The BYOB (Build your own Browser) Project !

April 30th, 2010 by cbook

A few months ago we started a new Project called BYOB (Build Your Own Browser) and the Website.

It’s not a finished project yet (we still working on fixing bugs and implement new features), which is why we’d like YOU to try BYOB out and send us comments/give us Feedback !

BYOB Main Page

The Build Your Own Browser (BYOB) application generates installer files for a lightly customized version of Firefox that can be publicly distributed. These customized versions of Firefox are licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL), and the installer files and their contents are subject to the restrictions outlined in the Mozilla Trademark Policy

-Customizations you can make with BYOB include:
-a browser skin/theme using a bundled Persona
-pre-populated bookmarks and RSS feeds
-links to a Collection of your recommended add-ons
-multiple locales for Windows, OSX, and Linux

Of course more Features will be implement in the Future !

Also BYOB is not limited to a specific Usergroup like as example Companies. You can create as example a BYOB Build for your local Sportsteam with links to the Team, Team-Forum. As example we think of creating such a BYOB Version for the Mozilla QA Group with helpful links to get started into QA and contributing to the Mozilla Project !

All you need to create a customized version of Firefox is a registration at the Website. After you created a Build with BYOB the changes you made will be reviewed and if they match with our Distribution and Generation rules and pass the review, the Installer Files will be generated and Installer Files will be available for download from your BYOB profile. Of course you will be informed about all progress via Email !

We need your Help !

As i mentioned the BYOB Project is fairly new and not finished yet and we work on a lot of new cool stuff – but we also depend on your Feedback! When you are using BYOB (and we hope you try it out 🙂  we would like to hear from you about YOUR experience with BYOB, what went well or not so well ? Ideas / Suggestions ? You can reach us via the „contact us“ link on every page.


I’m personal very happy to work as QA-Lead part on the BYOB Project and i think its a very interesting and great Project.
And of course the BYOB Project would not be possible without a lot of people working hard to make the Project possible, work on new features, building websites etc. Some of the awesome Crew Members of the BYOB Team are: Kev Needham as the Project Lead, Les Orchard and Neil Lee and Chris Howse the Webdev Wizzards and Chris Cooper from Release Engineering and David Rolnitzky from the Marketing Team and many more !

35 Responses to “The BYOB (Build your own Browser) Project !”

  1. EduardoE Says:

    Hi, i’m from the Chilean Mozilla Community, ChileMoz (aka Mozilla Chile :P).

    I tried sometime to obtain information about BYOB since I heard it in the news, because I think would be a great idea to implement, mostly in educational organizations.

    Tonight we discussed via email about a situation with MSIE, because they had an personalized version of IE8 with contents of a local soccer club, Colo-Colo. (Similar agreements in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, countries with important soccer clubs)

    I think this is an important idea we want to help 🙂

  2. Wim Says:

    This is very cool!
    Some remarks:
    – please add support for all the languages; how will they upgrade btw? Languagepacks aren’t upgradeable like add-ons (bug 451824).
    – it would be nice if you could also set the homepage
    – why do you have to include Personas Plus, while FF 3.6 already supports Personas?
    – how will the “new” Firefox bookmarks interfere with existing profiles, when someone already has Firefox installed?
    – First-run page goes to Firefox 3.5
    – will it be possible to localize in the future?
    – will it be possible to update included search plugins?
    – adding more options for administrators would be very useful, like disabling installing add-ons, etc.

    I definitely keep an eye on this project, good job!

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  4. Rich Says:

    This project looks like just what I am wanting but with the following caveats. I would like to be able to build in any arbitary plugin. Specifically I would like to bundle the R-Kiosk plugin to allow a single executable installation for a kiosk project. Any ideas on this? I think it would also be nice to allow the customisation of the browser home page such that it could be set to an intranet page (or whatever) by default.

  5. Rayford Kaumo Says: I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I find a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your thoughts are outstanding

  6. builders manchester Says:

    I have been a massive fan of firefox and was converted back in my university days. I have always been spreading the word

  7. manchester plasterers Says:

    love the sound of the BYOB project, keep up the good work

  8. seo manchester Says:

    Very interesting post, extemely well thought out and put together. Keep up the good work.

  9. toopika Says:

    that will be the next internet hit for 2012 , looking forward to try it soon , good work guys.

  10. Cameron Says:

    Any word as why the site doesn’t work?

  11. David Says:

    I signed up for this a while back now I’m getting emails how my account has been activated and so forth. But when I go to the link the link asks for my username and password.The link seems not to be working and thoughts on whats going on?

  12. Plastering Manchester Says:

    the BYOB project seems very interesting, keep up the good work

  13. Plastering Manchester Says:

    Any word as why the site doesn’t work?

  14. Greg Says:

    I have enrolled into the byob project… and have been unable to access/communicate/connect since!!
    Every link requires authentication. the logon and password I saved have not worked since the beginning. I keep getting notifications that my browser definitions have been completed on the new buyild but i never get the link to download it. HELP

  15. epos systems Says:

    This blog caused my browser to crash. I wonder what caused that?

  16. Greg Says:

    This appeaars to be a dead blog. No activity or replies from responsible parties at byob or mozilla.. Still cannot get into byob site

  17. cbook Says:


    byob page is now online!

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  23. Claripro Says:

    Very cool project! Please add support for all the languages though.

  24. Yannick Says:

    The Project is now closed, i will get involved can you give me the Projekt Files for Developbment

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