Yes, this is possible, but not recommended…
But since you want to use specific plugins, it’s the only way…
I just “installed” 59.2.0esr; this is the way to do it…
Download the language package you want from Directory Listing: /pub/firefox/releases/52.9.0esr/linux-x86_64/
Then, in a terminal
Extract the package you have downloaded into the
firefox-52.9.0esr directory (keep the downloaded file, you will probably need it for later).
You will end up with
Execute (in the terminal)
firefox -P --no-remote
A window will open.
Create a new profile called
Close the window without opening firefox.
In the terminal
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications
This will open the desktop file for editing
Paste this in the file
GenericName=Old Web Browser
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web (Old)
Exec=/home/spiros/firefox-52.9.0esr/firefox/firefox --no-remote -P esr %u
[Desktop Action new-window]
Exec=/home/spiros/firefox-52.9.0esr/firefox/firefox --no-remote -P esr --new-window %u
[Desktop Action new-private-window]
Name=New Private Window
Exec=/home/spiros/firefox-52.9.0esr/firefox/firefox --no-remote -P esr --private-window %u
Find and replace the word
spiros with your username (3 times in the text)
Save the file and exit
Then when you press the
Win key and type
fire, you will get something like this
If you click the first menu entry you will run the Old Version.
At this point you have the old version, but there is one more thing you have to do:
Disable automatic updates
Run the old version, and quickly go to
Preferences > Advanced > Update
Never check for updates
Then close the browser and open it again and make sure you still have the 52 version.
If the version is 60, you have to got to
~/firefox-52.9.0esr and delete the
firefox directory. Then you extract the package you have downloaded, and try to set the auto-update to off.