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How to install Firefox for macos

Firefox is a free to download web browser built by the Mozilla Foundation, a non profit organization. Firefox allows users to access websites on the internet.

For the Digital Humanities Research Institute, we use Firefox because it works on Windows and Mac operating systems, it is frequently updated, and it values user privacy.

Step 1: Go to the Firefox download webpage

Visit the Firefox download page in your pre-installed browser, such as Safari.

Image showing the Firefox download page for Mac

Step 2: Download Firefox Installer

Click on the Download Firefox button.

Image showing where to click to download Firefox

Step 3: Move Firefox to the Applications folder

Once the download has finished, the file should open by itself and pop open a Finder window containing the Firefox application. Drag the Firefox icon on top of the Applications folder in order to copy it there. This action will begin the installation, which should only take a few seconds to complete.

Image showing how to drag Firefox and drop it in Applications folder

Step 4: Eject the Firefox installation file

After dragging the Firefox app to the Applications folder, go back to the desktop screen, move the mouse cursor over the Firefox icon, and click it while holding down the control key on your keyboard. Then select the Eject Firefox option.

Image showing how to eject the Firefox installation file

Step 5: Open Firefox

You can now start Firefox by double-clicking on it in the Applications folder. The first time you open Firefox, you should receive a dialogue box that asks you if you are sure you would like to open Firefox. Here you should click Open.

Image showing the dialogue box that opens only on the first time starting Firefox

Step 6: Finished!

Firefox will now open. Congratulations, you have completed installing Firefox!

Image showing a fresh install of Firefox