Firefox 64 Released

Firefox 64 is available today! Our new browser has a wealth of exciting developer additions both in terms of interface features and web platform features, and we can’t wait to tell you about them. You can find out all the news in the sections below — please check them out, have a play around, and let us know your feedback in the comment section below.

New Firefox interface features

Multiple tab selection

We’re excited to introduce multiple tab selection, which makes it easier to manage windows with many open tabs. Simply hold Control (Windows, Linux) or Command (macOS) and click on tabs to select them.

Once selected, click and drag to move the tabs as a group — either within a given window, or out into a new window.

Devtools improvements

Our Developer Tools also gained a notable new feature: when hovering over text, the Accessibility Inspector now displays text contrast ratios in the pop-up infobar.

An element is selected by the Accessibility Inspector, and the highlighters shows a AA contrast ratio

The infobar also indicates whether or not the text meets WCAG 2.0 Level AA or AAA accessibility guidelines for minimum contrast.

Another great addition is related to Responsive Design Mode — device selection is now saved between sessions.

New CSS features in 64

Standardizing proprietary styling features

As part of our platform work, we’re trying to standardize some of the non-standard CSS features that have often caused developers cross-browser headaches. Landing in 64 we’ve got the following:

New media queries

Firefox 64 sees the addition of new media queries from the Level 4 and Level 5 specifications for detecting pointers/touchscreens, whether the user can hover over something, and whether the user prefers reduced-motion.

Multi-position color stop gradients

CSS gradients now support multi-position color stops (e.g. see their use on linear gradients). So now yellow 25%, yellow 50% can now be written yellow 25% 50%, for example.

JavaScript improvements

There were a lot of internal improvements this time around. In terms of developer facing improvements:

New Web API highlights

Fullscreen API unprefixed

Goodbye mozRequestFullScreen! The Fullscreen API is now available in Firefox without a prefix. The requestFullscreen and exitFullscreen APIs now also return promises that resolve once the browser finishes transitioning between states.

WebVR 1.1 in macOS

What’s more immersive than Fullscreen? Virtual reality, of course. And Firefox 64 now supports WebVR 1.1 on macOS!

startMessages() for Service Workers

On a completely unrelated note, pages with Service Workers can now use the startMessages() API to begin receiving queued worker messages, even before page loading has completed.

New Add-ons Features

What follows are the highlights. For more details, see Extensions in Firefox 64.

Context menu enhancements

Firefox 64 introduces an entirely new API, browser.menus.overrideContext, which allows complete customization of the context menu shown within add-on content like sidebars, popups, etc. These context menus can also automatically include custom entries from other add-ons, as though the user had right-clicked on a tab or bookmark. Piro’s blog post explains how it all works.

A custom context menu used by the Tree Style Tab extension

In addition:

  • You can now restrict where context menus can appear in an add-on using the new viewTypes property in menus.create() and menus.update().
  • menus.update() can now be used to update the icon of an existing menu item.
  • Extensions can now detect which mouse button was used when a menu item was clicked — this can be found using the new button property of menus.OnClickData.

Custom content in the Dev Tools inspector

Also, add-ons can now display custom content within the Dev Tools Inspector sidebar by calling the new sidebar.setPage() API.

Managing add-ons updated

For users, the add-on management interface, about:addons, was redesigned to match Firefox’s preferences page, and right-clicking an add-on icon in the browser toolbar now offers options to directly remove or manage that add-on.

Privacy features for your protection

Symantec CA Distrust

Due to a history of malpractice, Firefox 64 will not trust TLS certificates issued by Symantec (including under their GeoTrust, RapidSSL, and Thawte brands). Microsoft, Google, and Apple are implementing similar measures for their respective browsers.

Referrer-Policy for stylesheets

The Referrer-Policy header now applies to requests initiated by CSS (e.g., background-image: url("http://...") ). The default policy, no-referrer-when-downgrade, omits referrer information when a secure origin (https) requests data from an insecure origin (http).

buildID fixed timestamp

Lastly, from now on the non-standard navigator.buildID property will always return a fixed timestamp, 20181001000000, to mitigate its potential abuse for fingerprinting.

Further Reading

For more information, see Firefox 64 for Developers on MDN, and the official Firefox 64 Release Notes. If you’re a web developer, you may also be interested in the Firefox 64 Site Compatibility notes.

About Dan Callahan

Engineer with Mozilla Developer Relations, former Mozilla Persona developer.

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About Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a senior tech writer at Mozilla, where he writes docs and demos about open web apps, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, A11y, WebAssembly, and more. He loves tinkering around with web technologies, and gives occasional tech talks at conferences and universities. He used to work for Opera and W3C, and enjoys playing heavy metal drums and drinking good beer. He lives near Manchester, UK, with his good lady and three beautiful children.

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  1. rk4391

    Cognitive dissonance triggered:

    Apple and Mozilla are ideologically opposed. For future posts, consider using some fancy-looking GNOME or KDE/Plasma screenshots. It just makes more sense. :p

    December 11th, 2018 at 11:43

    1. Dan Callahan

      But the open Web should be everyone, even if they’re on a proprietary platform :) That said, the text of the post was composed on a Fedora 29 workstation running GNOME, but my colleague handled the screenshots. Next time…

      December 11th, 2018 at 16:17

  2. mario

    yeah but does it use cartridges or CD-ROM

    December 11th, 2018 at 13:27

    1. Dan Callahan


      December 11th, 2018 at 16:10

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