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33 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

March 30, 2008

Firefox logoFirefox is faster, more secure, and can easily be customized to look and perform just how you want it to. There are thousands of add-ons, extensions, and themes to download to personalize your browser’s look, feel, and use. Whether you use the internet for fun or serious work, there are tools to make your daily life even easier.

Thus, Firefox is my browser of choice – and it’s also the browser of 72% of Super Blogging readers. Since so many of you are Firefox users, I thought I’d share some excellent must-have Firefox extensions to make your internet browsing more enjoyable. If you’re not using Firefox, then I at least recommend you to try it and see how great it is for yourself. You can download it here.


Firefox Control and Performance

FasterFox – Lets you tweak Firefox and your settings to make your browser run even speedier.

SessionSaver – Saves your sessions and restores your browser exactly as you left it, every startup, every time. Every window, tab, everything you were typing, is saved.

TimeTracker – Tracks your online browsing time and pauses when you stop browsing. Very helpful for those who spend way too much time online!

CookieSwap – Lets you easily manage your cookies so you can be logged into multiple sites at one time and switch between them with ease.

IE Tab – Lets you open a page in Internet Explorer without leaving Firefox. Helpful for making sure your site works in both browsers and for those IE-only sites.

ScrapBook – Helps you save webpages and organize your collection properly.

Download Manager Tweak – Modifies the Firefox download manager, changing its appearance and giving you more control of how you view it.

TabScope – Shows a popup when you hover over your tabs so you can get an easy preview of what they are.

Tab Mix Plus – Enhances Firefox’s tabbed browsing capabilities and includes plenty of features for a completely controlled tabbed session.

ColorfulTabs – Gives each tab a different color, making them not only easy to distinguish but also pretty.

PermaTabs – Create permanent tabs that can’t be closed and will stay in future sessions.

Morning Coffee – Lets you organize your websites by day and even morning/afternoon lists. Handy if you read sites that update only on a regular schedule by certain days.

Web Development

Web Developer – Adds a menu and toolbar with various web development tools, very useful!

Firebug – Integrates with Firefox to put several development tools at your fingertips while you browse.

ColorZilla – Gives you an eyedropper to let you choose any color on the screen and view its hex code and values. Excellent for designers!

MeasureIt – Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height for any space or element on the screen.

Image Zoom – Easily zoom in, zoom out, or set custom zoom options for any image.

ReloadEvery – Reloads webpages you have open in a certain amount of minutes or seconds that you specify.

LinkChecker – Checks the validity of any links on a webpage. Excellent for bloggers who need to check that their site’s links work.

Blogging and Social

ScribeFire – A full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to or edit posts on your blog.

Sage – A lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator.

Adsense Notifier – Displays you Adsense earnings on the statusbar, so you can keep up with them without every leaving the page you’re on.

Niche Watch Tool – Provides technical information on backlinks, indexed pages, keywords, and more to beat your competitors in the SERPs.

SearchStatus – Displays Google PageRank, Alexa and Complete rankings, keyword/nofollow highlighting, and much more.

Shareaholic – Lets you share, bookmark, and email web content without leaving the page. Includes Digg, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, Mixx, Facebook, and more.

StumbleUpon – The StumbleUpon toolbar for Firefox. Discovers pages for you based on your interests and what you like and don’t like.

TwitterFox – Notifies you of your friends’ Twitter statuses by adding a small space in the status bar. Also lets you update your own status.

Miscellaneous

Remove It Permanently – Lets you remove any annoying web content and hide it forever with the click of your mouse.

LinkBunch – Creates a LinkBunch for all open tabs, combining a bunch of URLs into one.

PictureThis – Pulls up pictures from Google Images of any word or words you highlight, to help you see and understand what you’re reading.

Clipmarks – Instead of bookmarking a whole page, select and clip the parts of the page you want to save.

MyStickies – Lets you place colored sticky notes all over the web and organize them with tags.

Forecastfox – Lets you check the forecast easily without ever leaving your browser.

As you can see, there are plenty of excellent Firefox extensions to make your web browsing life a breeze – in fact, you can view and download hundreds more here. And in the future I’ll be sure to compile another list of great extensions when I find more, so make sure you subscribe to Super Blogging’s RSS feed so you don’t miss it!

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Comments

34 Responses to “33 Must-Have Firefox Extensions”

  1. OldSailor on March 30th, 2008 10:18 am

    Great collection. Though I use Firefox, I was not aware of so many extensions. Thanks.

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  2. androo on March 31st, 2008 12:10 pm

    nice collection! i currently use some of them now… and i plan on looking into some of them within the list…

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  4. Steven Snell on March 31st, 2008 6:05 pm

    The StumbleUpon toolbar is a must. And many of the web development ones are great too, like Firebug.

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  5. J. on March 31st, 2008 7:00 pm

    i like the extension called PicLens, one of my favs, you guys should check it out

  6. Lyman Reed on April 2nd, 2008 6:23 am

    Great list… I already had a few of these, but I just installed TwitterFox, and it looks like fun.  Thanks!

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  8. Tay on April 2nd, 2008 8:11 pm

    I’m glad you all enjoyed the list! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. And for those of you who posted recommendations, I’ll check them out! ;)

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  10. Internet Marketing on April 9th, 2008 7:09 am

    i found here some new great plugins, thanks.

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  11. Herbalife on April 9th, 2008 11:03 am

    Nice collection of extensions. I can already see TimeTracker being useful. :)

  12. Biodun on April 9th, 2008 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the great list, already had some but will still install more…

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  13. Chris on April 12th, 2008 10:38 pm

    Great post indeed! I use firefox almost exclusively and have well over half of these extensions!Cheers,Chris

  14. Tay on April 14th, 2008 3:41 pm

    I’m glad the post was helpful to you all, thanks for reading! :)

  15. Claude Gelinas on April 14th, 2008 10:39 pm

    The Tab Mix Plus extension is working wonders, for me!

  16. Geoserv on April 15th, 2008 9:48 am

    STUMBLED!Great list, I love testing different add-ons, and will definitely try a few of these.

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  17. Tay on April 17th, 2008 2:55 pm

    @Claude Gelinas,

    That’s fantastic, I’m glad it’s helping!

    @Geoserv,

    Thank you so much for the stumbles and votes. I’m glad you liked the post. :)

  18. foxiewire.com on April 17th, 2008 6:11 pm

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  19. JMorris on April 18th, 2008 9:56 pm

    A little word of caution about FasterFox… As with all plugins that increase simultaneous connections to a server, it will impose a greater load on the server. Some, but not many sysadmins have chosen to block such access. Still, noteworthy and stumbleworthy list of plugins. :-)

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  20. Tay on April 22nd, 2008 2:36 pm

    @JMorris,

    Well, they’re not plugins for a site or blog, they’re add-ons for your Firefox web browser. Thank you very much! :)

  21. JMorris on April 22nd, 2008 2:44 pm

    Yes, I’m aware of what they are for. ;-) I was only mentioning as something to consider if a user starts getting complaints about heavy loads on their server.Something else I noticed with FasterFox is that, if you often open multiple tabs, as many of us multitaskers do, FasterFox will significantly slow your computer down as it tries to make multiple simultaneous connections to multiple sites. When I started using up over 700MB of RAM on my system just for Firefox, I decided to stop using that plugin. My computer and my web server are much happier now. :-)

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  22. Tay on April 22nd, 2008 8:15 pm

    @JMorris,

    Ahh, I see what you mean now. 700MB, geez, that is a lot. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll look out for it. :)

  23. ellenjanuary on April 23rd, 2008 5:55 pm

    A double yay for the ruler and dropper… I was just looking for that stuff the other day… Thanks!

  24. Tay on April 28th, 2008 3:21 pm

    @ellenjanuary,

    Glad I could help! Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Gershon on May 9th, 2008 10:13 am

    One more must add on for web developers is ‘CSSviewer’, it lets you scroll over items on a webpage and shows all the CSS for that area.

  26. francetales.com on May 17th, 2008 5:54 am

    I love the list. I am looking for a good extension that allows me to download a site for later offline viewing. One that works with https: secure sites. I am about to go on a vacation in the Pyrenees and won’t have internet access but want to save a few things so I can read them there anyway.

    Any suggestions?

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  27. francetales.com on May 17th, 2008 5:54 am

    Oh yeah and I use the same theme but the blue version, how do you like it?

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  28. Tay on May 20th, 2008 3:46 pm

    FranceTales, I’m not sure about that one, but I’ll definitely look into it for you and let you know if I find anything. As for this theme, I love it and it’s working for me great right now. It’s simple yet effective.

  29. that guy on May 22nd, 2008 2:30 am

    you completely missed adblock plus.

  30. Tay on June 7th, 2008 1:47 am

    @That Guy,

    This isn’t a complete or extensive list, but you’re right. If I write a part two to this, I’ll try and remember to include it next time. Thanks!

  31. Herbalife on August 22nd, 2008 5:49 pm

    Mix Tab Plus is a great add on too.

  32. Atlanta Lawyer on December 15th, 2009 10:39 am

    Love the posts you’re putting in your great finds category.  These extensions will definitely help me out.  Thanks for sharing.  Please post another one as more extensions are being created.

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