35 Useful and Time saving Firefox Add-Ons

December 20, 2010 · 7 comments

by Dustin Betonio


As we all know that Firefox is the fastest growing popular web browser and its growing more and more every day. There are too many handy options provided by the firefox and this is the main reason for its popularity. Many vent that Firefox is slow however it still remains as a browser that web developers love most and we probably can’t live the same without it. Here is why, it is supported by a rich community of plugins and add-ons developers which makes it more than just a browser. In this article, I am listing down The 35 Time Saving Firefox Add-Ons To Make Your Lives Easier.



1. ThumbnailZoom


Thumbnail Zoom 1.1 zooms the thumbnail pictures from various sites like Facebook, Amazon, Picasa, Twitter, Flickr, Linkedln and Hi5. This plugin is created by Andres Hernandez, which also shows a floating panel with the zoomed out size of the image or thumbnail while hovering over it. All sites can be enabled or disabled this by using the status bar menu or the add-on settings dialog box.

2. Session Manager

Session Manager

Session Manager by Morac is an add-on that saves and restores the state of all open windows individually restores them at startup or after crashes. Replaces the SeesionSaver and Tab Mix Plus session Manager.

3. SimilarWeb


SimilarWeb 11.5 plugin is a sidebar recommended by Mozilla which gets you the related sites making your browsing easier and productive. This sidebar shows you the similar sites in the form of small pictures or thumbnails you are viewing and let you share your favorite sites across your community. This can be used in mini mode or as a toolbar button. Works with version 3.0 – 4.0b3 of Firefox. You can also translate SimilarWeb in your language through BabelZilla and share this plugin with your friends too.

4. Firefox Environment Backup Extension


Firefox Environment Backup Extension or FEBE created by Chuck Baker backups and rebuilds your Firefox extensions into .xpi files which let you synchronize your home and office browsers. It synchronizes not only the extensions but also the themes, bookmarks, preferences, passwords and cookies. Once installed, a single click can schedule your automatic backup, and also alerts you in case of any incomplete tasks. FEBE works in Firefox 3.0 and use FEBE 5.0 works in Firefox 2.0

5. MorningCoffee


Keep track of your daily routine websites with this add-on Morning Coffee 1.33 created by SJML. You can organize your websites that update on a regular schedule like weekly columns and open them simultaneously in tabs which can separate your lists by time and bookmark the folder integration

6. Google Shorcuts Plugin

Google Shortcuts

Google Shortcuts plugin, created by Soeren Rinne displays all the Google services as buttons or as a drop down menu and you can place this plugin wherever you want which lets you use all the services in a single click. You can adjust the settings and choose the services which you want to make it available as buttons.

7. AutoPager


This add-on from for Firefox automatically loads the next page of a site when you reach the end of current page for infinite scrolling. Works well with many sites and other add-ons like adblock plus, WOT and greasemonkey script. You can add your own custom autopaging to unsupported sites and also share your site rules.

8. FlashGot


It is light-weight, reliable and the most popular external download manager which lets you download either one link, selected links or all the links of a page together in a single click with a maximum speed and it can also grab the video or audio clips while they are playing.

9. FoxTab


This add-on powers the functionality of 3D in Firefox through the top sites for a quick access of your favorite sites, Tab Flipper flips between the opened tab and Recently Closed Tabs for reopening a tab which was closed recently. You can change the size of the FoxTab panel, configure the thumbnails or switch between the previews.

10. Picnik


With the add-on Picnik 2.3 by Justin Huff, it lets you add a menu options when you right click on the images so that you can drop that into the Picnik and a toolbar icon to take screenshots and import them. Can be a simple replace for Photoshop. You can send the whole page or edit only the image.

11. Scrapbook


Save and organise your web pages just like bookmarks with the ScrapBook 1.3.7 by Gomita which is extremely light, fast, accurate and supports many languages. You can either save the complete or a snippet of the web page. You can filter your search or do a full text search or edit them collected pages and because of this you can save your web page and the website.

12. Greasemonkey


Greasemonkey 0.8.201004.8.6, an add-on created by Anthony Lieuallen, Aaron Boodman and Johan Sundström is used to customise the display of a webpage using JavaScript. You can also write your own scripts. This has a hidden preference to allow greasing the unmht and has many translations like ca-ES, cs, fr, nl, sr-RS and vi. Licenced under MIT / X11 Licence and works with Firefox 1.5 – 3.6.

13. IE Tab


Integrate Internet Explorer in Mozilla Firefox with this add-on IE Tab 1.5.20090525 by PCMan, youoo2k. This add-on embeds Internet Explorer in the tabs of Firefox which makes a great tool for web developers because they can easily see how the web page is displayed in IE and switch back again to Firefox in just a single click and see the results.

14. StumbleUpon


StumbleUpon 3.73 by Stumble upon makes your experience quite interesting. Installing this add-on, places the StumbleUpon toolbar which can be hidden or displayed with a hotkey. Clicking on the button shows you the websites of similar interests. From more than 500 topics to choose from, this makes your surfing quite beneficial and a knowledgeable one. Not only browsing the topics but with StumbleUpon, connect with your friends, share your favorites with friends and others, meet new people and learn what they are discovering.

15. Read It Later


Install the add-on Read It Later 2.0.6 by Idea Shower and get the benefits of reading the saved pages later from your computer or phone without having an internet connection or in the offline mode. Your pages are saved to a reading list. This add-on gives you the added benefits of synching your computers at work or home such as synching your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

16. Automatic Save Folder


The Automatic Save Folder 1.0.1 by Cyan, opens the File Browser using the filters on the downloaded file which are based on the filename and the hosted domain’s name. You can specify the different save folders based on their domain or the filename. The folders will save the download file and save your time by preventing you from looking into that file and if no folder is returned then the suggested folder is set to Desktop. This also watches the folders for new files and does not work with the environment variables.

17. ColorZilla


Colors play the most important part since they define the nature of the website, so here is an add-on exclusively for colors, ColorZilla 2.2.2 by Alex Sirota which can get a color reading of any point in the browser, adjust its colors and paste it in another program. You can measure the distance between two points on the page by zooming on it, choose colors from the pre-defined color sets from the built-in palette and save any scheme in the custom palettes. This add-on also supports the HSL color and CSS3 attributes

18. All-In-One-Gestures


This extension can execute the commands using the scroll wheel navigation, rocker navigation, mouse gestures and page scrolling. This is highly customizable where you can customize the gestures in detail.

19. HTTP Fox


This add-on HttpFox 0.8.8 by Martin Theimer acts as as HTTP analyzer for Firefox which monitors and analyzes all the incoming and outgoing traffic between the server and the browsers. Its main function is to bring the functionality from tools like HTTP watch and IEInspector to the browser.

20. PDF Download

PDF Download

PDF Download by the Nitro PDF Software is used to do multiple operations with PDF files like creating, handling and viewing. This reduces the browser crashes, speeds up the display and converts any unsecured web page into a high quality PDF page.

21. DownloadHelper


Download and convert your web videos from sites like YouTube with this Firefox add-on Video DownloadHelper 4.8 by MIG. Works as a tool for extracting the web content to capture image and video files from sites like Dailymotion, Dreamhostm iFilm and others.

22. Dropico Media Manager


Dropico Media Manager add-on created by the Dropico media is installed as a sidebar which drags & drops your photos directly from your social network sites or from your e-mail account to your Dropico account. You can also also upload your photos using this plugin and also share, manage and edit the photos online using the Dropico Dashboard feature.

23. HeadlinesTicker

headlines Ticker

HeadlinesTicker 0.7.1 by LLLuna is a simple RSS / Atom reader which shows the headlines on the status bar and whose default feeds are the CNN and BBC.

24. WiseStamp Email Signature


WiseStamp Email signature is created by the Wise Stamp team is a signature creator used to empower your email signatures in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail. You can personally design signatures, automatically insert them, add a logo to your signature with an easy setup and configuration interface

25. Web2PDF


Web2PDF 1.8 is a tool to convert your web pages to PDF files directly from the browser. Created by Tomas Rutkauskas, this plugin uses Web2PDF online service but cannot convert the HTML files and also cannot convert the protected web pages where login is necessary i.e. you cannot convert your e-mail to PDF.

26. PixlrGrabber

Pixl Grabber

A plugin to pull down the images and make screen grabs, Pixlr Grabber 2.0.4 is created by Ola Sevandersson which makes it possible to right click any image or background in the web to edit and lets you edit, save or share your final grabs.

27. Adblock Plus


This add-ons automatically removes the online advertising by blocking all the malware domains due to the support from more than forty filter subscriptions which also customizes your filters including a context option for images, a block tab for Flash and Java objects to remove the scripts and style sheets.

28. PowerTwitter


This add-on overlays on the Twitter website and monitors the link clicks and builds up the anonymous aggregate trends and has an implementation of oath which no longer requires your Twitter password.

29. Delicious Bookmarks


This makes it easier for you to stay updated on the network and links for you, search, browse, access and share your bookmarks with your friends and others. If you dont want any buttons from Delicious you can install the classic mode.

30. Amplify


Share and spark the conversation about the articles or excerpts from articles, tweets, posts or any stuff on the net using this add-on Amplify 3.0.0 created by Clipmarks. The clipped or amplified stuff can be auto postto Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr etc. You can also connect with your friends and look at what they’re amplifying. Works with Google Readder also. This add-on is SEO friendly and makes your conversation ‘Smart’.

31. HootSuite


Crazy about Facebook, Twitter and Linkedln, then this add-on Hootsuite 0.6.1 created by Hootsuite is for you. Just hit the Hootlet buttin your URL will be shortened automatically and the text is grabbed from the site i.e. an ow.ly link is provided automatically and you don’t have to leave the site to tweet

32. Firebug


Firebug is a web development tool which can be opened in a separate window or as a bar at the bottom of your browser. This add-on inspects the HTML and modifies the style and layout in real time with the Firebug’s CSS and uses the most advanced JavaSCript Debugger which can pause the execution and measure the performance. Use it as a ruler and measure the offsets, margins, paddings and sizes for you.

33. Yonoo


Yonoo 7.4.1 is created by Yonoo, an add-on installed as sidebar making it easier to connect with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Yahoo and more in one place which convenient you to share all your photos, videos and links online.

34. WOT


WOT 201000908 is a plugin created by WOT Services for safe browsing which provides reputation ratings to search results when you use Google, Yahoo, Bing and other sites while protecting your personal information along with your online email account. This plugin is recommended by CBET, PC World, Tech Republic and other authorities.

35. FireFTP

Fire FTP

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dezine Weblog December 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I am already using some of the add-ons you mentioned here, like Read it later, Firebug and Similarweb :)

I just have one confusion about “FireFTP” because some people say it is not a secure FTP program or addon and recommed Filezilla FTP client. If you have any knowledge about FireFTP please share.


Magento Themes December 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm

It is the Firefox which is making life too easier for web browsing user.


Anne - InteliWISE December 22, 2010 at 1:24 am

Firefox has so many add-ons that can make browsing easier and let us have fun. I seldom use it because I like Chrome’s speed. But I still use Firefox when I need to use those add-ons.


Marcello H December 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Good tips for Mozilla’s users! I use firebug, it’ perfect for web developers!


Omar Abdallah December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’m so thankful for the session manager, I didn’t know it exists, I was going to develop it myself before I read this article


Lars December 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

glad it helped!


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