Speed Up Firefox

If you're not using Firefox, why not? In all honesty it is the best web browser out there now regardless of operating system. It's a sleek browser that is easily customisable and in light of the latter, I will show you all how to reduce loading times dramatically on a broadband internet connection, which most people these days have. Follow these simple tips and you can notice a huge difference too!

First off, load Firefox and type the following into the address bar:


Then, using the filter bar at the top, type the following:


Two entities and values should be returned; network.http.pipelining and network.http.pipelining.maxrequests. Change the value fields of these two entities so they are as following:

Quotenetwork.http.pipelining = "true"
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = "30"

Note that the maxrequests can be changed to anything you want, 30 is a safe number but you can tweak that to suit yourselves. network.http.pipelining basically enables the queuing (or 'pipelining') of requests to the website(s) you are trying to load. Alone, this will speed up the requests, albeit not enough to be noticeable. The second preference, network.http.pipelining.maxrequests determines how many requests the browser makes to the site in one go. By default, Firefox has this set to 4 meaning that 4 pieces of data will be retrieved from the server simultaneously. The higher the number, the more data is requested and the more your broadband connection will be used.

Next, type the following into the filter bar:


A single preference of the same name should be returned. Change the value field so that the value looks as follows:

Quotenetwork.http.proxy.pipelining = "true"

This preference works with the previous two, to make the process of pipelining more streamlined and universally workable on any kind of broadband connection to any site through a proxy server (even if you do not use a proxy server, this is useful and should be done).

Finally, right click anywhere in the white space and select New > Integer. In the dialogue box that appears, enter the following:


With the value 0. This is basically a setting for Firefox's local latency. The 0 value is a measurement of how long Firefox waits before it acts upon the information it has received from the server, so naturally setting it to anything above 0 is pretty stupid (unless you have a sufficient reason not to!).

Now restart Firefox and try loading a page that contains a lot of information, such as images or embedded sound/video. These are the pages where you will notice the most substantial differences!

Done it. Tested with ESL page and Crossfire. Impressing fast.

Thx m8.
Works great, just hoping it doesnt hammer the server ...

There's also a patch for windowsXP to up the allowed number of connections, i think by default its set to 10 to prevent worms etc, but you can increase it up to 200 afaik. Great when downloading P2P, kinda turns your pc into a server, but tends to take up all resources on your pc when your downloading a torrent from +50 ppl :D

Nice tutorial, prolly never would have touched my firefox settings unless it was explained so easily.
u happen to know patchname?
You're welcome :)

Thankfully, these changes don't cause heavier load on the server overall, they just cause more requests. So whilst the amount of load put on the server is increased, it is done for a shorter period of time, so one could expect that given page reloads are not done exactly simultaneously to xfire.be for example, that the server would benefit from these tweaks too (in theory ofc).
Nice guide, I enjoy your writing style.

There's one major, unforgiveable, insurmountable problem with the technique you outlined however: when browsing certain adult sites, the pipeline requests get shunted so that you only get a few pictures, the rest refuse to load. I suppose I should just cough up and buy a pay account, rather than browsing free sites - But hey, that just goes against the spirit of the internet!
firefox sucks, opera ftw
This fucks up your browser/server after a while
Not sure what exactly, it's just what a few people have said...
It also fucks up the space-time continuum after 300 page reloads
Not sure how exactly, it's just what I felt like typing.

Please don't post stupid crap, because that's all your post was without any hard evidence.
1. FasterFox
2. Very Incomplete

3. Swiftfox (linux)

in short: retarded attempt...

http://www.tweakguides.com/Firefox_1.html use this 1 for more complete tweaking
A very wise man once told me if you're going to insult someone, make it painful. If you're going to belittle someone, make them feel tiny. You managed to fill zero criteria, so perhaps you should engage your brain before you type.

This guide is intended for those who aren't so great with their PCs. If they wish to go on and tweak further, then that is their decision. This is by no means the be-all end-all, nowhere does it say that, it simply touches the surface.

In short: remove the retarded crap from your post and it is useful.
you have small penis
you also fail :)
I'm sorry, but I find that the need to belittle, or even cause you pain, became less than neccessary as soon as your cursor hovered nervously above the submit button.

Throughout your tutorial it became painfully obvious, both to me and any reader with an IQ surpassing the average tomato, that your grasp of the English language is less than adequate. It also became increasingly evident that you have no idea what you're talking about, and were, in fact, making the whole thing up: not even God himself knows what a Firefox is - Perhaps some form of Yu-Gi-Go character? Or a pokemon?

To end this tepid post, I will put forward the motion that you an under-educated gimp, and as the sole member of this party I hereby second and confirm this motion - It is now universal law. I hope you enjoy your new status, it is well deserved.
Tepid indeed. I laughed out loud at the analogies, actually.
Dude, its fucking obvious that you just read some lame tweakers guide, or something like that, and felt like posting something obvious useless.

Try reading the link I psted @ tweakguides... Its the best FFTweaking guide there is out there I think.

And btw, http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
I won't bother reiterating the main point of this tutorial because either your grasp of the English language is atrocious or your ego alters your mind like cheap acid.
Possible values for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests are from 1 to 8

Source: http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/tips#oth_pipelining
this guide made my firefox much slower
n1, I read all this stuff in a swedish pc magasin but later on I lost it and for some reason had to reinstall FF. thx m8
very thanks, helps me better, i think i will now use firefox instead of IE
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