Automatically Install Firefox Add-on Updates

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 28, 2009
Updated • Mar 15, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

One of the most annoying aspects of the Firefox web browser is the way add-ons are updated in the browser. Firefox will display that an update for an installed add-on has been released. It takes a couple if clicks and a browser restart to install the Firefox add-on. Especially having to press the button Continue after the installation has been heavily criticized as there are no other options in that dialog.

Update Notifier automates the process by removing the user input from add-on update installations. The add-on can be configured to automatically check for Firefox add-on updates and install those add-ons automatically without user interaction. This includes an automatic restart of Firefox after downloading and installing the add-on updates.

Update Notifier comes with a few additional settings like configuring the check interval or displaying update notifications in the Firefox status bar. The Firefox add-on takes another burden away from Firefox users who can use the add-on to automatically update add-ons in Firefox without user interaction.

Update: The Update Notifier add-on for the Internet browser has not been updated in almost three years. It is fair to say that the add-on is no longer maintained by its original developer. The latest supported version of Firefox is Firefox 3.5, which is no longer supported or maintained by Mozilla.

We have therefor removed the link pointing to the add-on from the article. Mozilla in the meantime has improved the way the browser handles extension updates. Updates are now less intrusive, and a dialog to continue is no longer presented on browser restart.

When it comes to a comparable add-on, we are afraid to say that there is none that can fill the gap left by Update Notifier. But since the developers have made the add-on updating process more pleasant, most Firefox users might not need an add-on like this anymore anyway.


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  1. paule said on August 31, 2009 at 7:05 am

    hi zippo .. keithy397from updatenotifier has the solution:

    Type: about:config in the address bar. In the filter type: extensions.newAddons. If it exists change the value to false.

    If it doesn’t exist you’ll have to add it:
    Right click (in the about:config page) and select ‘New’ then ‘Boolean’ and in the box enter extensions.newAddons select ‘OK’ and finally select ‘false’.


  2. paule said on August 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    yes stopping the addon dialog box from appearing is also what i’m looking for .. can’t find any solution

  3. zippo said on August 13, 2009 at 3:21 am

    So now we will need to get updates for the UPDATE notifier…how redundant is that??

    I want to know is how to stop the addon dialog box from appearing everytime an update has been installed??

  4. Jojo said on January 29, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I don’t mind the standard update process.

    However, I would like to see Mozilla eliminate the restart requirement. I find that to be annoying.

  5. archer said on January 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm



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