Users of the Firefox web browser have thousands of add-ons and scripts at their disposal that they can use to extend the functionality of the web browser.
It is absolutely impossible to know all of the extensions, scripts and themes that are available for the browser even if you go through the official add-on repository and third-party sites regularly.
This means that you can miss out on excellent additions to the browser that may help you get more out of it, improve your browsing experience or workflow.
Here are two Firefox add-ons that help you find new Firefox add-ons and userscripts. We have covered them both before here at Ghacks but thought it would be nice to combine both in a post as they are excellent ways to extend the web browser.
Update: The two original add-ons are not available anymore. More precisely, Greasefire is still available but no longer compatible, while the Add-on Suggestion Tool is not available anymore. A fork of Greasefire has been created that makes it compatible with the new userscript repository userscript-mirror.org (userscript.org has shut down).
Greasefire finds userscripts that run on the website that is active in the browser. The extension lists scripts that have been designed specifically for the web page or service you are on, but also scripts that with the site in other ways, for instance a video or music downloader on sites that stream them online.
The add-on changes the icon of the Greasemonkey extension in the Firefox status bar if scripts have been found.
A right-click on the icon displays the usual Greasemonkey menu with one entry that displays the number of scripts found that are compatible with the website.
A click on that number opens a new window that displays the names of the compatible scripts in a sidebar and the embedded page on the userscripts website in the main area.
We have reviewed the add-ons suggestion tool recently. It computes related add-ons to the add-ons already installed in Firefox based on selections made by other Firefox users who have installed that add-on.
It is experimental at this time and lacks add-on descriptions but links to the add-on pages where the information can be obtained.
Know of any additional tool or add-on that does something similar? Let us know in the options.Advertisement
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