firefox man page

firefox — a Web browser for X11 derived from the Mozilla browser


firefox [Options] [URL]

firefox-bin [Options] [URL]


Mozilla Firefox is an open-source web browser, designed for standards compliance, performance and portability.


firefox is a simple shell script that will set up the environment for the actual executable, firefox-bin.


A summary of the options supported by firefox is included below.

GTK options

--gdk-debug=FLAGS Gdk debugging flags to set


Gdk debugging flags to unset


Gtk+ debugging flags to set


Gtk+ debugging flags to unset


Load an additional Gtk module

X11 options


X display to use


Make X calls synchronous


Don't use X shared memory extension


Make all warnings fatal

Firefox options

-h, -help

Show summary of options.

-v, -version

Print /usr/bin/firefox-bin version.

-CreateProfile profile

Create profile.

-P profile

Start with profile.


Start with profile manager.

-remote command

Execute command in an already running Firefox process.  For more info, see:


Start with Javascript Console

-chrome url

Load the specified chrome.


Don't connect to any other running instances of firefox. Use this if you want to run firefox in an entirely new process. By default, firefox will delegate a command to an already running instance.


Start firefox in safe-mode. This disables all third-party extensions, and may be necessary if you are having problems with an extension you installed.

-new-tab url

Open url in a new tab.

-new-window url

Open url in a new window.


Open the preferences dialog.


Start firefox in private browsing mode.


Toggle private browsing mode.


Set firefox as the default web browser.

-search term

Search for term with your default search engine.


Start with migration wizard.


Open new instance, not a new window in running instance.


/usr/bin/firefox - shell script wrapping firefox
/usr/lib/mozilla/firefox-bin - firefox executable




To report a bug, please visit

See Also



The Mozilla Organization

Referenced By

gozilla(1), groffer(1).

August 07, 2001 firefox Linux User's Manual