With the old firefox, one could force an update by clicking 'firefox' on the menu bar and then 'About firefox' etc. However, with the new firefox 38 this menu only contains the single entry 'Quit' -- there is no 'About firefox' or anything else.

So how can I force an update of firefox? (OS X 10.9.5).

When I go to firefox->menu->preferences->advanced->update->show update history, it says that 38.0.1 was successfully installed, but that 38.0.5 is 'pending'. How can I advance that state from 'pending' to 'successfully installed'?

  • Probably restart firefox is the answer, but I can't check because I already did.
    – Tyson
    Jun 2, 2015 at 19:56

1 Answer 1


There is something wrong with your FireFox.

On MBA 10.9.5 with FF 38.01 there is About FireFox, that also shows new versions available.

Right now it is showing a 38.05 as new version that can be downloaded by clicking on it.

If that for some reason does not work for you you can manually update choosing your language first.

Check your settings for FF updates:

FF updates

  • My observations are correct. Perhaps something is wrong with my firefox. I will re-install using your link ... Done. Indeed, now the menu bar entry does show 'About firefox' ...
    – Walter
    Jun 2, 2015 at 20:10
  • Sorry, my comment was not personal.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 2, 2015 at 20:12
  • But there is still the second part of my question (no longer very relevant): how to promote a 'pending' to a 'successful' update?
    – Walter
    Jun 2, 2015 at 20:13
  • If you have "Install Pending" means you have to restart FF.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 2, 2015 at 20:22

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