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