Lifehacker Pack for Firefox

Hack Attack: Firefox extension packs  March 18, 2016 – 02:10 pm
Firefox is still a strong

If you've ever had to re-install Firefox, or you're installing Firefox for the first time on a new computer, you know it can be a pain to hunt down and install your favorite extensions. This week, I'm going to try to relieve some of that pain using previously-mentioned Firefox extension Mass Installer.

The Mass Installer extension reads a list of extension URLs from a text file and automatically installs them all in one fell swoop. Obviously that's pretty handy, but you still have to hunt down the URLs of your favorite extensions and paste them all into a text file, and who has time for that?

To be honest... I do. So, to make things really easy on you, I've packaged several of the best Firefox extensions for basic use (the must-haves for any user), blogging, web development, and performance enhancement in four separate packages that you can quickly and easily install with the Mass Installer extension.

First, install the Mass Installer extension. After that it's really easy to install the extension packs. Just go to the Mass Installer options (go to Tools -> Extensions, select Mass Installer and click Options) and enter the URL of the pack you'd like to install (see URLs below). Click OK and Mass Installer takes care of the rest. Once you restart your browser, every extension in the pack should be installed to Firefox. Mass Installer will check for updated versions of the extensions on restart, so even if the extensions get old, Mass Installer has got you covered. Simple, right?

Now lets get to the extension packs. As I said, I've put together four separate packages: Basic, Performance, Blogger, and Web Developer.

Basic extensions pack (the must-haves):

  • SessionSaver
    THE must-have extension for anyone, SessionSaver saves your browsing session so that you can easily return to where you left off when browsing (even if you accidentally close your browser or it crashes). This is the absolute first extension I install.
  • BugMeNot
    No matter who you are, you've probably run into a registration roadblock. The BugMeNot extension integrates with so that the registration hurdle seems more like an imperceptible bump.
  • LastTab
    Makes Ctrl-Tab (Cmd-Tab for Macs) cycle to the most recently viewed tabs, mimicing the behavior or Alt-Tab.
  • FoxMarks
    Quickly restore your bookmarks to exactly how you like them.

If you read Lifehacker at all, you're well aware that there are of Firefox extensions out there to extend Firefox to terrific new heights; however, they're certainly not all necessary. Regardless of what I'm using Firefox for, the basic pack contains the extensions that I want to have running no matter what.

Performance extensions pack:

  • Flashblock
    Flashblock knocks out all Flash content on a web page, allowing you to choose what flash content is loaded.
  • AdBlock
    Filters ads from webpages.
  • Image-Show-Hide
    Clicking a button in the toolbar or pressing Shift-Z toggles all images on a web page on and off.
  • FasterFox
    Performance and network tweaks designed to make browsing faster.

The performance pack should come in handy for those of you who don't like all that messy multimedia screwing with the speed of your browsing. The extensions included in this pack are intended to make browsing with Firefox as snappy as possible, minimizing bandwidth use.

Blogger extensions pack:

  • Signature
    If you're sick of typing the same HTML mark-up or the same signature at the end of every post, the right-click Signature extension is a life saver.
  • Auto Copy
    Every time you select the text you're heading straight to Ctrl+C anyway; Auto Copy lets you skip that step.
  • How'd I Get Here
    As a considerate blogger, I'm sure you include your via links. However, if you've forgotten from whence you came, How'd I Get Here will remind you.


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