Google Chrome has a ton of great extensions support to improve your browsing performance. Each Chrome Extension has its unique functionality and set of features to improve the productivity of Chrome browser.
We all know Chrome is power hungry. Sometimes it uses all your system resources to serve you with maximum performance. Due to this reason, the entire system performance will be slow down, sometimes killing the Chrome is the only option to release the consumed RAM memory.
This is the main reason for many switching to Firefox. However, we have some differences between Chrome and Firefox.
Differences between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
|Current Build Version 64.0.3282.186||Current Build 59.0b10|
|Don’t support Tab groups||Support Tab Groups|
|Vorbis, WebM, Theora, AAC, MP3, H.264||WebM, Ogg Theora Vorbis, Ogg Opus, MPEG H.264 (AAC or MP3), WAVE PCM|
|Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS||Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Firefox OS (Unofficial ports to BSDs, Solaris, OpenSolaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, UnixWare)|
|Blink (an open-source fork of WebKit)||Gecko, SpiderMonkey, WebKit|
Mozilla Firefox is a great browser with a ton of browsing options except for the exclusive Chrome Extensions. Luckily we have a chance to install Chrome Extensions on Mozilla Firefox with a simple trick.
Install Chrome Extensions in Firefox
First, you have to know the difference between Chrome extensions and Firefox add-ons. Both have same productive features developed in different formats. Chrome extensions have a file type .crx and Firefox add-ons are of type .xpi. To use a .crx file extension on Firefox you need to convert into .xpi. This is the basic thing behind the Chrome extensions installation on Firefox. The below steps contain a detailed guide for installing Chrome Extensions on Mozilla Firefox.
1. Open Mozilla Firefox on your Mac, PC or Linux based machine. This trick will work on any machine irrespective of platforms.
2. Now open Firefox browser and then add the Chrome Store Foxified add-on present on the Mozilla add-on store.
3. After the add-on installation, it is available at the top right corner of the Firefox window.
4. Now click on the Chrome Store Foxified icon.
5. This action will open a new tab page with Chrome Store Foxified options.
6. Here, you can directly add the Chrome Extension weblink or you can upload the .crx file of an extension in the box.
7. Once the conversion is completed, you’ll be provided with a number of options to install. The basic procedure is to first digitally sign the add-on (converted from Chrome extension) through addons.mozilla.org (AMO) and then install it on your browser.
8. Here you must have to log in to the AMO server to digitally sign the converted extension.
9. In the next step, click on Sign Addon then Install to let Firefox process the addon file.
10. Once your AMO account is signed, the addon file will be uploaded to AMO for signing. If the signing failed during the signing procedure you can try next time for successful signing.
11. After successful signing, you can install the extension on Firefox. (If you just want to use the Chrome extension in Firefox temporarily, you can click on the “Install Temporarily” .)
Chrome Store Foxified is a great add-on for installing Chrome Extension on Firefox. In our testing, we are successfully able to install almost all extensions we use on Chrome. Undoubtedly, a majority of the Chrome Extensions work in Mozilla Firefox. This simple extension makes Firefox one step advance to the rest of browsers with more productive tools support.
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