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Web Browser Wednesday

We’ve done all kinds of top 10 Firefox lists in the past, including a rather comprehensive list where we aggregated top 10 Firefox lists from around the web. But nothing really compares to the list that we’ve put together this time around.

Below you’ll find that we’ve assembled over a dozen different lists of the top 10 Firefox extensions. The content of each list has come directly from the Firefox Add-ons site, and from each category we picked the top 10 most popular extensions. In all we have 130 extensions listed below, some of which have made the top 10 in multiple categories. So don’t be surprised if you see some of them duplicated, triplicated, or quadruplicated :) .

Along with listing each extension we also gave a one-sentence description. That way you can tell if an extension sounds intriguing before visiting its homepage.

Note: The Tabs and Toolbars categories have been skipped because, at the time of this writing, the Tabs category had one entry and the Toolbars category had just two entries.

To make it easier for you to jump between the different sections we’ve created an index:


–Overall–

  1. Adblock Adblock Plus – Blocks advertisements on websites.
  2. Video DownloadHelper – Download videos from hundreds of different sites, such as YouTube.
  3. FlashGot – Integrates Firefox with your download manager, and offers bulk downloading features.
  4. NoScript – Block all scripts from running in Firefox unless you explicitly whitelist a site.
  5. Download Statusbar – Shows your downloads near the Firefox Status Bar instead of opening in a new window.
  6. IE Tab – Render websites using Internet Explorer from within Firefox.
  7. Greasemonkey – Run custom scripts that can add functionality or alter the appearance of websites.
  8. DownThemAll! – Download manager that is able to retrieve files in bulk.
  9. Forecastfox – Up-to-date weather alerts in your Status Bar.
  10. PDF Download – Control whether you open PDF’s inside Firefox (as a PDF or HTML), or open in the default PDF reader on your computer.


–Alerts and Updates–

  1. ForecastFox Forecastfox – Up-to-date weather alerts in your Status Bar.
  2. PDF Download – Control whether you open PDF’s inside Firefox (as a PDF or HTML), or open in the default PDF reader on your computer.
  3. Yoono – Clip information from websites, and save it for future reference.
  4. BlueOrganizer – Save and manage your favorite products from the web.
  5. Router Status – View the status of your router in the Status Bar (uptime, memory usage, etc…). See the homepage for list of supported routers.
  6. Flagfox – Shows a flag in the Status Bar indicating the current location of the website’s server.
  7. BlogRovr – Instantly fetches posts from your favorite sites depending on the site that your currently viewing.
  8. Alexa Sparky – View Alexa stats for the current site in the Status Bar.
  9. Online Bookmark Manager – Keep your Firefox bookmarks online. Changes are made in real-time so there’s no synchronization needed.
  10. Footie Fox – View soccer scores for over 190 leagues and cups from 60 different countries.


–Bookmarks–

  1. Foxmarks Foxmarks – Online bookmarks synchronization service.
  2. All-in-One Sidebar – Switch between sidebar panels, and also view downloads and extensions right in the sidebar.
  3. Del.icio.us Bookmarks – Manage your Del.icio.us bookmarks from within Firefox.
  4. Speed Dial – A start page that shows thumbnails of nine customizable pages (much like how the Opera browser does it).
  5. Clipmarks – Clip and share information from the websites that you visit.
  6. Customize Google – Adds optional features to several Google services including Search, Gmail, Calendar, and more.
  7. Del.icio.us Buttons – Simple add-on for managing your Del.icio.us bookmarks.
  8. iMacros for Firefox – This can memorize repetitive tasks, such as filling out forms, so that you can spend your time doing something else.
  9. Yoono – Clip information from websites, and save it for future reference.
  10. BlueOrganizer – Save and manage your favorite products from the web.


–Download Management–

  1. Video Download HelperVideo DownloadHelper – Download videos from hundreds of different sites, such as YouTube.
  2. FlashGot – Integrates Firefox with your download manager, and offers bulk downloading features.
  3. Download Statusbar – Shows your downloads near the Firefox Status Bar instead of opening in a new window.
  4. DownThemAll! – Download manager that is able to retrieve files in bulk.
  5. PDF Download – Control whether you open PDF’s inside Firefox (as a PDF or HTML), or open in the default PDF reader on your computer.
  6. Fast Video Download – Download videos from a variety of sites.
  7. FireFTP – An FTP client that is built-in to Firefox.
  8. Megaupload – Free slots from Megaupload.
  9. All-in-One Sidebar – Switch between sidebar panels, and also view downloads and extensions right in the sidebar.
  10. UnPlug – Download videos from a variety of sites.


–Feeds, News, & Blogging–

  1. ForecastFox Forecastfox – Up-to-date weather alerts in your Status Bar.
  2. Cooliris Previews – Shows a preview of websites and media when you hover your mouse over links.
  3. Clipmarks – Clip and share information from the websites that you visit.
  4. Wizz RSS News Reader – Read and manage your RSS feeds from within Firefox.
  5. iMacros for Firefox – This can memorize repetitive tasks, such as filling out forms, so that you can spend your time doing something else.
  6. Yoono – Clip information from websites, and save it for future reference.
  7. BlueOrganizer – Save and manage your favorite products from the web.
  8. ScribeFire – Full-featured blog editor.
  9. BlogRovr – Instantly fetches posts from your favorite sites depending on the site that your currently viewing.
  10. TorrentBar – Search for torrents from this toolbar.


–Interface Customizations–

  1. Download Statusbar Download Statusbar – Shows your downloads near the Firefox Status Bar instead of opening in a new window.
  2. PDF Download – Control whether you open PDF’s inside Firefox (as a PDF or HTML), or open in the default PDF reader on your computer.
  3. Tab Mix Plus – Advanced tab customization in Firefox.
  4. PicLens – Create image slideshows from pictures on any website.
  5. All-in-One Sidebar – Switch between sidebar panels, and also view downloads and extensions right in the sidebar.
  6. ColorfulTabs – Color each tab so that they are easy to distinguish.
  7. Speed Dial – A start page that shows thumbnails of nine customizable pages (much like how the Opera browser does it).
  8. Stylish – Using user-created stylesheets you can customize the appearance of websites.
  9. Session Manager – Manage how tabs are restored when Firefox is restarted.
  10. Tab Scope – See an interactive preview of a tab when you hover over it with your mouse.


–Language Tools–

  1. Foxlingo FoxLingo – Website translation and more.
  2. Hyperwords – In a single click you get access to searches, references, and more for the highlighted text.
  3. Translator – Translate entire websites.
  4. Quick Translation – Translate text.
  5. gTranslate – Use the Google translation services to translate text.
  6. Locale Switcher – Switch the locale of the browser.
  7. Quick Locale Switcher – Switch the locale of the browser.
  8. SpanishTrans – Highlight an English word on a site and get a Spanish translation.
  9. Dictionary Tooltip – Get a definition without needing to open a website.
  10. Dictionary Search – Lookup a word online.


–Other–

  1. Video Download HelperVideo DownloadHelper – Download videos from hundreds of different sites, such as YouTube.
  2. Greasemonkey – Run custom scripts that can add functionality or alter the appearance of websites.
  3. Fast Video Download – Download videos from a variety of sites.
  4. Tab Mix Plus – Advanced tab customization in Firefox.
  5. PicLens – Create image slideshows from pictures on any website.
  6. Del.icio.us Bookmarks – Manage your Del.icio.us bookmarks from within Firefox.
  7. Tab Effect – A cube-like tab effect used when switching tabs.
  8. Map+ – View a Yahoo! map of a selected address.
  9. Customize Google – Adds optional features to several Google services including Search, Gmail, Calendar, and more.
  10. Firefox Companion for eBay – Monitor eBay auctions and more from your Firefox sidebar.


–Photos, Music, & Videos–

  1. Video Download HelperVideo DownloadHelper – Download videos from hundreds of different sites, such as YouTube.
  2. FlashGot – Integrates Firefox with your download manager, and offers bulk downloading features.
  3. Fast Video Download – Download videos from a variety of sites.
  4. FoxyTunes – Control your media player from within Firefox.
  5. PicLens – Create image slideshows from pictures on any website.
  6. Cooliris Previews – Shows a preview of websites and media when you hover your mouse over links.
  7. Clipmarks – Clip and share information from the websites that you visit.
  8. Image Zoom – Zoom in and out of images on a website.
  9. Gspace – Use your Gmail address to store files.
  10. Firefox Companion for Kodak EasyShare Gallery – Organize and manage your photos on Kodak EasyShare Gallery.


–Privacy & Security–

  1. NoScript NoScript – Block all scripts from running in Firefox unless you explicitly whitelist a site.
  2. Fasterfox – Performance and network enhancements for Firefox.
  3. Cooliris Previews – Shows a preview of websites and media when you hover your mouse over links.
  4. Torbutton – Enable or disable the use of the Tor network for secure transmissions.
  5. Flashblock – Block all Flash media.
  6. Customize Google – Adds optional features to several Google services including Search, Gmail, Calendar, and more.
  7. iMacros for Firefox – This can memorize repetitive tasks, such as filling out forms, so that you can spend your time doing something else.
  8. FoxyProxy – Advanced proxy configuration.
  9. SwitchProxy Tool – Switch between multiple proxy configurations.
  10. FEBE – Backup your Firefox extensions.


–Search Tools–

  1. PiclensPicLens – Create image slideshows from pictures on any website.
  2. Cooliris Previews – Shows a preview of websites and media when you hover your mouse over links.
  3. Del.icio.us Bookmarks – Manage your Del.icio.us bookmarks from within Firefox.
  4. Clipmarks – Clip and share information from the websites that you visit.
  5. Customize Google – Adds optional features to several Google services including Search, Gmail, Calendar, and more.
  6. Del.icio.us Buttons – Simple add-on for managing your Del.icio.us bookmarks.
  7. Yoono – Clip information from websites, and save it for future reference.
  8. GooglePreview – Inserts preview images next to the Google search results.
  9. Torrent Finder Toolbar – Searches 170 different torrent sites and trackers.
  10. Answers – Get immediate answers to your questions.


–Social Communication–

  1. Video Download HelperVideo DownloadHelper – Download videos from hundreds of different sites, such as YouTube.
  2. StumbleUpon – Find other sites that you will like based upon the interests that you specify.
  3. FoxyTunes – Control your media player from within Firefox.
  4. PicLens – Create image slideshows from pictures on any website.
  5. ChatZilla – Chat using IRC.
  6. Clipmarks – Clip and share information from the websites that you visit.
  7. iMacros for Firefox – This can memorize repetitive tasks, such as filling out forms, so that you can spend your time doing something else.
  8. Yoono – Clip information from websites, and save it for future reference.
  9. BlogRovr – Instantly fetches posts from your favorite sites depending on the site that your currently viewing.
  10. Hyperwords – In a single click you get access to searches, references, and more for the highlighted text.


–Web Development–

  1. Adblock Adblock Plus – Blocks advertisements on websites.
  2. NoScript – Block all scripts from running in Firefox unless you explicitly whitelist a site.
  3. IE Tab – Render websites using Internet Explorer from within Firefox.
  4. Greasemonkey – Run custom scripts that can add functionality or alter the appearance of websites.
  5. Fasterfox – Performance and network enhancements for Firefox.
  6. Firebug – Advanced web developer tools, such as debugging and monitoring CSS.
  7. Web Developer – Has various web developer tools housed in a single menu.
  8. FireFTP – An FTP client that is built-in to Firefox.
  9. Cooliris Previews – Shows a preview of websites and media when you hover your mouse over links.
  10. All-in-One Sidebar – Switch between sidebar panels, and also view downloads and extensions right in the sidebar.

There Are 19 Comments

  1. Great list ! I’d add “stealther” and “secure login” to the privacy category.

  2. I have found SimpleDelicious excellent for instantly looking up del.icio.us bookmarks in a familiar within-the-browser menu. Also, scrapbook is awesome for bloggers and for people with lots of notes! It’s very powerful!

    Awesome list of extensions. Stumbled! :-)

  3. “Distrust” is similar to stealther and I couldn’t live without it for my errr… “special” browsing. It even deletes downloads when finished!

  4. NoScript is stupid. Yesscript makes much more sense [addons.mozilla.org]

  5. Brilliant list of extensions. definitely worth bookmarking.

  6. :)

    Boy I am sure glad my top extensions are listed!

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  7. How can you _not_ mention any sort of mouse gesture plug-in??? All-in-one gestures is my preference. Aside from Ad-block, it’s my second most important plug-in overall.

  8. I’m not sure if some people are reading the article to determine how I came up with these lists. I did not rank each one of these extensions myself. Instead I went to the Mozilla add-ons site and sorted the extensions by popularity for each of the categories.

    So if you’re wondering why one of your favorite extensions aren’t mentioned it’s not my fault. It’s the fault of millions of Firefox users who have apparently not installed it enough to make it rank within the top 10. Hope that clears some things up.

  9. “–Web Development–

    1. Adblock Adblock Plus – Blocks advertisements on websites.
    2. NoScript – Block all scripts from running in Firefox unless you explicitly whitelist a site.
    4. Greasemonkey – Run custom scripts that can add functionality or alter the appearance of websites.
    5. Fasterfox – Performance and network enhancements for Firefox. ”
    Huh?! I wonder why these extensions are so high up the list in THIS category. Firebug and Web Developer Toolbar should be #1 and #2!

  10. Change wrote:
    “–Web Development–

    1. Adblock Adblock Plus – Blocks advertisements on websites.
    2. NoScript – Block all scripts from running in Firefox unless you explicitly whitelist a site.
    4. Greasemonkey – Run custom scripts that can add functionality or alter the appearance of websites.
    5. Fasterfox – Performance and network enhancements for Firefox. ”
    Huh?! I wonder why these extensions are so high up the list in THIS category. Firebug and Web Developer Toolbar should be #1 and #2!

    Agreed! Not to mention the others don’t really even fit in that category at all. In fact I’d go as far as to say that Firebug is the #1 web developer tool ever, although I never really tried Aptana.

  11. I think extension developers can pick whatever categories their extensions should appear in, and so some of them go the route of putting them into categories that they don’t even really apply. Looks like that’s what happened with the Web Development category.

  12. It’s a pity that the Mozilla/Firefox team doesn’t really seem to moderate these categories. Makes the top 10′s much less useful.

  13. Change wrote:
    It’s a pity that the Mozilla/Firefox team doesn’t really seem to moderate these categories. Makes the top 10’s much less useful.

    I think they should give some sort of moderation option to the users, where they can say it doesn’t belong in a certain category. Or only let publishers pick on category for their plugin.

  14. I think getting rid of the dupes would make it even more interesting. Yes, sometimes the extension fits into more than one category, but after going through this list, it seems, that there are about 15 extensions altogether, given out in several top10 lists – too much overlapping. :)

    Thanks for posting anyway. I’ll give a try to a couple of extensions that I haven’t tried before.

  15. great work, i’d just like to share my little finding you have put yoono in just about every other category with the same comment, i guess it’s a typo and that yoono does different things relevent to each of the categories. None the less if it is everywhere maybe it should also appear in the overall section.

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