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How to generate an installable list of Firefox plug-ins/addons?

Question to the lazy web: How to generate an installable list of Firefox plug-ins and addons from the plug-ins and addons you actually have installed? I have a set of plug-ins and addons in my Firefox which a lot of friends/colleagues would like to use too. Ideally I would be able to press a button and generate a HTML page with links to the original install locations. After all the plug-ins and addons "know" where to look for updates for themselves. A GreaseMonkey script would be acceptable too. Anybody got an idea how to do that?

Posted by on 21 November 2009 | Comments (4) | categories: Software


  1. posted by Hynek Kobelka on Saturday 21 November 2009 AD:

    I use the FEBE addon for backups.
    In each backup directory it creates a HTML file with links and descriptions of your plug-ins which you can send to others.

    { Link }

  2. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Sunday 22 November 2009 AD:
    Hi Hynek,
    thx for the link. Looks interesting for other purposes. What I'm looking for is something that just creates a set of links to the original download location, so when I use such a link a year later I would get the then current version.
    Emoticon smile.gif stw
  3. posted by Simon O'Doherty on Monday 23 November 2009 AD:

    I think your looking for:


    Type that into the URL bar.

  4. posted by Simon O'Doherty on Monday 23 November 2009 AD:
    Ahh I see, addons. Firefox itself is basically a combination of XUL and JS files. So you could just look at the addons XUL. That is at:

    chrome : //mozapps/content/extensions/extensions.xul

    (cut and paste that into the URL field and remove spaces).

    A quick check and the code will be in one of the following two jars

    c:\program files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\browser.jar
    c:\program files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\toolkit.jar

    You should find the related JS file to that XUL file in there. Once you have that you can see how to read the details of the addons. Hope that helps.