Yes, firefox is already pretty damn fast but did you know that you can tweak it and improve the speed even more?
I will explain here how you can speed up your Firefox. It’s very easy.
Well, for the most, I must confess I didn’t run any benchmark to measure the gain. At least, visually, it’s faster 😉
In the URL bar, type “about:config” and press enter. This will bring up the configuration “menu” where you can change the parameters of Firefox. Underneath the address bar there is another bar that you can start typing in the names, and it will shorten the list accordingly.
These settings are optimized for broadband connections:
- network.http.max-connections – 48
- network.http.max-connections-per-server – 16
- network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy – 16
- network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server – 8
- network.http.pipelining – true
- network.http.pipelining.maxrequests – 30
- network.http.proxy.pipelining – true
- network.http.pipelining.ssl – true
- network.dns.disableIPv6 – true
- browser.turbo.enabled – true
If some options are missing, it means you must create them by right-clicking on the window and choose to create a key-value pair.
- HTTP Pipelining FAQ by Darin Fisher (Mozilla.Org, January 2005 – frequently updated)
- Firefox Tuning (advanced tweaking discussion on the mozillaZine web Forum, ongoing conversation)
- Editing Configuration Files by David Tenser (Mozilla.org)
- Firefox Tweak Guide by Achilles (TweakFactor, July 2004)
- The Firefox Explosion by Josh McHugh (Wired Magazine, February 2005)
- Firefox Help, Tips and Tricks by Scott Kingery (Tech.Life.Blogged, updated February 3, 2005)
- Customizing Firefox by Scot Finnie (Scot’s Newsletter, last updated January 3, 2005)