How to Get Firefox on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Today, we will guide you through the process of getting Firefox on your Mac. Whether you are new to Mac or simply want to switch from your current browser, Firefox is a great choice for its speed, security, and customization options. Let’s begin!

Step 1: Visit the Firefox Website

First, open your current browser and search for “Firefox for Mac” or simply visit

Step 2: Download Firefox

Once you are on the Firefox website, click on the green “Download Now” button. This will start the download process.

Step 3: Open the Downloaded File

Once the download is complete, locate the downloaded file in your Downloads folder or in your browser’s downloads bar at the bottom of the screen. The file will be named something like “Firefox.dmg”.


If you see a warning that says “Firefox can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”, don’t worry! This is just a security feature of macOS.

To bypass this, simply right-click (or control-click) on the downloaded file and select “Open”. Confirm any prompts that appear.

Step 4: Install Firefox

After opening the downloaded file, a new window will appear with the Firefox icon and an Applications folder icon. Simply drag and drop the Firefox icon onto the Applications folder icon.


If you don’t have permission to install applications on your Mac, you may be prompted to enter your administrator password during this step.

Step 5: Launch Firefox

Now that Firefox is installed, you can find it in your Applications folder. Open the folder and double-click on the Firefox icon to launch the browser.

Step 6: Set Firefox as your Default Browser

If you want Firefox to be your default browser, follow these steps:

  • Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences”.
  • Click on “General”.
  • In the “Default web browser” section, click on the dropdown menu and select “Firefox”.

Step 7: Import Bookmarks and Settings (Optional)

If you were using a different browser before, you may want to import your bookmarks, saved passwords, and other settings to Firefox. To do this:

  • Open Firefox.
  • Click on the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the window to open the menu.
  • Select “Library”, then click on “Bookmarks”.
  • In the dropdown menu, click on “Show All Bookmarks”.
  • A new window will appear. Click on “Import and Backup” in the toolbar at the top.
  • Select “Import Data from Another Browser..” and follow the prompts to import your data.

Congratulations! You’ve Successfully Installed Firefox on Your Mac!

Now that you have successfully installed Firefox on your Mac, you can enjoy its fast performance, built-in privacy features, and extensive customization options. Make sure to explore its settings and add-ons for an even better browsing experience! Happy browsing!


If you encounter any issues during the installation process, please refer to the official Firefox support website for troubleshooting steps or reach out to their support team for assistance.

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