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9. Work More Closely with Firefox > 93. Make Firefox Software

Make Firefox Software

Turn Firefox source code into an executable program.

The Firefox product is open source, so you can make it yourself from the original code. This hack provides one pathway that gets you through this task on Linux. It provides a few pointers only for Windows and Macintosh. If you step off the narrow path described here, then you’re on your own. Compiling a large product such as Firefox with custom code can be heinously complex.

Pointers for Windows and Macintosh

Here’s a brief overview for Windows and Macintosh.

Getting oriented under Windows

The standard install is compiled with Microsoft Visual C++ (msvc); that’s recommended as a starting point. The compile is not driven by a project definition file, and it does not use .NET (the /CLR option). The compilation process drives msvc entirely from the command line. You can get a free and fully functional command-line version of the compiler at http://msdn.microsoft.com/visualc/vctoolkit2003/.


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