Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How To Uninstall Firefox in Linux Mint

One of the best features of Linux is the package manger. The package manager gives you the freedom to install your choice of many great software applications. And, if you so choose, you can also remove those same applications. After all - it's a free distro. Free as in beer, and free as in choice.

It is pretty easy to remove Firefox - just open a terminal window and enter:

$ sudo apt-get remove firefox

Firefox came pre-installed in the latest version of Linux Mint, which I recently installed. So is it safe to remove? Why not - after all, it's not Internet Exploder! And, if you read my post Enabling the Java Plugin for Chrome in Mint, which piggybacks on Firefox, don't worry - the Java plugin still works in Chrome.

Now, if it turns out you do need Firefox after all - perhaps there is a web app that you use that only runs in Firefox, just re-install it:

$ sudo apt-get install firefox

I did and voila - all of my preferences and settings were still there, along with all of the plugins I had previously installed. 


  1. How can i remove this completely. still keeps something and when i try upgrade i can still see this creepy firefox

  2. I try to use the autoconfig Mozilla, In the browser, downloaded the updated version https://yumdownload.com/mozilla-firefox
    you mentioned the security configuration, yes, this is the only thing that I checked after installation.

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