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How to Install Chrome Extensions in Firefox

There was a time when Mozilla’s Firefox browser went toe to toe with Google Chrome when it comes to market share. However, a lot has changed and Google Chrome is now the undisputed king of the browsers. The ton of Chrome extensions that the Chrome Web Store houses is one of the various reasons for Chrome’s dominance. While a number of Chrome extensions are also available for Firefox, there are some that are exclusive to the Google browser. However, Mozilla has a new trick up its sleeve.

The company has been working on WebExtensions support for Firefox, which will make it compatible with all the Chrome extensions. Well, we are already seeing the fruits of the work, as there’s already a pretty simple way to install Chrome extensions for Firefox. Here’s how to do it:

Install the Chrome Store Foxified extension

  1. Open Firefox and install the Chrome Store Foxified extension.

chrome-store-foxified

Install the desired extension

  1. Once done, head over to the Chrome Web Store and search for the extension you want. For instance, we tried installing the “Google Translate” extension. You will notice that the extension page features an “Add to Firefox” button. Click on it.
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chrome-web-store-add-to-firefox

Convert the extension to Firefox format

  1. Then, the extension will be fetched from the Chrome Web Store and converted to Firefox format. You will then see numerous options to install or save the extension.

chrome-extension-converted-to-firefox

  1. If you plan on using the add-on permanently in Firefox, you can click on “Sign Addon then Install”. For this option, the add-on will be signed and for that, you need to have a Firefox account at addons.mozilla.org (AMO). You can easily create an account if you don’t have one.

If you just want to use the Chrome extension in Firefox temporarily, you can click on the “Install Temporarily” button and you are good to go. However, the extension will be removed from Firefox if you close the browser.

create-firefox-account

  1. After you have created an account, you can then choose to “Sign Addon then Install” or “Just Sign and Download” to save the add-on. The add-on will then be uploaded to AMO and signed.

sign-and-install-chrome-extensions

  1. Once the add-on is signed, you will get options to save or install the add-on. You will get a pop-up on the top left, click on the “Install” button and the Chrome extension will be added to Firefox. You can then click on the extension and use it like you would on Chrome.

chrome-extension-installed-in-firefox

Note: If you don’t get the pop-up, click on “Install Signed Add-on” and you should see it.

While all the Chrome extensions are installed in Firefox easily with this method, not all Chrome extensions work. In our testing, we tried a number of Chrome extensions on Firefox and only a few managed to work. Even those that did work, did not function as well as we would have liked. Considering the fact that the WebExtensions project is still in development, we can expect things to improve in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I install any Chrome extension on Firefox using this method?
A: While most Chrome extensions are compatible, not all of them will work on Firefox. The compatibility depends on the extension and the version of Firefox you are using. It is recommended to test the extension before relying on it completely.

Q: Can I permanently install the Chrome extension in Firefox?
A: Yes, you can permanently install the Chrome extension in Firefox by signing the add-on using your Firefox account. This option requires creating an account on addons.mozilla.org (AMO) and the add-on will remain installed even after closing and reopening the browser.

Q: What should I do if the Chrome extension doesn’t work properly in Firefox?
A: If the Chrome extension doesn’t work properly in Firefox, it is likely due to compatibility issues. Since the WebExtensions project is still in development, some extensions may not work as expected. You can try updating Firefox to the latest version or reaching out to the extension developer for support.

Conclusion

The WebExtensions initiative will certainly help Mozilla retain users already using Firefox, but it’ll be interesting to see if the move manages to keep people from moving to Chrome. Well, we certainly hope so, as any competition in tech is a win for the consumers. If you can’t wait for WebExtensions to arrive in full-fledged form, you can try installing Chrome extensions in Firefox using the aforementioned method. Just keep your expectations low and you might even get surprised. Share your experience in the comments section.

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