The Best 50 Firefox add-ons for Web-developers!

Posted in Tools, Web Design6 years ago • Written by 22 Comments

Mozilla Firefox is becoming more and more powerful tool in these days. Using right add-ons it will start to become a tool, You can`t live without as web-developer! Each of these plugins can make certain things easier and that`s especially important for web-developers, because searching for errors and optimizing your pages can be pretty painful and time-consuming process. And that`s the reason, why I looked over 100+ pages, to get overview which add-ons are used and recommended by amateurs.

1.Web developer`s toolbar

Web Developer`s tool bar probably will become one of the best plugins You`ve ever seen. It comes with his own tool bar that gives many useful tools for analyzing, validating and optimizing web-pages. The great thing about this plugin is that it’s on a few different browsers, so if you switch between them you will be able to use the same plugin on all.

Web Developer`s toolbar

2.Firebug

Firebug is pretty similar as web developer, but it comes across with few different powerful options. You have an ability to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript right in any web page.

Firebug

3.ColorZilla

ColorZilla offers You an advanced eyedropper, colorPicker, page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.

ColorZilla

4.MeasureIt

Little Firefox extension that enables you to draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width or height of a element.

MeasureIt

5.HTML Validator

This plugin displays the number of found errors of the site you are viewing. It adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla.

HTML Validator

6.IE Tab

Pretty handy extension to see how your site is displayed at Internet Explorer.

IE Tab

7.YSlow

YSlow, a Yahoo product, analyzes web pages and tells you why they’re slow based on the rules for high performance web sites. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the popular Firebug web development tool.

This plugin completes FireBug functionality to make Firefox an unbeatable web development tool.

YSlow

8.Greasemonkey

Allows you to customize the way a web page displays using small bits of JavaScript;

Greasemonkey

9.FireFTP

FireFTP is simply an FTP client built into the Firefox browser. Important thing it is free and you can flip to it just like any tab in your browser.

FireFTP Logo
FireFTP Screenshot

10.Live HTTP Headers

It allows you to view and analyze HTTP headers (requests and responses) in web-browser with several useful features built-in. It’s great tool for watching a series of HTTP requests and their result codes.

Live HTTP Headers Screenshot!

11.ScreenGrab!

Screengrab saves entire web pages as images. This tool will allow You to take screenshots of what is currently on your screen – you can even choose the portion of the screen you want to “grab”!

ScreenGrab!

12.StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon helps you to find new sites very easy.If you are a web-developer, StumbleUpon can drive a huge amount of visitors to your website.

StumbleUpon

13.SEO for Firefox

Excellent plugin for all those, who like to watch statistics right into Google and Yahoo search results. You can get Alexa, Google PageRank, Tehnorati rankings and many other useful data. Plugin You can`t live without!

SEO for Firefox
SEO for Firefox Preview

14.Adblock Plus

Adblock is an adblocker and really helps to get rid of unnecessary ads and banners, to browse web pages much faster.

Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus Preview

15.Delicious Bookmarks

Delicious bookmarks is official Firefox addon for del.icio.us. It integrates your browser bookmarks and tags, to keep them in order and “easy to find” way.

Delicious Bookmarks
Delicious Bookmarks Preview

16.X-Ray

Not supported at Firefox 3.0

You can check out all the HTML tags right on the page without using the view page source option. Unfortunately not yet supported at Firefox 3.0

X-ray Preview

17.CSSViewer

With this extension you can view CSS properties of related page elements. Very handy, when You got large CSS file with styles overlapping each other, to analyze why something is not displayed in the way You wanted.

CssViewer Preview

18.Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer

If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you’ll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. Similar as del.icio.us.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer
Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer Preview

19.Aardvark

This tool can be used to clean page from unwanted banners and ads, especially prior to printing a page. Pretty useful for web developers for analyzing the structure of a page.

Aardvark Preview

20.Tab Mix Plus

If You always have many Firefox tabs opened at the same time, then you need to have this plugin. This plugin provides better management of these tabs.

Tab Mix Plus

21.NoScript

Winner of the “2006 PC World World Class Award”, good choice for blocking JavaScript, Java and other executable content in certain pages You don’t trust.

NoScript
NoScript Preview

22.Unhide Passwords

Unhide Passwords is a tool for everyone who is bad at remembering or typing passwords correctly. It’s good for using at home, but shouldn’t be used at public accessible PC!

Unhide Passwords

23.Image Zoom

If you have ever had an image that was too large to fit on your screen or too small to see the finer detail in your browser or email, then image zoom can help. Image zoom gives you complete control of the size of most images displayed in mozilla based software. Both individual images or whole pages of images can be zoomed.

Image Zoom

24.JavaScript Debugger

A powerful JavaScript debugging environment for Mozilla based browsers.

Javascript Debugger

25.FireShot

FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages. Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations.

FireShot

26.IE View

Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to *always* load in IE.

IE View

27.Dummy Lipsum

This interesting add-on generates automatically “Lorem Ipsum” dummy text. I found it to be pretty useful as web designer.

Dummy Lipsum

28.Font Finder

Just highlight and right click to see all of the styling information you could require including font-size, font-family, color (in both hex and RGB), line-height, letter-spacing, and much much more..

Font Finder

29.Opera View

Extension based on IE View. If you want quick view in opera, just right click somewhere on page and choose “View This Page In Opera”.

Opera View

30.Total Validator

Provides true HTML validation (HTML 2.0 to XHTML 1.1) using the official DTDs, plus added attribute checking. So you no longer have to put up with the limitations of the W3C validator (no type checking) and tools like HTML Tidy which interpret the standards incorrectly (they don’t use the official DTDs).

Also performs accessibility validation (WCAG, US-508), broken link checking, spell checking (5 languages), and takes screenshots using 32 browsers on Windows, Linux, and OS/X.

Total Validator

31.Poster

A developer tool for interacting with web services and other web resources that lets you make HTTP requests, set the entity body, and content type.

Poster

32.EditCSS

Truly a time saver if You’re experimenting with the CSS style of your site. Avoids the modify,save,upload,refresh,repeat cycle.

EditCSS

33.PicLens

Full-Screen, 3D – PicLens transforms your browser into a visually stunning experience for finding and viewing online photos and videos.

Work on : YouTube, Google Images, Flickr, FaceBook, Myspace, Photobucket and more..

PicLens

34.RSS Validator

Validates a page using the W3C RSS Validator.

RSS Validator

35.CSS Validator

Validates a page using the W3C CSS Validator. Adds an option to the right-click context menu and to the Tools menu to allow for easy validation of the CSS of the current page. Opens the results in a new tab.

CSS Validator

36.MinimizeToTray

Not supported in Firefox 3.0

A powerful extension to minimize Windows versions of Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite, and Nvu to the system tray.

MinimizeToTray

37.Tab Scope

Shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup. Very useful to help navigate between many tabs.

Tab Scope

38.FasterFox

Not supported in Firefox 3.0

Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.

FasterFox

39.Server Switcher

Server Switcher is a navigational help tool for web developers. It allows you to easily switch between sites on your development (hosting the temporary version you are currently working on) and live servers, so that you can immediately see the differences.

Server Switcher

40.Smart Bookmarks Bar

Smart Bookmarks Bar modifies the bookmarks bar to show bookmarks icons only.

Bookmark names will be displayed on mouse over. This feature can be disactivated if you just want icons without the rollover effect.

Smart Bookmarks Bar

41.Favicon Picker

Not supported in Firefox 3.0

Tired of that boring default icon next to your bookmarks? This extension adds a interface allowing you to pick the icon for each of your bookmarks.

Favicon Picker

42.Download Statusbar

View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.

Download Statusbar
Download Statusbar Preview

43.Stylish

Stylish is a Firefox, Thunderbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, and Songbird extension that allows easy management of user styles. Stylish is to CSS what Greasemonkey is to JavaScript.

Stylish

44.Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium tests. It is implemented as a Firefox extension, and allows you to record, edit, and debug tests.

Guide for Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE

45.ScrapBook

ScrapBook is a Firefox extension, which helps you to save Web pages and easily manage collections. Key features are lightness, speed, accuracy and multi-language support. My personal one of favorites.

ScrapBook

46.Platypus

Platypus is a Firefox extension which lets you modify a website from your browser. In addition to that you can save your modifications as a Greasemonkey script to make them “permanent”!

Platypus

47.ColorfulTabs

Very beautiful addon – automatically changes firefox tab color and makes easy to distinguish one from another.

Colorful Tabs

48.Window Resizer

The Browser Window Resizer is useful for testing different screen sizes.

Supports the 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1280×1024, 1600×1200 resolutions.

Window Resizer

49.Autofill Forms

Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut.

Autofill Forms

50.Clippings

Saves and manages frequently-entered text for later pasting into Web page forms in Firefox or email and newsgroup messages in Thunderbird. Pasting a clipping is accomplished with just two mouse clicks, eliminating the hassle of retyping or repetitive copying and pasting.

Clippings

So that`s all folks! I hope You will find those links useful, personally I did!

If someone is interested I got hot plugins for SEO marketing too. Give me a message if you want em` too!

Here is continuous collection of hot plugins for SEO marketing too – enjoy!

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22 Comments Best Comments First
  • The Floating frog

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 14:28

    8

    The best firefox extensions list I’ve come across yet, thanks

    +1
  • shweta

    Monday, September 1st, 2008 07:55

    2

    Hi,
    This is certainly the best Firefox Add-on article I have ever come across. Complete (Atleast I think so)

    Qool!!!

    I have found most of them as really required for my work.

    0
  • hugmenot

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 02:54

    9

    Try HTTPfox instead of Live HTTP Headers.

    0
  • Stuart Robertson

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 05:55

    10

    Great list, and thanks for including X-Ray. :)

    (X-Ray is now available for Firefox 3)

    Stuart Robertsons last blog post : Twitter Search Bar

    0
  • Webdesign Romania

    Monday, December 15th, 2008 00:47

    12

    Nice list, but let’s be fair: some plugins (like Piclens) are nice but not really that important to webdevs.

    0
  • Alberto Villalobos

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 09:21

    7

    This list is amazing, i already had firebug, developer tool, fireftp, tabmixplus, but i found in this article more valuable add-ons, thanks and continue with the great job

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Monday, September 1st, 2008 08:07

    3

    Big thanks, appreciated! Use them well!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 15:48

    4

    Thank You, Daniel! You can check out for SEO plugins too, if You are interested! :) Good luck using `em!

    0
  • Daniel15

    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 15:46

    5

    Very nice article, some useful addons. Thanks! :)

    0
  • Tr0y

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 07:24

    11

    Good list. A couple of them I thought were a bit of a stretch.

    I think Firebug deprecates a few on the list
    e.g. HTTP Headers, Any CSS addon, Font Finder, etc.

    I never knew about X-ray, may add that to my collection. I would be scared to see the X-ray of some sites though. :-x

    I might try Server Switcher, but I think editing the host file is just as easy.

    Nice to see you included Selenium IDE, I don’t think enough people know about or use it.

    Tr0ys last blog post : Easy Collapsible FAQ with jQuery

    0
  • Dave

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 12:10

    22

    Would much rather use FileZilla than the Mozilla plugin FireFtp. FireFtp is tool skimmed down, the UI looks ancient…who cares if it’s not in the browser, use FileZilla IMO.

    0
  • Gedeon N

    Saturday, May 14th, 2011 19:29

    19

    woooooow amazing tools for firefox, i like so much this entry, saved on my bookmarks =D

    0
  • Shay

    Sunday, October 9th, 2011 00:54

    20

    Very helpful list of developer options! Thanks for posting!!

    0
  • Dave

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 12:07

    21

    Why the hell would anyone be using the Web Dev toolbar when there has been Firebug for the past several years? Don’t even list the Web Dev toolbar, it’s pointless.

    0
  • Denis

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009 20:15

    13

    Good article.
    Added to my arsenal of Firefox plugins

    0
  • Ostap

    Monday, February 8th, 2010 01:14

    18

    Great article!
    I use more of these add-ons!)

    0
  • Pradeep CD

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 12:51

    14

    Useful post…

    I added some of them.. I already had some..

    thanks anyway…

    0
  • Sam H

    Monday, April 27th, 2009 20:38

    15

    fantastic list, as another comment says above this has to be the best article written about FF addons around – Good job!

    Sam Hs last blog post : Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa: What the papers say

    0
  • Sulumits Retsambew

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009 19:17

    16

    these all are really great tools

    Sulumits Retsambews last blog post : Is sulumits retsambew an alien?

    0
  • Horhe Bucuresti

    Monday, June 29th, 2009 16:32

    17

    Great list dude ! Tks

    0
  • poker bonuses

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 01:20

    6

    I like the way you set up that your info is the homepage, nicely done. Thanks!

    -2
  • Dave

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 12:10

    22

    Would much rather use FileZilla than the Mozilla plugin FireFtp. FireFtp is tool skimmed down, the UI looks ancient…who cares if it’s not in the browser, use FileZilla IMO.

    0
  • Dave

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 12:07

    21

    Why the hell would anyone be using the Web Dev toolbar when there has been Firebug for the past several years? Don’t even list the Web Dev toolbar, it’s pointless.

    0
  • Shay

    Sunday, October 9th, 2011 00:54

    20

    Very helpful list of developer options! Thanks for posting!!

    0
  • Gedeon N

    Saturday, May 14th, 2011 19:29

    19

    woooooow amazing tools for firefox, i like so much this entry, saved on my bookmarks =D

    0
  • Ostap

    Monday, February 8th, 2010 01:14

    18

    Great article!
    I use more of these add-ons!)

    0
  • Horhe Bucuresti

    Monday, June 29th, 2009 16:32

    17

    Great list dude ! Tks

    0
  • Sulumits Retsambew

    Friday, May 22nd, 2009 19:17

    16

    these all are really great tools

    Sulumits Retsambews last blog post : Is sulumits retsambew an alien?

    0
  • Sam H

    Monday, April 27th, 2009 20:38

    15

    fantastic list, as another comment says above this has to be the best article written about FF addons around – Good job!

    Sam Hs last blog post : Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa: What the papers say

    0
  • Pradeep CD

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 12:51

    14

    Useful post…

    I added some of them.. I already had some..

    thanks anyway…

    0
  • Denis

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009 20:15

    13

    Good article.
    Added to my arsenal of Firefox plugins

    0
  • Webdesign Romania

    Monday, December 15th, 2008 00:47

    12

    Nice list, but let’s be fair: some plugins (like Piclens) are nice but not really that important to webdevs.

    0
  • Tr0y

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 07:24

    11

    Good list. A couple of them I thought were a bit of a stretch.

    I think Firebug deprecates a few on the list
    e.g. HTTP Headers, Any CSS addon, Font Finder, etc.

    I never knew about X-ray, may add that to my collection. I would be scared to see the X-ray of some sites though. :-x

    I might try Server Switcher, but I think editing the host file is just as easy.

    Nice to see you included Selenium IDE, I don’t think enough people know about or use it.

    Tr0ys last blog post : Easy Collapsible FAQ with jQuery

    0
  • Stuart Robertson

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 05:55

    10

    Great list, and thanks for including X-Ray. :)

    (X-Ray is now available for Firefox 3)

    Stuart Robertsons last blog post : Twitter Search Bar

    0
  • hugmenot

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 02:54

    9

    Try HTTPfox instead of Live HTTP Headers.

    0
  • The Floating frog

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 14:28

    8

    The best firefox extensions list I’ve come across yet, thanks

    +1
  • Alberto Villalobos

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 09:21

    7

    This list is amazing, i already had firebug, developer tool, fireftp, tabmixplus, but i found in this article more valuable add-ons, thanks and continue with the great job

    0
  • poker bonuses

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 01:20

    6

    I like the way you set up that your info is the homepage, nicely done. Thanks!

    -2
  • Daniel15

    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 15:46

    5

    Very nice article, some useful addons. Thanks! :)

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 15:48

    4

    Thank You, Daniel! You can check out for SEO plugins too, if You are interested! :) Good luck using `em!

    0
  • Dainis Graveris

    Monday, September 1st, 2008 08:07

    3

    Big thanks, appreciated! Use them well!

    0
  • shweta

    Monday, September 1st, 2008 07:55

    2

    Hi,
    This is certainly the best Firefox Add-on article I have ever come across. Complete (Atleast I think so)

    Qool!!!

    I have found most of them as really required for my work.

    0

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