Firefox and Safari. Firefox is much slower or is it just me.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nathan1281, May 21, 2009.

  1. nathan1281 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    I have always used firefox. But lately when trying to access web sites it seems to take so much longer. I can open the same website in safari and it is so much faster. I know it has nothing with my internet speed because my download speed is around 16 down and 1 up. I also don't believe it is the DNS because safari can load it much faster. Try different news sites such as or . Both seem to take a lot longer in firefox. Not sure if it has to do with all the adds that are in these pages. I should mention I am running a late 2008 iMac with 4gb of ram
    Thanks for your help.
  2. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Sounds like some kind of a problem on your end. I'm running Firefox 3.0.5 and Safari ver. 4 public beta on a UMBP and there is really no significant speed difference between the two. I'm on a 3.2/700 DSL line and all sites load pretty much instantly on both browsers with some sites loading slightly faster on one browser while others load slightly faster on the other. On my system these load time differences are so miniscule that you'd really be hard press to notice them.

    In seconds how long does it take for each of your browsers to load the two sites you've mentioned?
  3. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

    Sep 22, 2006
    Used to use firefox, stopped after version 1.5. There are definitely faster browsers around then it now. I use safari and camino. Best thing for a faster browser is quiting it and re-opening again, it clears the RAM. Helps with the "snappiness" :)
  4. nathan1281 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    I am using Firefox 3.0.10 Not sure if that has anything to do with it. Sometimes when I open firefox it could take up to 30 seconds to finally reach the site. Safari is instant. I just opened firefox and it came right up. Weird.
  5. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    I don't know what sites you go on, but that's definitely not normal. Been using firefox ever since and it's a fast browser. Granted, safari might have that minor speed advantage over Firefox, but Firefox makes up with the features available for it (add-ons, personas, etc).
  6. tallguy macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    I've noticed a small speed increase with safari compared to firefox, but I just use firefox because of the add-ons etc. I might consider switching to safari 4 when the final version is released but until then I can handle the minor speed deficiency.
  7. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    ...switch and miss out on all those awesome features FF has? :confused:
    Don't mind me, I'm a hopeless Mozilla fanboy. :eek:
  8. yousoldtheworld macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    nowhere, Indiana
    Safari tends to be faster for me, too.
    Always has been.
    I only use firefox when I want to use stumbleupon, basically.
  9. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    agree with insulin junkie, firefox is much superior browser than safari. especially the multitouch precision and variation that safari obviously lack
  10. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    You've edited your preferences in about:config correct? Which ones did you edit?
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I've always found Safari to be marginally faster, but the terrible interface and lack of expandability keeps me away.
  12. dubmick macrumors member

    May 8, 2008
  13. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    try clearing caches and cookies.

    what addons do you have?
  14. peepboon macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
  15. MagnumJoe macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2008
    I'm using FireFox 3.5b4 and it seems to be faster than 3.0.10.
  16. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    Have you tried Mozilla's SeaMonkey? I use it much more than Safari or FF.

    I've always found FF to feel a little "heavier" than Safari, but not greatly so.
  17. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Using Firefox 3.5 beta and it is very fast. Multitouch and scrolling works perfectly on MacBooks. Safari looks and feels pretty sterile compared to Firefox, in my opinion.

    Looking forward to try Google Chrome later when it arrives.
  18. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    Tried Firefox 3.0.10 on both G4/G5 and new Intel based iMac's.
    One thing I have noticed is that Safari is leaner on resources and renders pages exceptionally.

    While Firefox's performance is marred by some Add-ins and it's higher on CPU and Memory usage.

    I was a big fan of Firefox while I had a PC, but now - running an iMac, I don't feel Firefox offers anything that Safari can't do. So I keep my iMac lean - leave only Safari installed.
  19. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    It's not you. I also dumped Firefox when they released 3.0. It's just too slow for me these days. Are you using the new Safari 4 Beta? If not, you should check it out.
  20. partyBoy macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2009
    thats kind of weird cause i think firefox is faster then safari..try re-installing firefox again,my firefox crashed a couple of months ago and it was not even loading and i did not use it for a while but then i re-installed and now its back to normal,use appcleaner so you can clean up all the files then re-install

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