Quix Customizable Command Driven Bookmarklet

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 15, 2010
Updated • May 23, 2018

Quix is a customizable command driven bookmarklet that can be used in most of today's web browsers including Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome or Safari.

It is basically a mixture of Mozilla's Ubiquity and an extended search add-on like Cybersearch for Firefox in the form of a bookmarklet.

The bookmarklet needs to be dragged and dropped into a toolbar of the web browser and a click on it will open a prompt that accepts commands.

A good start is to use the help command to open a page in the browser that displays pre-configured commands that can be used in Quix.

This ranges from basic commands like performing searches in various search engines and sites like Google, Wikipedia, IMDB or Flickr, social commands that bookmark the page at Delicious, share the page at Facebook or tweet the current page to Twitter, Seo related commands that perform specific searches that are relevant to search engine optimizers, url shortening commands or webmaster related commands like validating a website, registering a domain name or displaying a ruler on the page to measure elements.

These options alone would be very nice but Quix has another feature that makes it even more useful: The ability to extend the command set. The syntax that can be used to extend Quix is described on the Extend Quix page. Each Quix command consists of three blocks, the command, the executable and the description. The command is basically the command that is run by the user in the Quix prompt. The executable is either

1. a URL (this doesn’t have to be a http:// URL, it can be any URL, like mailto:, or even tweetie:)
2. a single line of javascript code, prefixed with javascript:
3. a link to a javascript file, prefixed with script:
4. a link to a stylesheet, prefixed with style:

The available replacement tokens are:

%s - Replaced by any search terms that were entered after the command and / or any text that was selected when the command was issued.
%r - Replaced by the URL you were on when the command was issued.
%rs - Replaced by a bit.ly shortened version of the URL you were on when the command was run.
%d - Replaced by the domain you were on when the command was run.
%t - Replaced by the title of the page you were on when the command was run.

Quix offers several benefits over running a plugin or add-on that offers a similar functionality. It is browser independent, does not take up memory or processing power when it is not running and will not cause stability, performance or security issues that add-ons or plugins can cause. Quix is available on the the project's website.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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