Disable Updates in Firefox 63 and above

Starting in Firefox 63, it is not possible to disable updates of the browser. Developers have removed the appropriate option from the browser's settings. Here is a solution you can apply.

Firefox 63 About

Firefox 63 represents the branch built with the new Quantum engine. It comes with a refined user interface, codenamed "Photon". The browser now comes without support for XUL-based add-ons, so all of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible. See

Must have add-ons for Firefox Quantum

Starting in version 63, Firefox no longer includes the option to completely disable updates. The option "Never check for updates" has been removed from the Preferences\General section. The options you can set now are:

  • Automatically install updates(recommended)
  • Check for updates but let you choose to install them

Firefox 63 No Disable Updates Option

Developers have added a special policy to Firefox that administrators can apply to stop Firefox from updating.

To disable Updates in Firefox 63 and above, do the following.

  1. Close Firefox.
  2. Open the Registry Editor app.
  3. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  4. Create a new subkey here named Mozilla. You will get the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Mozilla.
  5. Under the Mozilla key, create a new subkey Firefox. You will get the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Mozilla\Firefox.
  6. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value DisableAppUpdate.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value to 1.Firefox 63 Disable Updates
  7. You can open Firefox. The updates are now disabled.

Before:

Firefox 63 No Disable Updates Option

After:

Firefox 63 Updates Disabled

To undo the change, remove the DisableAppUpdate 32-bit DWORD value you have created, then restart Firefox.

To save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files:

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

Alterivate Solution

There is an alternative solution suggested by our reader EP. You can create a policies.json file and store that file into the ‘C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\distribution’ folder. Create a ‘distribution’ folder in \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ folder and place that policies.json file into that folder with the following contents:

{
"policies": 
   {
     "DisableAppUpdate": true
    }
}

That's it.

14 thoughts on “Disable Updates in Firefox 63 and above

  1. Phil

    I hate it when Mozilla changes in Firefox!!! :(

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I am also not happy with such changes.

      Reply
  2. Nobody

    thanks for this guide!

    Reply
  3. Sebastian

    ….next… like win10?

    Reply
  4. TomH

    Here is the source of the removal: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1420514

    Please leave feedback there if you believe “Never check for updates” is not a bug and should be brought back.

    Reply
  5. D

    Well we can ‘Never check for updates’ or we can have ‘Never install Firefox again’. Your move Mozilla.

    Reply
  6. EP

    this registry trick may no longer work, Sergey.

    a better solution is to create a policies.json file and store that file into the ‘C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\distribution’ folder. Create a ‘distribution’ folder in \Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ folder and place that policies.json file into that folder that has the following code:

    {
    “policies”: {
    “DisableAppUpdate”: true
    }
    }

    source:
    forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3041932

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you very much. I’ll add this to the article.

      Reply
  7. NotCrazy

    The registry trick seems to still work. And it’s a better solution for scripting or dealing with multiple computers that have Firefox installed. It appears that the developers at Firefox have lost their minds, and decided to play IT Nazi with their own users. The main problem that most people have is the insane nag pop-up that keeps occurring if they don’t select automatic updates. Users should have the freedom to choose when they update Firefox. It would have been vastly smarter for Mozilla to give a choice, like check every 2 weeks or once a month, and then a nag screen would appear requesting an update.

    Having a nag pop-up every time a user opens Firefox because they refuse automatic updates is plain dumb. The only thing Mozilla will succeed in doing is help convert Firefox users over to Chrome, Edge, or some other browser. Furthermore, Firefox updates also can break various Add-ons, because the authors haven’t updated to the new version of Firefox yet. This creates an additional headaches to users, if they choose automatic updates. Going full IT Nazi on users is not the way to go.

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  8. Phylis Sophical

    EP’s solution worked for me in FF v.66.0.3 No nag screens for the last four days. Thxs!

    Reply
  9. Barrie

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

    Reply
  10. Nelda

    But now I can’t update manually either. I’m not sure which is worse!!

    Reply
  11. Ahmad Moualla

    I swear i stopped using Firefox because of this annoying problem. You should really worry about your customers!

    Reply
  12. intermediate

    registry method works in November 2019.

    Reply

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