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October 30, 2004

seven million downloads

In 46 days, we've seen over seven million completed downloads of the Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Preview Release. We're averaging more than a million downloads a week for that time frame and still getting about 150,000 downloads per day almost seven weeks from the launch. These are amazing numbers.

There is no doubt that this is the most successful release in Mozilla history -- far eclipsing the Mozilla 1.0 release.

Ten days out from the Firefox 1.0 final release, I'm getting twitchy with excitement :-)

Posted by asa at October 30, 2004 09:14 AM

Are there numbers available for Mozilla 1.0+1.7 and/or NS7? There's no doubt 7 million downloads is a lot, but it would be nice to be able to compare them to something!

Posted by: Doug on October 30, 2004 02:16 PM

Doung, Mozilla 1.0 had half a million downloads three weeks after it was released. (see this mozillazine article.) Mozilla 1.4, the next major release also had about half a million downloads in the first three weeks (see this mozillazine article.) I didn't track where 1.7(.x) was in three weeks, but in the four and a half months since its release, it's at roughly 3 million downloads total.

It took Firefox approximately 2 days to beat half a million downloads (see this blog post.) and in three weeks time, Firefox had well over 3 million downloads (see this blog post.) Yesterday it topped 7 million downloads.

I don't have now and I've never had Netcape numbers. Looking at various web stats, it looks to me like Firefox and Mozilla 1.x far outnumber Netscape users so it's probably safe to say that we're getting more downloads than they are but that's just a guess.

Firefox probably hasn't topped "all the other Mozillas ever downloaded combined" yet, but I've little doubt that as far as those downloaded from mozilla.org, Firefox will soon top Mozilla as the all time download champ (this, obviously, doesn't count all the Mozillas deployed with Linux distros or bundled with PCs, etc.)


Posted by: Asa Dotzler on October 30, 2004 03:29 PM

Is there a graph of days against downloads anywhere?

Also how many downloads of ff0.9.x were there? and are there any stats for how many of this 7 millon are downloads by IE, and how many are upgrades from other gecko browsers (and how many others)? How are the browser share statistics? Really I'm interested in how many of the 7 millon are true converts.


Posted by: James Kilfiger on October 30, 2004 04:49 PM

The Boston Globe is asking Firefox users to contact them with their stories for a future article.
The form is available at http://www.boston.com/business/globe/globe_article/

Posted by: Rafael Rojas on October 30, 2004 06:54 PM

"this, obviously, doesn't count all the Mozillas deployed with Linux distros or bundled with PCs, etc."

Bundled with PCs? I'd love to see it happen, but is anyone really doing it now (unless you count Linux, which is rare itself, and is already mentioned)?

Posted by: Robert Morris on October 30, 2004 07:50 PM

Thanks Asa! Looks like the tide is turning faster and faster...

James - now that Firefox has updating capabilities, it should be quite easy to determine for future versions the proportion of updates (Fx->Fx) vs upgrades (IE->Fx).

Posted by: Doug on October 31, 2004 06:04 AM

Contribuing with historical info:

Netscape 4.0
In two months 12.4 million copies...
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (September 2, 1998) - "(...)
Consumers visiting Netscape's new portal site are not only taking advantage of new content and services, but also downloading software at a rapid rate. Since July, Netscape estimates that more than 12.4 million copies of its market-leading Netscape Communicator and Navigator client software have been downloaded from Netcenter and licensed mirror sites. This number puts the cumulative client downloads since January 1998, when Netscape made its client software free, at more than 26 million downloads."

Firefox Pre Release 1.0
In 46 days, over 7 million downloads

Posted by: rodrigousp on November 1, 2004 04:45 PM

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