Install With, Installs All UserScripts With Auto Updating Functionality

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 9, 2010
Updated • Feb 26, 2015
Firefox, userscripts

Userscripts are great. Sure, you need to install Greasemonkey first if you want to run them in Firefox but they are afterwards easier to install than extensions and have less of an impact on the overall performance of the browser since they are executed on page loads only and not resident in memory all the time like most extension.

One problem though is that most do not come with an option to automatically update the userscript to a new version published by the developer.

That's a problem as it means that users have to look for updates manually or make use of one of the userscript updaters to receive notifications about updates.

This is true for all userscript implementation regardless of the browser they are installed on.

Install With is a userscript with an interesting concept to resolve the updating problem once and for all. The userscript makes sure that userscripts are installed with auto updating functionality so that update notifications are displayed to the user whenever a script can be updated.

Here is how it works in detail. Install the Install With userscript first. It can be installed like any other userscript and requires no configuration. Please note that it is currently only compatible with Firefox and Seamonkey. Both web browsers need the Greasemonkey add-on before they can install userscripts.

The Install With userscript alters the install page on the userscripts website. It places a selection menu below the install button that displays options to install the script with auto updating functionality.

Install With supports various auto updaters and an option to install the script without auto updating functionality if you wish to do so.

The option to install the script without automatic updating is the default selection. Selecting an auto updater from the pulldown menu will display parameters on the screen. Here it is possible to configure the minimum and maximum time between update checks.

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The userscript tries to detect if a userscript uses a built-in updater. If that is the case it will notify the user and it is the best option to install it without updater. Security advisories are displayed if an update of a userscript has been detected. These advisories are rudimentary and use severity ratings from critical to low and undetermined.

Install With is a must have userscript for every Firefox and Seamonkey users with Greasemonkey installed. It adds a much needed functionality to all scripts.

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  1. Paul(us) said on October 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Look here above to the suggested userscrips updater.

  2. nero said on October 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Any way to import existing scripts? I have 40 :(

  3. Paul(us) said on October 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hoi Martin, You wrought “One problem though is that most do not come with an option to automatically update the userscript to a new version”,
    therefore i use the program: Userscripts Updater.
    – How to use: install this script, then go and install the scripts you want to keep updated. Now just click “Update scripts” to check updates. Options include auto-check.
    – How it works: when you click install button at the script’s page, the updater records the necessary info to check for update.

    1. Martin said on October 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

      That’s a nice option as well Paulus ;)

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