Build Instructions

This page is about building Firefox Desktop.

The mechanism used to build Firefox OS has its own page.

The mechanism used to build Firefox for Android also has its own page.

The Mozilla build system, like the rest of the Mozilla codebase, is cross-platform. It uses traditional Unix-style autoconf and make tools to build the various applications (even on non-unix operating systems).

Because the Mozilla codebase builds many different applications and has many options, it is complex to use and learn. Please read these instructions carefully before attempting a build.

These build pages are for the projects which use the autoconf-based build system: Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey, XULRunner, Sunbird, and standalone Composer.

For build information on other Mozilla projects, visit their project or build page: Camino, NSPR, Spidermonkey, NSS, and Directory SDK for C.

If you are having build problems, please post questions to the newsgroup mozilla.dev.builds (access via Google Groups). Make your post as precise as possible, including details about your operating system, your mozconfig/configure flags, and the precise error you are experiencing.

You may also want to check the TinderBox to make sure the product you are working with is currently compiling in your environment.

For the impatient

The quickest way to build Mozilla is to use the instructions at the simple build pages:

However, if you can stand to read a few wiki pages, it is probably best to start below and read all the recommended pages.

Getting started

Build prerequisites

Before you try to build, make sure you have the correct tools, and have configured these tools correctly.

Get the source

Download Mozilla Source Code
Source code for releases is available for download via FTP/HTTP.
Mozilla Source Code via Mercurial
Those doing active development on Firefox can check out the latest source using Mercurial. This is the preferred method if you plan to provide patches and fix bugs, as it lets you get up-to-the-minute changes and merge them with your own.
Comm-central Source Code via Mercurial
Those doing active development on Thunderbird/SeaMonkey/Firefox can check out the latest source using Mercurial. This method includes all the code for the applications mentioned, so you can work on Firefox development, and still build Thunderbird or SeaMonkey as well.

Configuring build options

Running configure and make with the default options will not give you a good working build. You should use a .mozconfig file to obtain a reasonable release build. Please read Configuring Build Options carefully before building.

Build and install

The Mozilla build system uses GNU make and configure scripts to drive the build. Please follow the build and installation instructions carefully.

Random FAQs and Developer Documentation

Hacking the Build System