Firefox - Release History

Release History

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Release history
Version Release date Gecko
Release notes
0.1 2002-09-23 1.2
  • First release
0.2 2002-10-01
  • Web form auto-complete
  • Sidebar is back
    • Downloads Sidebar
    • Bookmarks Sidebar
    • History Sidebar
  • Extension management
  • Toolbar customization
  • Search bar
  • Improved preference defaults
  • Speed improvements
  • Ctrl+Mousewheel to resize fonts
  • Bug fixes
0.3 2002-10-14
  • Image Blocking
  • Pop-up Blocking Whitelist
  • Bookmarks Changes
  • Global Go Menu and Other Menu Changes
  • Tabbed Browsing Improvements
  • Size and Speed Improvements
  • Bug fixes
0.4 2002-10-19 1.3
  • Improvements to pop-up blocking
  • Improvements to toolbar customization
  • Improvements to tabbed browsing and shortcut keys
  • Type ahead find returns
  • Address bar gets smarter
  • Themes
  • Bug fixes
0.5 2002-12-07
  • Multiple homepages
  • Intellimouse 5-button support
  • Sidebar remembers its state across sessions
  • Download fixes
  • History improvements
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Size and memory reduction
  • Performance improvements
  • Stability improvements
  • Better Windows appearance
  • Many more new themes
  • Many bug fixes
0.6 2003-05-17 1.5
  • New default theme
  • Redesigned Preferences window
  • Improved Privacy Options
  • Improved Bookmarks
  • Talkback enabled to tell Mozilla why the browser crashed
  • Automatic Image Resizing
  • Smooth Scrolling
  • Access to more preferences through about:config
  • Custom profile save location
  • Mac OS X compatibility
  • Lots of bug fixes
0.7 2003-10-15
  • Advanced preferences panel
  • Download/helper apps preferences panel
  • Cookie whitelisting
  • New password manager (all passwords now stored encrypted)
  • Web panels (like Mozilla's sidebar panels)
  • Alternate stylesheet support (through a status bar button)
  • Send Page, Send Link, and Send Image menu items
  • Autoscroll
  • Lots of bug fixes and other small improvements
0.8 2004-02-09 1.6
  • Windows Installer
  • Download Manager
  • New Add Bookmark Dialog
  • Work Offline
  • Better Handling of File Types
  • New XPInstall Frontend
  • New default theme for Mac OS X
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements
0.9 2004-05-15 1.7
  • New Default Theme
  • Comprehensive Data Migration from Internet Explorer
  • Extension/Theme Manager
  • Smaller Download
  • Online help system
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements
1.0 2004-11-09
  • Better Tabbed Browsing Controls
  • Horde of bug fixes
1.0.8 2006-04-13
  • Security fixes
  • Bug fixes
  • Stability fixes
1.5 2005-11-29 1.8
  • Dropped support for Mac OS X v10.1, minimum is now Mac OS X v10.2
  • Private data clear data
  • Back and forward now fast
  • Improved web standards
    • Improved HTML
    • Improved CSS
    • Improved HTTP
    • Improved JavaScript/DOM
    • SVG compatibility
  • Huge amount of bug fixes 2007-05-30
  • Bug fixes
  • Stability fixes
  • Security fixes
2.0 2006-10-24 1.8.1
  • Visual Refresh of main theme
  • Built-in phishing protection
  • Enhanced search capabilities
  • Improved tabbed browsing
  • Resuming your browsing session (session restore)
  • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds
  • Inline spell checking
  • Live Web Titles
  • Improved Add-ons manager
  • JavaScript 1.7
  • Extended search plugin format (predictive search)
  • Improved security with extension system
  • Client-side session and persistent storage
  • SVG text support
  • New Windows installer 2008-12-18
  • Bug fixes
  • Security fixes
  • Stability fixes
3.0 2008-06-17 1.9
  • One-click site info
  • Malware Protection
  • New Web Forgery Protection page
  • New SSL error pages
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check
  • Secure add-on updates
  • Anti-virus integration with download manager
  • Vista Parental Controls
  • Effective top-level domain (eTLD) service better restricts cookies and other restricted content to a single domain.
  • Better protection against cross-site JSON data leaks.
  • Easier password management – save passwords after successful login
  • Simplified add-on installation from 3rd party’s
  • New Download Manager
  • Resumable downloading after closing the browser
  • Full page zoom
  • Podcasts and Videocasts can be associated with your media playback tools
  • Tab scrolling and quickmenu
  • Save what you were doing - Firefox 3 will prompt users to save tabs on exit.
  • Optimized Open in Tabs behavior
  • Location and Search bar size can now be customized with a simple resizer item.
  • Text selection improvements (select multiple selections of text)
  • Find toolbar: the Find toolbar now opens with the current selection.
  • Plugin management with the add-on manager
  • Improved integration with Windows
  • Improved integration with the Mac
  • Integration with Linux GTK theme
  • Bookmark star button
  • Bookmark tags
  • Smart Location Bar
  • Library of bookmarks, history, etc.
  • Smart Bookmark Folders
  • Web-based protocol handlers for mail:to
  • Download & Install Add-ons from the Add-on manager
  • Easy to use Download Actions
  • New graphics and font handling in Gecko 1.9 provide rendering improvements in:
  • CSS
  • SVG
  • Display of fonts with ligatures and complex scripts
  • Color management of images with capabilities
  • Offline support for web applications
  • Improved speed
  • Reduced memory usage
  • Increased reliability
  • 25000 total code changes
  • Security fixes
  • Stability fixes
3.0.19 2010-03-30
  • Fixed several security problems.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
3.5 2009-06-30 1.9.1
  • Support for the HTML5
  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode
  • Better web application performance using the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine
  • The ability to share your location with websites using Location Aware Browsing
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering
  • Support for new web technologies such as:
    • Downloadable fonts
    • CSS media queries
    • New transformations and properties
    • JavaScript query selectors
    • HTML5 local storage and offline application storage
    • text
    • ICC profiles
    • SVG transforms.
3.5.19 2011-04-28
  • Fixed several security issues
  • Fixed several stability issues
3.6 2010-01-21 1.9.2
  • Support for Persona themes
  • Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
  • The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
  • Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
  • Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
  • Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
  • Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.
3.6.28 2012-03-13
  • Added Out-of-process plugins
  • Fixed several security issues
  • Fixed several stability issues
4.0 2011-03-22 2.0
  • Firefox 4 is available in over 80 languages
  • Uses JägerMonkey, a faster JavaScript engine
  • Support for Do Not Track ("DNT") header that allows users to opt-out of behavioral advertising
  • Firefox Sync is included by default
  • Graphic rendering is now hardware-accelerated using Direct3D 9 (Windows XP), Direct3D 10 (Windows Vista & 7), and OpenGL on Mac OS
  • Direct2D Hardware Acceleration is now on by default for Windows 7 users
  • WebGL is enabled on all platforms that have a capable graphics card with updated drivers
  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format, hardware accelerated where available
  • Firefox button has a new look for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you'd like)
  • Crash protection when there is a crash in Adobe Flash Player, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins
  • You can turn any tab into an "App Tab"
  • The default homepage design has been refreshed
  • Overhaul of the bookmarks and history code, enabling faster bookmarking and startup performance
  • Per-compartment garbage collection is now enabled, reducing work done during complex animations
  • Additional polish for the Firefox add-on Manager
  • Improved web typography using OpenType with support for ligatures, kerning and font variants
  • Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions
  • Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system
  • HTML5 Forms API makes web based forms easier to implement and validate
  • Support for the new proposed Audio Data API
  • Support for HSTS security protocol allowing sites to insist that they only be loaded over SSL
  • A new feature called Panorama gives users a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped
  • An experimental API is included to provide more efficient Javascript animations
  • Firefox now supports the HTML5 video "buffered" property
  • Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API
  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions
  • CSS Transitions are partially supported
  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X
  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs
  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction
  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload
  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user's browsing history
  • New HTML5 parser
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls
  • Web authors can now get touch events from Firefox users on Windows 7 machines
  • A new way of representing values in JavaScript that allows Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code more efficiently
4.0.1 2011-04-28
  • Fixed several security issues
  • Fixed several stability issues
5.0 2011-06-21 5.0
  • Better standards support for HTML5, CSS3, MathML, XHR and SMIL
  • Better visibility for the Do not track header preference
  • Stability and security improvements
  • Better tuned HTTP idle connection logic
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
  • Better WebGL security (WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures).
  • Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000 ms to improve performance
5.0.1 2011-07-11
  • Fixed an issue in Mac OS X 10.7 that could cause Firefox to crash
  • Fixed an issue caused by Apple's "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 5" where the Java plugin would not be loaded
6.0 2011-08-16 6.0
  • about:permissions, a permissions manager. The user can choose what information can be shared with sites, e.g. location.
  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you are visiting.
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
6.0.2 2011-09-06
  • Revoked the root certificate for DigiNotar due to fraudulent SSL certificate issuance
  • Removed trust exceptions for certificates issued by Staat der Nederlanden
  • Resolved an issue with websites
7.0 2011-09-27 7.0
  • Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • The 'http://' URL prefix is now hidden by default.
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Enhanced support for MathML
  • The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8.
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
7.0.1 2011-09-29
  • Fixed a rare issue where some users could find one or more of their add-ons hidden after a Firefox update
8.0 2011-11-08 8.0
  • Add-ons installed by third-party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved performance and memory handling when using
  • Added Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues
8.0.1 2011-11-21
  • Fixed Mac OS X crash that occurred in certain instances when a Java Applet is loaded with Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_29 installed.
  • Fixed Windows startup crash caused by RoboForm versions older than 7.6.2.
9.0 2011-12-20 9.0
  • Added type inference, significantly improving JavaScript performance.
  • Improved theme integration for Mac OS X Lion.
  • Added two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion.
  • Added support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript.
  • Added support for the font-stretch CSS property.
  • Improved support for the text-overflow CSS property.
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
9.0.1 2011-12-21
  • Fixed crash on Windows, Mac and Linux
10.0 2012-01-31 10.0
  • Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default.
  • Anti-Aliasing for WebGL is now implemented.
  • CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported.
  • New element for bi-directional text isolation, along with supporting CSS properties.
  • Full Screen APIs allow you to build a web application that runs full screen.
10.0.1 2012-02-10
  • Security fix.
10.0.2 2012-02-16
  • Fixed Java applets that sometimes caused text input to become unresponsive.
10.0.3esr 2012-03-13
  • Security fixes.
  • Fixed web workers running out of memory, affecting some add-ons used by organizations.
10.0.4esr 2012-04-24
  • Fixed an issue in Firefox ESR 10.0.3 that caused the "Whats New" page to open after an update.
  • Fixed extensions.checkCompatibility.* prefs not working in ESR releases.
10.0.5esr 2012-06-05
  • Fixed the 10.0.5 Firefox top crash with signature .
10.0.6esr 2012-07-17
  • Security fixes.
  • Stability fixes.
  • Fixed some text editing inconsistencies.
10.0.7esr 2012-08-28
  • Fixed contenteditable breaks in 10.0.7 that middle-click to open links
  • Addressed a fix that allows specifying wildcard that matches all simple netbiosnames in network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris.
10.0.8esr 2012-10-09
  • Security fixes.
10.0.9esr 2012-10-12
  • Security fix.
10.0.10esr 2012-10-26
  • Security fix.
10.0.11esr 2012-11-20
  • Security fix.
11.0 2012-03-13 11.0
  • Migration of settings from Google Chrome
  • SPDY protocol support (disabled by default)
  • RFC 6455 WebSocket protocol support with a unprefixed API
  • Page Inspector Tilt (3D View)
  • Sync Add-ons
  • Redesigned HTML5 video controls
  • Style Editor (CSS)
12.0 2012-04-24 12.0
  • Windows: Firefox is now easier to update with one less prompt (User Account Control)
  • Reintroduced on-demand loading of pinned tabs after restoring a session
  • Page Source now has line numbers
  • Line breaks are now supported in the title attribute
  • Improvements to "Find in Page" to center search result
  • URLs pasted into the download manager window are now automatically downloaded
  • Support for the text-align-last CSS property has been added
  • Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects has been implemented
  • Various security fixes
  • Many bug fixes
    • Some TinyMCE-based editors failed to load (739141)
    • OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware (713305)
13.0 2012-06-05 13.0
  • When opening a new tab, users are now presented with their most visited pages
  • The default home page now has quicker access to bookmarks, history, settings, and more
  • SPDY protocol now enabled by default for faster browsing on supported sites
  • Restored background tabs are not loaded by default for faster startup
  • Smooth scrolling is now enabled by default
  • 72 total improvements to Page Inspector, HTML panel, Style Inspector, Scratchpad and Style Editor
  • The column-fill CSS property has been implemented
  • Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects has been implemented
  • Support for the CSS3 background-position property extended syntax has been added
  • The :invalid pseudo-class can now be applied to the element
  • The CSS turn angle unit is now supported
13.0.1 2012-06-15
  • Fixed an issue when Windows Messenger did not load in Hotmail, and the Hotmail inbox did not auto-update
  • Fixed the Hebrew text that was sometimes rendered incorrectly
  • Fixed an issue in Adobe Flash 11.3 that sometimes caused a crash on quit
  • Various security fixes
14.0 2012-06-26 14.0
  • Google searches now utilize HTTPS
  • Full screen support for Mac OS X Lion implemented
  • Plugins can now be configured to only load on click (about:config)
  • The Awesome Bar now auto-completes typed URLs
  • Improved site identity manager, to prevent spoofing of an SSL connection with favicons
  • Pointer Lock API implemented
  • New API to prevent your display from sleeping
  • New text-transform and font-variant CSS improvements for Turkic languages and Greek
  • Long URLs now extend the status bar almost to the whole width of the viewport.
  • Gstreamer backend for HTML5 video to allow H.264 playback (needs to be enabled at compile time).
14.0.1 2012-07-17
  • Various security fixes
  • Fixed the GIF animation that can get stuck when src and image size are changed
  • Mac OSX: Fixed the nsCocoaWindow::ConstrainPosition that uses wrong screen in multi-display setup
  • Fixed the CSS :hover regression when an element's class name is set by Javascript
15.0 2012-08-28 15.0
  • Silent update: Background updates
  • Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
  • WebGL enhancements, including compressed textures for better performance
  • Localization in Maithili
  • Optimized memory usage for add-ons
  • JavaScript debugger integrated into developer tools
  • New layout view added to Inspector
  • High precision event timer implemented
  • The CSS word-break property has been implemented
  • New responsive design tool allows web developers to switch between desktop and mobile views of sites
  • Native support for the Opus audio format added
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  • The source element now supports the media attribute
  • Fixed the focus rings that keep growing when repeatedly tabbing through elements
15.0.1 2012-09-06
  • Addressed a fix where sites visited while in Private Browsing mode could be found through manual browser cache inspection
16.0 2012-10-09 16.0
  • Firefox on Mac OS X now has preliminary VoiceOver support turned on by default
  • Initial web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Acholi and Kazakh localizations added
  • Improvements around JavaScript responsiveness through incremental garbage collection
  • New Developer Toolbar with buttons for quick access to tools, error count for the Web Console, and a new command line for quick keyboard access
  • CSS3 Animations, Transitions, Transforms and Gradients unprefixed
  • Recently opened files list in Scratchpad implemented
  • Fixed an issue where debugger breakpoints do not catch on page reload
  • No longer supporting MD5 as a hash algorithm in digital signatures
  • Opus support by default
  • Reverse animation direction has been implemented
  • Per tab reporting in about:memory
  • User Agent strings for pre-release Firefox versions now show only major version
16.0.1 2012-10-11
  • Fixed security vulnerabilities
16.0.2 2012-10-26
  • Fixed security vulnerability
17.0 2012-11-20 17.0
  • First revision of the Social API and support for Facebook Messenger
  • Click-to-play blocklisting implemented to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user's permission
  • Updated Awesome Bar experience with larger icons
  • Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported
  • JavaScript Maps and Sets are now iterable
  • SVG FillPaint and StrokePaint implemented
  • Improvements that make the Web Console, Debugger and Developer Toolbar faster and easier to use
  • New Markup panel in the Page Inspector allows easy editing of the DOM
  • Sandbox attribute for iframes implemented, enabling increased security
  • Over twenty performance improvements, including fixes around the New Tab page
  • Fixed pointer lock that doesn't work in web apps
  • Fixed page scrolling on sites with fixed headers
Version Release date Gecko
Release notes
17.0beta 2012-10-11 17.0
  • Click-to-play blocklisting implemented to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user's permission
  • Mac OS X 10.8: Support for Notification Center
  • Updated Awesome Bar experience with larger icons
  • JavaScript Maps and Sets are now iterable
  • SVG FillPaint and StrokePaint implemented
  • Support for @supports added
  • Improvements that make the Web Console, Debugger and Developer Toolbar faster and easier to use
  • New Markup panel in the Page Inspector allows easy editing of the DOM
  • Sandbox attribute for iframes implemented, enabling increased security
  • Over twenty performance improvements, including fixes around the New Tab page
  • Fixed page scrolling on sites with fixed headers
18.0alpha Updated daily 18.0
  • Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 and up
  • Preliminary support for WebRTC
  • Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm
  • Performance improvements around tab switching
  • CSS3 Flexbox implemented
  • Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio
  • DOM Tree Live Preview added to inspect tool (see screenshot)
  • Support for @supports added
  • Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates
  • Support for W3C touch events impemented, taking the place of MozTouch events
  • Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages
19.0alpha Updated daily 19.0
  • Panel based download manager
  • Tab strip visual redesign
  • Windows plugin hang UI

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