Some websites display links - usually those entered by users - as plain text links instead of clickable HTML links. This may be by choice, for instance to avoid sending the site as a referrer to the linked website, or by accident if the scripts running on the website are configured improperly.
Plain text links from a user perspective are not nearly that ambivalent. Instead of clicking on the link to open it, users either have to copy and paste it or use other means to open it in their favorite web browser. This means that it will take longer to open those links.
The Firefox Internet browser has a nice feature that can be used to open non-HTML links. Just select the link text, right-click it and select to open the link in a new tab. The browser can identify plain text links automatically to display those options in the context menu.
While that's a great workaround if you encounter those links on an irregular basis, it may become an annoyance if you happen to encounter plain text links regularly.
That's where the free userscript Linkify comes into play. The script turns plain text links automatically into clickable HTML links on all http pages (it is not working on https websites).
The script supports http, https, ftp and email address links that are displayed in plain text instead of the HTML code version.
This is the plain text link of the screenshot above.
And this is the very same link after installation of the userscript.
As you can see, the script has modified the plain text link on page load and turned it into a clickable link.
You can install Linkify Plus directly from the official userscripts website.
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