Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3.x

The Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3.x provides Firefox 3.x users the default Firefox 2 theme.

The theme is perfectly suited for all of the Firefox 3.x users which still think that Firefox 2 looked better than 3 and don't want to get used to the new look.

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Issues? Bugs?

Feel free to add a comment here if have issues with the theme. In case you found a theme bug or a visual problem you can take a screenshot, post it to a free image hosting service and then post it here as a link.

Please do not write me emails as other users might have your same problems so let's make it public. Thanks!


Development progresses are regularly published on a Git repository on GitHub.
> GitHub project page

They were previously located on Fabio's Bazaar repository, but the whole project has moved to Git(Hub) as I (rctgamer3) found Git easier to use and because it encourages others to work on it.

You can access them, once you have installed git (or a Git GUI like SmartGit) using the following command:
git clone "{fd2f951f-77ea-4938-9493-0c892c027a13}"
You can also clone it directly if you have either GitHub for Windows/Mac installed.

This will generate a folder called {fd2f951f-77ea-4938-9493-0c892c027a13}. To install the theme simply zip the folder, and drag it to the Add-ons Manager (recommended), or move it to the extensions folder located within your profile folder. Then restart Firefox.

Once you have cloned the repository and you think that your copy is outdated, you can update your version to the latest version with:
git pull #issued within the theme folder

You can see what the recent progresses have been with:
git log #issued within the theme folder

Making your own modifications

Once you have cloned the repository you'll be able to start modifying the code.

Theme versions are stored on different branches. For example, version 1.0.3 is stored on the 1.0.3 branch. To contribute to a specific version (newest beta branch preferred), you should change to the branch currently being worked on (check GitHub when you're unsure):

git checkout <branch name here>

Once you implement a new feature, fix a bug or anything else notable you can commit your changes to your local repository with:

git commit -m "Text describing your changes"

Once you did so you might want to share your modifications with me. You can either send me a pull request (on GitHub), or do the following:

git format-patch -1

The above command will generate a .patch which will contains your last commit as well as your versions history, logs, etc. You can share it with me by simply mailing the file to rctgamer3 at hotmail dot com.

If you have modified your local branch and you would like to update it to the last publicly available without losing your modifications you can use:

git fetch

Please, contact me if you need help with Git or if you want to actively contribute to the theme.


The theme, originally created by Dmitry (borr), later maintained by Fabio (fax8) (hence why this page is on his website) is now maintained by me, rctgamer3. If you would like helping out in any way, please contact me!

suggestions for improving your theme:

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2015-03-13 21:22.

.add separate buttons "bookmarks" and "history" on the main panel
.make the buttons "forward" and "back" roaming, as in ctr.
.return deleted items from the menu downloaded in the "download history" .and it is possible to return the entire window view "download history"

translated using machine translation


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Fri, 2015-03-13 23:04.

1. Done. Will be in the upcoming add-on.
2. Done. Will be in the upcoming add-on.
3. If you accidentally removed a download, that's not my fault. The theme is not there to achieve your needs for restoring downloads. There are probably a dozen add-ons which provide that functionality on AMO.

>There are probably a dozen

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2015-03-14 01:51.

>There are probably a dozen add-ons

you misunderstood, there was a menu item that was removed.


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sat, 2015-03-14 08:00.

Yeah, i misunderstood. What menu item was removed?

well , you are right,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2015-03-14 15:19.

well , you are right, specially downloaded 2 version, there really is no such menu items. But even so you could have them in there to add , that your theme would be even better ;)

there are also abandoned the theme
maybe you will be interested to remake her.

The 'Go to address' button issue..

Submitted by Doddy (not verified) on Thu, 2014-11-20 00:04.

Hello rctgamer3,

As you know, the go button in the search bar moves to the right sometimes and overlays the next button.

My simple work around is, when it does this I just click anywhere in the page area and the go button goes back to its proper position.

I hope that helps.

same here

Submitted by sgjp77 (not verified) on Sat, 2014-12-27 20:43.

same issue here. with a start of FF the layout is not ok and moves into the search bar. can you fix it?

Nice, but problems remain

Submitted by BayAreaReader (not verified) on Mon, 2014-05-26 20:51.

What I find:

v1.0.6 on FFox 28.0, Win7 -- works entirely as expected.
v1.0.7 on FFox 29.0.1, Linux -- so far, no problems

v1.0.7 on FFox 29.0.1, Win7 -- Menu bar is squeezed up against the top of the window, and Win7 Aero frame is reduced to a thin line; "minimize", "maximize" and "close" buttons are entirely blacked-out


nutz... need a hint on

Submitted by BayAreaReader (not verified) on Mon, 2014-05-26 20:52.

nutz... need a hint on uploading image copies.

You obviously haven't read

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Tue, 2014-05-27 07:28.

You obviously haven't read the note on the page, it says you need to re-enable the title bar because Firefox 29 messes with the location bar themselves if you don't have it on top.
Go to about:customizing, click Title Bar, and you're set.

Theme issues

Submitted by Amy (not verified) on Sun, 2014-05-18 04:59.

For version 1.0.7, you mention, "OSX temporarily not supported due to lack of proper testing on it. It works, but the tab toolbar is horribly broken." Does this in any way relate to using 1.0.6 with Firefox 29? Because I'm on a MacBook Pro, and my top and bottom toolbars now look HORRIBLE; also, the entire window is larger.

Everything was fine a few days ago when last I logged on--though, I don't recall recently updating to Firefox 29, so I'm not sure if that is actually the reason for the issues I'm now experiencing. (I do often download an update without restarting my browser, though, so it's possible I may have updated it some time back and forgot about it but only just now restarted Firefox.)

But to check, I changed to the default theme and saw this: Using this theme, I see the following: You'll note the tops of the tabs are hidden under the menu bar, so the browser window has enlarged, there are five rows of toolbar icons to the right, two of them different from the others (one shaded and the other incomplete), and the address bar at the bottom is a bit larger, too.


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sun, 2014-05-18 11:08.

I wasn't able to fix support for OS X in time because i didn't have a Mac to test/fix bugs on, so the theme (latest version 1.0.7 as of writing) isn't officially supported on 29.0 and up right now.
I might have access to one within the next two weeks; I'll try to fix the most annoying bugs by then.

Firefox 29 + Tab Mix Plus + Firefox 2 theme - a few bugs

Submitted by Doranwen (not verified) on Sat, 2014-05-10 05:03.

I summarize the bugs here (some icons and text blurred for privacy):
Firefox 29 with Firefox 2 theme

As I said, not sure what's responsible for the + sign being off to the right, Tab Mix Plus, Firefox 29, or the theme. Tab Mix Plus lets you choose where it should be--and I have it set to "After last tab", but it shows it the same as if I had chosen "Right side". (It will let me switch it to the left side, but I don't want that either.) I've searched their forum but find no mention of it, so I have no idea whether that's a specific interation between Tab Mix Plus and this theme or what.

But getting rid of the huge gap between rows would be marvelous. (Unless that's a Tab Mix Plus issue? But it only appears when I switch to this theme, not on the default one.)


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sun, 2014-05-18 11:10.

It's a TMP issue, since it messes with the height of the tabs toolbar in a weird way, although I'll probably add a workaround for it in the next version.

FF29.0 and FF theme 2 reloaded 1.07 no icon plus text option

Submitted by Anomaly (not verified) on Tue, 2014-05-06 04:35.

1.Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't seem to be able to get the "icons and text" option on the menu bar with FF29.0 and this theme version 1.07. Any way of getting this option back?

2.Also the two icons "Edit this Bookmark" and "Show your bookmarks" seem to be linked together. It does not seem possible to have one without the other on the menu bar. Is it possible to get them as separate options?

3.No more "Stop" icon option? This is really helpful on slow loading pages and/or slow internet connections. Would be nice to have it back also. Thanks.

Just a comment on Mozilla, not about your theme, why do they keep messing with the url window? They moved the "Edit this Bookmark" out (thank you!), but then moved the "Reload" in (WTF?). I for one wish they would quit adding stuff into it and leave it to the theme for the optional icons.


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Tue, 2014-05-06 07:07.
  1. This is not possible to do with my theme. You can install "Classic Theme Restorer" and try their (somewhat hackish) Icons&Text mode. I'll try to fix any bugs/incompatibilities with their implementation.
  2. It's possible. See the last part of answer #3.
  3. The Reload/Stop icon is still there, but it's in the URLbar. They removed the (standalone) Stop button so I was forced to implement the one in the URLbar, which has been there since Firefox 4, i just never bothered implementing it since it had the same functionality as the buttons. If i hadn't implemented these icons, you wouldn't be able to reload/stop loading pages. It's not what i wanted, but it'll have to do for a while. I managed to re-add/implement the Back/Forward/Reload/Stop/Go buttons like they used to until Firefox 28. Keep an eye on the thread linked below (or click here) for any news, beta versions and stuff like that.

MozillaZine Support Thread

Submitted by Australis (not verified) on Sun, 2014-05-04 18:55.

Don't forget you have a MozillaZine support thread. :)

Thanks for the heads up!

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Mon, 2014-05-05 22:07.

Thanks for the heads up!

Yellow address bar on secure pages

Submitted by Alan (not verified) on Sat, 2014-05-03 15:45.

I'm using Firefox 2 along with Status-4-Evar and Classic Theme Restorer.
Is there a way to turn off the feature that turns the address bar yellow when I'm on a secure website?


Throbber missing in FF29

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2014-05-01 23:51.

Hi, I really like your theme, but after updating to FF29, I am missing the throbber (I know it is shown in every tab, but I use the ''hide tab bar with one tab"-add on and usually had the throbber placed right of the address-line. Now I can not add it any more. Is there a chance to fix this?
Thank you in advance.
Best regards

Removed in Firefox 29

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Fri, 2014-05-02 06:17.

The standalone throbber was removed in Firefox 29 and is nothing I have control over. I have no idea why, but probably because only a handful of people actually "used" it.

I plan on releasing a Firefox 2 theme customizer which tries to add (Firefox 2) features back just like CTR does, and I plan on restoring the throbber "button" as well. I suck at JavaScript, so it won't be out soon, but be sure to look forward to it :-)

-- rct

FF 29: nomore possible to move refresh button

Submitted by magnum3 (not verified) on Tue, 2014-04-29 23:33.


today, firefox has been updated from FF28 to FF29 on my PC.
A regression has occurred :

button refresh can not be moved. Usually i was able to move it on the left of the bar address.

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What do you think about it ?

I thank you in advance.


Not a bug

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Wed, 2014-04-30 18:59.

This is not a bug and i can't fix this.
Australis put the forward and back buttons inside the urlbar element, making it impossible to move them (out). Until I build my own solution/add-on to recreate the old buttons, you'll have to stick with the current location of the buttons.

-- rct

Works with default and 2 other themes I've tried

Submitted by Paul Rittman (not verified) on Mon, 2013-10-21 23:20.

Re: my previous post. I've confirmed that the download button works with the LiteFox and Brushed theme, as well as the default, so it must be something within this theme (Firefox the Theme 2 reloaded) that was broken.

Download link not working on Aurora FF 26 (20131021 build)

Submitted by Paul Rittman (not verified) on Mon, 2013-10-21 22:53.

I just realized that when using FF 26 and downloading a file, the d/l button will dissappear, and only reappear after clicking on the "function", or restarting the browser. After disabling the theme and using the default theme, this problem doesn't appear.

The function itself is still there; hovering a cursor over it will see an opaque box rise up, but the download arrow/button won't appear until I click on the button itself.

Can any other users of Aurora/FF 26 verify?

FF 21 problem on OSX

Submitted by NUXI (not verified) on Sun, 2013-05-19 17:19.

Something has gone wrong since FF 21 on OSX.

There is a gap between the titlebar and the address bar on the normal windows, and the opposite problem on private browsing windows.

This displayed fine in FF 20.

Something wrong with AddThis addon

Submitted by Gabriel (not verified) on Tue, 2013-04-23 08:02.


Your theme is great, except there's something wrong visually with the awesome bar, when you have the AddThis addon installed.

Look in this picture and you'll see what I mean: Uploaded with

Can you fix this?


Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Tue, 2013-04-23 10:35.

Sure! (you broke the blog layout :P) It looks like the AddThis add-on does some dirty urlbar hacking.
Looks like it's easy to fix, i'll keep you updated.

In other news; Version is now available and should fix (install) incompatibilities with Firefox 20.0.1 ;-)

Something wrong with AddThis addon

Submitted by Gabriel (not verified) on Tue, 2013-04-23 11:45.

I'm sorry about the posted picture. I wanted to resize it when I saw what happened, but it was already too late to edit the post.

And of course I'm using theme

Submitted by Rylex (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 11:42.

And of course I'm using theme version 1.0.4 - I forgot to mention that.
So version 1.0.4 will not work with Firefox 20.0.1 for me.

Best wishes


Works for me

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 13:53.

1.0.4 works just fine on Firefox 20.
I think I managed to solve your issue by changing the version requirement to Firefox 19; can you test if the theme now installs correctly on 20.0.1? Thanks.

(Note that I couldn't see your e-mail address as those are never publicly shown.)
-- rctgamer3

Like others it did not

Submitted by kmmt123 (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 17:44.

Like others it did not initially work for me either. I edited install.rdf and changed the max version to 30.* and after re-start the theme was there as it should be.

Is there a chance to get a

Submitted by Rylex (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 22:28.

Is there a chance to get a download hyperlink to a working version?
I tried it again and again and it really doesn't work for me.
I don't like the original Firefox theme because of the transparent Aero style everywhere => It is just ugly!

This Firefox 2 theme is the only theme left, which makes Firefox working for me like it always was!

I hope it will be fixed...

Best wishes



Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 23:48.

Please, stop spamming this page. The theme works and installs just fine here, but due to some weird bug on Mozilla's side the theme keeps failing to install/update.

There are clear instructions on the theme's page if you still can't get it to work properly.

1. Install a href="">THIS addon.
2. Reinstall the theme
3. ?????

Woops, link broken.

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 23:50.

1. Install THIS addon.
2. Reinstall the theme
3. ?????

I don't want to spam your

Submitted by Rylex (not verified) on Sun, 2013-04-21 22:27.

I don't want to spam your page.
I just noticed a few other very important things I'd like to share. I have another computer with Firefox 20.0.1 that used your old version 1.0.3 and it worked without any problems! And it worked without the extra (checkcompatibility-addon) you mentioned above!

Here is the screenshot proof:

So Firefox checked itself for updates... and it looked like that:

There it says it is old version 1.0.3 and it works! But it will be updated on next restart of Firefox!

After the restart version 1.0.4 is not working! Look at the picture here:

My only question is: Why did 1.0.3 work without any problems and the new 1.0.4 will only work with this checkcompatibility addon? I even tried to install the theme from this page here using the link on top. Firefox does NOT install it. The only possibility to get it back to work is using the extra addon.

I don't want to install this addon - is there a possibility to get a download link to the old 1.0.3 version, which is working with 20.0.1?

I will not write anything more about this topic - only if you really wish because I don't want to spam this page. I just thought it might be important that 1.0.3 really works and the new version does NOT work!

Best wishes


Hi rctgamer3 and thanks for

Submitted by Rylex (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 15:20.

Hi rctgamer3 and thanks for your answer.
I'm afraid it really does not work. I tried to uninstall/reinstall it again and restarted firefox/checked for updates and so on. It doesn't work for me :(

Take a look at the picture here:

I know it's a German computer but it really shows the 20.0.1 version number and the latest Theme 1.0.4 version number and it is indeed not working :(

Best wishes and thanks for all your patience!


Doesn't work anymore :(

Submitted by Rylex (not verified) on Sat, 2013-04-20 11:33.

Very sad day today because this theme doesn't work anymore for me. Firefox upgraded from version 20.0 to 20.0.1.
The theme, which still worked with version 20.0 now doesn't work anymore with version 20.0.1. I uninstalled it and searched for updates and re-installed it. Doesn't work still "incompatible", Firefox says.
What else could I do to get this theme working again?
I have Windows 7, Firefox 20.0.1 and I love this theme! You can answer me via email if you like.

Best wishes


Firefox 20 Compatibility Fix

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2013-04-19 05:18.


In your install.rdf you have minVersion set at [20.*]

[*] shouldn't be used in minVersion, it produces problems. Set your minVersion to [20.0] and the extension will install without problems, no need for the Disable Add-on Compatibility Check addon you're currently linking to as a workaround.

Won't change a thing

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Fri, 2013-04-19 08:11.

Changing the minVersion to 20.0 won't change a thing.
The reason the theme (and other themes) wouldn't install or update was because somebody at Mozilla broke the update mechanism.
I have used the wildcard (20.* etc.) for almost two years and it never gave any problems. (Note: if i were to set it to 20.0, older beta versions would be left out, as 20.0 wouldn't match 20.0a2 (and other versions) any more. This doesn't matter for Firefox 20, but is always the case for all Beta/Aurora/Nightly version numbers)
They applied the fix yesterday (2013-04-18) so the theme should be able to install correctly starting today.
[Note that the install.rdf is completely ignored when it comes to min/maxVersion numbers, the numbers I specify on AMO always have higher priority.]

Technical details: Persona's/Lightweight Themes are now located at (AMO). During the migrate, they changed the update mechanism so that Persona's (background-theme) would be recognized as themes (theme), and themes (theme) would be recognized as "complete themes"(complete-theme). But because Firefox only wanted to accept themes as themes, the whole update mechanism broke and they had to revert this change.
See also:

Thanks for the in-depth

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2013-04-19 17:49.

Thanks for the in-depth reply. Though the theme from AMO still does not install on 20.0.1, currently stating it as incompatible, but extracting the xpi and changing the minVersion works for me as a workaround though in the meantime, until Mozilla gets the fix pushed out.

And I must've been reading some outdated docs, because everything I've read states [*] is considered an infinitely high number (not a wildcard), thus why it's a bad idea for minVersion, but okay for maxVersion.

Anyways, cheers for the info, love the theme.

Hi, could you do a version

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2013-02-21 09:01.


could you do a version using aero features (i.e. transparency for menu bar and navigation bar, please?

never mind..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 2013-02-21 09:03.

never mind..

urlbar bug with FF ESR 17.0.2

Submitted by Mikael Willberg (not verified) on Mon, 2013-01-28 22:29.

Go button overlaps with other items, but is ok when customizing. FIX:


/* Go button overlap fix */
/* #navigator-toolbox[customizing] #go-button { */
#navigator-toolbox #go-button {
margin-left: 2px !important;
margin-right: -22px !important;

1.0.3b1 out

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Tue, 2013-01-29 10:17.

Your fix breaks the positioning of the Go-button. The Go-button works just fine here (tested with ESR 17.0.2 and version 1.0.3b1).
Do you have any add-ons (enabled) that may be screwing around with the toolbar? Let me know, and I'll try to fix (any incompatibilities with) it.

In other news, (beta) version 1.0.3b1 is out.

@Jens: 1.0.3b1 includes the fix for both the visited (RSS) feed items and the Hide BookmarksBar add-on. Have fun :-)

Nice one, thanks!

Submitted by Jens (not verified) on Thu, 2013-02-14 13:39.

Nice one, thanks!

Ah, looks like this theme

Submitted by Mikael Willberg (not verified) on Tue, 2013-01-29 20:35.

Ah, looks like this theme does not take account disabling the dropdown arrow of the urlbar:

.autocomplete-history-dropmarker {display: none !important;}

Also disabling the go-button leaes empty gap, suggestions ?

#urlbar-go-button {display: none !important;}
#go-button {display: none !important;}

I have had these in my user-css file for ages 8-)

"It's Not A Bug, It's A Feature!"

Submitted by rctgamer3 (not verified) on Wed, 2013-01-30 00:37.

"It's Not A Bug, It's A Feature!". With the release of Firefox 2, Mozilla added a Go-button. Because this is a Firefox 2 theme, the Go-button is (of course) bound to be there.

Anyway, here's a quick fix, let me know if it fixes your problem:
#urlbar {margin-right: 2px !important}

Yes that fix will remove the

Submitted by Mikael Willberg (not verified) on Wed, 2013-01-30 08:40.

Yes that fix will remove the gap, as long as the go button is also disabled with "#go-button {display: none !important;}". Thanks.

live bookmarks not "marked as read" in FF16

Submitted by Jens (not verified) on Thu, 2012-10-18 16:07.

I love this theme, can't live without it. But there's a big bug in FF16:
When using the live bookmarks (rss-feeds), with the normal theme the one I read are marked (grey rss-icon). With this theme, they don't change if I read them or not. This is bad. Can you change it?