My Firefox addons as of Firefox 86 (and the current development version)
I was recently reminded that my most recent entry on what Firefox addons I use is now a bit over a year old. Firefox has had 14 releases since then and it feels the start of January 2020 was an entirely different age, but my Firefox addons have barely changed in the year and a bit since that entry. Since they have updated a very small amount, I'll repeat the whole list just so I have it in one spot for the next time around.
My core addons, things that I consider more or less essential for my experience of Firefox, are:
- Foxy Gestures
probably still the best gestures extension for me for modern
versions of Firefox (but I can't say for sure, because I no
longer investigate alternatives).
(I use some custom gestures in my Foxy Gestures configuration that go with some custom hacks to my Firefox to add support for things like 'view page in no style' as part of the WebExtensions API.)
- uBlock Origin (Github) is my standard 'block ads
and other bad stuff' extension, and also what I use for selectively
removing annoying elements of pages (like floating headers and
(Github) is my primary tool
cookies as far as I know, and in any case uMatrix gives me finer
- Cookie AutoDelete
deals with the small issue that uMatrix doesn't actually block
cookies, it just doesn't hand them back to websites. This is
probably what you want in uMatrix's model of the world (see my
entry on this for more details), but
I don't want a clutter of cookies lingering around, so I use
Cookie AutoDelete to get rid of them under controlled circumstances.
(However unaesthetic it is, I think that the combination of uMatrix and Cookie AutoDelete is necessary to deal with cookies on the modern web. You need something to patrol around and delete any cookies that people have somehow managed to sneak in.)
Additional fairly important addons that would change my experience if they weren't there:
(Github) gives me the ability
to edit textareas in a real editor. I use it all the time when
writing comments here on Wandering Thoughts, but not
as much as I expected on other places, partly because increasingly
people want you to write things with all of the text of a paragraph
run together in one line. Textern only works on Unix (or maybe
just Linux) and setting it up takes a bit of work because of how
it starts an editor (see this entry),
but it works pretty smoothly for me.
(I've changed its key sequence to Ctrl+Alt+E, because the original Ctrl+Shift+E no longer works great on Linux Firefox; see issue #30. Textern itself shifted to Ctrl+Shift+D in recent versions.)
- Cookie Quick Manager (Github) allows me to inspect, manipulate, save, and reload cookies and sets of cookies. This is kind of handy every so often, especially saving and reloading cookies.
The remaining addons I use I consider useful or nice, but not all that important on the large scale of things. I could lose them without entirely noticing the difference in my Firefox:
- Open in Browser
(Github) allows me
to (sometimes) override Firefox's decision to save files so that
I see them in the browser instead. I mostly use this for some
PDFs and some text files. Sadly its UI isn't as good and smooth
as it was in pre-Quantum Firefox.
(I think my use of Open in Browser is fading away. Most PDFs and other things naturally open in the browser these days, perhaps because web sites have gotten grumpy feedback over forcing you to download them.)
- Certainly Something
(Github) is my
TLS certificate viewer of choice. I occasionally want to know
the information it shows me, especially for our own sites. The
current Firefox certificate information display is almost as good as
Certainly Something, but it's much less convenient to get to.
- HTTP/2 Indicator
(Github) does what
it says; it provides a little indicator as to whether HTTP/2 was
active for the top-level page.
(GitLab) is my
current replacement for Link Cleaner
after the latter stopped being updated. It cleans various
tracking elements from URLs, like those 'utm_*' query
parameters that you see in various places. These things are
a plague on the web so I'm glad to do
my little bit to get rid of them.
- HTTPS Everywhere, basically just because. But in a web world where more and more sites are moving to using things like HSTS, I'm not sure HTTPS Everywhere is all that important any more.
As I've done for a long time now, I actually use the latest beta versions of uBlock Origin and uMatrix. I didn't have any specific reason for switching to them way back when; I think I wanted to give back a bit by theoretically testing beta versions. In practice I've never noticed any problems or issues.
(There are somewhat scary directions in the Decentraleyes wiki on making it work with uMatrix. I opted to skip them entirely.)