How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

Sep 27, 2019
Updated • Sep 27, 2019
Firefox add-ons, Google Chrome extensions, Tutorials

So, you have decided to switch from Chrome to Firefox, or maybe it's the other way around. The problem is you have a lot of tabs opened, and you can't abandon the session. Or, you use both web browsers regularly and want to push tabs from one browser to the other; this may also be useful for developers who need to test their sites in different browsers.

What do you do? Manually copy and paste each URL from one browser to the other? That could take a long while depending on the number of tabs that you want to push to the other browser.

The browser extension OneTab offers a solution that improves the process especially if you need to push multiple tabs to the other browser.

Things you will need:

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa 2

Tip: you can check out our OneTab review for Chrome here.

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

Note: Please be advised that the following process will close all of your tabs and save the session to a list. But don't worry, you can restore the entire session just as easily.

1. Once you have installed the add-on, you should see its icon in the browser's toolbar.

2. Click on the button to open OneTab (this closes all open tabs)

3. Select the "Export/Import URLs" option on the right side of the page.

How to export tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

4. You should see an Import/Export tab that has a list of all the tabs that you had opened. It has the URL and web page title for each tab.

5. Copy this list to the clipboard.

6. Open Firefox and repeat steps 2 and 3.

7. Now you should be on the Import/Export tab. Paste the list of tabs from step 5 in the Import text field.

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa

8. Click on the import button.

OneTab should open a new tab which displays the tabs that you just imported. Click on the "Restore all" option, and the add-on should open all the tabs at once. You can also choose to restore only the ones that you want, by clicking on the tab titles individually.

That's it. How simple was that? The process works the other way too, i.e., if you want to export tabs from Firefox to Chrome.

Note that it is theoretically also possible to send the list of exported URLs to a contact. May be useful to share research or let someone pick off where you stopped.

Another use for this method: Backup your sessions

I use this method for a different purpose. Over the course of a week or two, I accumulate several dozens of sites in tabs that I find interesting or have opened for future research purposes.

When I don't have the time to go through the list just yet but want to start fresh because the browser's tab bar gets convoluted, I use the extension to save the entire list of open sites in a text document.

You can use the import option to restore the tabs anytime you want to. You can even backup your session, clear the browser's data and cookies and restore the tabs right back. This has been helpful for me quite a few times over the past few years.

Note: OneTab hasn't been updated for a while on Chrome, but it still works perfectly. The Firefox version is updated frequently. There is an open source alternative for OneTab, called better-onetab, which I haven't used much since it was pulled and re-released by the developer.

This post was inspired by something I saw on reddit's Firefox sub yesterday. It was an interesting post, but they used the developer console to move tabs from Chrome to Firefox and it also involved using two different extensions which made it a slightly more complex method.

How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa
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How to import tabs from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa
Switching from Chrome to Firefox and want to take all your tabs with you? Here's how to do that using a simple add-on.
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  1. chesstauren said on October 15, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Scary as F**K.. I want Firefox to stay as a browser not as an advisor

  2. Anonymous said on October 14, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Fourth part of my post (sorry to divide it, it’s to bypass a Wordfence false positive):

    “On Desktop: Firefox by default sends Mozilla HTTP data that may be included with Firefox’s installer. This enables us to determine the website domain or advertising campaign (if any) that referred you to our download page.
    On Mobile: Firefox for iOS and Android by default send mobile campaign data to Adjust, our analytics vendor, which has its own privacy policy. Mobile campaign data includes a Google advertising ID or Android ID, IP address, timestamp, country, language/locale, operating system, and app version.”

  3. Anonymous said on October 14, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Third part of my post:

    “Firefox Suggest and Top Pick
    Firefox Suggest and an early version of it is currently available to users in the United States. By default, Firefox Suggest shows you recommended and sponsored content based on local data stored on your own computer, such as websites from your browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs.”
    “If you choose to enable “Improve the Firefox Suggest Experience,” Firefox shares the following information to improve your browsing experience and to improve the service: Searches: Firefox sends Mozilla what you type into the search bar and Mozilla may share that data with its partners.”

  4. Anonymous said on October 14, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Second part of my post:

    “Add-on and Feature Recommendations: We recommend Add-ons in two places: the Manage Your Extensions Page (about:addons) and the Awesome Bar, where you search or type in URLs. We may also recommend Firefox Features in the Awesome Bar. We base the recommendations in about:addons on a cookie. We base the recommendations in the Awesome Bar on your interaction with Firefox.”
    (strictly speaking Mozilla is not directly paid for that specific item, but recommends spyware from business partners like Ghostery, so it’s alike)

  5. Anonymous said on October 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    “Although we typically associate online tracking with ad networks and other third-party sites,”

    That’s Mozilla’s (GAFAM’s actually) new definition of tracking, that excludes first party tracking like if that wasn’t tracking, and is the basis for storage partitioning in browsers being called a “total” protection.

    “our online communications travel across commercial telecommunication networks, allowing these privileged entities to siphon the names of the websites we visit and monetize our browsing history for their own gain.”

    Monetizing browsing history ? Mozilla is smarter and does that directly from the browser: from the Firefox privacy policy

    “Pocket Recommendations:We recommend content to you based on your browsing history”
    “the sponsored content you see”
    “our third-party ad platform Kevel”

    “Top Sites: When you click on a Sponsored Top Sites tile on New Tab, we share your country, region, county (if you’re in the US), the tile you clicked, and the time you clicked with AdMarketplace (a third-party referral platform) to verify you navigated to the website.”

  6. Anonymous said on October 13, 2023 at 12:00 am

    “Mozilla acquired Fakespot earlier this year and is now in the process of integrating it natively into Firefox.”

    A fake shopping site review addon should obviously not be integrated natively into a browser (those Google sellouts haven’t even integrated an adblocker !).

    But that’s not really what Fakespot is for Mozcorp anyway. It’s just a pretext for those slimy snakes to insert their ads for shopping site products in our browsing, personalized from your shopping habits. What ghacks called very unaggressively “sometimes list alternate products to the user”. And they intent to enable that shit by default in a browser ? And your only reaction is to cheer ? Does even Chrome do that ? Would that even be tolerated from Chrome ?? I repeat: they are bundling a fucking adware extension in a major browser, that shouldn’t even remain in their extension store, and you’re applauding ! The title should have been instead something like, “Firefox will soon insert ads in shopping sites”, if ghacks was siding with the readers and not with those data rapists most of the time.

    “This adds another source of income and may be another baby-step to reduce the reliance on money from search engine deals.”

    100% bullshit. They get hundreds of millions from Google each year. Years after their previous “baby steps” with other paid bundled spyware and adware antifeatures, what they dishonestly earned from them was never close to that, it will never be, and they always knew it. And it was never their intention to achieve that, obviously. Please exercize your critical mind, especially when it’s Google or a proxy talking. I’m tired of developers being caught inserting malware and being applauded when it happens that they are Mozcorp. The ethical malware company.

    Before that kind of malware, we had Mozilla fully sold to Google. Now we have Mozilla fully sold to Google plus every kind of malware the most smelly guys in the org managed to secure a stinky deal with.

    A funny part is that Mozcorp always lies that there is zero Google influence on Mozilla from the search deal beyond the deal itself, which is absurd and everyone can see how much. But when they want to stick some old school adware inside their software, suddenly they admit that dealing with Google is bad for them. Even if it’s only to lie that this might help to sever the dependency.

    “A user control will likely be integrated at one point, so that users may turn off the feature if they don’t need it.”

    As Big Tech leaders like to say themselves, only defaults matter.

    It’s interesting to have a look at the Fakespot privacy policy.

    “Automatic Collection of Personal Information”
    “Individual web pages or products that you view”
    “Your purchase history or purchase tendencies which we may use to recommend better products and sellers.”
    Paid recommendations, since it seems to be their business model, are not “for better products”, they are called ads. Firefox now builds a profile of purchase tendencies to personalize it own ads. Applauses. That would probably not even be legal in the EU. But for some reason they do it in the US only.

    It reminds me of the “acceptable ads” programme of adblock plus. They claim to whitelist only ads that behave better (not even true by the way), but more importantly it’s those who pay them to be whitelisted. Here they claim to recommend only products that are free from consumer deception, but more importantly it’s those who pay them to be recommended. They just forgot to tell that part anywhere on their site and Mozilla too.

  7. Anonymous said on October 12, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Mr Brinkmann, I tried to write a comment detailing how Mozilla monetizes our browsing history while pretending to want to protect us and this triggered a Wordfence block:

    “A potentially unsafe operation has been detected in your request to this site
    Your access to this service has been limited. (HTTP response code 403)”

    I can post other comments correctly (*), while this one is blocked similarly from other IP addresses, I conclude that this has to come from the comment content.

    (*) except that they will not be published under the correct article of course, as has been the case for a lot of time on this site, and comments against Israel’s actions under the relevant article were also not allowed for publication of course as usual.

    1. Anonymous said on October 14, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      Mr Brinkmann, I found where the problem is. There is a specific line in the Mozilla privacy policy that is worded such that Wordfence rightfully blocked it as misleading marketing spam, although I was not the author of that part, only quoting Mozilla.


  8. CloseAI said on October 12, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Why? There’s a reason extension exist. There is no reason to integrate it because it’s already an extension. Stop bloating up the browser.

    1. ipnonymous said on October 12, 2023 at 3:31 pm

      While I am a huge fan of Firefox, I believe that adding unnecessary features to the browser itself, rather than offering them as optional extensions, undermines the privacy-oriented focus that has earned the browser its reputation. By leaving the choice to install an extension to the user, Firefox can maintain its commitment to user privacy and autonomy, while still offering useful and ***trustworthy*** features to its users.

      1. Anonymous said on October 13, 2023 at 12:04 am

        “While I am a huge fan of Firefox, I believe that adding unnecessary features to the browser itself, rather than offering them as optional extensions, undermines the privacy-oriented focus that has earned the browser its reputation.”

        Huge fan of their privacy reputation ? Shill or ignorant ? It’s like the 100th time they do such a trick. And each time, “This tarnishes the magnificent integrity reputation of Firefox”. You guys never learn ?

        And that feature is not just unnecessary, it’s malicious.

  9. Anonymous said on October 12, 2023 at 3:34 am

    Ridiculously, nowhere in this article, and nowhere in the Mozilla announcement either, can one read a reminder that the IP addresses of the sites are still as visible as before to those on the network with DoH+ECH, and most of the times this is enough to identify the site.

    Hiding the browsing history from the network that carries the traffic is not that easy. Someone *has* to know who you want to connect to. You can use proxies or VPNs but those will still know the IP addresses of the sites, contrary to what Mozilla suggests:
    “ECH protects the identities of the websites a user visits from the VPN provider”
    So now both the ISP (or the proxy/VPN) and the resolver can see and block visited sites. Mozilla selling a VPN, they are even worse for lying or being unclear about that.

  10. Anonymous said on October 12, 2023 at 3:33 am

    “Mozilla even considered ending support for extensions altogether”

    Cool, no more adblocker on mobile browsers ! Typical Mozilla.

    “Mozilla limited extensions support significantly in Firefox for Android however. Stable versions of Firefox support only 22 different extensions up to this date.”

    They had an advantage over Chrome. That involved empowering users. This had to die. It’s also part of their general strategy to slowly asphyxiate extensions by limiting them more and more with time, also on desktop.

    They killed classic extensions that had the power the keep the browser itself in check (being able to block Google Analytics or ads on internal pages for example would have been great, but Mozilla thought that it was too risky for privacy).

    It happens that the restrictive webextension standard they adopted is from Google.

    They disabled extensions by default in private browsing.

    They took control of what extensions can be installed with a mandatory Mozilla signature requirement that can’t be disabled by the user.

    And by the right to run extensions expiring automatically after a given time if Mozilla does not renew a certificate, without the user being able to bypass it. Which led to a so called worldwide armagaddon the day they forgot to do so.

    They extended the conditions for signature later.

    They kicked out extensions abusively from their store. Like that translation one, or that other for political reasons to please the US war machine. Or paywall bypassing ones, they have a hard time too.

    However they leave there for example that spyware extension Ghostery because they had business with their developers. They even recommend it in the browser.

    They stopped monitoring all extensions for security, and showed scary warning to users who would want to install safe extensions that were not monitored.

    They castrated extensions on some of their own sites, including some sites that had ads and tracking.

    They disabled unmonitored extensions on an undisclosed list of sites.

    They disallowed remote scripts.

    They adopted most of Google’s manifest v3 and made it clear that it’s only a matter of time before they clean the remnants of manifest v2 that allowed for more powerful extensions.

    After some time they tend to show an invite to reset the browser “for performance” or whatever, which uninstalls all the extensions.

    They killed almost all extensions on mobile (until soon maybe apparently). A Mozilla developer confessed that there were no technical reasons for that.

    I forget some probably. But now remember that the most installed extension is a nuisance blocker and that Mozilla makes money almost exclusively from nuisance companies, Google far before the others. It’s not a mystery why Mozilla hates extensions. In fact, lots of those moves were inspired by Google doing exactly the same thing.

  11. Anonymous said on October 11, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    Firefox private browsing is crap.

    I am the sort of rare user who would really want to use permanent private browsing mode, however Mozilla’s bad decisions made it unusable for me.

    What users often do not realize is that during private browsing user tracking is in some ways made easier because not only cookies and storage are not disabled, but additionally all control of such is removed without mentioning so, meaning that users see no cookie in their interface when they are here, and I don’t know if extensions have full access to tracking storage. That’s not an acceptable way of proceeding, but that’s Mozilla. Tor browser does the same thing, being in permanent browsing mode all the time, although it’s a smaller problem there due to reinforced anonymization by default and other reasons.

    About their cleaning button, there is a rule with Mozilla Corp that it’s exactly like Google and the other GAFAM: never trust them for privacy. I can just hope that it works as it says, but we’ve been betrayed enough by them (by malevolence and by guilty negligence for privacy matters) not to trust that it works as it says. That’s what is sad when losing trust that deeply, everything else goes with it, Mozilla.

  12. kampus muhammadiyah sejuta inovasi said on October 11, 2023 at 7:24 am

    thanks you bro

  13. Andy Prough said on October 6, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Hi Martin, I just wanted to thank you for this great tip for how to get a DOS prompt in Windows 98. This website is the best in 1999, and I can only imagine how much better it will be 24 years in the future.

    1. Anonymous said on October 6, 2023 at 9:27 am

      This can’t be real.

      1. Herman Cost said on October 6, 2023 at 1:44 pm

        Obviously not, but it’s a really funny poke at the messaging issues here that Softonic seems unwilling to even try to fix.

      2. Andy Prough said on October 6, 2023 at 3:39 pm

        Hello fellow time travelers, please tell us back in 1999 what the next 24 yyears will be like. Is George W. Bush in his 6th presidential term, or did he hand it off to his brother Jeb or one of their children? What are your flip phones like – can you play music on them yet? Is Microsoft still the benevolent dictators over the entire internet and all web browsing, or did the government break MS up into smaller companies? Is Madonna still the queen of pop music, and Michael Jackson the king?

  14. News Filter said on October 4, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    If you want read good articles then add this in your uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

  15. Ralph said on October 4, 2023 at 5:41 am

    I just needed this feature to test a site, now i found out Mozilla removed it… Instead of installing yet another stupid for something so simple, i will just install another browser.

    Stupid obnoxious activists destroyed mozilla and firefox.

  16. MickyFoley said on October 1, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Well, I don’t think I’ll invest more time in the script. Not worth it. Martin is on betanews too and almost the same articles. Time to reactivate my account there and say a goodbye to gHacks. Selling to Softonic wasn’t the best decision.

  17. plusminus_ said on October 1, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Literally 4 years later… lol. Who was still holding out for this day and hasn’t already moved to another browser (I now use Kiwi… and Iceraven)?

  18. TelV said on October 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Running FF118 on Android 7.1.1. Can access 109 addons, but when trying to install one of them (uBlock Origin) the message “Unable to find an app to open XPI files” appears. Just before that a message appears once which says “LINE has stopped”. But LINE wasn’t open to begin with. Tried several times, but always with the same result.

    The UBO file 1.52.2.xpi downloads OK, but can’t seem to install it.

  19. nicolaasjan said on October 1, 2023 at 11:17 am

    This is getting ridiculous. :(

    Recent comments from this thread are appearing in this old article:

    And no, the above mentioned script from @MickyFoley does not prevent that of course.

    1. Tom Hawack said on October 1, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      This comment is posted on [] and may appear within other articles.

      @nicolaasjan, ridiculous indeed.

      A word, at least, on Ghacks acknowledging the issue, informing new visitors who’d be thinking about leaving a comment, would be welcomed. Maybe something like :

      Is it that hard, is such an expression of consideration for Ghacks readers that hard to carry out?

  20. Tom Hawack said on October 1, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions


    All is acceptable for one’s own life, mine, far less on this planet, obviously, but that’s another topic.
    I do hope as well that you, personally, are reasonably happy, I wish that for all of us.

    Commenting at least once in a while for the reasons you mention seems pertinent, as well as to answer to comments addressed to ourselves. I’m not cutting links to Ghacks, I continue to read articles and, concerning comments, discover them via Ghacks’ Comments RSS, but we all know the pain it is presently to read/write comments within Ghacks articles. Regarding the Comments RSS feeds even them link to one or another of the articles on which they appear …

    Hence, confusion. What ads to the bother is that nobody knows exactly what’s going on, no information is provided be it by the admins, be it by the mother company, a position I linger to understand. I don’t know if Softonic considers this issue seriously or not, the problem could be unsolvable, no idea, if anyone knows beyond speculations please share.

    Anyway, there are more dramatic things, aren’t there? Have nice Sunday.

    1. Rush said on October 8, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      Tom, I have been following Martin Brinkmann since….well….l the Ol’ GHacks …way back in the early days when Ol’ Shep was just just a pup. ( these days, I drop in to sneak a peak here and there about once every few weeks or so)

      I hope Martin was well compensated ( well deserved ) for his Ghacks that Soft-tonic bought and has since ( IMO ) watered down the product. Nothing against the writers necessarily, but a lot of the articles these days are mostly pablum filler that doesn’t really do much to edify the tech reader.

      Martin still has the knack for pertinent and well researched articles which is somewhat of a compensating factor but the slice of that pie these days, could barely feed the second mouse that wins the cheese.

      Comments: For years, I would politely…. albeit, quickly browse the comments but I recall only two commenters for me, were an ALL-STOP !!! …. a must read.

      You, Tom Hawack and Pants.

      Pants was the logic of the site, you were the charm.

      Warmest regards.

      1. Tom Hawack said on October 8, 2023 at 11:14 pm

        Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions

        Commenting on above mentioned article though the RSS feed mentioned @Rush’s comment (October 8, 2023 at 2:21 pm) with the link [] …


        Everything has been said here by the commenters about the comments’ indexation problem and after perhaps two months no improvement as it seems.

        Concerning Ghacks after it was sold four years ago, indeed Martin Brinkmann’s articles seem to be the only element that survived from the glorious past, that of another rhythm, a true involvement of readers.

        I agree that new writers is not a problem, even if we had been used to a proximity with Martin that we fail to find with the new authors. ‘Was like a big family!

        To summarize, the Comments’ indexation issue is in fact the only true matter that brings me to a halt in comments, but not in reading the articles, especially those of Martin.

        Pants hasn’t been here for some time now, nor a more recent visitor, Iron Heart. I discover lesser and lesser comments by other regular commentators. Maybe a new generation is on its way. Whatever, I wish the best to Ghacks, mainly because as you I’ve been here for some time now, perhaps over twelve years.

        Charm, French charm it must be, should i ever have been the charm of the site as you kindly state it. I miss Pants’ comments I must say. Pants is technologically advanced whilst Tom Hawack is a basic user more committed to the side effects (and side-notes!) of technology than to sharing what he lacks : deep knowledge of the digital area.

        C’est la vie. A friend told me that life moves on within landings, floors, we move up, down, stay on a floor for some time, then carry on again with the stairs. The Ghacks odyssey may be just that : we’ve enjoyed many years on that floor and now we carry on. Point then is of course to know if we lead upwards or downwards.

        Articles remain pertinent which is the main point I guess.
        Nice to have read you, Rush. Warmest regards as well.

  21. MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 12:39 am

    Hey Martin, I really hope this comment get’s flagged to be reviewed. Why? I wrote an userscript to help a bit with the mess of comments. It simply compares the article published date to the comments wrote date and if the date is < than the article's date, the comments will be hidden.

    But check it out for yourself :):

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      @MickyFoley, thanks for sharing. In my view the script is more pertinent to Ghacks’ readers than to administrators who are on the other side of the camera.

      I’ve installed the script, as a lever to reconsider articles’ Comments’ section which I’ve hidden and access only via Ghacks’ Comments RSS feed. As most of us I was getting confused. We’ll see how this script relieves from the confusion, but the RSS feed remains useful for catching comments that are hidden by the script : at least comments we see are in the right place.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 6:43 pm

        The script doesn’t seem to handle things as it ailed for:

        I’m commenting here at
        as a reply to above [ MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 12:39 am ]

        The article was published long before MickyFolley’s above comment.
        Back to blocking Comments until they get fixed, if they ever do.

      2. MickyFoley said on September 30, 2023 at 8:24 pm

        Works. If the comments are equal to the date or later posted than the article’s date, the comments stay. If not > removed. It won’t fix the “post and find yourself in another article”. It’s only for reading. To fix that too, this would require a bunch of checks, store the URL of the article in DOM and switch back after posting. But it took me a few hours to even get this script working like it is now.
        Best case: Fixed by admins. But I highly doubt this will ever happen. At least not soon.

      3. Tom Hawack said on September 30, 2023 at 11:22 pm


        > “If the comments are equal to the date or later posted than the article’s date, the comments stay. If not > removed.”

        That means that a comment published before an article won’t appear within that article.
        That solves half the problem, indeed (my fault in stating above the script didn’t make it).
        That doesn’t mean that a comment published after two different articles won’t appear in both articles, which is the main problem.

        This very thread, with and without your script, appears simultaneously on :


        and on ;


        I’m posting this very comment from the former.

        The issue is getting old and not yet repaired, so this is likely my last comments on Ghacks until the problem is solved.

      4. Karl said on October 1, 2023 at 3:29 am

        Firefox Beta for Android lifts restrictions for Extensions

        @Tom H.

        Hello Tom, hope all is well with you. Please continue to comment every once in a while, I will try doing that too. If the comments section goes silent completely then “they” have less of a reason to fix whatever the problem is as nobody are commenting anymore. But if we are still here and are making some noice about the “problem” then maybe it as an effect sooner or later, but so far it seems like “they” could not care less about having a functioning or malfunctioning comments system. :(

    2. Frankel said on September 30, 2023 at 4:14 pm

      Move on. You cling to a site that was sold years ago and has a lost many users.

    3. Anonymous said on September 30, 2023 at 9:35 am

      I don’t think Martin has any control over the site any more :( He might even not be allowed to comment. Remember if the comment bar isn’t highlighted black then it’s not him.

  22. kampus muhammadiyah sejuta inovasi said on September 29, 2023 at 4:30 am


  23. Stella said on September 27, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Nice, just a suggestion, would be nice to see a screenshot of the translate feature in this article so we have an idea of what if looks like.
    Other than that, great article!

    1. Anonymous said on September 29, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      Firefox is not good as before.

  24. Stop the crap said on September 26, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Great extension, shame firefox is just pants, now all a sudden in 118 I can no longer copy the URL address in firefox and paste it in any other app.
    All other apps works perfectly fine, I can even copy and paste from a web page within firefox, but not from the URL bar…. idiots.

    1. bruh said on September 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      Err, really, are you sure this is a real problem?

      I don’t have 118, but if you’re on a page, you should be able to highlight and copy that URL.

      One thing I noticed on chrome recently is it won’t let you copy any of the URL auto-complete suggestions unless you actually click on one and go to it, after you do, you can then copy it,

      I want to hear more about this as I may be going to 118 at some point, on the lookout for “breaking changes” such as this.

  25. bruh said on September 26, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    “Firefox 118 release brings new web translation feature and end of Firefox ESR 102”


    Ugh, is this really their priority? If you want to provide translation, if you want to do a great job, it takes lots of time and effort, and you’ll have better luck if you severely limit the number of languages – this is a big job to provide decent translation, any POC can provide poor translation.

    Curious how good it is, and how much of the firefox time/resources are being wasted on this that could be used elsewhere.

  26. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Were users forced to use the same account for different Mozilla products ? Maybe those who want their news reading habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Pocket do not want their e-commerce habits to be tracked and monetized by Mozilla Fakespot under the same identity ? This is really starting to look like a Google account. When I think that this Firefox account thing more or less started with just an end-to-end encrypted sync service where Mozilla could not access the data. Now they use accounts to monetize user data. Sigh.

    There are probably still drones haunting the web claiming the highly repeated lie that “Mozilla does not even have user personal data” (meaning they only monetized the fuck out of every possible piece of sensitive private user data under other forms, without the risk of breaching GDPR). Well, sure they have, lots of that too.

    “users who signed-in using Google or Apple credentials”

    Wait, what ?

  27. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    While that small change would make sense as standalone, it’s unfortunately done in a context where Google (and thus Mozilla) wants to get rid of the URL ultimately and just display search engine data on that bar, going on with that trend of the browser only being a search engine carrier.

  28. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    A while ago they separated the “Firefox” brand from the “Firefox Browser” brand, now they are abandoning the Firefox brand? Or are they abandoning the Firefox Browser brand? I don’t know.

  29. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Well, Mozilla and Firefox are saved because of this and many other changes / ‘news’ in the past days!

  30. Anonymous said on September 21, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Article: Firefox 119 will launch with an important address bar change

    Just one thing regarding the URL bar as it looks like now in latest Firefox, the relatively new feature where some extensions would add their icon inside the URL bar, how bad can it get?
    ps. uploaded same pic to several links just to make sure some will work.

    (For those who can’t see the pic it’s a snapshot showing a URL bar full of extensions, and also Firefox own built in icons that would appear inside the URL bar depending in some cases on which type of website is being viewed, there’s no space left for the actual thing the URL bar is supposed to view, namely the URL address itself)

    Yes, I have several extensions on the toolbar, but the menu bar is pretty full and I want to keep some on the toolbar too, and usually Firefox would also push excessive extensions behind a drop-down menu for access to them as well, but as it looks like now the URL bar is given too little space priority, or is there a way to restrict to a minimum URL bar size?

    1. a2 said on September 24, 2023 at 4:13 am

      You can modify Firefox with a “profileFolder/chrome/userChrome.css” file:
      /* */
      /* */
      @import url(urlbar_info_icons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(page_action_buttons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(compact_extensions_panel.css);
      #urlbar-container:focus-within { min-width: 60vw !important; }
      #navigator-toolbox .chromeclass-toolbar-additional { margin-inline: -2px !important; }
      #unified-extensions-button { order: 1 !important; }

  31. Tachy said on September 20, 2023 at 4:11 am

    website still wacked huh?

  32. x said on September 19, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  33. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  34. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:40 pm

    “HTTPS doesn’t mean safe:
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.”


  35. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 19, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in a unmasked format.

    Martin, as of 19 September 2023, the gHacks comments system is still severely mangled. Data subjects have considerable rights conferred on them; where those decisions are likely to affect them.

    1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      Let’s start again. “I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in [an] unmasked format.”

      Hallowed be the memory of the Lost Souls.

  36. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    What’s the point of these useless changes? Just show the full address with the protocol at all times and be done with it…

  37. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Firefox is always copying whatever Chromium does… it is like they are a Chromium browser without the name and having trouble rendering many websites. In fact, it is like they are getting 400million just for existing and adopt anything Google releases or does, like web extensions, widevine, safe browsing and then visual changes like this.

    I like how some people think there is a choice, and the choice is better than the leader… while still failing at basic stuff.

  38. bruh said on September 19, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    “important address bar change” alright calm down… lol

    I have gotten rid of the stupid shield and the “not secure” box, and have it set up so that it always displays the full URL (I think…?).

    In a perfect world, it should just always show the full url, no icons, or emojis, or anything like that.

    “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar” I’ll bet nobody will notice anything – apart from a select few autists like myself who customise everything and don’t like change.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 19, 2023 at 6:57 pm

      “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar”

      Why, I don’t know either (a breeze of madness or is it of love in the air), but there’s an about:config to handle that as well (Firefox) :

      // display all parts of the url in the location bar (do not trim)
      pref(“browser.urlbar.trimURLs”, false); // Dfault=true

      Things, too many, too often are decided in spite of common sens.

  39. News filter for ghacks said on September 13, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    I read only Martin Brinkmann’s, Mike Turcotte’s, and Ashwin’s articles. Add uBlock Origin news filter for ghacks:

    ! 2023-09-13,.home-posts:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    1. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 7:50 am


      I tried your uBlock filter on Brave snap packaga for Ubuntu, but it doesn’t work, do I need to restart the browser?

      I have noticed uBO doesn’t fully work on Brave, for instance the Element Picker can’t pick anything while the Zapper do, but not 100%, Nuke Anything works much better, but it’s only temporarily.

  40. Mystique said on September 13, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Article Title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    Article URL:

    If anyone was unaware you should download the extension “Don’t Accept WebP” regardless of the patch. WebP is absolute trash that is unnecessary and clearly an issue. I would rather my images be in their native format and not some recompiled trash such as WebP.

    I have absolutely no love for the parent company of this website.

    1. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 6:46 pm

      @ Mystique,

      Thanks for the tip (about the addon). I wasn’t aware that Webp was a vulnerability.

    2. bruh said on September 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm

      I agree, this is so atrocious – most of the time you can even tell by the URL what format the original image was in – this “reconvert-on-the-fly” nonsense is terrible – but especially so when you’re converting a lossy format, which should be avoided as often as possible.

      Sometimes you can edit the image URL to get it to send the right image, unfortunately “don’t accept WebP” doesn’t always work – but that’s why they offer a built in conversion, I suppose.

  41. Anonymous said on September 13, 2023 at 11:09 am

    [ My comment is on “Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird” though not directly related to that article ]

    What happened to gHacks? When the site was bought out, Martin assured us it wouldn’t go downhill and he’d maintain editorial control, but the AI-written articles are ruining the quality of the site. I’ve been tempted to drop the site from my RSS reader because of this. Is there an RSS feed with only the human-written articles? Individual feeds for each author isn’t a good solution.

  42. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:03 am

    My comment is regarding the following,
    Article title:
    Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird

    Indeed, today, those patch versions were applied through automatic updates.
    However, since I had disabled the “WebP” function, I was not interested in that topic (Google, etc.).

    Regarding Thunderbird:
    Today finally,
    My Thunderbird 102.14.0 (en-US) was updated with “Thunderbird 102.15.1 (x64)” through the automatic update feature.
    By the way,
    Naturally, it will not be automatically updated to 115 (Supernova).

    it is clear from Bugzilla that the bug fixes related to migration from 102 to 115 are not complete, so existing users of “102” should refrain from manually updating to 115.

    Betterbird has been released 115.2.1-bb11 (12 September 2023) . Betterbird make Thunderbird a faithful upstream.
    Betterbird: Release Notes

    1. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:31 am

      @Martin Brinkmann,

      I posted in response to an article published on 2023/09/13.
      Article title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird. >>
      However, the link was to an unrelated article published on 2019/09/27.

      This kind of “disorder of Articles and Comments” has been going on for another month.
      Is this an obvious (by Softonic, which operates and manages act of sabotage against Martin and Ashwin?
      It’s really frustrating!

  43. Zibtek said on September 13, 2023 at 8:46 am

    It’s exciting to hear that Mozilla is actively working on a design refresh for their Firefox web browser, internally referred to as Photon. The last major redesign, known as Proton, was introduced in Firefox 57 back in November 2017. Since then, Mozilla has made some interface changes, including the controversial address bar overhaul in Firefox 75 Stable.

    While specific details about the design refresh are currently limited, Mozilla has created a meta bug on Bugzilla to track the changes. Although no mockups or screenshots have been shared yet, the bug names provide some insights into the elements that will receive a refresh, such as the address bar, tabs bar, main menu, infobars, doorhangers, context menus, and modals.

    The new design is scheduled to be released in Firefox 89, which was initially planned for a mid-2021 release, specifically May 18, 2021. However, as development work is still ongoing, there is a possibility of a delayed release.

    1. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 11:58 am

      @ Zibtek,

      I’m already using Photon on Floorp which is a fork of Firefox. Here’s a pix of what it looks like: I enabled the menu bar at the top, but you can turn it off if you don’t like it.

      Floorp is a Japanese browser based on FF102. I’ve been using it as my default browser ever since ‘owl’ pointed it out on the Ghacks site last year (or was it this year, can’t remember exactly when). In any event it contains many more enhancements than the vanilla version of Firefox. It also comes with searXNG search engine in the list of search engines provided which saves having to install it yourself.

      Floorp download:

  44. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [plugin-container] outgoing connections to domain (including”

  45. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Firewall: “Deny [Firefox] outgoing connections to domain”

  46. Shiva said on September 1, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Luckily I had a recent backup available. Firefox was no longer giving me access to profiles when I reinstalled version 116.03 and was asking me to create a new profile. It asked me to upgrade last night and to my surprise all theJS scripts were gone.

  47. Brian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:15 am

    Latest version, they pust their VPN (powered by Mullvad) yet again. Instead of writing version changes. sigh.

  48. Quinton Blakely said on August 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Can you help me please.

  49. Mystique said on August 29, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Article title: Firefox 117: native language translations, last Firefox 102 update and security fixes

    I think for now every time I comment on an article I am going to put the title of the article and/or the URL of said article because I am seeing my own comments which are from another Firefox related article but not exactly this one.

    In regards to this website Martin does not have administrative access to the back end of the website. It would fall on softonic international to fix it now which seems to be of very low priority.

    This might be the straw that broke the camels back for ghacks which is a shame because it had many good comments and articles that go way back. Moving away from it would suck.

    Maybe try contacting them here to see if you can get any action.

  50. TelV said on August 28, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Floorp comes with its own built-in translator. It’s been like that ever since the first release in fact.

  51. Merlin said on August 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Great news, thanx FF devs! Hopefully, more languages will be available in the future. So happy!

  52. ECJ said on August 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    “…Vivaldi and Brave use self-hosted solutions, which still require connections, but offer better privacy than an integration of Google Translate or other third-party translation services would offer.”

    While I like Brave as a browser, their translation “solution” just plain sucks. I’d rather have the data sent to Google or Bing, than have a translate feature that just doesn’t work properly. Not only is it not possible to select just a section of text to translate, but to make it worst, most of the time translating the whole page in Brave is either really unbearably slow, or more often than not, it just won’t translate the page at all and displays a “This page couldn’t be translated” error. It’s pretty pointless if their users need to keep using something else to translate pages and have to give up their privacy anyway.

    The native translate feature in Firefox sounds like a much better solution than what Brave use.

  53. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I tried Firefox Translate, but it doesn’t do Chinese or Japanese, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. I uninstalled it and am sticking with the Google Translate extension.

  54. Pete willams said on August 25, 2023 at 1:41 am

    tried typing- about:config -in the search bar -( I want to enable javascript) but it simply will NOT open!

  55. Anja said on August 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm


    does anyone know if the STG has issues with the sidebar at the moment? I just added it and can not find any option to use it in the sidebar. I am also using an add-on for tree style tab…this might be the source of the problem?

    Greetings, Anja

  56. Rex said on August 24, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Just retire Gecko and join the Blink bandwagon already, Mozilla. Then you can guarantee 100% Chrome extension compatibility! /s
    Not like your browser is getting much attention let alone budget compared to your other woke social justice initiatives.

  57. Ray said on August 23, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    It would be interesting if Firefox could install Chrome Addons directly from the Chrome Web Store. Although there would probably be some incompatibility, perhaps there’s a shim to translate some Chrome-specific WebExtension APIs over to Firefox. Microsoft Edge can install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store, but Edge is using the same Blink web engine as Chrome so that makes things easy.

    Don’t really care about importing as I never use that feature.

  58. Andy Prough said on August 23, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    “Import Chrome extensions” …. (by installing comparable Firefox extensions) … (for a small number of extensions).”

    What a bunch of bogus PR spin. Someone who liked uBlock Origin on Chrome could already install it just fine on Firefox with a couple of mouse clicks. This just adds extra unnecessarily complicated steps to something that was already dead simple, all in order for Mozilla to claim fake one-to-one compatability that doesn’t actually exist.

  59. John G. said on August 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

    I don’t understand what is happening here with the comments. The counter shows zero comments and then inside there are some comments from older dates even since years. And mostly of them are non related by the way with the article. So sad what’s going on and nobody is still fixing it. :S

    1. Herman Cost said on August 23, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      This site now appears to be mostly be created and run by AI. On the positive side (if there is one), I guess we can assume at some point the AI will be capable of recognizing and fixing corrupted files and the like.

  60. Mystique said on August 23, 2023 at 11:11 am

    This isn’t great but it might help people that have moved from chrome to firefox to some extent. I can’t tell you the amount of time I have seen people complain that a certain extension they use on google is not available and the only thing holding them back from moving over when they are actually wrong and the very same developer has a Firefox version also. I would always encourage manually looking as there are always hidden gems.

    In regards to the website I have reached out to Martin personally and to his credit he replied very quickly. He has informed me that they are aware of the problems and are attempting to fix it.

    Martin is no longer involved in the technical management of the site so I imagine if we want to ask someone then our comments would perhaps be better directed towards Softonic.

  61. martins Lutes said on August 22, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    This is all techo-BS. What people want is far simpler: a hotkey toggle: images on/images off. Is that really so complex? Seems so. It’s like autoplay videos on/off. In that case you can set it to off but it doesn’t stick. Typical digiocy.

  62. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:16 am

    @Martin Brinkmann,

    Anyway, please deal with this anomaly ASAP.
    Comments are a mess, irrelevant and chaotic.
    If there is no prospect, Ghacks Technology News should be put on hiatus until the system is fixed.

    1. Max said on October 12, 2023 at 11:53 am

      The comments have been broken for months – I guess @Martin Brinkmann has been replaced by Softonic’s AI.

    2. Frankel said on August 21, 2023 at 11:46 am

      It’s the same as before with endless monologues or people telling others why they are wrong.

      1. Guest said on August 23, 2023 at 3:55 pm

        Actually, Frankel, it’s you who’s wrong

  63. dmacleo said on August 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    what the heck is going on with comments on this site lately?
    first comment on THIS article was 9-2019.

    1. John Wold said on August 21, 2023 at 2:50 am

      Looks like the comments database is corrupted.

      Besides old comments appearing in new articles, the same comment appears in multiple articles.

      Also I answered a comment in one article, and the same answer appeared as an answer to a different comment by the same person.

  64. Sean said on August 17, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    Does this hack still work on FF 107 or whatever is most current?

    1. Addlibs said on August 19, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      Firefox 118 seems to be officially rolling this out by default:

      1. zed said on August 20, 2023 at 11:08 am

        Hoping Mozilla won’t remove the option altogether in the future as they already did for other, ahem, unwanted features… Why don’t they listen to their users instead?

      2. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:13 am


        your reply seems to be Addlibs (according to your RSS reader),
        Addlibs did not intend to comment on this article “OneTab browser extension”, but regarding Firefox’s new built-in fullpage translation “Firefox Translation”.
        Firefox Fullpage Translation

  65. DMoRiaM said on August 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    And the most important information was left out of the article or it don’t even exist in the first place: how to completely disable such functionality.

    1. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:34 am

      go to about:config and set browser.translations.automaticallyPopup to false.

      1. Kuba said on September 29, 2023 at 1:07 pm

        this worked, thanks!

      2. Robert G. said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 pm

        Thanks Christoph for the info.

    2. Tom said on August 23, 2023 at 8:59 am

      Your comment doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s an explicit user action to import data from other add-ons. If you don’t want it you just don’t do it.

      1. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am currently searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:32 am

        my bad. somehow my, and I think DMoRiaM’s comment got mixed into the wrong article. Haha.

      3. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:14 am

        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am actually searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

  66. Legion said on February 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Exporting tabs to FF: “The address wasn’t understood. Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (chrome-extension) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.”


    1. an9n said on October 8, 2023 at 11:30 pm

      lego bricks

  67. kero said on January 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    I also used onetab already and didn’t even know they had this feature. Thanks so much.

  68. Jonas said on September 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Since I’ve rarely wanted to transfer more than one tab between browsers, I’m not inclined to install another extension just for that — especially one that (according to your description) closed all my tabs in the process. In the past I’ve just copied and pasted the URL, but (even for just one tab) that is a little tedious.

    I just tried an interesting little experiment, with a useful result. (I did this on my Mac, but I’m guessing it would work on other platforms too.) I’m reading this article in Firefox, so I opened a new blank window in Chrome. At the top of both browser windows, at the far-left end of the URL bar, there’s a little icon of the letter “i” in a circle. (If you hover over it in Firefox, it says “Show site information”; in Chrome, hovering it says “View site information” — that’s the icon I’m talking about.)

    I simply dragged the Firefox “i” icon from the top of this page, into the Chrome window — and this page loaded in Chrome! It worked! Then I tried something just a bit trickier, in the other direction — I first (from a bookmark) loaded into Chrome a page from my local web-development server (i.e. not online)… then dragged the “i” icon from the Chrome toolbar into this Firefox window — and it worked then too!

    So, although I have no interest in the OneTab extension, I just learned something useful! I hope other people find this trick useful too. (Later I’ll try it in Safari — maybe it works in every browser?)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 28, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Interresting find Jonas, thanks for sharing!

      1. Ipnonymous said on October 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm

        Bow does one implement this in chrome based browsers? I use Brave.

      2. John G. said on August 27, 2023 at 8:13 pm

        Your comment doesn’t appear to be one of the real @Martin, because there is no black label rounding the entire title of the comment as before. :S

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