Welcome to the Pale Moon project homepage
settle for a basic build of the Firefox browser on Windows
Operating Systems when you can have one that is specifically made for
getting the most out of your system?
Mozilla does not provide optimized browser packages for Windows,
meaning you may be losing speed and efficiency when you use your
browser; and truth be told, most people use their browsers all the
time! That needs to change, so, here is the Pale Moon project:
A custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows. Make
sure to get the most out of your
Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser's speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on.
This means that this browser, however extremely close to Firefox in the way it works, does not offer all the functions that Firefox has. A few, carefully selected, features have been disabled that are not in high demand, and that do not interfere with the way web pages are displayed or function; all to maximize the efficiency of the browser. Please see the page with technical details to learn exactly what the browser supports, and what it doesn't support. For example, if you need accessibility features or parental controls, then please visit the Firefox homepage and get the official, non-optimized version of the browser.
With the current generation of Gecko-based browsers, there are a few other differences between Pale Moon and its sibling Firefox that are more obvious and not just "under the hood": contrary to what Mozilla has done with their redesign of the user interface, Pale Moon will continue to provide a familiar set of controls and visual feedback similar to previous versions, including grouped navigation buttons of a decent size, a bookmarks toolbar that is enabled by default, tabs next to page content by default (easily switchable) and not in the least a functional status bar, to name a few things.
To download the current version** of the Pale Moon browser, please click below for the web-installer, which will check your system's capabilities and allow a quick choice of browser, or download the installer of your choice by going to the appropriate download page from the menu at the top of this page!
If you have any problems using the web-installer, please download manually.
Pale Moon is, and will always be, completely FREE to download
Dress up your browser!While you are here, get a matching Theme (persona) for Pale Moon! It's simple, click the image below and allow the site to install the theme:
or, if you prefer a dark persona to match a dark desktop theme, try this one:
An additional contributed theme can be found here.
If you are interested in keeping updated of new releases of the optimized Pale Moon web browser for windows, please register on the official Pale Moon forum and subscribe to "Announcements", or subscribe to the Atom feed of the announcements board.
You may also be kept up to date by following the Twitter feed by clicking the button below:
Pale Moon also has a Facebook page:
* Please note that current, popular "benchmarks" are extremely limited in what they test and the way they test "browser speed". Pale Moon does not aim to have an "as high as possible benchmark score", but instead focuses heavily on overall browser smoothness, lower CPU usage, efficient networking and program-wide optimizations not related to a certain (limited) subset of functions. Benchmarks, by definition, do not provide a real world browsing scenario, and should not be relied on to determine "which browser is faster or better".
** For your convenience, Pale Moon only releases versions based on select and relevant version updates of the Firefox code, and will be released on a different release schedule than Firefox because of individual development, building and testing. If you need to run the very latest version of Mozilla Firefox code at all times (on the "bleeding edge") or prefer the latest features incorporated in Firefox development, then this browser may not be the best choice for you.
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Pale Moon's distribution is subject to the following redistribution policy