Current repository of FFUpdater on F-Droid (
Mirrors: (Issues/PRs are also welcome there)

Tobiwan c4fd27f6e9 - update my own documentation 1 month ago
ffupdater 54d97cd662 Change version to 66.2 (26) 1 month ago
gradle 19829ee757 Update gradle version 1 month ago
.gitignore 7cecd75cff gradle and android sdk updated to latest version 4 months ago
LICENSE 8b103f6ce2 Add license information 3 years ago
NEWS 859cb7fe7c - update file NEWS 1 month ago 78b85dab1f add a overview of the current and past maintainer to 1 month ago
TODO 5500f9fbf8 added beta and nightly channel 4 months ago
build.gradle 3ab3fb9adc Update gradle version 1 month ago 0d11e12615 Recreate 2 months ago
push_changes.txt c4fd27f6e9 - update my own documentation 1 month ago
settings.gradle 53536ad129 Use DownloadManager 4 years ago

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An Android app to install and/or update Firefox for Android on your device, without using the Google Play Store.

Shows the currently installed Firefox version (if available) and allows to query Mozilla's releases directory site for the latest Firefox for Android release. It also lets a user start downloading the latest release version.

Currently the app is an activity with a two-button GUI. Checks for and displays the most current available version when the "Check available version"-button is tapped. The "Download Firefox" button starts an intent to download the last version from a URL described in Mozilla's README.txt. However, the plan is to move this to an Android service to perform periodical update checks and download/install from within the app itself.


Since Mozilla shut down their FTP server on 2015-08-05, non-playstore updates of Firefox have to be done by third-party apps such as this one.

Mozilla now uses a uniform URL to point to the latest release, see their README for details. The current URL for Android is:

I opened a ticket about non-playstore updates with Mozilla in 2015, as did others:


Tobiwan (now)

Boris Kraut (, until April 2019)

Since I left F-Droid (and Android/Smartphones) about a year ago, I am looking for a new maintainer to take over. Unfortunately the upstream issue I opened years ago is still not solved in 2019. While Fennec F-Droid is back in the mainline repo and other binary repos do serve Firefox, some might still prefer this updater. So as I said: Maintainers welcome. The main task should be to test the last few merge requests (especially the background update stuff) and release a new version. New Maintainer:


FFUpdater -- a simple Android app to update Firefox.
Copyright (C) 2015-2019 Boris Kraut <>

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