Improved Mac installer

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Improved Mac installer
Stage Development
Status `
Release target `
Health At risk
Status note Has initial patch, but needs developer to pick it back up.


Product manager Asa Dotzler
Directly Responsible Individual Alex Limi
Lead engineer `
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Vlad Ghetiu
UX lead Alex Limi
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members `

Open issues/risks

  • Needs a developer to pick up the existing patch and make it work.


Mostly testing on all the hardware and OS variations, making sure the download and unpack is smooth from Safari (and less important, Chrome).

Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

It's common that people run Firefox from the disk image on the Mac even after they have decided to use it full-time, because OS X has a really bad application install experience. We want to auto-detect when this happens, and offer to move the application and create an icon in the dock when you run from the disk image.

This feature falls primarily in the Experience category (from the "Discover, Experience, and Connect" vision statement.)

2. Users & use cases


3. Dependencies


4. Requirements

  • Firefox should offer to move itself to Applications on startup
  • We should gracefully handle it if you don't have the right permissions to do so
  • We should give the option to not ask again for those people who want their applications to live in a different location
  • We should ask if you want to add an icon to the dock (should be checked by default)
  • Ideally (but optionally): Ask whether you want Firefox to be the default browser as part of that dialog


Mac App Store availability.

Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation

See work at bug 516362

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority P2
Rank 999
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Roadmap User Experience
Secondary roadmap `
Feature list Platform
Project `
Engineering team Platform Integration

Team status notes

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