Firefox 2 hits 2M downloads in 24 hours. IE eats it.

[ music | Queen – We Are The Champions ]

The secret is out. Firefox beat the pants off IE’s download numbers. From Beltzner’s blog:

Apparently, people loves them some Firefox. Within 24 hours of the official launch on Tuesday, there were over 2 million people using Firefox 2, and we were seeing a peak rate of more than 30 downloads per second from our website.



  1. Foobar had this to say,

    October 27, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    How do you know Firefox 2.0 downloads beat IE 7 downloads? How many IE 7 downloads there were in the first 24 hours?

  2. Grey had this to say,

    October 27, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    Well, if IE had 4 million downloads in 3 days, and we had 2 million on 1 day…

  3. Matt Nordhoff (aka Peng) had this to say,

    October 27, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

    IE have 3 million in 4 days. 😛

  4. Gérard Talbot had this to say,

    October 27, 2006 @ 10:17 pm


    Even if Firefox had, say, 6 millions in 3 days, the current stats of usage worldwide are *_overwhelmingly_* in favor of IE.

    I believe you have the right to be happy about the overall number of downloads in recent days and happy about the excellent quality of Firefox 2 (and reviewers overall so far prefer Fx 2: that too is important) but we’re still very very far from the point where we could all be singing "We Are The Champions" from Queen.



  5. Grey had this to say,

    October 28, 2006 @ 1:52 am

    Gerard: Don’t you have more important parades to rain on?

  6. Laurens Holst had this to say,

    October 28, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    I don’t want to make the numbers seem less impressive, but one of the reasons for the difference might be that IE7 has only been released in one language at the moment (en-US), whereas Firefox has released many languages simultaneously. (Of course, this is really a good point in favour of Firefox :).)

    I thought about not downloading it (I want nl-NL), but I did download the en-US version in the end. But there may have been a lot of people who postponed downloading the browser until it becomes available in their language.


  7. Kain had this to say,

    November 6, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    I recently upgraded to Firefox 2 after getting sick of Firefox 1.Blah crashing.

    However, despite the fact that I’ve upgraded and tweaked all my system settings (ZoneAlarm, WinPatrol, Ad-Aware, Spybot, AVG, and WinFortress) I’m still having a bitchy time keeping it from crashing.

    I love Firefox, but I’ve had so many more crashes on it than on IE or Opera.

    Any suggestions?

    Or perhaps I’m just over-paranoid and need to unchoke my bandwidth?