Silently install the Okta Browser Plugin for Firefox

Use this guide to silently install the Okta Browser Plugin on Firefox for your groups.

Start this procedure

Note: Silent installation has been deprecated since the release of Firefox version 74, and is only supported by the Extended Support Release (ESR) versions.

  1. Right click this link and select Save As to download the most recent version of the Okta Browser Plugin.
  2. Rename the file to plugin@okta.com.xpi.

    Note: You must rename the file. Mozilla's digital signature check will fail if the file is not named plugin@okta.com.xpi.

  3. Move plugin@okta.com.xpi to the Firefox extensions directory. You might need to create some of the following directories.

  4. Create the following directories if needed:
  5. Platform Example Location
    Windows

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\browser\extensions\plugin@okta.com.xpi

    Mac OSX

    /Library/Application Support/Mozilla/Extensions/{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}/plugin@okta.com.xpi

    Linux

    /usr/lib/mozilla/extensions/{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}/plugin@okta.com.xpi

  6. Set up configuration files that cause Firefox to enable the Okta Browser Plugin by default. If you do not set up these configuration files, the Okta plugin will be disabled by default. The next time users log in, a splash screen will display asking whether or not to enable the plugin.
  7. Create a text file called okta-mozilla.cfg with the following contents:

    // Don't skip this comment. If the first line is not a comment, the file will not load.

    lockPref("extensions.autoDisableScopes", 0); // Don't show the 'enable plugin' splash screen.

  8. Save okta-mozilla.cfg to the Firefox install directory.

    Platform Example Location
    Windows

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\okta-mozilla.cfg

    Mac OSX

    /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Resources/okta-mozilla.cfg

    Linux

    /usr/lib/firefox/okta-mozilla.cfg

  9. Create a text file called okta-prefs.js with the following contents:

    // Don't skip this comment. If the first line is not a comment, the file will not load.

    pref("general.config.obscure_value", 0); // Don't use ROT13 encoding for the config file.

    pref("general.config.filename", "okta-mozilla.cfg"); // Tell Firefox to load the okta-mozilla config file.

  10. Save okta-prefs.js to the /defaults/pref subdirectory of the Firefox install directory:

    Platform Example Location
    Windows

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref\okta-prefs.js

    Mac OSX

    /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/Resources/defaults/pref/okta-prefs.js

    Linux

    /usr/lib/firefox/defaults/pref/okta-prefs.js

  11. Open Firefox. The Okta aura should appear in the upper right side of the toolbar.

For more information on Firefox extensions, see https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Installing_extensions.