Firefox 32 released, now available for download

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Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

Release notes:

  • New HTTP caching (v2) enabled by default
  • Integration of generational garbage collection
  • Public key pinning support enabled
  • Login metadata viewable in password manager
  • Display the number of found items in the find toolbar
  • Code completion and inline documentation added to Scratchpad
  • Connect to HTTP proxy over HTTPS
  • Removed and turned off trust bit for some 1024-bit root certificates
  • Performance improvements to Password Manager and Add-on Manager
  • HTML5: drawFocusIfNeeded enabled by default
  • HTML5: ECMAScript 6 built-in method Array#copyWithin implemented (docs)
  • HTML5: CSS position:sticky enabled by default
  • HTML5: mix-blend-mode enabled by default
  • HTML5: New Array built-in: Array.from()
  • HTML5: navigator.languages property and languagechange event implemented
  • HTML5: Vibration API updated to latest W3C spec
  • HTML5: CSS box-decoration-break replaces -moz-background-inline-policy
  • Developer: HiDPI support in Developer Tools UI
  • Developer: Inspector button moved to the top left
  • Developer: Hidden nodes displayed differently in the markup-view
  • Developer: New Web Audio Editor (learn more)
  • Fixed:  Mac OS X: cmd-L does not open a new window when no window is available
  • Fixed: Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1
  • Known Issues: Repeating background image causes weird text layout issue with HWA off (1011166)

Download: Firefox 32.0 for Windows | 32.7 MB (Freeware)
Download: Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis)
Download: Firefox 32.0 for Linux | 40.3MB
Download: Firefox 32.0 for MacOS | 62.8 MB
View: Firefox Website | Release Notes

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Ever since I installed the new version, it takes my FF some 3-4 seconds to load on initial run. this has not happen with FF 31, and I tried disabling all my three (3) addons, still same problem exist. any ideas?

cork1958 said,
Just checked manually for an update to my Firefox. It found nothing. :(

I'll wait until it comes through that way.

Wait to 14:30 UK time ;)

They always release it at the same hour

"Fixed: Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1". Yeyyy! It only took one year to fix!

francescob said,
"Fixed: Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1". Yeyyy! It only took one year to fix!

That's because MS deliberately made an update that would affect its major competitor, so it would win users over, but imo that how i see it. It took a non ms entity to fix an ms glitch. I could be wrong though.

francescob said,
"Fixed: Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1". Yeyyy! It only took one year to fix!

I have been directly involved with this bug for a very long time now and I can say that it was a painful problem that getting a proper fix for was extremely hard. We were working with Microsoft and AMD, buying known problem hardware on eBay, etc. It was a major headache which MS didn't really care about. There has been a workaround for a while now but a solid, working and reliable fix has taken a lot of time, on the order of thousands of developer and tester hours.

There is a lot of confusion as to whether this is indeed the final release build of 32.0. I do see that the link to the Windows download still does work, but another reputable software site was linking to the file through the Mozilla ftp and the link returns a 550 right now. Any thoughts on this ? Thanks.

The link above downloads the same file, byte-for-byte, as has been available in Mozilla's Firefox 32 - Candidates folder on their ftp servers the last 5 days.
I think Mozilla has been sitting on it until they finish qualifying it. I am reasonably certain it is indeed the final version.

This is what I have thought. I also discovered that when one examines the download link url that by simply replacing the 32.0 with a 31.0 that then the 31.0 version will download. :) At any rate, I installed the 32.0 final with no drama. Everything works well.

No, this is still in beta. Firefox 32 isn't being released until tomorrow. The official release might be on their servers, but it won't show up on Mozilla's site until tomorrow.

We know that. It "officially" is still in beta, but yes, the link posted here is to the official final 32.0 release. The http address is the same to get the 31.0 version and when you change that 31.0 in the url to 32.0 you will be downloading the 32.0 final release. Sometime tomorrow the Mozilla Firefox site and the internal updater will be pointing at the 32.0 release.

spy beef said,
Why is the version number so goddamn high?

Firefox has switched to a time based release cycle for... how long now? And we still have these dumb comments about the version number every time?

The version number has little significance in this type of release cycle.