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If you had to choose five Firefox Add-ons

Lets say your computer has limited resources and you can only use five Firefox add-ons when browsing the Internet.

Tell me, which would you choose and why. I'm currently cutting down on Firefox extensions that I'm actively using because I felt that Firefox was using too much memory when I started it without opening a website at all.

This was largely due to the massive number of extensions and themes that I had installed. After discovering that I could reduce the memory usage of Firefox by more than 15 Megabytes by simply reducing the number of add-ons and themes I was using, I decided to do just that.

I removed all themes but the default one and got rid of a handful of add-ons that I was using either because it was convenient to use them or because they would add a feature that I was using from time to time. Add-ons that fell into this category where the Adsense Notifier add-on, the Google Toolbar, the StumbleUpon Toolbar, Gmail Notifier, Tab Mix Plus and others.

Several of the features that I was using were also available in one extension. As an example, the Search Status extension displays the Pagerank and the Alexa rank of the active website and I was able to remove the Google Toolbar and the Alexa Toolbar because of this.

I added Gmail to Thunderbird which made the Gmail Notifier obsolete because I run Thunderbird all day long. Five add-ons remained after this that I can't live without, they are:

  • Adblock Plus - that's my number one Firefox extension, can't live without it.
  • Firebug - if you are a web developer you need this extension. It displays an unbelievable amount of information, great when working with CSS for instance.
  • Greasemonkey - a wonderful add-on that adds so much functionality.
  • Search Status - displays the Pagerank and Alexa rank among other things. Offers great information if you do SEO.
  • Tiny Menu - can't live without the Tiny Menu anymore. All my menus, address bar and everything else is in one row on top. Saves lots of space.

Which Firefox add-ons can't you live without?

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If you had to choose five Firefox Add-ons
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If you had to work with just five add-ons for the Firefox web browser, which add-ons would you pick and which would you throw out in the process?
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    Comments

    1. Seb said on January 4, 2008 at 10:18 pm
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      Adblock plus- love it
      Greasemonkey- like you said- adds so much functionality
      Speed dial- I find that really really useful
      Stumble toolbar if you count that as an add-on- what would I do with my free time without that?
      NoScript- love it, ok may be a pain to keep having to accept pages but it also blocks ads and other nasties :D

      Great blog as always :D

    2. LethAL said on January 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm
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      Screen estate isn’t a premium on my box, although I do have a minimal layout. If I was limited to 5, I’d probably say ABP, StumbleUpon, FaviconizeTab, Stylish and PersonalMenu (I prefer the consistency of using an icon).

    3. vance said on January 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm
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      for me:
      downloadhelper
      ie tab
      flashgot

    4. Jesse said on January 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm
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      Greasemonkey
      Minifox theme
      Downloadthemall
      Faviconizetab
      Fullerscreen

      I have to really be careful when I goto friends houses because I want to install a bunch of extensions on their firefox.

    5. Zockerwurf said on January 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm
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      Firebug – Perfect for programming, also very useful for downloading hidden things such as backgroundmusic and so on ;)

      FireFTP – Fast, easy to handle. Like it very much for hosting my files.

      Adblock Plus – Nothing left to say :)

      All-in-One Sidebar – Looks nice, gives you a good overview.

      Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer – Who don’t like to have his bookmarks on every Computer available. Automatic synchronizing.

      If there are some “mistakes” in my comment: Call it swiss-english, but I wanted it like that :D

    6. Daniel said on January 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm
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      Here are my top 5, most quite developer related:
      – Web Developer
      – Search Status
      – ColorZilla
      – Dictionary Search
      – Fint Finder

      But in fact, I need at least 10 add-ons minimum as an absolute must…

    7. gokudomatic said on January 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm
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      my favorites, as a user and not developper, are:
      – download statusbar(very useful to get rid of the download window)
      – mouse gestures (an absolute must-have for me. my fav one from far)
      – adblock plus (huge must-have too)
      – unofficial googlebar (with instant search and highlights)
      – scrapbook(very useful for cleaning and preparing a page before printing it or storing it)

      after that, I still didn’t figured out how to use greasemonkey correctly to make it useful for me. And for development, the developer toolbar is a must-have too.

    8. Damian said on January 5, 2008 at 12:09 am
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      Ad block plus – you don’t realise just how much this does until you use someone elses computer
      Tiny menu – Screen space is precious ona 1280×800 laptop
      delicious – how did I cope without tagged bookmarks before?
      google toolbar – Yes I know theres google built into firefox, but one search box can control pretty much all my google apps, and theres loads more functionaility built in
      greasemonkey – as said already, its just so damn good

    9. Roman ShaRP said on January 5, 2008 at 12:07 am
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      Sorry, but I don’t see any point in cutting add-ons:

      ======================
      Created: Fri Jan 04 2008 23:55:47 GMT+0200 (FLE Standard Time)
      User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; ru; rv:1.8.1.11) Gecko/20071127 Firefox/2.0.0.11
      ID сборки: 2007112718

      Extensions: [25]
      – Adblock Plus 0.7.5.3: http://adblockplus.org/
      – Back to Top 5.0: http://customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions
      – CLEO 3.1: http://customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions
      – DOM Inspector 1.8.1.11: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/inspector/
      – DownloadHelper 2.5.3: http://www.downloadhelper.net
      – Dr.Web anti-virus link checker 1.0.15: http://www.drweb.com/
      – ErrorZilla Mod 0.2: http://www.jaybaldwin.com/News.aspx?id=51
      – Fasterfox 2.0.0: http://fasterfox.mozdev.org/
      – FEBE 5.1.1: http://customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions
      – FlashGot 0.7.1: http://flashgot.net
      – Forecastfox Enhanced 0.9.5.2: http://users.rcn.com/shoofy/forecastfox_enhanced/
      – FoxyProxy 2.6.2: http://foxyproxy.mozdev.org
      – ImgLikeOpera 0.6.15: http://imglikeopera.mozdev.org/
      – Java Console 6.0.03: http://www.google.com/search?q=Firefox%20Java%20Console
      – Morning Coffee 1.26: http://shaneliesegang.com/projects/coffee.php
      – Mouse Gestures 1.5.2: http://www.mousegestures.org/
      – MR Tech Local Install 5.3.2.6: http://www.mrtech.com/extensions/local_install/
      – NoScript 1.1.9.6: http://noscript.net
      – OpenBook 1.3.4.1: http://www.chuonthis.com/extensions/
      – Speed Dial 0.5.0.7: http://speeddial.uworks.net/
      – Tab Mix Plus 0.3.6: http://tmp.garyr.net
      – Talkback 2.0.0.11: http://talkback.mozilla.org/
      – Ukrainian dictionary 1.4.0: http://ispell-uk.sourceforge.net/
      – United States English Dictionary 2.0.0.6:
      – VideoDownloader 1.1.1: http://videodownloader.net/

      Themes: [2]
      – Firefox (default): http://www.mozilla.org/
      – Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) 3.371: http://kasteo.deviantart.com/

      Plugins: (5)
      – Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U3
      – Microsoft® DRM
      – Mozilla Default Plug-in
      – Shockwave Flash
      – Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library

      =================

      And all that with 9 open pages – below 70Mb (~68), what is slim against my 1 Gb of RAM on my home PC (on working PC I got 2 Gb).

    10. Jason said on January 5, 2008 at 1:28 am
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      As others have said
      -Webdeveloper
      -SearchStatus
      -delicious bookmarks
      -Adblock Plus
      -HTML Validator

      bonus add-ons (if we get to go over 5)
      -MeasureIt

    11. Steve said on January 5, 2008 at 3:16 am
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      Adblock Plus
      IE Tab
      All In One Sidebar
      Download Helper
      Download Statusbar

    12. Rick said on January 5, 2008 at 3:21 am
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      Ad Block Plus w/ Rick’s list
      Flashblock
      NoScript
      Gmail Manager
      Tab Mix Plus

    13. Jojo said on January 5, 2008 at 3:49 am
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      Martin you are not making sense. You saved 15 whole MB? Wow. That’s impressive [not].

      How much physical memory do you have on your computer? I have 2GB.

      I just restarted FF to get a reading of memory reading minus the usual memory leak so well known to FF users. With 54 tabs open in 2 windows, I am using:

      InMem KB….Private KB….Total KB
      259,112…….248,136…….399,612

      Would 15MB make any real difference in these totals? I think not. I have over 1GB of free Windows memory available right now.

      Anyway, if I had to choose only 5 FF apps (out of the 40 or so I have installed), I might choose:

      1. Adblock PLus
      2. Scrapbook
      3. Noscript
      4. Flashblock
      5. Permit cookies

      If you gave me 5 more, I’d add:
      6. Cooliris
      7. Plain old Favorites
      8. IE View
      9. Fetch Text URL
      10. Download Helper

    14. Daniel said on January 5, 2008 at 4:29 am
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      – All in one Gestures, Closing tabs with an L rocks
      – Flashblock, No you can’t play music or show a goofy ad!
      – Google Toolbar – Autofill, Bookmarks, Highlighted searches, so much power…
      – Tabbrowser Preferences, set in my tabbed browsing ways.
      – ColorfulTabs, silly yet mildly useful.

    15. Agustin said on January 5, 2008 at 6:00 am
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      -Adblock Plus
      -Firebug
      -Web Developer
      -Auto Copy
      -DownThemAll

      Bonus:
      -ColorfulTabs

    16. Rico said on January 5, 2008 at 7:29 am
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      -Adblock Plus
      -Stumbleupon toolbar
      -CustomizeGoogle (no longer need to click “Next Page” to see more results as the page scrolls endlessly!)
      -Hyperwords
      -Greasemonkey

    17. Bangalored said on January 5, 2008 at 10:50 am
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      Adblock Plus
      Auto Copy
      No script
      Personal Menu
      Download Statusbar

      ———–

      Almost there:
      Fission
      Searchbar Autosizer
      Greasemonkey

    18. D3 said on January 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm
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      1. Canadian-English dictionary
      2. Customize-google ( when it works) :/
      3. Downloadthemall!
      4. About this site bookmarks
      5. Fission
      Noteables

      6. Orbit Downloader firefox integration
      7.Password exporter

    19. DiaBLo said on January 5, 2008 at 8:06 pm
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      Can’t live without Mouse Gestures

    20. Jonas Martinsson said on January 6, 2008 at 10:59 am
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      I’d go for the following five:
      – Hit-A-Hint: keyboard shortcuts to all links/fields
      – ViewMyCurrency – automatically translate all currencies to your local currency
      – Download Statusbar – better download status.
      – Firebug: for JavaScript debugging
      – Google Notebook: for saving snippets and pages publish them as RSS

      (Adblock Plus makes my browser way too slow…)

    21. Leo said on January 6, 2008 at 11:59 pm
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      1. Adblock Plus – very useful to clean up frequently visited sites
      2. All-in-One Gestures – mouse gestures
      3. ScrapBook – incredible useful add-on for web based researches that allows you to save and annotate any web page.
      4. Tab Mix Plus
      5. Flashblock – useful for slow machines when visit the web pages full of flashes

    22. Tehmul Ghyara said on January 7, 2008 at 6:09 am
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      1. Adblock Plus
      2. Scrapbook
      3. Firebug
      4. Unplug
      5. KeyScrambler

    23. Terence Hill said on January 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm
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      My top five:
      1. Tab Mix Plus
      2. Adblock Plus
      3. Download Statusbar
      4. Greasemonkey
      5. Past and Go 2 (this one is very useful)

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