How to reload tabs automatically in your web browser - gHacks Tech News

How to reload tabs automatically in your web browser

Some websites and services refresh their contents automatically in intervals if you allow certain scripts to run on them. This is for instance the case on Twitter where new messages are displayed on top when they appear on the site.

The majority of websites and services on the other hand do not offer a feature like this even though you sometimes might want to make use of it.

Maybe you want Reddit's frontpage to be reloaded regularly so that you notice new stories that have been published on the site, or you want a search on eBay to be refreshed so that you spot new items immediately.

The following guide describes how you can use auto reload features in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Internet Explorer.


opera reload every

I'm starting with Opera because it is the only Internet browser of the four included in the guide that ships with a native auto refresh option. To reload a tab in Opera simply right-click anywhere on the website and select the Reload Every option from the context menu. Here you get options to reload the page every 30 minutes, 1,2 or 6 hours, never, or a custom range which can be as low as once every second.

The custom option has a setting that you can check so that Opera only reloads the page if the page contents are expired on the web server.

Internet Explorer

internet explorer refresh

There are not many plugins or extensions available for Internet Explorer, but Auto Refresher for IE is making available the functionality to Microsoft's browser. Just download the add-on from the developer website and install it on your system. Next time you start Internet Explorer you will see a prompt that asks you whether you want to enable the plugin in the browser which you should accept.

You can alternatively click on the settings button and select Manage add-ons from the context menu to enable it at a later point in time.

The plugin adds a toolbar to the browser that you can click on to enable a preset or custom refresh interval.

Google Chrome

google chrome auto reload

Page Refresh for Chrome can refresh a web page in select intervals. The extension has a second feature that may make it interesting for some users. It can randomize the reload which may be interesting if the page has a bot protection or if you need to simulate access by real users. Note that the extension displays ads every now and then which you can disable in the settings in the web browser.

You can enable an active time range there as well so that the extension is only active during that period of time.

Mozilla Firefox

firefox auto reload

Tab Auto Reload is one of the many add-ons for Firefox that add an option to automatically refresh websites in the browser. Once you have installed and restarted Firefox you can make use of the add-on either with a right-click on the tab that you want the add-on to reload automatically, or by dragging and dropping the icon it makes available to one of the toolbars of the browser.

How to reload tabs automatically in your web browser
Article Name
How to reload tabs automatically in your web browser
Find out how to refresh web pages on the Internet regularly.

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:


  1. cman said on January 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Tab Utilities 1.5.1 Has the reload every x seconds/minutes as well.
    My preferred Tab manager, I know, most folks like Tab Mix Plus.

  2. Arun said on December 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    T q helped me alot

    1. aviha said on September 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for your post, this addon help me for my use.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.