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Firefox 4 is out and I'm a little bit worried about the lack of compatibility of my loved Addons on this new version.
Can I install Firefox 4 to try it without the need to upgrade the 3.6.15 version?

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Yes, you can have both versions. In fact you can install the new Firefox in your home directory's Application folder (and it will be only accessible with your account). If you don't have ~/Applications folder, you can create it (and Finder will mark it with the same icon as the /Applications one). Note that you cannot use both versions simultaneously. You can also rename the Firefox.app to Firefox 4.app, and install it in /Applications - it'll work flawlesly.

ps. I prefer the first method - Install applications that I'm testing in my home Applications folder, and when I'm sure they're ok, move them/replace application in /Applications.

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Once you install it in separate directories, you can in fact run them both simultaneously.

It just takes a little Firefox flags magic as explained here in this article.

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OS X: Install and Run Firefox 3 and Firefox 4 on the Same Computer | Mozilla Firefox | Tech-Recipes

Or just make copies of ~/Library/Preferences/org.mozilla.firefox.plist and ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/.

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