How to Install and Use Add-ons in Firefox 4 Beta 1?

Firefox 4 beta 1 has arrived and the beta 2 is also available for download unofficially from the FTP server. It has some awesome new features like tabs on top, a unified menu and many behind the scene changes. However, there is a word of caution before you jump into using it. The latest Firefox beta has add-on support disabled by default.

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This move ensures that users are not facing trouble because of unsupported add-ons. However, that can be an issue at times and here is an easy workaround to install add-ons.

To install older add-ons,

  • First, you need to install an add-on named “Add-on compatibility reporter”.
  • Then, restart Firefox as prompted. This will enable the add-on.
  • Next, you need to restart Firefox once more. Finally, this allows you to install add-ons.
  • In the browser address bar type in “about:addons” to get the Add-on Manager.

Now you can install any older add-on as you could earlier.

The add-on compatibility reporter is used to report add-on compatibility. So, if you are using the Compatibility Reporter add-on to enable older add-ons, please report their compatibility. This will help Mozilla improve your user experience in return.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.