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Installation and Uninstallation

Installation, uninstallation and updates can be managed using the pminstaller tool. If for any reason you prefer not to use the installer, you can use the instructions below to manually install Pale Moon instead.

Manual method

It should be noted that it is not necessary to install Pale Moon to use it. It is distributed as an bzipped tarball which can be extracted anywhere and then launched by executing the "palemoon" file inside it.

These instructions below require you to first become superuser on the command line. This is generally done by typing sudo -s or su (depending on how your system is configured) in the terminal. If you want to perform a "local install" of Pale Moon, see the FAQ.


  • Uninstall all previous versions of Pale Moon, if any.
  • Download the appropriate archive.
  • Extract the archive into /opt:
tar -xvf  -C /opt
  • Create a symbolic link /usr/bin/palemoon that points to /opt/palemoon/palemoon:
ln -s /opt/palemoon/palemoon /usr/bin/palemoon
  • Create symbolic links for the icons in /usr/share/icons/hicolor:
ln -s /opt/palemoon/browser/chrome/icons/default/default16.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/palemoon.png
ln -s /opt/palemoon/browser/chrome/icons/default/default32.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/palemoon.png
ln -s /opt/palemoon/browser/chrome/icons/default/default48.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/palemoon.png
ln -s /opt/palemoon/browser/icons/mozicon128.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/128x128/apps/palemoon.png
  • If you are using a Debian-based distro, you might want to inform update-alternatives about the presence of Pale Moon (and make it available as x-www-browser and gnome-www-browser). An arbitrary score of 100 has been used here, but you can adjust it according to your needs:
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser gnome-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon 100
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/x-www-browser x-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon 100
  • If you want Pale Moon to use the dictionaries from hunspell, run the following:
rm -r /opt/palemoon/dictionaries
ln -s /usr/share/hunspell /opt/palemoon/dictionaries
  • Make a menu entry by creating /usr/share/applications/palemoon.desktop in a text editor with the following contents:
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Pale Moon Web Browser
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web
Exec=palemoon %u


  • Delete the directory /opt/palemoon:
rm -rf /opt/palemoon
  • Extract the contents of a newer Pale Moon archive to /opt:
tar -xvf  -C /opt

If you want hunspell/hyphen integration, you need to rerun the commands stated in the "Installation" section at this point.


  • Remove the file associations from each user account:
rm /home/*/.local/share/applications/userapp-Pale\ Moon-*.desktop /home/*/.local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache
  • If you used a Debian-based distro and registered Pale Moon with update-alternatives, then remove it from the list of browsers maintained by it:
update-alternatives --remove gnome-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon
update-alternatives --remove x-www-browser /usr/bin/palemoon
  • Remove all Pale Moon related files:
rm -rf /usr/bin/palemoon /opt/palemoon /usr/share/applications/palemoon.desktop /usr/share/icons/hicolor/*/apps/palemoon.png
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