox —version

Moving on, we will proceed to add the Firefox Next Beta repository as follows:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next -y

Linux Mint default repository will override the unstable beta version that has been added to your packages list. As a result, you will need to override previous priorities to install Firefox beta from PPA.

To do this, create a preferences file:

$ sudo vim /etc/apt/preferences

Next, append the lines:

Package: *
Pin: release o=linuxmint
Pin-Priority: 700
Package: firefox
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-mozillateam-firefox-next
Pin-Priority: 900
Package: *
Pin: release o=Ubuntu
Pin-Priority: 50

Next, update your system packages to register the added repository with the below command:

$ sudo apt update

Now, close any running Firefox browser windows and run the following command:

$ sudo apt install firefox -y

After the installation is complete, confirm the current firefox version:

$ firefox –version

How to Install Firefox quantum nightly on Linux Mint 20 System ?

Firefox quantum nightly is installed separately on your machine, unlike the beta version.

To install Firefox quantum nightly, add its repository on your LInux Mint system with the following command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa -y

Thereafter, refresh or update the package lists:

$ sudo apt update

Next, close any running Firefox browser windows on your system and run the following command:

$ sudo apt install firefox-trunk -y

After the installation is complete, confirm the current Firefox version:

$ firefox-trunk --version

How to Uninstall Firefox Beta and install the stable Firefox from Linux Mint 20 System ?

If you wish to uninstall the Firefox beta build and go back to the stable version follow the steps below.

1. First, uninstall firefox on Linux mint with the command:

$ sudo apt remove firefox -y

2. Next, delete the Firefox Next repository from your packages list by appending the –remove flag to the add-apt-repository command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next -y

3. Once that is done, refresh the package index:

$ sudo apt update

4. Now you can re-install the stable version of Firefox:

$ sudo apt install firefox -y

5. You can also delete the preferences file if you never wish to install the beta or nightly version on your system again by running the below command:

$ sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences

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This article covers the complete installation procedure of Firefox Beta and NIghtly on Linux Mint 20 system.

How to Install Firefox Quantum Beta in Linux Mint or Ubuntu from PPA repository ?

To add the official PPA for Firefox Beta and install or update to the latest Firefox Beta, use the commands below in a terminal:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install firefox

How to Install Firefox Nightly (Alpha) in Linux Mint or Ubuntu from PPA repository ?

Add the Firefox and Thunderbird Nightly PPA and install the latest Firefox Nightly alpha build in Linux Mint or Ubuntu by typing the following commands in a terminal:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install firefox-trunk

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