Compiling Firefox 3 beta 5 on OS X (with JSSH support)

Since I bought my Mac, Safari has been my primary browser of choice. I have been using Firefox sporadically too – you can’t do serious web development without FireBug! Safari is light, zippy and renders wonderfully looking OS X look’n'feel pages – however with the arrival of Firefox 3 I am really pondering to ditch it in favor of FF (still no OS X look in there, tho’ ;-) ). Firefox 3 beta 5 is just phenomenal – fast, powerful, and it has all the stuff I am missing from Safari (FireBug, del.icio.us toolbar, DOM Inspector, ton of other extensions) so I am really thinking that I will remain a Safari user on my iPhone only.

However, FF3 is missing some functionality I am depending on – most notably jssh support – DOM inspector was removed too, but can be installed as an add-on, and since beta 4 FireBug is working, so no major hurdles there. However, jssh, as usually was a harder nut to crack.

Fortunately Angrez, FireWatir‘s author pointed me to the right direction – which was in this case compiling Firefox 3 with jssh support! Here’s how:

Sit back, enjoy your coffee and in a few minutes you’ll have your own, new hot FF build with jssh support!

By the way, FireWatir 1.1 hit the streets just today! Grab it and let the testing commence!

8 thoughts on “Compiling Firefox 3 beta 5 on OS X (with JSSH support)

  1. Thanks for the helpful information.

    I’ve built a firefox 3 + jssh executable using the above, but am unable to generate the MacOS Firefox.app structure. Running ‘make -C $SRCDIR/fx-jssh/browser/installer’ returns the message that either static of libxul is required for packaging. Is there a better way to do this?

  2. Dan,

    Unfortunately I am a total Mac n00b, so I don’t know… I was running it from the command line. I hope someone finds it out though and lets me know :-)

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