How I move URLs between browsers in my Unix desktop environment
Recently poebbel (in a comment) asked how this works. While I've mentioned the various pieces in various articles, I've never put the picture together in one place.
For my desktop environment, I use fvwm
with a completely custom setup (this old entry on my desktop is
still pretty accurate MyDesktop). These days my multiple browsers are actually
Firefox profiles, so I have a cover script to run Firefox with my
options; this is more or less '
(although in practice I always use it with --new-window, because
for browser organization I usually prefer windows over tabs).
You could probably build something like this in any environment that lets you get the current selection and run a script in response to a special key press. Firefox profiles (and second browsers) work in all desktop environments, and every browser will take URLs on the command line. A pop-up command line dmenu-like thing and especially a custom mouse button menu are more specific to Unix and fvwm (or similar window managers), but I believe that there are dmenu-like things for Wayland that work in at least some of the Wayland window manager or desktop environments.
Comments on this page:Written on 11 July 2023.