9 about:config Hack to Make Mozilla Firefox Faster

Updated: April 7, 2017 / Home » Desktop Computer Software » Internet Web Browser

Some say Mozilla Firefox is better, while others say Google Chrome is. Whatever it is, the best browser is the one you find the most user friendly, for that reason I prefer Firefox over Chrome and Internet Explorer. Speed is not an issue, it doesn’t make any difference if the site is 1 second faster over another. However, if you are using a very slow computer, especially those in your work office where you have no say in the hardware, you might find these simple hacks useful.

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Reduce RAM usage to 10mb when Firefox is minimized

    Name: browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers
    Value: Set to ‘0’

Disable the Delay When Installing New Extensions

    Name: config.trim_on_minimize
    Value: Set to ‘True

Increase the Speed in Which Firefox loads pages

    Name: network.http.pipelining
    Name: network.http.proxy.pipelining
    Value: Set to ‘True’

Increase the number of simultaneous request for a page to 10

    Name: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
    Value: Set to ’10’

Reduce the time to act when firefox receive the request

    Name: nglayout.initialpaint.delay
    Value: Set to ‘0’

Give Bookmarks Higher (or Lower) Weight in the Awesomebar Suggestions

    Name: places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus
    Value: default 140, higher value means higher rank for bookmarks

Reduce the amount of RAM Firefox uses for it’s cache feature

    Name: browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers
    Value: Set to ‘0’

Open Search Results in a New Tab

    Name: browser.search.openintab
    Value: Set to ‘True’

Disable Compatibility Checking for Extensions

    Name: extensions.checkCompatibility
    Value: Set to ‘False’

2 comments on “9 about:config Hack to Make Mozilla Firefox Faster

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    Samuel [ Reply ]

    Useful info, thank you.

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    KRIS KAIN [ Reply ]

    Thanks, I couldn’t find a few of them but the ones I was able to change did speed up Firefox.

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