Firefox 17.x on RHEL5

Install / Upgrade Firefox 17.x on RHEL / CentOS / 5.x / 32-Bit / 64-Bit / X86_64 / Linux


This how will show you the way to Installing / Upgrading  Firefox 17 on RHEL and CentOS 5.x Linux.

In RHEL 5.x and CentOS 5.x there is very Old Firefox version is available, So It is possible that you will not able to use some of the Latest Web based Features from Faebook, Gmail, twitter and LinkedIn.

So To run the Latest Web Based Features, We have to make sure our Firefox version should be Latest and Updated, As of Now there is Firefox 17 is available for the CentOS / RHEL 6.x. We will be Installing / Upgrading the Firefox using YUM.


Firefox 17.x on RHEL5
Firefox 17.x on RHEL5


Please perform following steps to Install Mozilla Firefox on RHEL / CentOS / 5.x :-

Step 1 :- You need to be Root to Install / Upgrade Firefox 17 on RHEL / CentOS / 5.x :-

Step 2 :- Make sure Internet is Direct or You should be able to use Yum for external Repositories from Command Line.

Step 3 :- Close All Firefox Sessions.

Step 4 :- Execute Following Command to Move Existing Repositories to Another Directory to Avoid Package Conflicts.

[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# mv /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo /root

Step 5 :- Download and Configure the Repository for Firefox 17 :-

[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# wget -c
[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# mv firefox_tejas_barot.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/

Step 6 :- Execute Following Command to Start Installing / Upgrading Firefox 17 on RHEL / CentOS / 5.x 

[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# yum install -y firefox

Step 7 :- Once Above Process is successfully completed, You will able to use firefox.

Step 8 :- Remove the Firefox Repository and Restore you Previous Repositories.

[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# rm -rf /etc/yum.repost.d/firefox_tejas_barot.repo
[root@linux-support-ahmedabad-tejas-barot ~]# mv /root/*.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/

That’s IT.

Hope this will helps you all, If you face any issue regarding the same or its not working for your some how then please raise your questions / issues then comment down below.

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8 thoughts on “Install / Upgrade Firefox 17.x on RHEL / CentOS / 5.x / 32-Bit / 64-Bit / X86_64 / Linux”

  1. Well, I downloaded firefox_tejas_barot.repo and when I try “yum install -y firefox” I get the following errors:

    http://mirror.centos…/5/updates/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 4] IOError:

    “Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: firefox. Please verify its path and try again.

    I tried yum clean all and I get the same message. I substituted in your repo file “$basearch” with the actual path, same problem.

    Any ideas? I am novice. Thanks, Tom

  2. Hi This solution worke for me in REHL5, after a bad actualization that was dowmloaded, and asked me for a restart.


    Now it gives Forbidden error message

    wget -c
    –2013-12-03 09:56:54–
    Connecting to||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 403 Forbidden
    2013-12-03 09:56:56 ERROR 403: Forbidden.


  4. Yes, they’ve discontinued support for RHEL 6.X version as of Google Chrome 28 and on other side, latest Firefox and Opera browsers run successfully on the same platforms.

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