Developer(s)PortableApps.com
Initial releaseApril 16, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-04-16)
Stable release
100.0.1 / 17 May 2022; 20 months ago (2022-05-17)
Operating systemWindows, Unix-based OS (eg. Linux and macOS) using Wine
TypeWeb browser
LicenseMPL/GPL/LGPL
Websiteportableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (formerly known as Portable Firefox and commonly known as Firefox Portable) is a repackaged version of Mozilla Firefox created by John T. Haller. The application allows Firefox to be run from a USB flash drive,[1][2] CD-ROM, or other portable device on any Windows computer or Linux/Unix computer running Wine. The program does not require Firefox to be installed on the computer, nor does it leave personal information on the computer or interfere with any installed versions of Firefox, however, installation on the computer's data storage device is possible. The program is not totally portable, it can't run multiple instances of Firefox out of the box.[3][4]

It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11 as well as Wine on Unix-like systems. Although recent versions have serious compatibility issues with WinPE XP and BartPE XP, the old version 2.0.0.20 is compatible with Windows 98, Me, and PE XP and 2000.

Differences from Mozilla Firefox

Firefox Portable retains all of Mozilla Firefox's abilities such as extensions and automatic updating. Modifications to reduce the number of writes to the flash drive have also been added. The web cache and browser history were previously disabled under the release of 2.0. Firefox Portable's ability to delete cookies and the download history on exit is not enabled by default, as per a licensing agreement with Mozilla.

Personal settings, bookmarks, and any installed extensions and themes are stored on the flash drive along with Firefox Portable. This allows the user to move from computer to computer without losing application settings. Plugins such as Flash Player and Shockwave Player cannot be installed to Portable Firefox in the usual sense, but the plug in files can be copied from a local installation to the appropriate portable folder.[5]

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References

  1. ^ "DIY Super Guide: Make a USB Key Travel Kit". Maximum PC. Brisbane, CA: Future US: 28. July 2005. ISSN 1522-4279.
  2. ^ Scott, Bob (February 2005). "Toolbox: Keychain Browser". Make. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media. 1: 179. ISBN 0-596-00922-4.
  3. ^ ""another instance of firefox is already running" problem". PortableApps.com. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Running multiple instances at the same time..." PortableApps.com. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition Support - PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives". Portableapps.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition Support - PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives". Portableapps.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  7. ^ "A Review of Firefox Portable: Take Your Internet Browsing Experience With You on a USB Stick". Bright Hub. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Multiple Profile Support for Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird, Portable Editions 1.0 - PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives". Portableapps.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.