Firefox approaching one billion downloads

Mozilla's Firefox browser is popular amongst those who... well, don't use any other browsers, of course, and it's about to reach a new milestone. Not too long after pushing out their 3.5 update, you'll see on the Firefox download counter, they're coming up to their billionth download.

As you'd expect, they're gearing up for the celebrations; on the Spread Firefox website, they've set up a page about it, detailing what you can to do celebrate. They've suggested taking photos, donning your 'fox apparel, and including banners such as the one we've included below. Mozilla says that once you've taken a suitable photo, send it off to this email address and play the waiting game.

Here's some photo tips from some photography experts that Mozilla chatted to:

It's all about balance: we want to see you and your location prominently displayed in the picture, so don't let one of them dominate the photo. And we should clearly see your Firefox aparrel or poster too.
Keep it sharp: check to make sure everything is in focus. You and your background. No one likes a blurry photo.
Enlighten us: Lighting can be tricky, and it can easily make your break your photo's appeal. For outdoor shots, face the sun so you can avoid shadows on your face.

So... are you a part of the billion downloads?


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Go Firefox! I'm currently using both Chrome and Firefox, but I'm gonna ditch Chrome as soon as Firefox Minefield comes out, probably.

Firefox is just a breeze! Too many people use it just to say they are cool while they are not! It's a heavy program that taxes the CPU a lot. I used FF 3.5 on a PC with 256 MB RAM and it was like a hog. I had to wait for it to open and the pages took some time to open.

On the other hand Opera and Chrome were much faster and more comfortable to use. I would advise not to jump in the bandwagon just because everyone else is doing it!

I bid Firefox adieu a long time ago. Who needs it when you can use Google Chrome, which is ten times faster. Firefox has become too bloated for my taste.

Less is more.

shle896 said,
I bid Firefox adieu a long time ago. Who needs it when you can use Google Chrome, which is ten times faster. Firefox has become too bloated for my taste.

Less is more.

What does chrome have to do with the article. just because it's the fastest browser doesn't mean it makes chrome a better browser...Saying which browser is the fastest is highly overrated. Less doesn't mean more. chrome is still a barebones browser. and Firefox being bloated?? define bloated, that
word is such a over use and overly rated term these days.

shle896 said,
I bid Firefox adieu a long time ago. Who needs it when you can use Google Chrome, which is ten times faster. Firefox has become too bloated for my taste.

Less is more.

You know you can rip out everything from your Windows as well.
It will make it BLAZING FAST!!!

Do these figures reflect how many times it's been uninstalled ? I've downloaded it 10 or 15 times . Never liked it and uninstalled it every time .

OldToad said,
Do these figures reflect how many times it's been uninstalled ? I've downloaded it 10 or 15 times . Never liked it and uninstalled it every time .

And your point is?

Ive been using this since early 2004 when it was called firebird, love it

IE has improved vastely and is now comparable but i still love firefox as the plugins are fantastic

Lets do this:

Internet Explorer is bad because,
- It failed miserably the Acid Test. It is somewhat behind Firefox when it comes to rendering things properly.
- It adopted tabbed browsing rather late.
- To the present day, still no Easy-To-Install Adblocker.
- Disabling Hard Drive Cache is impossible though the user interface. If not, just, impossible.
- Requires registry for advanced editing.
- Most popular, ergo, most prone to malicious software / hacks / attacks, etc.
- Cruddy Search / Customization.
- Most of the user base probably consists of Average Folk

Safari is bad because, (Windows)
- Hard Drive Hog - Browser relies heavily on the Hard Drive instead of RAM. Therefore slow write mediums will slow down Safari. Bad for SSDs.
- No Advanced Options - serious lack of configurable parameters.
- No Addon Support (well almost - flash and pdfs work)
- It is the really fast and otherwise exceptionally retarded browser.

Also, Opera,
- Old Versions had adds.
- Will get nowhere with that name.

Firefox is the best because,
- It is frequently updated.
- Extremely Customizable - the look, the performance, etc.
- Only browser that you can get a custom SSE2 build of
- Has marvelous addons.
- Adblock Plus (EasyList and EasyPrivacy), NoScript, Etc.
- Compared to the above, Firefox actually has a cool mascot.

I think it's funny how people complain about Microsoft's sales or marketshare numbers, discrediting it because the numbers only reflect trivial things, and do not take into account the actual userbase or individual purchases.

When Firefox does something similar by cheering about a billion downloads, people don't see it that way.

Quikboy said,
I think it's funny how people complain about Microsoft's sales or marketshare numbers, discrediting it because the numbers only reflect trivial things, and do not take into account the actual userbase or individual purchases.

When Firefox does something similar by cheering about a billion downloads, people don't see it that way.

You need a brain, you're making Mozilla look like a hypocrite for things they never said..... I don't recall Mozilla ever dissing Microsoft's vague numbers. Just bloggers and forum trolls.

Earlier people blamed Microsoft without reason, so now it's time for the final judgement... People blame with no reason all the anti-MS stuff. Such a simple post and a lot of negative reaction from the ground up.

Good for Mozilla. Firefox is my browser of choice, so I'm always glad to see it get more market share, or reach new milestones like this.

Quikboy said,
You do know that those billions of downloads, don't mean a billion users, right?

You know that most people know that, right?

red77stars said,
It doesn't mean that people are actually using it.

Yeah, no one is actually using it. Good point, well made. Thanks for adding so much to the conversation. I am surprised you aren't one of those who has downloading it a million times, for no reason at all!

cakesy said,
Yeah, no one is actually using it. Good point, well made. Thanks for adding so much to the conversation. I am surprised you aren't one of those who has downloading it a million times, for no reason at all!

LOL. +1. I think you said everything I had on my mind regarding red77stars' stupid comment.

I only download Firefox when I'm backing up my computer. I usually just run the Software Update to get the latest version. I guess I can account for 2-5 downloads, at most. :P

Mozilla's Firefox browser is popular amongst those who... well, don't use any other browsers, of course
Hahaha, I love that. A lot of the Firefox community is quite close-minded about their browser being so superior to anything else, so it's a relevant comment.

dead.cell said,
Just because you ran into a few assclowns doesn't mean they represent the community as a whole.

Yeah I agree. Stereotype much.

Dr_Asik said,
Hahaha, I love that. A lot of the Firefox community is quite close-minded about their browser being so superior to anything else, so it's a relevant comment.

Except that they are correct. Where is IE's standards compliance?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... so what? How many of those downloads are in use? how many are multiple builds downloaded by the same user... etc etc....

How many users install Firefox on multiple computers off of one install? What about imaging an install to hundreds of computers?

neufuse said,
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... so what? How many of those downloads are in use? how many are multiple builds downloaded by the same user... etc etc....

Right now Firefox has ~25% of the market. I think you can estimate how many users that is if you really want to know the answer.

The real celebration here isn't so much the magical "1 billion" number but what it represents. Some have argued that Mozilla has pushed others (including Microsoft) to focus innovation efforts in their browser, for one. For two, this is a pretty clear demonstration to Google, Opera, and Apple, that despite Microsoft's impressive hold on the browser market, it is not a "monopoly". It is possible to build a browser and encourage its growth through the most powerful form of advertising (word of mouth). Last statistic I heard, FF had about 1/5 of the browser market. They did it without whining to the EU, they did it withouth suing. They did it by getting a product out there that people wanted. "Build it and they will come". And they did.

Opera looked at the same situation and said "it's too hard".

I would also say that FF is the "winner" when it comes to presence across multiple platforms. Microsoft has abandonded IE for Mac and Safari for Windows has yet to make a significant impact. FF seems to have a healthy share of Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

C_Guy said,
The real celebration here isn't so much the magical "1 billion" number but what it represents. Some have argued that Mozilla has pushed others (including Microsoft) to focus innovation efforts in their browser, for one. For two, this is a pretty clear demonstration to Google, Opera, and Apple, that despite Microsoft's impressive hold on the browser market, it is not a "monopoly". It is possible to build a browser and encourage its growth through the most powerful form of advertising (word of mouth). Last statistic I heard, FF had about 1/5 of the browser market. They did it without whining to the EU, they did it withouth suing. They did it by getting a product out there that people wanted. "Build it and they will come". And they did.

Opera looked at the same situation and said "it's too hard".

I would also say that FF is the "winner" when it comes to presence across multiple platforms. Microsoft has abandonded IE for Mac and Safari for Windows has yet to make a significant impact. FF seems to have a healthy share of Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.


I think Safari for windows will be Apples version of what came with IE for Mac... eventually it will die off...

I really don't think so. Apple has an incentive to create a browser that will be used by millions. Flip it around though, and Microsoft would end up working on a browser for OS X for a much smaller portion of people. Not to mention you could easily cut probably 75% of the people using Macs from ever installing or trying it even. It would simply require too much effort on their part just to "blow people away" and get them using IE on OS X. I'd rather them spend their time on the Windows version honestly.

As for Opera... well, they decided to shoot themselves in the foot at the beginning, and they're really paying for it now. Lost opportunity for them I feel in getting their name out. Now we have the whole "anti-trust" thing going on, and it seems their reputation has dropped even further. Now they're simply known as the group who couldn't figure out how to market their browser, create a decent looking UI, and complain when they can't get it up.

Ok, this browser bashing is really starting to get annoying. Everyone likes their own browser for their own reason and does not have to share it with everyone. So shut up. >_>

The numbers aren't fake, they are purely downloads. How can that not make sense?

It doesn't mean users, current users or past users. It's mearly an arbitary number of hits on their server for one of the Firefox installs.

exactly! ... because all it is, is purely DOWNLOADS people, not individual people.

so nothing major but still a good achievement.

lunamonkey said,
The numbers aren't fake, they are purely downloads. How can that not make sense?

It doesn't mean users, current users or past users. It's mearly an arbitary number of hits on their server for one of the Firefox installs.

Agree, I want to know who are all these amazing people who download 100s of versions. What, do they really think it is going to make it 100x better?? Why would anyone ever do that...

In the lab(s) I work in, I make use of my USB. Nice little folder on there made for fresh installs, holding an antivirus and various other tools/drivers commonly used. I simply drop the folder on each computer for them so they can install it all. Firefox is listed under "browsers" for the students to install if they wish. Overall, I see a lot of Firefox, a couple using IE, a few using Chrome, and 1 Opera user overall. These are tech students as well, in case some wonder how IE has lower usage than Firefox.

There's also a drive on the network which has Firefox installed. Makes it easy for me to travel around the school instead of having to use PortableApps.

I don't understand though, if someone has to uninstall/reinstall numerous times, why not... just... save the damn installation file and make life easier on yourself? I can't imagine anyone loading it as a temporary file, unless they're truly a newbie with computers. Then again, some newbies have been known to be in charge of tech related stuff as well...

lunamonkey said,
The numbers aren't fake, they are purely downloads. How can that not make sense?

It doesn't mean users, current users or past users. It's mearly an arbitary number of hits on their server for one of the Firefox installs.


Yes!!
But, you know, there are so many idiots on Neowin who can not read or make sense of anything.

Septimus said,
Yup, 500+ must be mine. Pointless milestone.

You are a pointless milestone. 1 billion downloads is pretty good for free, open source software.

Septimus said,
Heh you are a comedy genius. My 6 year old cousin says that kind of stuff...

Not here to be a comedian mate. Just here to comment on stupid comments like your own.

Yeah, and false statistics are increasing at an alarming rate too! Did you know that 83% of all statistics are made up on the spot?

I remember Firefox!
Since Chrome I almost forgot about it ha ha. It's good to see that it's still popular though.

P.S. @ LAMj - Don't you mean Pre IE8?

kInG aLeXo said,
That number of downloads doesn't make sense :S
Atleast 60 of those downloads were by myself, not including the auto updates

How does it not make sense? Please tell me where it says 1 billion individual people downloaded it. That 1 billion downloads takes into account all the updates and multiple downloads by single users.

Mikeyx11 said,

How does it not make sense? Please tell me where it says 1 billion individual people downloaded it. That 1 billion downloads takes into account all the updates and multiple downloads by single users.

it doesn't make sense as a milestone

kInG aLeXo said,
it doesn't make sense as a milestone

Why not? Many other software companies celebrate certain amount of downloads, so why shouldn't Mozilla? Regardless of whether they are unique downloads, it is still a milestone.

Same here. Installing multiple OS's on a machine and putting Firefox on them + testing out different OS's in VMs & downloading Firefox onto those + updating to new/beta Firefox versions = a whole bunch of downloads xD. Not to mention the times that I've downloaded and installed it for other people.

Sam Symons said,
Yeap, I'd account for 10+ downloads, I'd say. Make that 20+.

Yeah, well I downloaded it once and have so far installed it on about a billion mahcines...

Seriously though, I have downloaded it once, and put it on 4 machines so far, and my mates as well. We usually have a drive of utils at work, where you can find this sort of stuff.

One question, why would you donwload it 300 times? What are you testing, how not to use a thumbdrive or network drive for a week?

I'm bit of IE myself as well. However, due to work-testing, at least 300 of those downloads are myself (not including updates)

Eastwind said,
I'm bit of IE myself as well. However, due to work-testing, at least 300 of those downloads are myself (not including updates)

Gee, poor use of time and USB drives!

For Windows and Linux, it's the best browser you can get. But it's a bit lacking on the Mac platform, which is why I'm sticking with Safari as my primary browser. However with the release of 3.5, Firefox has become a close second browser, and it's often open alongside Safari.

DanielZ said,
For Windows and Linux, it's the best browser you can get. But it's a bit lacking on the Mac platform, which is why I'm sticking with Safari as my primary browser. However with the release of 3.5, Firefox has become a close second browser, and it's often open alongside Safari.

Only in your dreams is it the best browser for Linux or Windows. Personally, I find it much worse than IE8, Opera 10, Seamonkey 1.1.17 or K-Meleon 1.5.3.
Hell, I even prefer Google Chrome or Safari over Firefox!!

At least a dozen or so of those downloads have been mine, of which each install lasted a day, at most!! Totally over rated, fan boy based loving browser

DanielZ said,
For Windows and Linux, it's the best browser you can get. But it's a bit lacking on the Mac platform, which is why I'm sticking with Safari as my primary browser. However with the release of 3.5, Firefox has become a close second browser, and it's often open alongside Safari.

Really? I have it on Mac and PC, don't find it any different to the PC version. I do like Safari as well, but use firefox a lot more.

FF offers little advantage over IE (PC) or Safari (Mac) but I like how it handles file downloads. If I have a lot of downloads to do I will use it for that.

Little advantage if you have nothing else you desire out of the browser. Many desirable features can be found through the addons, including features you'd never imagine having such an impact on your browsing behavior.

The addons I use alone simply increase my ability to get things done faster, as well as enjoy myself while using it. This reason alone is why I can't see myself jumping off to another browser, even if it is "the fastest". Firefox isn't that much slower really, so it's an easy decision when it comes to deciding whether or not to jump to Chrome or whatever.

C_Guy said,
FF offers little advantage over IE (PC) or Safari (Mac) but I like how it handles file downloads. If I have a lot of downloads to do I will use it for that.

I will agree that the download manager is great in FF (especially if you use the DownThemAll Add-On) but how can you say it offers little advantage? As dead.cell mentioned, I never imagined what I could do while browsing until I started using Firefox several years ago.

Firefox pretty much has an Add-On to do whatever it is that you need it to do. I would say that it gives it a slight edge over Safari and IE.

Who many are update downloads from a single user since version 0.1?

If that's that case, then IE has had over a Trillion downloads.

TonyLock said,
Who many are update downloads from a single user since version 0.1?

If that's that case, then IE has had over a Trillion downloads.


Yeah, but see, nobody cares about IE having a trillion downloads.

i've probably downloaded it around 50 times my self... and it isn't my favorite browser, I'm just stuck with it (go IE)

Beastage said,
i've probably downloaded it around 50 times my self... and it isn't my favorite browser, I'm just stuck with it (go IE)

Yeah I hate it, so I only downloaded it about 30 times... you know.... just for a laugh. Browsers that I really like I can download over a 1000 times.

cakesy said,
Yeah I hate it, so I only downloaded it about 30 times... you know.... just for a laugh. Browsers that I really like I can download over a 1000 times.


lolz

cakesy said,
Yeah I hate it, so I only downloaded it about 30 times... you know.... just for a laugh. Browsers that I really like I can download over a 1000 times.

Hahaha. Good one.

Quikboy said,
Exactly. 1 Billion downloads hardly doesn't represent the number of users.

Nobody said it does mate.

Beastage said,
i've probably downloaded it around 50 times my self... and it isn't my favorite browser, I'm just stuck with it (go IE)

I really don't understand how anybody could stand IE. It doesn't have absolutely any advantage over Firefox.