The new Firefox add-ons website

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 28, 2008
Updated • Feb 8, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Initially I wanted to write about a new Firefox add-on that I discovered recently but since I failed to download the add-on from the new Firefox add-ons website I decided to write about this new website instead.

Mozilla updated AMO, the Mozilla Add-ons repository website recently.

The first thing that I did notice when I tried to download the add-on was that I was forced to login to the website to download it. This is apparently necessary for all unsigned add-ons probably in an effort to protect inept users from downloading and installing harmful extensions.

So I had to fill out a form, click on a link that was sent to my email account and thought I was done and able to download the add-on. Funny thing happened, the add-on would not download. That's my experience with the new Firefox add-ons website.

There are some other elements - or better missing elements - that are bothering me. They have removed the option to sort by newest / latest updated add-ons on the main page, that option is only available when you are already in a category and it will - of course - only sort all add-ons in that category accordingly.

Then there is the problem that a check is performed before you can install an add-on and if your version is incompatible it will not install. Users who like to test the latest beta and nightly builds have to expand the advanced details and click on complete version history to avoid those checks.

The only positive I can say about this new design is that it looks nice and clean; But I prefer fast and accessible over that anytime.

Update: Things have changed a bit since the initial relaunch of the add-ons website. It is now possible to download and install all add-ons without account which is a great step in my opinion.

Mozilla has added a new and recently updated category as well which you can use to find out what is new and discover new add-ons.


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  2. chalky said on August 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    why cant i get an adones for my new firefox

  3. Transcontinental said on April 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Sorting mat be accessed with :

    I as well preferred the former interface. They must have a reason, but I ignore which!

    Btw, I had no problem downloading/installing an extension without logging in. Either they have changed that policy or they recognize users…

  4. Luke said on March 29, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The new Firefox site look great but I take offence to the site making the focus to be the popular add-ons. I have no interest in the social networking sites so I don’t want them splashed in my face. These are the current popular site and dominate the Firefox addon page so this will/may change in the future. Having a part of the page that shows popular extensions is fin but this just annoys.

  5. Pierro said on March 29, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Un saludo
    my name is Pierro and im from Germany.
    I read some of your blogost, and i hope you can help me:

    I use the Browser named FLOCK. and i read a blogpost about
    a FireFox extension called R-Kisok.
    Because sounds great, I also tried it.
    I use the Flock Browser. I install all the things
    from the list, and now … please help me a step retour !
    i always get a fullscreen . i can use the right mouse key, but . . No toolbar, no status or sidebar
    How can i remove all the extensions ??
    Now i use Opera

    AND – yeah, i have read it about the remove option for firefox – safe modus – but i dont can find this option for the FLOCK browser

    Please read the orginal Post about R-Kioskhere:
    i hope you find a small moment of your of time for my qustion


  6. Martin said on March 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Stefan it depends on the add-on that you download. As I said only unsigned add-ons are not available unless you login.

  7. Stefan said on March 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t know which webpage you visited, if I follow your link above I don’t need to be logged in to download add-ons. You have to login if you want to write a comment.

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