After doing a dist-upgrade Firefox got updated to the latest version, how can I go back to the previous version?

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Install Synaptic Package Manager

sudo apt install synaptic

launch the program and search for firefox

select it, then select Package at the top

select Force Version...

from the pull down select the version you want

click Apply


I'm not sure if Sean Patterson's answer is enough to prevent it from being updated by the AppCenter in the future.

Hence, I'd also mark the package as held back using ‘apt-mark’ command in terminal with root privileges.

For example, making your package say Firefox unavailable for install, up-gradation or uninstall, type:

apt-mark hold firefox

To make this package available for update, just replace ‘hold‘ with ‘unhold‘.

apt-mark unhold firefox



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