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[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

firefox 5 beta

As you all know Mozilla has changed its recycle cycle and cut down to release new version of Firefox once in every 3months. And as per the latest rapid release cycle Mozilla has reached the beta release date for Firefox 5.

Firefox 5 Beta will be released on May 17, 2011 i.e. tomorrow.

Mozilla Firefox is moving to a rapid release development cycle to deliver new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. To help with this, Mozilla recently launched the Firefox Aurora channel to give users more opportunities to participate in building Firefox. The Aurora channel is where users can test early stage features for future versions of Firefox without all the polish and stability of a beta release.

But here we got a small feature which was added in Aurora build of Firefox few weeks back called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this Channel Switcher, users can change the channel to get beta which in turn updated your Aurora build to Firefox 5 beta.

5 steps to get Firefox 5 beta using Aurora?

Following are the steps you should follow to get Firefox 5 Beta before the official release,

  • Step 1: Download Firefox Aurora Build

firefox aurora download

  • Step 2: Open the About Dialog

about firefox aurora

  • Step 3: Click on “Change” as highlighted in below image.

firefox aurora channel switcher

  • Step 4: Choose Beta from the drop down

firefox aurora beta switcher

  • Step 5: Click on “Apply and Update” button to get Firefox 5 Beta

firefox aurora beta update

This beta version has been released unofficially some time ago. If you had already downloaded then you are already on beta path.

Following are the Firefox releases scheduled for tomorrow,

  • Firefox 3.7 (pre-release builds of a1-a5)
  • Firefox 4.0b (beta builds 1- 12)
  • Firefox 4.0.1 beta
  • Firefox 5.0b1 (test beta)

If you are already using Aurora build of Firefox browser, you will not receive the beta update notification as it offers “Channel Switcher” option for manual update. Mozilla also said even Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 (final release) users will also not receive a beta notification.

Either you can follow the steps mentioned above to taste the Firefox 5 Beta or you should wait for official release.

Well we hope Mozilla is going to give tough competition to Google Chrome with their rapid release cycle. We are excited to watch this browser war 🙂 How about you? Share your thoughts….


8 thoughts on “[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release”

  1. Rajan Balana says:

    That's Awesome, I am downloading it 🙂 Yay ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      That's great buddy. Thanks 🙂

  2. Thiru says:

    HI Sunil,

    This is my first visit to tech18 and really awesome blog with informative post. Looking forward more interesting post from you guys.

    My wishes to both sunil and vinay.


  3. Rajesh Chaukwale says:

    I have waited so long to get my hands on this FF 5. Thanks for the tip. Downloading!!! 🙂

  4. van025 says:

    Thanks for your sharing

    Downloading now

  5. Marcus says:

    Wow, Firefox 5 beta, i never knew such upgrade existed. Thanks for your detailed step by step guide Vinay. I'm still using Firefox 3.6.17. and it works fine, only had few crashes. Upgrading doesn't hurt though.

  6. Dave says:

    It seems as if the newest Beta really has no improvements and with the the intro of only the Firefox Channel Switcher( ), it seems as if they are only looking to force users to switch to the newer versions.

  7. Andrew Walker says:

    I have already download it. It looks better than the previous one. excellent. I have been waiting for long time and I get my FF 5. Thank you for the tip, Vinay.

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