How to Install Pale Moon on Debian 12, 11 or 10

Pale Moon, an open-source web browser, stands out in the crowded field of internet browsers. Originating as a fork of Firefox, it’s designed to strike a balance between efficiency and customization.

Here’s what sets Pale Moon apart:

  • Optimized for Modern Hardware: Tailored to leverage the capabilities of current processors.
  • Customizable Interface: Offers a user-friendly experience with customizable toolbars and UI elements.
  • Focus on Privacy: Enhanced privacy features to protect user data.
  • Extensive Extension Support: Compatible with a wide range of Firefox extensions and exclusive Pale Moon add-ons.
  • Lightweight and Fast: Streamlined codebase for quicker browsing and lower memory usage.
  • Active Development and Support: Regular updates for security and feature enhancements.

With these key features in mind, let’s delve into the installation process of Pale Moon on Debian Linux.

Install Pale Moon Browser on Debian via APT

Update Debian Before Pale Moon Installation

To avoid any potential conflicts during the installation process, updating your system and ensuring that all existing packages are up to date is essential. This step will help ensure a smooth and error-free software installation.

Open your terminal and use the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Pale Moon Initial Required Packages

To successfully install Pale Moon, you will need to install specific dependencies. While some of these packages may already be on your system, running the installation command will help ensure all necessary dependencies are installed and the installation process goes smoothly.

sudo apt install curl apt-transport-https -y

Import Pale Moon APT Repository

To install the Pale Moon browser on Debian, you must import the GPG key that verifies the authenticity of packages from the repository and then the repository itself. It is essential to ensure that you import the correct GPG key and repository that match your Debian distribution.

The following commands can be used to import the Pale Moon repository:

Trixie (Debian 13 – Testing): Import GPG Key and APT Repository commands:

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_stevenpusser.gpg > /dev/null
echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

Bookworm (Debian 12): Import GPG Key and APT Repository commands:

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_stevenpusser.gpg > /dev/null
echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

Bullseye (Debian 11): Import GPG Key and APT Repository commands:

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_stevenpusser.gpg > /dev/null
echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

Buster (Debian 10): Import GPG Key and APT Repository commands:

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_stevenpusser.gpg > /dev/null
echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

After importing the repository, run an APT update to reflect the changes:

sudo apt update

Install Pale Moon Browser via APT Commands

You can now install the browser on your Debian system with the Pale Moon repository successfully imported. To install the browser, run the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt install palemoon

This command will initiate the installation and automatically install the Pale Moon browser on your system. Once the installation is complete, you can verify the version of the browser using the following command:

palemoon -v

Running this command will display the version of the Pale Moon browser installed on your system, confirming that the installation was successful.

Launch Pale Moon Browser

After successfully installing the Pale Moon browser on your Debian system, you can quickly launch it by following these steps:

  1. Click on the “Activities” button in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. In the Activities menu, select “Show Applications.”
  3. From the list of applications displayed, click on “Pale Moon.”

Alternatively, you could use the following terminal command:


Additional Commands For Pale Moon

Update Pale Moon

To ensure that your Pale Moon Browser is up-to-date with the latest security patches and features, you can run an APT update in your terminal as you would to check for system updates. To do this, enter the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

This command will check for updates for your entire system, including the Pale Moon browser.

Remove Pale Moon Browser

If you no longer require the Pale Moon browser, you can remove it from your system by running the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt remove palemoon

This command will uninstall the Pale Moon browser from your system.

Ideally, you will also want to remove the repository you added earlier. To do this, enter the following command in your terminal:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

This command will remove the Pale Moon repository from your system.


There you have it! We’ve successfully navigated through the installation of Pale Moon on Debian Linux, using a reliable PPA for easy updates. Pale Moon is an excellent choice for those valuing speed, customization, and privacy in their web browsing experience. Just remember to keep it updated for the best performance and security.

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