Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome

Jul 22, 2020
Firefox, Firefox add-ons, Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

We've reviewed extensions such as Copy Selected Links or Copy All Tab URLs which can save the web addresses from all your tabs with a single click. Now, how about reviewing an extension that can open a list of URLs in your browser of choice?

Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome

Bulk URL Opener is an extension for Firefox and Chrome, which can do that.

Install it and click on its icon that on the toolbar and, Bulk URL Opener's interface pops-up. A large pane contains a list of all tabs that are loaded in the current window. It works on a per-window basis. The pane is the URL field, though it just looks like a text box. Paste the links that you want to open in the box, and then click on the Open Links button.

The extension will load all the links in new tabs, hence the name, Bulk URL Opener. The "Get links of all opened tabs" is sort of like an undo option, in case you deleted the contents in it. You can do the same by just clicking away and reopening the add-on's window. An icon is displayed next to the extension's name in the pop-up, click on it to open the add-on's interface in its own window. This is optional, of course.

Bulk URL Opener popup window

The links that you paste don't have to be in a special format, all you need to do is make sure that there's only one URL per line. So, you can import links that you've obtained from other extensions, text files, etc.

Bulk URL Opener opens the pasted links in the same window. If you want it to open them links in a separate window instead, you'll have to open a new window before using the add-on to load the list of tabs.

Bulk URL Opener load list

The extension can also be used to save the URLs from all loaded tabs. There are two ways to do this: you can copy and paste it to a text file to save the links. You can even use the list in a different browser if you want to. Or, click on the new list button to save the tabs using the add-on's built-in list manager. The saved list can be accessed from the drop-down menu in the left corner of the pop-up interface. This is sort of like saving a browsing session. Lists can be edited or deleted anytime you want to.

Bulk URL Opener edit a list

The Load list button does not open the links immediately, it only displays the URLS. Use the Open links button for opening the loaded list. Don't want all tabs loading at once? Enable the last option on the Bulk URL Opener's settings page, to make it load a tab only when it is selected. Export your settings and tab lists, and save the script in a text file. Import them back by pasting the script.

Bulk URL Opener has a setting, which, when enabled, will try to extract a URL from the string, which is handy if you paste text that contains a link somewhere, instead of using an actual URL. Or, you can tell the extension to perform an online search using Google, DuckDuckGo or Bing with the non-URL text as the keyword.

The add-on has a night theme that you can toggle, though this only affects the Settings page.

Download Bulk URL Opener for Chrome and Firefox. The extension is open source.

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  1. Huxlexion-Rammsey said on July 27, 2020 at 6:11 am

    I recall looking for just such an add-on some time ago, but found nothing. This is exactly what I was searching for. I like to open several file download sites to compare details and comments about files. I also see this add-on as being helpful when I’m doing online shopping. This add-on makes the task so much easier than opening each individual site.

    Thanks for the article Ashwin, and thanks to the add-on developer Euan Riggans.

  2. GGGG said on July 23, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    i have 40000 bookmarks i use open multiple urls extract url from text functionality to open 20 tabs at once lol

    1. Tom Hawack said on July 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Wow, maybe worth being published in the Guinness Book Of Records.

  3. Tom Hawack said on July 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I use a Firefox native feature to open several sites at once with dedicated folders which include these sites, folders which are then middle-clicked (which opens all sites within them). Not many though, one in fact, ‘Morning Updates’ is its name, where I’ll check Extensions’ updates (automatic is blocked), Stylus CSSs, ViolentMonkey scripts and ‘uBlock Origin’ Filter Lists.

    By the way I’m not sure this dedicated ‘Bulk URL Opener’ is able to open Firefox pages (about:addons for instance). I don’t think so because of Firefox’s very architecture. If not, wouldn’t be of great use for me.

  4. Damien said on July 22, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I am looking for an extension that add (with a click on a button) the url of a site and append it to a .txt file. Does it exist?

    1. VioletMoon said on July 22, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Not a problem: you can search through gHacks and look at a zillion clipboard options, but after trying the major ones, the only one that will do what you want = CopyQ–unbelievable genius of a developer.

      You may also want to look at the Firefox add-on Form History Control. As I write, the writing is going to the clipboard and being saved by the add-on. Worst case scenario = reboot the computer, click on the icon and all of my work for the day is saved.

      Wonderfully, enough, it saves each new response or text input as a completely new entry.

  5. ShintoPlasm said on July 22, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Hah, this is actually really useful. I often transfer lots of tabs between various browsers, and this could be a good way to cut it short.

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