15 Best Mozilla Firefox Skins to Customize Your Browser

Tina Sieber 04-08-2009

firefox-128Firefox has long been the head of the Mozilla browser family and it remains the prime rival for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Up until now the release of Google’s Chrome was a rather insignificant episode in the browser war.


What makes Firefox so popular? Back in the days it hit a nerve with geeks by letting them create, add and share their own content: extensions and themes. It was the start of Web 2.0 and the fascination soon caught on with the general crowd.

If you’re using Firefox, I hope you can appreciate the freedom it provides. One is that you can express your style with custom Mozilla Firefox skins. Here are 15 of the best. Dig in!

Black Steel

(3.0 – 3.6a1pre)



A dark metal theme with sharp contrasts. It will definitely draw attention.


(1.5 – 3.6a1pre)


Silvermel is silver, shiny and quite unobtrusive. The transparent effect for tabs is awesome.


Daum Blue

(3.0 – 3.5.*)


This Mozilla Firefox skin is not revolutionary, but it has a fresh look with nicely designed tabs. If you keep on reading you’ll see that I’m a little obsessed with pretty tabs. :)


(3.0 – 3.5.*)


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Anthem is a very stylish template in dark and light grey. I love the look of the tabs. The icons are exceptional and they’re smaller than with most themes, which saves space and gives more room for browsing. This one is my new personal favorite.

Scribblies Plain




A playful theme for your kids or the kid in you. Gotta love the icons in the navigation toolbar. Also the tabs are quite original. Definitely something different!

iFox Graphite

(3.0b5 – 3.5.*)

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This is the theme I’ve been using for years. It’s clean and simple and also available in three more flavors: pure, metal and smooth.

Simple Green

(3.5b4 – 3.5.*)


Simple Green reminds me of Netscape. If you still mourn the end of IE’s first serious rival, express your grief with this theme.

Stratini Padded

(3.0 – 3.5.*)

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This theme made the list because it has a refreshing set of icons and very lovely shaped tabs and boxes. I’m still a huge fan of rounded edges.

Vista on XP


Firefox extension

If you’re using a Vista transformation pack on XP, you can’t do without a Vista Firefox theme. So this one’s for you!

NASA Night Launch

(3.0 – 3.5.*)


One of the few dark Mozilla Firefox skins that are actually stylish. NASA Night Launch is very cool. Pretty tabs, well-designed icons and a very clean, dark look.

Utopia FFSE White

(3.0 – 3.5.*)

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I love the fox in this theme. But also the buttons and tabs are pretty cool. If the animal is a little too much for you, there is one without it: Utopia White.


(3.0 – 3.6a1pre)

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Here’s a very soft and girly skin with lovely pastel colors and roundish icons. Yes, we do have female readers! Girls, where are you?


(3.0b1 – 3.5.*)

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Girls play Xbox, too! Maybe that’s why this theme isn’t exactly virile. Or is this just a very modern design?

OldFactory Black

(3.0 – 3.5.*)

best firefox theme

Here’s one for the guys. Chrome, stone, levers and rounded edges so that you don’t hurt yourselves. I love the levers. Makes me think of Myst. And get this: they’re actually animated!!! How cool is that?

Chromifox Extreme

(3.1b1 – 3.6a1pre)

cool firefox theme

Finally, here’s a theme that will give Firefox a Chrome-like look, including tabs on top.

You like none of them? Maybe you should try Personas.

What else would you like to see in a Firefox theme? Maybe you’re lucky and a talented theme designer will read this. So let it out!

Related topics: Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox.

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  1. Kristian
    February 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I want My red shift skin back ! boohoo

  2. asturias
    January 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

    huh. Great mozilla skins. I have downloaded them all. Thanks for sharing.

  3. asturias
    January 9, 2010 at 5:20 am

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  4. Victor
    October 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Muchas gracias por el aporte... está super bueno el tema de NASA... Es genial...

    Suerte y sigue subiendo buenas cosas...

  5. Joseph
    October 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I've been using "yogurttree" for longtime theme

  6. neohuabai
    September 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    nice sharing!thanks

  7. **Adde
    September 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I have used all themes and all is nice......but i have NASA Night Launch used now and this theme is wery nice!

  8. Nicbot
    August 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    If you like dark themes: Gradient iCool is my #1 and the best dark theme I've used yet.

  9. Yoz
    August 6, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Hi, I was wondering about the add-on you used to make only the first letter of your bookmarks appear. also what is that toolbar below the bookmarks toolbar? (I'm sorry if this seems intrusive, just the toolbar looks useful and I have to many bookmarks on my toolbar..)

    • Tina
      August 6, 2009 at 1:53 am

      Yoz, I didn't use an addon for the one/two letter bookmarks. I edited the bookmarks or folders and gave them abbreviations I would recognize.
      The toolbar below the bookmarks is my shortcuts toolbar. I simply created an additional toolbar (>Customize >Add New Toolbar) to hold more buttons.
      Hope that helped. :)

      • Yoz
        August 6, 2009 at 2:00 am

        Yeah thanks, (I was hoping for a rollover deal, where when the mouse goes over it you see the full name, other wise it's the abbreviation, (I know they have a add-on that shows just the favicon but that doesn't help when a site admin is lazy and doesn't make one [believe me there are more than you think...])
        thanks anyway.
        have a good one.

  10. Ollie
    August 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    As far as dark themes go,this one wins hands down!..Wellll,if he would kill the blinking tab icons... [Broken Link Removed]

  11. GregNoir
    August 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I love using the Chromifox Basic theme.
    I really like the look of the hanging tabs.

  12. hotplugin
    August 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    HI, i would like to know how u moved address bar next to help.
    Also, how do u add that clock?

    • Tina
      August 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

      hotplugin, I used customize to move / add icons and bars.

      Simply right-click into any open toolbar and select Customize... from the bottom of the menu. Then you can drag and drop the address bar into your desired location and also drag and drop more icons into your toolbars. The "clock" is just the icon for browser history, not an actual clock. Good luck!

  13. Aaron Spuler
    August 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I will have to admit I was hoping to see some of my themes on this list, but no biggie :)

    I am friends with many of the authors of these themes. Will have to pass on my congrats to them!!

    My themes can be found at

    • Bradford Taylor
      August 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

      Aaron, you have some nice themes too. I like Eye Candy/Neptune/Rain. They all got a nice fun easy going theme. My PC has a dark theme so would clash :)

  14. Bradford Taylor
    August 5, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I've tried most of these themes, and many others. But my favorite I've never seen featured here or anywhere else and I think it's a great looking dark sleek theme.

    It's Ruler Dark:

    It's clean, easy on the eyes, and just works. It was just updated a few days ago also and looks much nicer. I'd suggest it to anyone.

  15. Chris
    August 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I tried and liked the Night Launch theme as dark ones go. I find they're a strain on the eyes, though. iFox Graphite looks nice, as does Silvermel and Daum Blue. I like the clean look with the flat-looking bars (as opposed to the round ones in the first example). Might give them a try sometime (maybe with KDE4?)

    I'm using Firefox 3.7 Mockup:

    See it in action in these screenshots on my blog

  16. painfield
    August 5, 2009 at 9:51 am
    • Tina
      August 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

      Thanks painfield. Unfortunately, your link doesn't work. here is a Working link for the Whitehart theme.

  17. Felipe
    August 5, 2009 at 1:11 am

    And you missed the Pink Theme: It's a hit among the girls

    • Tina
      August 5, 2009 at 8:25 am

      I saw it and it didn't make my list because it was too pink for my taste.

      That's also why Ruler didn't make it. I liked NASA Night Launch and the other three dark themes on my list much better.

      But thanks everybody for mentioning your favorites!! Please keep adding your flavors. :)

  18. Anne
    August 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I tried several of these out before settling on Daum Blue. Thanks for the recommendations!

  19. Matt
    August 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Pitchdark is another good dark skin too.

  20. Ellie Harrison
    August 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I enjoy LittleFox and Classic Compact on my Firefox install. Both are compact and have good graphical interfaces.

    • magnoliasouth
      August 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      I want to thank you for mentioning Classic Compact! I read your suggestion and gave it a whirl. One word: WOW!!!! It's slick and so customizable. I can even use it with a system wide dark theme. Incredible!

      Excellent suggestion and again, I thank you. :)

  21. Jonathan Cohen
    August 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    In terms of practical use, LittleFox is very nice for running Firefox on a netbook, shrinking menus and toolbars.

    Noia 2.0 is also a classic for simplicity and usability. Note that some skins offer specific support for certain extensions.

  22. vasiauvi
    August 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I am using NASA Night Launch and it's very nice!
    I like more night themes!
    But certainly I will try some of the others themes!

  23. nils
    August 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    the grApple themes by aronnax should definetly be on this list - i think they are OSX only though. so, i may be wrong if this list is only for themes that are compatible with all OS.

    • Tina
      August 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Since I'm on Windows, I couldn't test the grApple or any other OSX only skins. Too bad cause they all look awesome.

  24. Doc
    August 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I've always like Aero Fox...although you have to pay a whopping $0.99 for the Premium version. A few user-chrome tweaks and it matches my SevenVG theme from (AskVG perfectly.

  25. Aaron
    August 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    My favorite is Past Modern: [Broken Link Removed]