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Author Topic: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.  (Read 4076 times)

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Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« on: May 06, 2012, 05:16:40 AM »
Originally posted:2012-05-06
Last updated:2014-02-26

Looking for something to replace the Firefox Add-on Mr Tech Toolkit, I was browsing some earlier posts in another thread - Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful - and I saw @Curt's post:
« Reply #446 on: 2012-03-22, 09:52:05 ». In it he says:
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After two weeks with Waterfox I am pleased with this setup:
Application: Firefox 10.0.2 (20120219181052)
Operating System: WINNT (x86_64-msvc)
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- and then follows a list of all the Add-ons in his configuration.

I thought "How the heck did he make that list?", and rummaged through the list and discovered Extension List Dumper..
After downloading and installing it, and then playing about with it, I realised that it's a potentially hugely useful tool to help manage Firefox Add-ons.
Here are some a shots of its UI, showing what I selected to produce my list below, and the 2 drop-down menus:
Extension List Dumper 01.jpg
Extension List Dumper 02.jpg

After a minimal amount of learning time, I got it to make this list of my Add-ons. Note that I set it to display the ID, which is the extension's curly-bracketed file name in the user profile, as for example, in the path:
C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\2vuv8r8c.default\extensions\{bcd47b5a-43be-433f-9051-7ce2cdf94ac0}

If an add-on is giving me strife, and the inbuilt methods for turning them off are locked (as happens from time to time), then I now I have a tool for targetting the ID of that add-on's installation folder and I can just zap it. I've had to do that before, and it was really difficult not knowing the folder's exact ID.
Thanks to Extension List Dumper, I am now better-informed.
Spoiler
Application: Firefox 13.0 (20120501201020)
Operating System: WINNT (x86-msvc)

Total number of items: 101



Note on display/output: (a workaround)
To produce the list of extensions as per my list in the spoiler above, all I did was select the appropriate output (BBS was selected), and then press Copy to clipboard, and paste into the DCF spoiler field.
@Curt would have done the same in his post (per the link above), except he posted into the DCF comment field directly.
However, I also wanted to have a copy of the list of extensions in my OneNote repository, but there's no "Rich Text Format" output option in Extension List Dumper.
So I Posted the comment, then opened the spoiler, selected all the listed text in there, copied it and posted it into OneNote.
Bingo! Nice RTF output!

So whenever I want an updated extension list, I simply use the DCF comments field as an intermediate step to getting the list in RTF, by Previewing the list in a DCF comment field, and then copying/pasting the RTF text into OneNote, and then discarding the comment (i.e., not posting it).

Here's a sample of the output I get, in OneNote:
Extension List Dumper 03.png
« Last Edit: February 25, 2014, 03:28:39 PM by IainB, Reason: Update review. »

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 03:53:38 PM »
faviconize tab's functionality is now offered by firefox itself you know.
right click on any tab and select "pin as app tab"

one less add-on, one less memory leak.

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012, 04:02:13 PM »
That's a lot of add ons!  :o

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 04:20:06 PM »
faviconize tab's functionality is now offered by firefox itself you know.
right click on any tab and select "pin as app tab"
one less add-on, one less memory leak.
That's a lot of add ons!  :o

Thanks @eleman and @TaoPhoenix!
Yes, I put up that list of add-ons at the start of a long-overdue weeding-out process that I had been putting off for ages. A lot  of those accumulated add-ons have already been either disabled or deleted by now (Faviconize has been deleted).
I keep some of my favourites amongst them in a disabled state (e.g., Mr Tech), hoping that the developers will rejuvenate them at some point, because their functionality may still be special/unique, but when they are clearly obsolete/redundant, then they get deleted.

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 02:54:55 PM »
Just updated the opening post with this workaround note as to how to get an RTF copy of the extension list:
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Note on display/output: (a workaround)
To produce the list of extensions as per my list in the spoiler above, all I did was select the appropriate output (BBS was selected), and then press Copy to clipboard, and paste into the DCF spoiler field.
@Curt would have done the same in his post (per the link above), except he posted into the DCF comment field directly.
However, I also wanted to have a copy of the list of extensions in my OneNote repository, but there's no "Rich Text Format" output option in Extension List Dumper.
So I Posted the comment, then opened the spoiler, selected all the listed text in there, copied it and posted it into OneNote.
Bingo! Nice RTF output!

So whenever I want an updated extension list, I simply use the DCF comments field as an intermediate step to getting the list in RTF, by Previewing the list in a DCF comment field, and then copying/pasting the RTF text into OneNote, and then discarding the comment (i.e., not posting it).

Here's a sample of the output I get, in OneNote:
(see image in opening post)
« Last Edit: February 25, 2014, 03:27:29 PM by IainB, Reason: Minor edits. »

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 10:50:27 PM »
There was at one time an extension called "Fx InfoLister" that did the above. The author decided not to continue the extension back when Mozilla initially put Add-ons Review Team concept in place and they were exceedingly stringent. They wanted him to do a lot more than he felt it was worth since his extension really did nothing but read the extension list and put it into a few different formats for you to save or print. A shame as it was a nice and light but useful add-on.

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Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview.
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014, 05:29:01 PM »
It should be noted that I actually have two "addon listers": The mentioned Extension List Dumper, and one that is part of the QA/Automation/Projects/Addons/NightlyTesterTools: >Nightly Tester Tools :: Add-ons for Firefox<


Menu Bar > Tools > Nightly Tester Tools:

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-but I don't like the overcrowded design of the output:

List of Extensions
about:addons-memory 8
Adblock Plus 2.4.1
Add to Amazon Wish List Button 1.10
Add to Search Bar 2.2
Auto Context 1.5.0.3
Auto-Sort Bookmarks 2.3
Back to Top 7.0
Bulk Image Downloader 4.53.0.0
CoLT 2.6.1
Copy Plain Text 2 1.2.1
Copy Urls Expert 2.2.1
Download Statusbar 0.9.10
DownloadHelper 4.9.21
Downloads Context Menu 1.5
DownloadStudio Integration 9.0 [DISABLED]
Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express 7.22
Exit Button Firefox 0.4.2
Extension List Dumper 1.15.2
FastestFox 5.2.1
Flagfox 4.2.17
Google Reverse Image Search 1.0
Greasemonkey 1.15
Hola Unblocker 1.2.747 [DISABLED]
IE View 1.5.6
Image Toolbar 0.6.14
InFormEnter 0.76
Interclue 1.6.3
Lazarus: Form Recovery 3.2
Memory Restart 1.15
MyBookmarks 0.6.13
NextPlease 0.9.2 [DISABLED]
Nightly Tester Tools 3.7
Open In RegEdit 0.1.2.4
Pale Moon Commander 1.3.4 [DISABLED]
QuoteURLText 1.0.9b
RAM Tab 1.0
Readability 2.4
resolveip2 0.2.rev3 [DISABLED]
Restartless Restart 9
Resurrect Pages 2.0.6
RightToClick 2.9.5
Save File to 2.5.1 [DISABLED]
Save Session 1.3.1.6
Search Site 4.2
Self-Destructing Cookies 0.4.3
Stylish 1.4.1
Tab Mix Plus 0.4.1.3.1
Text to Voice 1.10 [DISABLED]
Textarea Cache 0.8.10
TryAgain 3.4.6
Undo Bookmarks Menu 1.7
Unsorted Bookmarks Folder Menu 3.0.1
VTzilla 1.5
WikiLook 2.7.0
YouR IP 0.3.1 [DISABLED]

« Last Edit: February 27, 2014, 03:29:56 AM by Curt »