Greasefire Shows Which Greasemonkey Scripts Work On Websites You Visit [Firefox]

0 greasefire intro   Greasefire Shows Which Greasemonkey Scripts Work On Websites You Visit [Firefox]Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox that grants access to thousands of user-created scripts to enhance your browsing. These greasemonkey scripts allow you to customize the way a webpage displays and can offer everything from minor tweaks to complete formatting.

The downside is that not all scripts will work on every website you visit. Couple that with the amount of greasemonkey scripts there are and finding one that works can be pretty difficult at times.

Greasefire eliminates this problem. It works in conjunction with Greasemonkey and tells you what scripts work on the current page you’re on.

In this article, I am going to show you where to get Greasefire, how to install the add-on, and how to use its basic functions.

Greasemonkey

In order to use Greasefire, you first need to install Greasemonkey.

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Greasemonkey allows you to install scripts from userscripts.org, which can be extremely useful. There are scripts that will help improve your search, enhance your calendar, add features to Facebook, and more.

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To install Greasemonkey, you just click the green Add to Firefox button and hit Install Now on the pop-up box. You should now see a little icon of a monkey in the lower right-hand part of your browser.

Firefox’s add-ons–and particularly Greasemonkey–provide one of the primary arguments against using Google Chrome as a browser. However, did you know that Chrome is compatible with a lot of Greasemonkey scripts?

Greasefire

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Now that we enhanced your browser a bit with Greasemonkey, let’s enhance Greasemonkey itself.

First, you’ll want to go to the Greasefire add-on page. Similar to installing Greasemonkey above, just click the Add to Firefox button and Install Now. The add-on will download really quickly and you will be asked to restart Firefox.

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Once you restart Firefox you’ll notice that down on the bottom-right part of the screen our little monkey icon now has a red and yellow background. This means that Greasefire has found available greasemonkey scripts for the site that you’re on.

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[Note]: If you don’t see the background colors don’t worry. You might just be on a page that doesn’t have any compatible scripts.

Accessing Greasefire

Now that everything’s installed, let’s see how it works.

When you visit a web page that has compatible user scripts from userscripts.org, the extension will highlight your Greasemonkey icon (like I mentioned above) in the status bar.

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Simply right-click the monkey icon and choose the “x scripts available” item at the top of the menu to see and install the scripts available for the current page. Of course, the number of scripts available will vary depending on the page that you’re on.

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Clicking that menu item will bring up a window with each of the scripts listed on a panel on the left with their corresponding descriptions on the right.

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When you find a script you want to try out, just click the Install button at the bottom of the screen.

[Note]: Greasefire uses a local index to look up scripts that apply to the page you are on. It does not send any browsing data to a server. The index is updated periodically (See Add-ons->Greasefire->Preferences for details).

Conclusion

So if you want to expand your Greasemonkey skills without spending your time searching through all of the scripts available, try Greasefire. Some pages–like Google–will still have hundreds of results, but when you’re browsing around the Interweb you’ll see that the script-counts are pretty reasonable. It’s a good way to discover lost treasures in the script vault, that’s for sure.

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23 Comments -

geeknik

Doesn’t work with any of the Firefox 4.x alpha or beta builds. =(

Steve Campbell

If it doesn’t I’m sure it will soon! Look out for the update

geeknik

Unless you’re the author, I won’t hold my breath, seeing as how it hasn’t been updated for over a year anyways. =)

Steve Campbell

Ahh, well in that case, I think we need to send a few emails their way to get the ball rollin’

Enderwiggin24

I have switched from ff to chrome.
do you know, if a similar extension exists for chrome?
thanks!

Steve Campbell

I was thinking about that when writing the article and unfortunately I couldn’t come up with anything. I know some greasemonkey scripts can work in chrome but I haven’t found an application like greasefire yet.

Steve Campbell

Amazing. Thanks!

Enderwiggin24

I have switched from ff to chrome.
do you know, if a similar extension exists for chrome?
thanks!

Marcus

handy extension!

geeknik

Greasefire for Chrome:

http://code.google.com/p/greas

geeknik

Greasefire for Chrome:

http://code.google.com/p/greas

gggirlgeek

Yeah, this review is a teensy bit late considering Greasefire is pretty much dead in the water I think — which REALLY sucks.

I hunted around for the progress on it and found one sentence written back in May where the author says he is dealing with some people on database issues regarding the upgrade for Firefox 4.0. Nothing since then, and he seems scarce in the forum. See the bottom of the page here: http://userscripts.org/topics/49260

gggirlgeek

Yeah, this review is a teensy bit late considering Greasefire is pretty much dead in the water I think — which REALLY sucks.

I hunted around for the progress on it and found one sentence written back in May where the author says he is dealing with some people on database issues regarding the upgrade for Firefox 4.0. Nothing since then, and he seems scarce in the forum. See the bottom of the page here: http://userscripts.org/topics/

Gaming PC

Great extension, gonna get this installed although I’ve rarely found a greasemonkey script that works flawlessly :/