Reduce Firefox memory usage with Firemin

Firemin is the evolution of FoxBoost. This software allows to optimize the memory consumption of Firefox but also to defragment the internal SQLite databases in order to make the browser faster.

After several checks, it is not uncommon to find that Firefox consumes more than 400 MB of memory.

To have a significant reduction in memory usage, you must use Firemin, it is completely free and above all very light.

Go to the  official website  to download it.

It comes in 2 versions, installable and portable. Choose the one that suits you best.

The interface looks like this:

There is absolutely nothing to do except let it run in the background. Make sure the “Start Firemin when Windows Starts” box is checked.

Now, if you look in Task Manager, you should see a real drop in Firefox’s memory usage:

Firemin is a small utility to reduce the amount of memory Firefox or other browsers use. Although Firefox memory usage improved a little over the last few years, it still uses a lot of memory; a little more than we feel comfortable with.

Programs on my computer can stay open and run for days or even weeks, and Firefox is no exception. Because of this Firefox was using over 3 GB of memory after a few days. It’s quite normal for Firefox to be sucking up over 250 MB of memory right off the bat. In a memory leak, you’ll see the memory usage keep increasing the longer the program is open/in-use and this is exactly what happens with Firefox.

Simply put, Firemin will attempt to eliminate Firefox memory leaks and decrease the amount of memory Firefox uses. All I did was tweak our Memory Booster a little and applied it to Firefox and this solved the memory leak issues.

Firemin 8 Build 5113 main screen
Firemin 8 Build 5113 main screen

Firemin vs. Windows Memory Management

Windows will also periodically scan running processes and tell them to release their unused memory. You could argue that this makes Firemin unnecessary, and you would be spot on. However, It is our opinion that Windows does not clean out memory as often as we would like it to. Firemin runs the clean memory API call a few times per second.

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The method Firemin uses to decrease Firefox memory usage is not proven and the debate over if it works or not will go on until the end of time, but the logic remains; if it works for you, use it and if it does not, don’t use it. It is really that simple.

Using Firemin

Even though we created the new Firemin to be easy to use, we realized that some users still do not know how to use Firemin efficiently. In this article, I show how to select your preferred browser and use Firemin to stop those pesky memory leaks. I will be using Google Chrome as an example, but Firemin can be used with literally any executable.

To start, if you have not done so, install Firemin and open it by double clicking on the tray icon, or right-clicking on the tray icon and choosing Open Firemin.

Select your browser

On the main Firemin screen, press the Browse button and navigate to the Chrome directory (normally C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application) and select the chrome.exe executable. Press the Save button to store the setting.

Configuring Firemin

Still on the main screen; set Firemin to Reduce memory every 500 milliseconds. Although 1000 is the default here, we found that sometimes a lower setting yield better results. Play around with this setting to find your ideal configuration.

The Only reduce memory if usage over x setting allows you to allocate a certain amount of memory to your browser. If you are experiencing issues with YouTube audio clipping or your browser seems sluggish, set this to 80MB or higher.

Firemin main screen with Chrome selected.
Main screen with Chrome selected.

Extended processes

The extended processes feature allows you to specify additional executables to optimize. On the main screen, press the Extended Processes button to open the Preferences window.

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If you are experiencing the YouTube audio clipping issue while optimizing Firefox, try removing the plugin-container.exe executable from the list. Remember to press the Save button to store extended processes.

Extended Processes

Other options

Other settings worth mentioning is the Start Chrome when Firemin starts and Start Firemin when Windows starts. We do not recommend using these settings together unless you want your browser to also start when Windows starts.

The first mentioned option is useful for when you would like to start Firemin from a shortcut and have your browser automatically open with it. This way you can automatically optimize your browser when opening it.

Download Firemin

If your Browser or Antivirus program warns you about possible malware, do not worry, Firemin is clean and safe. Click on the  link next to each download to view the online malware scan before downloading.

Portable Edition

Download the Firemin portable version for running it straight from a memory stick or portable hard drive. It will not write any settings to the registry or leave any traces on your computer.

Version Changes

  • Updated AutoIt to version
  • Improved Windows 11 compatibility.

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