Greatly improve the speed of Firefox 3

By | September 29, 2009

We all know Firefox is a memory hog. To speed things up greatly, do the following:

1. Open Firefox and in the address bar type about:config.
2. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise
3. Use the search bar above to look for network.http.pipelining and double click on it to set it’s value to True.
4. Create a new boolean value named network.http.pipelining.firstrequest and set that to True, as well.
5. Find network.http.pipelining.maxrequests, double click on it, and change its value to 8.
6. Look for network.http.proxy.pipelining and set it to True.
7. Create two new integers named nglayout.initialpaint.delay and content.notify.interval, set them to 0.
8. Restart your browser.

All done. You should feel the browser is 5x more responsive than before while navigating websites.

12 thoughts on “Greatly improve the speed of Firefox 3

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  2. technologiclee

    On step 4, how does one create a new boolean value?

    Also, can you comment on what this sequence of commands does, why it works and why these are not the default values?

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  4. alwaysGam3

    Can you please tell why this makes it faster ? precisely what changes does it do ?

  5. Glenn Sheeler

    how to make the boolean value, right click page a menu pops up. fill in blanks. it`s kinda like mucking with the MS regedit

  6. bep

    What this does is described this. However, not all servers support this feature and therefore enabling this may lead to errors in loading certain pages. For this reason it is not on per default.

  7. Ringo

    Do not follow these tips. These are dumb tips and doesn’t actually improve anything speedwise. Think of it as computer placebo – it doesn’t actually do much of anything, but it makes you THINK something has happened.

    Your browser will not be any faster, you will only have increased load on webservers and made some stupid tweaks.

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  9. marvin nubwaxer

    yeah, those idiots who came up with firefox don’t know anything. tweak away, but why doesn’t it come like you geniuses think it should?

  10. marvin nubwaxer
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