Mozilla Introduces New “Online Installer” (Stub Installer) for Firefox Web Browser
Many software now-a-days such as Google Chrome, Windows Essentials, etc come with online installer which downloads the required program files at the installation time. Recently Microsoft also introduced the same feature in Office 2013 suite.
Now Mozilla is testing a similar thing with latest Firefox Nightly build which comes with a new stub installer (online installer). The installer comes in a very small size 500+KB and downloads the setup files when you run the installer as shown in following screenshot:
I have noticed recently that Firefox setup size is regularly increasing in Nightly builds, that might be the reason behind moving to an online installer. Please keep in mind that traditional offline installer is also available for download.
So if you want to try the online installer of Firefox Nightly build, you can download it using following link. Its available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions:
Just look for EXE file having "stub" word at the end of its name. For example, 32-bit version of Firefox Nightly build will have file name "firefox-xx.0a1.en-US.win32.installer-stub.exe" and 64-bit file name will be "firefox-xx.0a1.en-US.win64-x86_64.installer-stub.exe".
If you don't know about Nightly build, its a testing build of Firefox browser. Mozilla tests new features first in this build and then the features are included in beta and stable releases. You can read more about these builds and channels here.
If you want to know more about Nightly build, you should check out our exclusive Nightly update topic which covers all new updates and new features introduced in Firefox Nightly build:
If you install the Nightly build and some of your favorite extensions stop working, you can make them compatible again by following simple steps given in following tutorial:
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