I used the following command to install Iceweasel.

sudo apt-get install iceweasel

However, instead of Iceweasel, I get Firefox. Not that I'm complaining much, I love Firefox.

If you click on Menu > Internet, there are 2 Firefox logos. One says Firefox ESR, and the other says Iceweasel > Firefox ESR.

But I have no idea why it's doing this. Has Iceweasel been discontinued and Firefox linked to the Iceweasel install?

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TL;DR: Iceweasel was rebranded back to Firefox in Feb '16. You can no longer install Iceweasel.

Background Info

Firefox is open source. This means that anyone can freely distribute and modify the source code.

However, the laws surrounding the trademark 'Firefox' and the Firefox logo are slightly different. The trademark and logo may only be used with unmodified/official versions of the source code. (This is because Mozilla wants users to have a consistent experience when using 'Firefox')

Debian (the Linux distro which Raspbian is based off) has a set of guidelines called the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which determines what software is allowed to be included in Debian.

Because the restrictions placed on the logo and trademark were not compatible with the guidelines, the distribution of Firefox to be included in Debian had to be rebranded. After many debates etc, the name Iceweasel was born and Firefox was rebranded.

However, in February 2016, Mozilla allowed Debian to use the Firefox trademark and logos in their distributions:

Mozilla recognizes that patches applied to Iceweasel/Firefox don't impact the quality of the product.


In case of derivatives of Debian, Firefox branding can be used as long as the patches applied are in the same category as described above.

Hence, Iceweasel was 'un-rebranded' back to Firefox.

So why can't I install Iceweasel?

Because Iceweasel has been rebranded to Firefox, the Iceweasel package has been discontinued, and instead Firefox is automatically installed. You can no longer install Iceweasel.

Further reading

  • @angussidney, thank you much. This is odd, because yesterday I removed my SD card and reinstalled iceweasel. I also installed it on another SD card only last month. So would you happen to know the sudo command to install Firefox straight up the next time I have to install for whatever reason? Jun 13, 2016 at 2:57
  • @BadgerTrucking I assume it is sudo apt-get install firefox but I will have to check. Jun 13, 2016 at 3:04
  • @angussidney what does this mean for people with Iceweasel already installed? Will they still provide updates or do we need to switch to Firefox?
    – sir_ian
    Jun 13, 2016 at 14:07
  • @sir_ian I had iceweasel installed on a system running the armbian distribution, and it got removed and replaced with firefox-esr when I did an apt-get dist-upgrade. I suspect you'll find your copy gets updated the next time there are updates to apply to it (assuming that raspbian is working the same way armbian is).
    – Jules
    Jun 13, 2016 at 16:05
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    @sir_ian iceweasel is now a transition package, which means that next time when you update, firefox-esr will get installed as a dependency automatically. The email for DSA-3600 says: "Wait, Firefox? No more references to Iceweasel? That's right, Debian no longer applies a custom branding. [...] Transition packages for the iceweasel packages are provided which automatically upgrade to the new version."
    – Léo Lam
    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:14

So here's an update for everyone. I was doing some research. Instead of crapping up your pi with an unneeded install through ice weasel, simply type insudo apt-get install firefox-esr. You might as well just forget the sudo install command for ice weasel☺️☺️.

Thanks to everyone for their participation in this matter. As always y'all are helpful!!

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