Open Firefox Links In Other Web Browsers

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 15, 2010
Updated • May 9, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Some Firefox users may want to open links sporadically in other web browsers. That's for instance helpful if they know that the link destination will not display correctly in Firefox, if they want to make use of functionality that another browser offers, or if they want to test how a website displays in another Internet browser.

Firefox, being one of the most extensible browsers available, offers this feature through add-ons.

Open With is the first add-on, offering exactly that functionality and on top of that great customizability.

First stop after installation are the options of the extension. Here it is possible to define exactly where the option to load a link should be displayed in the Firefox web browser. Possibilities include the View Menu, main context menu, when hovering on links, in the tab context menu and tab bar.

Depending on the choices made it is either possible to load the current page in another browser, a link on a page, or a tab in the tabbar.

open in another browser
open in another browser

The add-on will recognize some of the available web browsers on the system automatically, others can be added in the Manual Entries tab in the add-on's options.

It is probably best to look in the View menu first to see which of the alternative browsers have been detected automatically, to only add those that have not been.

view page in
view page in

Open With is compatible with all Firefox 3 and 4 versions.

Browser View Plus is the second add-on. It supports Firefox only up to 3.6x at this point, which is the main difference to Open View.

The add-on tries to detect the installed browsers and adds those that are found automatically. This can be immediately tested by right-clicking on a page or link. Missing browsers can be added in the options.

browser view plus
browser view plus

Up to four additional browsers can be added, including the option to hide browsers in the link or page menu. The browser locations need to be configured in the second menu tab.

browser locations
browser locations

Both programs can be used to open Firefox links or pages in another web browser on the computer system. Open With appears to be more flexible in the configuration of locations where those options are displayed to the user.


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  1. paul said on June 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Not working in my Firefox 4.0.1 at all. In options have everything turned on, but the options to display in the 3 other browsers I have defined appear NO WHERE. No context menu, nothing in toolbar and nothing in menu. Appears to be totally non functional.

  2. geminorum said on August 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Is there something like this for chrome?

  3. paul(us) said on August 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Martin, I am looking forward to your article/ thoughts about ProfileCleaner.

  4. Paul(us) said on August 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry i ment ProfileCleaner 1.0.0

    1. Martin said on August 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      Sure Paulus, I take a look.

  5. Paul(us) said on August 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Handy this browser view plus. One a (totally) different subject i would you like to ask or you would be so kind to take a look, at the Firefox add-on profile cleaner plus version 1.0.0. and give it a review?

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