For many, the Mozilla browser is still their favourite, and although Google Chrome is made with the majority of the market, there are still many who defend this great piece of software, which is also the only one of the main web browsers that do not track all and each of your movements. If you are someone who uses Firefox because it thinks it is better than Chrome, or simply because it meets what you need and you care about your privacy, today we bring you a series of tips to increase the speed with which you browse the web in Firefox.
Before starting, a small warning. Following these instructions will make you modify default values in the Firefox settings. If your browser works well enough and you do not think you need more speed, you better leave it as it is. If you think you could benefit from a faster load on the web, or lower consumption of RAM, keep going.
INCREASE THE SPEED WITH WHICH FIREFOX LOADS WEB PAGES
- Open Firefox and in the address bar type ” about config ” (without quotes) and press Enter.
- You’ll see a Firefox security warning telling you that you’re about to play with things from big people. Continue if you feel brave.
- In the search box that appears above, type ” network .http. «
- Locate the entry ” network.http.pipelining ” and change its value to ” true by double-clicking on the line.
- Locate the entry ” network.http.proxy.pipelining ” and change its value to true.
- Locate the entry ” network.http.pipelining.maxrequests ” and change the numeric value to 10.
With this, what you are doing are 2 things: enabling pipelining, which allows the browser to make more than one request to a web page at the same time (by default only one is made); and setting the value to 10 the browser will make 10 requests at the same time. You can change the value to less or more to test how it works better.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RAM THAT FIREFOX USES FOR THE CACHE
To keep many data accessible more quickly, browsers store all kinds of information in cache, and although it is beneficial because it allows us to load pages that we visit a lot more often, sometimes this is inefficient when we open many websites, we close and still Firefox is using a lot of memory to keep them in cache. To reduce the amount of RAM the browser uses for its cache function, do the following:
- Type again in the address bar ” about config ” and press Enter.
- In the search, type ” browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer “.
- Change its value to 0 by double-clicking on the line and entering the new value.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RAM THAT FIREFOX USES WHEN MINIMIZED
The chances are that if you have the browser minimized is because you’re not using it, however, that does not stop you from continuing to consume memory for each open tab and loaded extension you have. With this trick, you can create a variable in the configuration that will reduce the memory consumption of Firefox when it is minimized.
- Write ” about: config ” in the address bar.
- Right-click anywhere and select New -> yes / no to create a variable of “true or false” value.
- In the drawer that appears write ” config.trim_on_minimize ” and press Enter.
Select True as a value, press Enter and restart Firefox.
- If you want to return to the default values, you just have to follow the same steps and revert the changes. Which will be easy since Firefox highlights which variables have been modified by the user.