Snap Links for Firefox 3

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 25, 2008
Updated • Feb 9, 2015
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Snap Links was one of the most useful Firefox 2 add-ons in my opinion and it was one of the few add-ons that I missed dearly after switching to Firefox 3.

The add-on can be installed with a little tweak of the install.rdf file that can be found in every Firefox add-on installation package but it turned out that doing this to the latest version, Snap Links 0.0.4, caused side effects like opening the right-click menu or disabling it for a certain time that made the workaround unusable.

I researched the issue and finally discovered a link to version 0.0.5 of Snap Links that is compatible to Firefox 3. Yes that is right, it is working perfectly and one can finally use it again to open multiple links in one fluid motion in Firefox.

Let me explain how Snap Links works for those of you who have not come into contact with it before.

By default, it provides an option to draw a rectangle with the right mouse button on the web page.

Every top level link in that rectangle will be opened in a new tab on release.

Mighty useful if you want to open the last ten forum posts or search results in a search engine, or download linked files on a page or open those ten funny image posts on Reddit in one go.

I discovered the link on Andrew Sherman's website who posted the link to the Snap Links 0.0.5 download.

Update: Snap Links is no more.It can be replaced by Multi Links which is compatible with all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Multi Links offers similar functionality and should be your go-to extension for this from now on.

Multi Links offers extensive customization options. You can define exactly what you want done with links inside the rectangular area. The default opens them in new tabs but you can also have them opened in a new window, copy the information to the clipboard, add them as bookmarks or download those links.

Even better, you can define similar actions for middle and left mouse buttons, and add a key to the process (Shift for instance) so that the action is only executed when you tap on it.


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  1. peter said on July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    i never try this add on before. It looks like useful and productive.

    1. Martin said on July 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

      It’s a time saver.

  2. Elad Karako said on October 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    you can download latest version of
    SnapLinks (EladKarako Mod) from the following website:

    another mirror and SVNs will be in or the mozilla Add-On website.

    respectfully ,
    EladKarako .

  3. zeng wenyu said on June 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

    thanks, this tool is very useful to me

  4. Emre said on May 20, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Great extension, I use it all the time and I dont know what I would do without it, so thanks but it screws up the right click menu. This addon needs to be updated as soon as possible.

  5. Saran said on February 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm


  6. Anonymous said on January 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Snap Links said on December 28, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    FF2 & FF3 compatible version is also available at

  8. caryn said on December 26, 2008 at 11:18 am

    btw, i should add that i even tried to go back to firefox 2 but i couldn’t even after using system restore so thank you!!

  9. caryn said on December 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

    omg, thanks so much! after i inadvertly switched to firefox 3 i realize my snaplinks weren’t compatible anymore and i was so annoyed i almost switched back to IE.. now i’m happy again!!!

  10. bordel669 said on December 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Merci beaucoup, sa faisait tres longtemps que je chercherais sa pour firefox3.

    Thank you because i can stop search, good evening.

  11. Leeo said on December 14, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Thanks a billion. u made my day

  12. Phil said on November 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks so much. I have been wanting this extension back ever since I installed firefox 3. I almost went back to firefox 2 for this.

  13. Freezer said on October 28, 2008 at 5:48 am

    The “EladKarako Mod” works fine, except it kills the spellchecker in Ubuntu Linux.

  14. Henry said on October 9, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Awesome Now i can view the w4m section in craigslist with lightning speed!

  15. Michael said on August 26, 2008 at 9:21 am

    The only bug free version of Snap Links I’ve found for Firefox 3, is the “EladKarako Mod”.

    For lack of any consistent place to find it, I put up a handy little page at

  16. nik said on July 21, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    This is a fixed version which also works in Firefox 3.0.1 (will work with FF 3.0.*)

    I just changed the manifest so all coding credits still go to Atreus and Mumbly Juergens.

  17. Martin said on July 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    you can force compatibility with Mr Tech’s Toolkit

  18. jarski said on July 17, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Hmm.. this is not working with v.3.0.1 Any update available?

  19. Ireppost said on July 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Link seems to be dead.. Any mirrors?

  20. twash said on July 10, 2008 at 8:27 am

    yeah i’m sure :( this one didn’t work for me.

    luckily i found another version (different download link) after a lot of search, and i found a modified v0.0.4 of snap links that worked.

    so all is good!

  21. Martin said on July 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Twash I can install it just fine on my Firefox 3 US. Are you sure you are not running a Release Candidate or beta of Firefox 3 ?

  22. twash said on July 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    we’ll i’d absolutely love for this to work.

    unfortunately it doesn’t i’ve got FF v3.0 en-US and it keeps telling me it’s not compatible… are there any special install notes i should be aware of?

    plz help and ty in advance


  23. Pow Pow said on July 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Awesome! I really missed this add-on. Thanks a lot.

  24. Cécile said on July 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this link! Like you I very much valued this particular add-on and really did miss it after updating to Firefox 3.
    Now I’m all good again…


  25. MaverickShaman said on July 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for the link! Your post on AMO led me here and subsequently to the 0.0.5 of snaplinks! Was getting really annoyed with individually opening links again.
    Thanks again!

  26. gokudomatic said on June 27, 2008 at 12:07 am

    this thing would conflict with my mouse gesture anyway.
    I’ll pass

  27. The Tech Juice said on June 25, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I had never heard of this before. I’ll definitely check it out. I’m constantly viewing sites with multiple pages so to click and drag to have them open would be so much more productive.

    Good Times!

  28. rosdj said on June 25, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you!! I was just looking for a way to get the previous version working earlier today after getting frustrated by not having it since I upgraded to Firefox 3!

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