My Current Firefox Setup

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 10, 2009
Updated • Apr 10, 2017
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The last article that listed extensions and themes of my personal Firefox installation dates back a while, and I thought it would be nice to post an updated list of my personal setup.

This setup works well for me but  I don't think it is the ultimate one. To be honest, I do not think that there is a perfect setup for Firefox. It highly depends on what you do on the Internet.

A webmaster or web designer will make use of different add-ons than someone who is interested in social networking sites like Facebook, shopping or extreme security.

I make use of core add-ons that are installed all the time and temporary add-ons that I only install when I need them. One example of  temporary add-ons is the excellent web development add-on Firebug (Update: The integration of Web Developer Tools in Firefox has made this superfluous).

I also have to say that I'm running the latest version of Firefox 3.6 and not the latest stable version of Firefox 3.5x. Many of the add-ons had to be forced to be compatible with the Nightly Tester Tools add-on. They do work perfectly though afterwards.

Note: Some of the extensions are no longer compatible with recent versions of the Firefox web browser. I have removed links if there is no alternative, or added links to alternative extensions that work in those newer versions and replicate most or all of the add-on's functionality.

My Current Firefox Setup

  • App Tabs - I reviewed the add-on yesterday and really like it. Tabs can be pinned and minimized on the left side of the Firefox tabbar. This is great for websites and services that are open all the time.
  • Bug489729 - This prevents Firefox from opening a new window if a tab gets dragged accidentally in the web browser. Some users do not have a problem with this at all while others have to cope with this behavior regularly.
  • Greasemonkey - Userscripts can be very useful in many occasions. There are some great ones out there that really improve the web surfing experience.
  • Last Pass - I switched to Last Pass after using the build in Firefox password manager for a long time. Last Pass offers a lot of additional features including a secure password generator, form profile manager to automatically fill web forms, automatically log into websites, web access to all passwords.
  • Multi Links - If you regularly work on websites where lots of links are posted that you all need or want to open then Multi Links is for you. You can draw a rectangle around an area on the website. Every link in that rectangle will be opened once the user lets go of the right mouse button. Excellent for forums, link lists or blog posts.
  • Nightly Tester Tools - Most add-ons have not been updated by their developers yet to be compatible with the Firefox 3.6x branch. This tool makes them compatible with this version. It will be uninstalled once all developers have updated their add-ons.
  • No Redirect - If you hate being redirected by your ISP to a search page whenever you mistype an url then this is for your.
  • NoScript - One of the two Firefox add-ons that I consider most important (the other is Last Pass). No Script will block all scripts from being executed on a website on the first visit. This increases the security of the web browser and computer system as most exploits and attacks make use of scripts to do so.
  • SeoQuake - Useful for webmasters. SeoQuake can display various SEO related information about websites including their Pagerank, links, Alexa rank and more.
  • Tiny Menu - I like the Firefox header to be as small as possible so that the actual website makes use of most of the screen estate in the web browser. Tiny Men compresses the menu into one menu entry which can then be merged with the address bar so that only one bar is shown at the top of the web browser.
  • Operetta Theme - I ran the default Firefox theme for most of the time. But then I discovered the Operetta theme which brings the design of Opera 10 to Firefox. It looks fabulous but only works with Firefox 3.6x versions.

And that's it. Not a lot of add-ons if you consider that some Ghacks readers use 70+ add-ons.

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  1. Sridhar Katakam said on November 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Martin: How can you use Firefox w/o Tab Mix Plus?

    Mouse wheel scroll to switch tabs, switching to last open tab when closing a tab, double clicking on a tab to close it etc…are very useful.

    1. Martin said on November 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

      I can use it just fine ;)

  2. Transcontinental said on November 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    @Crodol, the need is not the word, Firefox runs well without extensions, but these are helpful. As Martin stated, choice of extensions depends on the user’s requests. The list itself was formatted with an extension called ‘MR Tech Toolkit’ ( )

  3. Crodol said on November 11, 2009 at 4:25 am


    How did you get that need list of all installed things?

  4. Crodol said on November 11, 2009 at 1:07 am

    It would be interesting to know your SETTINGS, i.e. Tools > Options …
    and if you use any about:config customisations.

  5. supermamon said on November 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    You may want to look at Compact Menu 2. Works like Tiny Menu but you don’t have to move everything else up to the menu bar. You can move the menu to the toolbar or the bookmarks bar instead.

  6. Dan said on November 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    @Martin: I wonder if installing the TabMixPlus add-on eliminates the bug you mention, as it allows dragging tabs to other locations. In any event, I have it installed and have no trouble with dragging tabs opening up new windows. It also offers lots of other tab-using goodness. :)

    1. Martin said on November 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Dan, could be that it is hijacking the functionality :)

  7. Transcontinental said on November 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Hum… well, I once had 78 extensions when I decided to clean-up: removed 3, then added 1: ouf!
    Seriously, on those 76 extensions (running Firefox 3.5.5) not one I consider useless!

    I just love’em :) Moreover, doesn’t slow down anything. Perhaps pulls up the CPU cycles a bit.

  8. Luke said on November 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Yep I use Opera aswell. No need for addons to make it a secure and workable browser.

  9. Kev said on November 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I just use opera. ;)

  10. mums said on November 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Well here is mine:

    My setup is very minimal as you can see, I removed everything that is not necessary like the google search bar or the bookmarks toolbar. It only remains two line containing the menu, some icons the (long!) address bar.

    My addons are:
    – AdblockPlus: the absolute most important (for me)
    – Advertising Cookie Opt-out which permanently opt out of the DoubleClick cookie (Google)
    – BugMeNot: bypass compulsory web registration
    – Close n forget: close current tab and forget about the visit
    – Download Statusbar: view and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
    – Firefug: for web development
    – Greasemonkey: do I need to explain?
    – IETab: used for some situations
    – Locationbar²: linkifies addresses in the location bar
    – Multi Links: lets you openmultiple links at the same time (useful for me)
    – Stylish: a user styles manager (used in facebook, netvibes, google and firefox)
    – Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out: sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising
    – Tiny Menu: classic…
    – Tree Style Tab: show tabs like a tree (very useful for me since I usually have tens of open tabs)
    – Ubiquity: use dynamic commands in firefox

    I know, my addons’ selection is not very minimal and contains some that could be avoided but each one is needed at some point.
    I’d be happy to know what you think.

    1. Martin said on November 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      Nice setup Mums. One of the greatest things about Firefox is in my opinion the option to customize the web browser to your liking. I personally prefer NoScript over Adblock Plus as I think that the former is more powerful and adds more to overall security.

      1. mums said on November 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

        “I personally prefer NoScript over Adblock Plus”

        Does NoScript block ads as well as AdblockPlus do?

      2. Martin said on November 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

        Well it blocks all scripts from being executed on the page. And since most ads are using JavaScript I’d say it comes close. Just give it a try ;)

  11. saad said on November 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Less addons but smart ones.:)

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