How to Install Plugins in Firefox

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Plugins allow you to extend the abilities of Firefox beyond simply viewing Web pages. They allow you to view movies, play games and read documents. Install plugins in Firefox to get the most out of Firefox and your Internet experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

Install Plugins In Firefox

Step 1

Open a new browser window using Firefox.

Step 2

Go to the Firefox plugins Web page (see Resources below).

Step 3

Browse through the list of plugins that are available. Choose from items such as Shockwave, Windows Media Player and Quicktime.

Step 4

Look beneath the plugin you'd like to download. Find your operating system and click the version number link listed beneath it. You'll be re-routed to the downloads page for the specific plugin you wish to add.

Step 5

Look for the 'Download' or 'Download Now' button and click it. You may be prompted to save a file. Click 'Save File.' A dialog box will show the download progress. When the download is complete, click 'Clean Up.'

Step 6

Open the plugin after it finishes downloading. If you left the default setting in place, the plugin will be on your desktop. Simply clicking the icon will install it in Firefox.

Tips & Warnings

  • Download Firefox 2 at the Mozilla Web site (see Resources below).
  • The plugins listed on the Firefox Web site (see Resources below) are just a few of the plugins available. You can search the Internet to find additional plugins.
  • To use Firefox, your computer needs to meet minimum hardware requirements. Windows users need a 233 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM, 50 MB of free space on your hard drive and Windows 98 or later. Mac users need a PowerPC G3 processor, 128 MB of RAM, 75 MB of space on your hard drive and Mac OS X 10.2.x. Linux users need a 233 Mhz processor, 64MB of RAM, 50 MB of available hard drive space and Linux kernel 2.2.14 (with glibc 2.3.2, XFree86-3.3.6, gtk+2.0, fontconfig/xft and libstdc++5).
  • Firefox 2 notifies you with a message when security updates are available to download from Mozilla. Updates are provided for Firefox to help keep you safe when using the Web. The updates will be shown in the language you've selected to use for Firefox.
  • Get help using Firefox from the Mozilla support page (see Resources below).
  • These directions were written for Firefox 2.0.0.2. If you are running a prior version of Firefox, consider upgrading to the latest version.