Making Firefox faster

Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 11:01 | Posted in browsers, computer, firefox, internet, Web tools | 8 Comments

3-Bein Peter has detected that his Firefox is running slower since the latest update and it also snatches more memory and other resources than it used to. I do obviously not know about Peter’s update but there are some easy steps to improve the performance of Firefox that anybody can manage. I caught this method from Karru and detected a slight improvement of the speed.

This is what you need to do:

1. Type “about:config” in the address bar and press “enter”.
2. Double klick the line ““network.http.pipelining””. This changes the default value “false” against “true”.
3. Double klick the line “network.http.proxy.pipelining”. The same thing happens here.
4. Double klick the line “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”. In the window that opens up, change the default value “4” against “30”.
5. That’s it. You are done. :-).

Peter notes that Firefox occupies much more resources than Opera and even IE. For a year ago, Aabram performed an unscientific comparative test on usage of memory of Firefox and Opera. He detected that Firefox uses much more memory on intensive surfing than Opera. The article is written in Estonian but even if you do not read the lingo, Aabram has inserted desk top captures with numbers displayed during the test.


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  1. Thanks, it works well 🙂

  2. I am not sure but I suppose this trick would have the most effect when you use much memory. Aabram’s test showed a remarkable difference between the two browsers when extremely many tabs were opened at the same time.

  3. This really seems to work. Thanks! The difference is remarkable e.g. at (Helsingin Sanomat, the #1 national newsppaper in Finland).

  4. I have noticed some improvement. It would probably be more noticeable with more memory. My box has just 256 Mb for the time being. 😦

  5. Thanks for the tip

  6. You are welcome, Keith. Keep sharing it for the benefit of man kind. 🙂

  7. […] …kann vielleicht dieser Artikel von Larko helfen. […]

  8. […] faster speed. I do not detect a difference but that might very well be bacause I have taken these steps for ages ago so my Firefox runs fast as it is, much faster than with default […]

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