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Must-have browser extensions?

What are some of your must have browser extensions?

I recently made an effort to switch to Firefox, and now I'm looking for some good browser extensions to make my web browsing experience better. Here are the ones I currently use:

30 comments

  1. [2]
    heady Link
    Recommended Extensions from the Tildes Community I also recommend tab wrangler if you have a tendency to let your tab collection grow out of control as I habitually do.

    Recommended Extensions from the Tildes Community

    I also recommend tab wrangler if you have a tendency to let your tab collection grow out of control as I habitually do.

    11 votes
    1. the_walrus Link Parent
      Wow, it didn't even occur to me to look for an extension to go back with backspace. I do that all the time and it is so frustrating! Thanks for sharing this list!

      Wow, it didn't even occur to me to look for an extension to go back with backspace. I do that all the time and it is so frustrating! Thanks for sharing this list!

      2 votes
  2. NaraVara Link
    This isn't a browser extension, but an invaluable bookmarklet: Kill Sticky Headers. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Push the button and all those annoying light boxes and overlays...

    This isn't a browser extension, but an invaluable bookmarklet: Kill Sticky Headers.

    It does exactly what it says on the tin. Push the button and all those annoying light boxes and overlays disappear. It is so much better than having to hunt around for one or more close button.

    9 votes
  3. [7]
    tomf Link
    Dark Reader ViolentMonkey with General URL Cleaner Decentraleyes Disable HTML5 Autoplay (annoying at first, but after a while its a godsend) HTTPS Everywhere Shut Up: Comment Blocker (blocks...

    These are my favorites.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      Farun Link Parent
      I've actually been thinking about learning how to make a browser extension just to get that functionality, so thank you.

      ViolentMonkey with General URL Cleaner

      I've actually been thinking about learning how to make a browser extension just to get that functionality, so thank you.

      3 votes
      1. tomf Link Parent
        it's so handy. After uBlock and the other standards, its the first thing I set up. The regex is pretty clean, too.

        it's so handy. After uBlock and the other standards, its the first thing I set up. The regex is pretty clean, too.

        2 votes
    2. [4]
      acdw Link Parent
      I'm liking Shut Up so far, though it did cause some confusion when I came to Tildes today and all the comments were blocked!

      I'm liking Shut Up so far, though it did cause some confusion when I came to Tildes today and all the comments were blocked!

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        tomf Link Parent
        it's weird to see sites without comments, but once you enable it through the context menu, its like magic. if you dig for answers around StackOverflow, don't forget to enable comments there. I...

        it's weird to see sites without comments, but once you enable it through the context menu, its like magic. if you dig for answers around StackOverflow, don't forget to enable comments there. I thought I was really special because I solved a common Google Sheets question -- then I remembered to enable comments and realized that, no, I wasn't special :)

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          acdw Link Parent
          Haha, that's about what I did here :) So far I haven't noticed the lack of comments, but I think that's because it's working so well. Thanks for the recommendation!

          Haha, that's about what I did here :)

          So far I haven't noticed the lack of comments, but I think that's because it's working so well. Thanks for the recommendation!

          1 vote
          1. tomf Link Parent
            happy to help! the internet without comments is such a happy place. :)

            happy to help! the internet without comments is such a happy place. :)

            1 vote
  4. [2]
    cwagner Link
    Not mentioned so far, but LanguageTool Plus is an open source (optionally self hosted) replacement for Grammarly (a paid version is available but the free one already finds more mistakes than the...

    Not mentioned so far, but LanguageTool Plus is an open source (optionally self hosted) replacement for Grammarly (a paid version is available but the free one already finds more mistakes than the free version of Grammarly did for me). Available for FF and that google browser ;)

    3 votes
    1. flip Link Parent
      I'm certainly going to give this one a try. Grammarly is good but makes too many detection mistakes to not annoy me more than it should. Thank you for the tip.

      I'm certainly going to give this one a try. Grammarly is good but makes too many detection mistakes to not annoy me more than it should. Thank you for the tip.

  5. Abrown Link
    I think OneTab is a fantastic tab management system. I'm a chronic tab hoarder who sits at near-max RAM util all the time and am always having to kill open tabs w/ the browser-task-manager to get...

    I think OneTab is a fantastic tab management system. I'm a chronic tab hoarder who sits at near-max RAM util all the time and am always having to kill open tabs w/ the browser-task-manager to get just a sliver back so I can keep going -- oneTab makes that less of an issue since it allows automatic grouping and naming and essentially stores "sessions" so it's easy to pick back up where you left off should you want to save something for later. Beats the hell out of the native bookmarking system, IMO.

    3 votes
  6. [3]
    thejumpingbulldog Link
    I didn't see it on the list, but I generally enjoy AdNasuem for Firefox. (Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adnauseam/) They block ads, yet also making sure websites earn money...

    I didn't see it on the list, but I generally enjoy AdNasuem for Firefox. (Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adnauseam/) They block ads, yet also making sure websites earn money by fooling the website into thinking you clicked on the ad. I absolutely love it and rarely ever see ads.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      drg Link Parent
      I like the idea of polluting the stream of clicks in order to penalize them, but it is very easy for them to disregard this kind of signal :(

      I like the idea of polluting the stream of clicks in order to penalize them, but it is very easy for them to disregard this kind of signal :(

      3 votes
      1. thejumpingbulldog Link Parent
        Jeez I didn't realize that. Makes me kind of sad then :(

        Jeez I didn't realize that. Makes me kind of sad then :(

  7. [9]
    HanakoIsBestGirl Link
    Adding: LibreJS or failing that, noscript dark reader Cookie autodelete History autodelete Old reddit redirect + RES (even better, dont use that site) It isnt an extension, but shadowfox is...

    Adding:

    LibreJS or failing that, noscript

    dark reader

    Cookie autodelete

    History autodelete

    Old reddit redirect + RES (even better, dont use that site)

    It isnt an extension, but shadowfox is awesome if you like darkness.

    Firefox colour is cool for theming

    Firefox multi account containers are a must have.

    1 vote
    1. [6]
      the_walrus Link Parent
      You can also just type in "old." before the reddit url to change it. I guess it's an extra step, but I find lots of extensions tend to slow down my computer, so the more I can eliminate, the...

      You can also just type in "old." before the reddit url to change it. I guess it's an extra step, but I find lots of extensions tend to slow down my computer, so the more I can eliminate, the better.

      (even better, dont use that site)

      is certainly some advice I'm trying to get myself to follow. If it wasn't for tildes I'd still be desperately hanging onto what the site once was.

      3 votes
      1. [4]
        HanakoIsBestGirl Link Parent
        I get SSL errors when I do that. Need the extension for some reason.

        I get SSL errors when I do that. Need the extension for some reason.

        1 vote
        1. the_walrus Link Parent
          Hm, too bad. Glad you found a solution anyway.

          Hm, too bad. Glad you found a solution anyway.

          1 vote
      2. blake Link Parent
        I used to do that, but I also use "reddit" often in certain google searches, so it's nice to just click on reddit links and other things and have it go straight to old.reddit. It's going to be a...

        I used to do that, but I also use "reddit" often in certain google searches, so it's nice to just click on reddit links and other things and have it go straight to old.reddit. It's going to be a sad day when old.reddit is dead.

        1 vote
    2. [2]
      balooga Link Parent
      ShadowFox user checking in... I haven't actually confirmed this yet but I've heard that some new dark mode settings built into the latest version of Firefox have obsoleted it. Pretty cool project...

      ShadowFox user checking in... I haven't actually confirmed this yet but I've heard that some new dark mode settings built into the latest version of Firefox have obsoleted it. Pretty cool project though. I wouldn't recommend anyone hack their browser in this way if there's now a native way to accomplish what you're looking for.

      Dark Reader is fantastic, it basically forces dark mode for the whole web. There are a few extensions available that attempt this, but no others I've tried have produced as good results on as many sites. Downside needs to be mentioned though: it comes at a considerable performance cost. Pages load a lot slower and hog more resources with it installed. For me it was worth the trade-off but others may feel differently.

      2 votes
      1. HanakoIsBestGirl Link Parent
        Oh yeah dark reader is slooww. Tried it once on my phone, never again. PC is fast enough though.

        Oh yeah dark reader is slooww. Tried it once on my phone, never again. PC is fast enough though.

        1 vote
  8. culturedleftfoot Link
    I saw Session Buddy in the recommended list but I will make a case for Tab Session Manager as a better alternative. One big advantage over SB is that you can set it to delete autosaved sessions...

    I saw Session Buddy in the recommended list but I will make a case for Tab Session Manager as a better alternative. One big advantage over SB is that you can set it to delete autosaved sessions beyond a specific number, so you don't end up with a million saved sessions in your history. I also just prefer the UI.

    1 vote
  9. JXM Link
    I used to have a bunch of extensions installed, but since I moved to using the iPad as my primary computer, I just have AdGuard Pro installed to block ads and my password manager to auto fill my...

    I used to have a bunch of extensions installed, but since I moved to using the iPad as my primary computer, I just have AdGuard Pro installed to block ads and my password manager to auto fill my passwords.

    I’d love it if Apple added proper extension support to Safari on iOS though, instead of it requiring a special category of apps being “blessed” by Apple (like password manager or content blocker).

    1 vote
  10. [2]
    Surira Link
    I use UBlock Origin, Ghostery, and HTTPS Everywhere for security purposes. I wonder though if Ghostery and UBlock Origin are redundant... anyone know?

    I use UBlock Origin, Ghostery, and HTTPS Everywhere for security purposes. I wonder though if Ghostery and UBlock Origin are redundant... anyone know?

    1 vote
    1. Keegan Link Parent
      I'm 90% sure they do the same job, but I don't trust Ghostery as much. ublock origin could probably be configured to do the job Ghostery does. I've heard claims of Ghostery selling user data, but...

      I'm 90% sure they do the same job, but I don't trust Ghostery as much. ublock origin could probably be configured to do the job Ghostery does.

      I've heard claims of Ghostery selling user data, but also that it allows you to opt-out of this. Ghostery also isn't open source as far as I can tell.


      I use ublock origin and umatrix along with HTTPS Everywhere. Pages are much faster with umatrix blocking all the extra scripts, but can be a hassle when visiting a new site and having to figure out what to allow and what to deny.

      2 votes