Portable Firefox OS X

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Portable Firefox OS X is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser packaged as portable application so you can take your bookmarks, extensions, history, cookies, and saved passwords with you.

Inspired by useful Cross-platform Portable Firefox 1.5 (Mac/win) and by PortableApps.com (win), here is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser packaged so you can carry around with you on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (also on your internal hard disk) as long as it has 75 MB of free space and use on any Mac OS X computer, taking your bookmarks, extensions, history, cookies, and saved passwords with you.

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ic_pappslionpatch.png Portable Apps Lion Patch This Patch will solve Mac OS X Lion 10.7 incompatibility of Portable Applications.

Download:

To update download last Firefox version and copy it in Resources folder inside Portable app bundle (ctrl+Clic - Show bundle content).

Old releases:

Please provide me "Read Me.txt" tanslation.

  1. Drag the "Portable Firefox OS X" folder to your portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (also to your internal hard disk) as long as it has 57 MB of free space.
  2. Clicking "Portable Firefox" will open Firefox from your portable device, wait a while before Firefox start.
  3. If a local copy of Firefox is running an alert window allow you to quit it.

Using your data

r4.0

You can copy your local Profile folder to Portable Firefox when "Copy local Profile" window ask you. So, if you wish to use your bookmarks, add-ons, history, personal data and preferences you already have on your system, just click "Copy" when prompt, and select the folder "/Users/<username>/Library/Applications Support/Firefox/Profiles/.default/".

Firefox application and profile folder are inside the bundle:
"Portable Firefox.app/Contents/Resources/"

Read also Portable Safari Copy Preferences page.

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Remove file "Portable Firefox.app/Contents/Resources/CopyPref_Done" to copy preferences next time you open Portable Firefox.

Know issue: when you upgrade your profile from a version prior to 2.0, Firefox restart immediatly, this show the "Portable Firefox quit with success" popup window even if Portable Firefox is still running.

till r3.0

If you wish to use your bookmarks, extensions, history, cookies, and saved passwords you already have on your computer, copy the content of the folder "/Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/.default/" to "<your_volume>/Portable Firefox OS X/app/profile/**" folder.


Other languages

r4.0

Download Firefox in your language from http://www.mozilla.org and copy it to:

"Portable Firefox.app/Contents/Resources/" folder.

till r3.0

Download Firefox in your language from http://www.mozilla.org and copy it to "app" folder in:


AppleScript only

till r3.0

You can download the "OPEN Portable Firefox.app" AppleScript only if you wish to save your previous Portable Firefox, without need to dowload all script and app bundle you already have.

Download:

You can drag "OPEN Portable Firefox OSX" icon in your previous "Portable Firefox OS X" folder that contains Firefox.app and your "profile" folder.
As the "profile" folder path is changed, just drag it in the "app" folder.
You can delete "START Prtable Firefox.command".

The "Portable Firefox OS X" tree has to be:

/Portable Firefox OS X
|-/OPEN Portable Firefox OSX.app
|-/app/Firefox.app
|-/app/profile

Do a backup of your "profile" folder copying/renaming it.


Tip

Portable Firefox OS X start both from external and internal volunes (hard disk). You can syncronize your portable and "stable" Firefox simply by coping "profile" folder.


Support Forum

Post questions, tips, suggestions, clues, helps, bugs to our OS X Portable Apps support forum


Source code


Change log

  • 4.0.1 r4.1 (21.05.2011)
    Firefox updated to 4.0.1
  • 3.6 r4.1 (24.01.2010)
    Firefox updated to 3.6
    Fixed "Read-Only Volume:" check on 10.6
  • 3.5 r4.0 (01.07.2009)
    Firefox updated to 3.5
    Released under GPLv3
    Firefox icon updated
  • 3.0 r4.0u (27.06.2008)
    r4.0u fixed Intel only package, now is universal
  • 3.0 r4.0 (23.06.2008)
    Firefox updated to 3.0
  • 2.0 r4.0 (26.10.2006)
    Firefox updated to 2.0
    New shell script.
    Profile copied if desired with folder select option.
    Portable Firefox ask to quit application already running.
    Growl style notification windows.
    Dialog made by CocoaDialog.
    Portable Firefox is wrapped as application package with Platypus.
    10.4 OS X version check.
    Can't be launched on a locked volume.
    Requires OS X 10.4 or later.
  • 1.5.0.7 r3.0 (16.09.2006)
    Firefox updated to 1.5.0.7
  • 1.5.0.4 r3.0 (02.06.2006)
    Firefox updated to 1.5.0.4
  • 1.5.0.3r3.0 (03.05.2006)
    Firefox updated to 1.5.0.3
  • 1.5.0.2r3.0 (21.04.2006)
    Firefox 1.5.0.2 included.
    New icons.
    Hosted by SourgeForge.net
  • 1.5.0.1r3.0 (02.02.2006)
    Firefox 1.5.0.1 included.
  • 1.5r3.0 (01.02.2006)
    An AppleScript in the background, instead of shell script, open the portable application, no more Terminal window open, no need to quit Terminal.app to eject external drive.
    Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified) languages available.
    Application bundle and Profile folder are both inside "app" folder.
    New "OPEN Portable Firefox OSX.app" icon.
  • 1.5r2.0 (24.01.2006)
    Optimized settings
    New folder icon
  • 1.5r1.3 (22.01.2006)
    Released under GPL
    German release
  • 1.5r1.2 (17.01.2006)
    Readme and .command license update
    French release
  • 1.5r1.1
    (16.01.2006)
    Japanese release
    (15.01.2006)
    Creative Commons license added
  • 1.5r1.0 (14.01.2006)
    first release

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Acknowledgments

This little work was made possible by Cross-platform Portable Firefox 1.5, and with useful clues by Marco Moisson of Tevac forum, and hayne of Macosxhints forum.
.dmg file with license agreement made by DMG Packager 1.2.2

Portable Firefox.app© 2006-2011
Carlo Gandolfi - http://www.freesmug.org
Paolo Portaluri - http://plus2.it/~paolo/

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This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.

Mozilla Firefox® provided is an unmodified version of official binaries downloaded from Mozilla.org licensed under:
Mozilla Public License Version 1.1


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