Best addons for Firefox – 2016 Winaero edition

Mozilla Firefox is my browser of choice since most of the mainsteam browsers are Chromium-based, which I never liked for their non-customizable user interface. I can't even have multirow tabs in Chrome, so I switched to Firefox a long time ago. While the Vivaldi browser looks very promising for advanced users, I have not switched to this browser completely yet, since it is far from complete and a lot remains to be done. Today, I would like to share with you my list of favorite add-ons for Firefox, which I consider must-have for every user. Hopefully, you will find them useful too.

uBlock Origin

UblockOrigin

The best ad blocking extension leads the pack amongst my favorite add-ons. Actually, I have nothing against ads because I understand that they allow the site owner to support his website and pay for the hosting. I even whitelisted websites that I read daily to help their authors earn more and provide more quality content. However, there are plenty of reader-hostile websites which open full screen ads, unwanted JavaScript popups and sometimes adult sites in the background. This is very annoying. Plus, lately, the risk of your device getting infected with malware from ads is also fairly common. Many of the ad server host malware. uBlock Origin is the add-on which cleanly blocks ads without consuming a lot of memory.

It is very easy to configure this add-on, as it has a very intuitive user interface and just works out of the box.

Tab Mix Plus

This is yet another add-on I can't live without. It adds features such as multirow tabs, tab coloring and sorting, easy access to accidentally closed tabs, the ability to duplicate the opened tab and lots of other features. Tab Mix Plus is one of the most feature-rich extensions I have installed in my Firefox. I discovered it when I was in search of a multirow tabs solution:Tab-Mix-Plus-Options

Tip: See this article to learn how to show tabs on multiple rows in Mozilla Firefox.

Redirect Cleaner

Redirect Cleaner is a very simple extension which allows you to improve your browsing experience by removing unnecessary parts of links. For example, Google displays its search results with some intermediate URL which will redirect you to the target page. Some other websites also have intermediate pages which force you to wait for certain period of time so they can serve you ads before you are redirected to the desired website.

redirect-cleaner

Redirect Cleaner will convert the following link:

http://site.com/go.php?http://targetsite.com

to:

http://targetsite.com

This is really awesome.

copyLinkscopyLinks

copyLinks is a very useful add-on which allows you to perform various actions with a group of links. You can select a region of the opened page and copy multiple links from there to the clipboard, or copy all the links from that page.

copyLinks shows notifications about the number of links copied and removes duplicate links. It's a simple and useful addon.

Rehost Image

Rehost imageI use this add-on as an Imgur uploader, since the official extension of Imgur.com doesn't work any more. It allows you to upload any image from the opened page to imgur.com. It also supports ImageShack and FTP upload.

This add-on allows the user to resize an image before uploading and can generate a shortened link using Google's link shortening service, goo.gl.

Save ImagesSave images

This add-on becomes useful when you need to save multiple images shown on the opened page. It allows you to save images:

  • from the current tab
  • or from the cache

The user can specify where the images will be saved, and how to save them - with the original file name or a custom file name. The add-on is very flexible and allows the user to optimize the size, dimensions and format of the images saved, as well as avoid saving duplicate files.

Session Manager

Session managerThe last add-on in my list is my favorite. Session Manager has saved me several times from losing my open tabs. It saves and restores the state of all Firefox windows and saves all the open tabs. It does this automatically when Firefox starts and also if Firefox crashes. After a crash, the add-on shows a window with previous sessions, the date of the session and the number of tabs opened in that session. Even if Firefox crashes occasionally, lost tabs won't be your problem any more.

To install any of these add-ons, click the orange 'Firefox' button, click Add-ons, and type their name into the search box. Or press Ctrl+Shift+A in Firefox to directly open the add-on manager so you can search for add-ons.

Alternatively, use the following links:

What are your must-have add-ons for Firefox, Chrome or another browser? Share them with us in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “Best addons for Firefox – 2016 Winaero edition

  1. Brumfondl

    Redirect Cleaner does not seem to exist any more. Do you have any suggestions for something to use in its place?

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    1. kkruglov

      redirect remover is the same extension, probably.

      i use preinstalled pocket extension, mostly for reading articles and “push to kindle” by fivefilters.org for sending articles/text to my kindle reader.

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      1. Rick

        Though Remover is ancient. Redirect Bypasser, Skip Redirect, and Redirect Control are at least current.

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  2. OMC

    I can suggest you:

    -Click to play per-element;
    -Custom Tab Width;
    -Disable WebRTC;
    -Image Toolbar;
    -Menu Wizard;
    -Muter;
    -Private Tab;
    -Screengrab;
    -Select Like A Boss;
    -Speed Start;
    -Switch Window Mode;
    -Tab Counter.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      thank you.

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      1. Varga

        “Self-destructing Cookies” is one I always use and recommend. This is the way cookie management should work by default in all browsers. It’s highly satisfying to see all the unwanted Facebook cookies, for instance, burn up as they are planted on your system.

        For those who like to save a lot of articles for later reference, “Save Text To File” is a convenient aid. And “Print Edit” does a complex thing very well – it lets you edit a web page right in the browser and take out any sections and graphics you don’t want, then preview and save to .pdf. It can even adjust the result so you don’t get images split over two pages.

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  3. PN

    A must have addon for me, and probably for most…we all will need it is:

    Findbar Tweak.

    Makes finding words in pages much much easier.

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  4. Nikolay Petrov

    hohoho!
    See the my screenshot!
    http://s018.radikal.ru/i525/1606/d7/935a724c92e4.png

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Holy Jesus!
      How many add-ons!

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  5. Bob

    I use Google Chrome. My favorite addons are: Emoji Keyboard, Ghostery, uBlock Origin, Really Mute Inactive Tabs, Remove Google Redirection, Rescroller, Scrollbar Anywhere, Stop Animations and Video DownloadHelper.

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