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Coo, look at all those Extensions…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on February 16, 2007

Firefox extensions are very useful indeed – adding lots of extra functions to the browser. They’re often small, quick to install, and simple to use. I’ve got a lot installed, and use FEBE to backup and manage them all. It also produces a formatted list of what you’ve installed so far.

After I ran today’s extension backup, I took the list, tidied it up a little, and stuck it behind a cut tag…

Here’s a nice long list of all the Firefox extensions I use (with some links).

I’ve also added a quick star rating, and a review/description

1. All-in-OneSidebar ***** Highly recommended sidebar management tool
2. Allow Right-Click ** Brings back the right-click menu when disabled by JavaScript. Not so useful these days
3. Blue Organizer *** A useful research and organisation tool
4. Bug Me Not **** Don’t give sites your real name
5. CiteBite *** Link directly to content in a web page
6. Compact Library Extension Organizer CLEO **** Share your extensions between Firefox installations
7. Down Them All *** Improved download manager
8. Enhanced History Manager **** Better History views
9. Fasterfox ** Speed up connections
10. FireFTP *** Built-in FTP
11. Firebug *** Web page debugging tools
12. Firefox Extension Backup Extension FEBE **** Back up all your extensions
13. FlickrFox *** Work with Flickr
14. Forecastfox *** Check the weather
15. FoxClocks *** Multiple world clocks
16. Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer *** Back up bookmarks remotely, synchronise between machines
17. Google Browser Sync *** Back up bookmarks remotely, synchronise between machines
18. Google Toolbar for Firefox **** Better search
19. Google Web Comments *** See linked blog posts
20. Howd I Get Here *** Enhanced navigation tools
21. IE View **** View the current URI in Internet Explorer
22. Interclue ***** A superb browse ahead tool from
23. McAfee Site Advisor *** Rates site for phishing and malware
24. PDF Download **** Control how Firefox handles PDFs
25. Performancing **** Built-in blogging tool
26. Restart Firefox *** Does what it says!
27. SEO For Firefox *** SEO analysis for pages and searches
28. Search Status *** SEO analysis for pages and searches
29. Stopwatch *** Browser timer
30. TabMixPlus ***** More management tools for tabbed browsing
31. UserAgent Switcher *** Switch browser user agent for testing purposes
32. Viamatic foXpose *** Quickly see all your tabs in one page
33. View Cookies *** Quickly see all your cookies
34. View Source Chart *** Get an improved view of page structure
35. Web Developer *** Web page debugging tools
36. **** Work with directly

So what are your favourite extensions? And do you have any recommendations for me?


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  1. cobrabay said,

    Of the ones on your list, my faves are DownThemAll, TabMixPlus and I use IE View Lite rather than IE View, but it is a lifesaver at work where I have no choice but to use IE for many of our intranet sites. I didn’t like Google Browser Sync, and just uninstalled it recently. There are a whole bunch which are just always there, and seem less like an extension, but a seamless part of the browsing experience, McAfee Site Advisor, FoxClocks, Auto Copy, Stylish. Plus the 2 email notifiers, Gmail Notifier and Yahoo Mail Notifier. Firebug and Web Developer are great when I’m putting together a new web page. Finally, ProxyButton. I have to use a proxy at work, don’t at home, swapping with just a single button click is a so much more convenient.

  2. grey_lady said,

    I’m using AdBlock Plus, and as with have Gmail Notifier installed.

  3. mdlbear said,

    The only ones I’m using at the moment are URL Link and JustBlogIt. I was using the venerable Tabbrowser Extension, but the only feature I made much use of, undo close tab, is now (finally!) built-in.

  4. drplokta said,

    TargetAlert will warn you with a little icon if a link you’re about to click on is a mailto, or a PDF, or will open a new window, or whatever.

  5. ext_22310 said,

    Posted my favorite a couple of weeks ago.

  6. quercus said,

    No HTML Validator ? (Marc Gueury’s)
    It even does real DTD-based validation these days.

  7. natalief said,

    The link you gave for Interclue needs a pwd…

  8. miramon said,

    Adblock, FlashBlock, Add Bookmark Here, Scrapbook (possibly, I never seem to make use of the pages I’ve scrapbooked).

  9. vicarage said,

    Flashblock is great for delaying flash startup

  10. nalsa said,

    I recently came across UnPlug, which may technically constitute naughty software but on the other hand may not. I’m not yet sure how much use it will get, though.

  11. tanais said,

    No plug ins (I don’s use a browser in any meaningful way to warrant them) but I swear by a userContent.css (with added flash removal) sitting in my /chrome/ folder which is I think elegant…

    I do however remember the sanctimonious asshole ‘journalist’ cabal on CiX years ago giving me shit for adblocking… now it seems quite normal. Acceptable even.

  12. kevinwmoor said,

    The only two I’d suggest would be Chris Pederick’s Web Developer and Grease Monkey*. I find Web Developer invaluable when I’m tarting about writing HTML. I tend not to notice Grease Monkey much until it’s not there. When I use LJ without it (as I do sometimes at work) I wonder where the functionality has gone..

    *The most useful scripts, for me, being Instant Comment and Anonymous Posting Warning.

  13. ccomley said,

    Well there’s nothing in that lot that appeals to me… but that’s the joy – I dont’ have my browser using up RAM with loads of tools I have no use for.

    One point that’s very important to note about Firefox in general and extensions in specific, is the ease with which you can lift your entire config, preferences and settings, extensions and their preferences and settings, saved passwords, form-fill data, etc., etc., and take it to a new user profile or an entirely new machine.

    THIS is how applications should be built.

  14. ccomley said,

    Ooh – cute. I’ve been asked more than once if embedded videos can be saved.

    Actually the last person who asked wanted me to say “no” – coz he was trying to get his lady to star in a naughty vid for friends only and wanted to be assured it couldn’t go any further. I’m glad I told him not to make that assumption. 🙂

  15. ccomley said,

    Oh what I *do* use?

    Gmail notifier, Adblock, SiteAdvisor* and ChatZillz.

    * evaluating to see if I should put it on the browser of the more accident-prone and click-happy users.

  16. sethop said,

    Hi Natalief, that’s because we’re still nominally in closed beta. We’ll probably go into open beta in about a week. The addon is now more or less ready for primetime, it’s been more the business and marketing and documentation side of things (read, the bits none of us are really any good at), that’s been keeping us from releasing it lately. Simon’s been beta testing it for us, it’s great that he rates it as one of his top 3 extensions! We’ve put a lot of hard work into Interclue, and we intend to keep on doing so.

  17. twinfair said,

    Thanks to cobrabay, I too have Autocopy which is absolutely fab but you don’t seem to have. Only problem is when NOT in Firefox, I often forget the functionality is not there. FEBE, McAfee site advisor and Foxclocks are great.

  18. natalief said,

    Ah hah!

  19. anonymous said,

    Since you blog about books, consider putting a BlueBadge on your blog to showcase your book picks. You can see one on

    Let me know if you need help setting it up 🙂


  20. sethop said,

    Hi Natalief, – just to let you know, we’re open to the public now. Check it out at

  21. natalief said,

    Cool. I don’t use Firefox any more, though, and the browser that I do use (Camino, Mac) does not seem to be on the list for signing up for email info.

  22. sethop said,

    We *might* go after Camino, but no guarantees. Interclue is mostly comprised of javascript (600k+ of it when uncompressed) so it doesn’t rely on the XUL platform the way most firefox addons do (Camino doesn’t use XUL). We might add another category – “others”, for people to be notified if we launch our addon for camino, maxthon, avant, etc (It already works in Flock, or did when we last tested it)


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