Firefox Tab Progress Bar

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 2, 2009
Updated • Nov 11, 2020
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Readers who are paying attention to the development of the Firefox web browser may have already seen first design mockups of future Firefox versions.

While these mockups can be subject to change (and most likely will) they do demonstrate how the Firefox development team visualizes future versions of the Firefox browser.

Update: The extensions mentioned in this article are no longer available. We suggest you check out Load Progress Bar instead which is compatible with all recent versions of Firefox. End

One of the features that the mockups revealed was a progress bar for every tab. This can be helpful for users who open several tabs at once as it visualizes the loading progress of each tab individually.

It will also highlight if the loading of tabs is stuck so that you can investigate the matter without having to switch to that tab first to find out more about it.

Since the progress bar is visible for each tab individually, all you need to do is look at the tab bar to find out about it.

The experimental Firefox add-on Tab Progress Bar adds this functionality to the latest releases of the Firefox Internet browser. To be precise to versions 3.5 to 3.6a2pre of the browser.

The blue progress bar appears immediately on top of every tab in Firefox if a website is currently loading in that tab. The bar does not alter the design of the web browser in any form as it is cleverly placed above the names of the websites.

Users who are interested in the tab progress bar add-on can download it from the official Mozilla Firefox website where it is provided as a download.

Update: Mozilla has not integrated the tab loading bar after all. It is not clear why the organization decided against it.

The add-on reviewed here is no longer available. There is however an alternative available which I would like to provide you with. The long standing excellent add-on Tab Mix Plus offers this functionality and many more. Just install and use it instead and you have access to the same feature.


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  1. manish gupta said on September 20, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for the link sir & it Provides a progress meter for each tab.i like this feature…

  2. Mony said on October 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

    This is really interesting. I am the person who opens nearly 10 tabs in firefox at a time quickly. To me this update is boon.

  3. paulus said on October 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Or use Tab mix plus than you have the same (with even a better progress representation) effect. And I am not talking about the many other benefits when you use tab mix plus.

    1. Doc said on October 4, 2009 at 6:50 am

      Didn’t I just say that above? :)

  4. Khunna said on October 3, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I agree with Doc. :-bd

  5. Doc said on October 3, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Great for users of 3.6/3.7 beta, but Tab Mix Plus (which works with 3.5 and under) has an option (for full-height progress bars), plus dozens of other great features…like opening bookmarks, typed URLs, and/or links to other sites in new tabs; changing the text style of tabs, customizing how tabs react to clicks (including locking tabs so they can’t be closed), where the new tab/showcase buttons appear (or make them disappear), and more.

  6. Bimal Roy said on October 3, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Thanks for the link.

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