4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons

Varun Kashyap 08-09-2009

4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons firefox logoFirefox has a plethora of extensions and themes available that enhances its capabilities and appearance. They get all the attention all the time.


Let’s today shift the focus slightly towards a few external Firefox tools that can be used to optimize Firefox:


4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons speedyfox

SpeedyFox is a cool little Firefox tool which lets you optimize Firefox for speed. Firefox stores a lot of information in an sqlite database, which grows over time.

SpeedyFox takes care of any database fragmentation and thus makes Firefox zippier. You might not see a difference if you try SpeedyFox on a fresh Firefox install, it works great after you have been using Firefox for some time. Just close Firefox, run SpeedyFox and point it to the profile you want to optimize.

The optimization may take some time depending upon how much data SpeedyFox has to work with. Also don’t forget to check out The ultimate guide to speeding up Firefox 3.5 The Ultimate Guide To Speeding Up Firefox 3.5 Read More


Silence of the Foxes

4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons foxes

This simple Firefox tool lets you create custom Firefox installers which you can use to deploy Firefox’s preconfigured settings and add-ons. It unpacks the original Firefox setup, lets you add your own extensions, themes, preferences and then repacks to give you a silent installation package.

Although this Firefox tool was designed a long time back for a now obsolete version of Firefox, it worked pretty well for me. Download and fire it up, choose a new project and point the application to Firefox Setup that you downloaded from the web. It will extract the files, detect your Firefox profiles and show you the files that it will add to the silent installation package.

By default it adds your preferences and bookmarks, if you want to add themes and extensions you will have to download the .jar and .xpi files and add them to the files to be added to the installer. Once everything is done, it will create a file sfirefox.exe which is your new silent installation customized package. You might want to go through the readme file for some advanced tinkering.



4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons viewer

Firefox can remember the login details for your favorite websites. All these details are encrypted and then stored in Firefox’s profile database. FirePasswordViewer lets you view these details for any Firefox profile you point it to. You can use it to get back passwords you might have forgotten and some other purposes (use your imagination here).

The Firefox tool will not work if you have enabled and set the Master Password. So it might be a good idea to set your Firefox Master password to protect yourself from such hacks. It can be set via the Security tab inside Tools > Options in Firefox.


4 Cool Firefox Tools That Are Not Addons firemaster


Just when you thought setting the master password protected all the sensitive sign-on information, we present FireMaster. FireMaster can be used to recover the master password in case you forget it. However, like always, there are inherent limitations as with any password recovery tool – FireMaster uses a combination of dictionary and brute force attacks so it would take a very long time to recover any moderately strong password. All the more reason to use strong passwords. Refer FireMaster page for usage tips.

Do you know of some other tools you can use with Firefox for similar purposes? You can tell us all about them in the comments.

Related topics: Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox.

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  1. eqalias
    September 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I've been using Firefox for about 2 years now mainly due to the plug-ins and the fact that it's more secure. But do the speed add-ons actually make any difference?

    • 1fastbullet
      October 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

      Yes, firefox will crash much faster.

      Welcome to Firefox.
      Your fun has only just begun.

  2. Jon K
    September 21, 2009 at 6:48 am

    I tried it on FF portable and it didn't work. I selected the "\profile" folder and hit the speed up button, but the program displayed this message: Failed to open the profile, please close all Firefox instances before. (I had no instance of FF opened, and my Firefox was also in working condition)

  3. Crewmanek
    September 14, 2009 at 7:02 am

    imposant guide:) thx, i hope speedy fox can optimise firefox portable too

  4. Mr.Fussyfont
    September 10, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Squashable - I think you get beta versions of updates if your original Firefox 3.5 was a beta. I'm sure you can turn this off somewhere. But since these are mostly security updates, getting them ASAP might not be such a bad thing...

  5. ew
    September 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    is speedyfox actually something similar like the Vacuum your places plug in?

  6. venkat
    September 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

    speedyfox really improves the speed of firefox .

  7. Paul G
    September 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Silence of the Foxes look OK but I find FEBE (Firefox Extension Backup Extension) is great, especially if you enable the Profile backup option. It will back up EVERYTHING in your current set-up.

    To re-install simply - install FF, add FEBE, restore profile.

    The only catch is that FEBE will not restore to the default profile so run "Firefox -P" from the command prompt, create a profile, restore to the profile not in use.

  8. John Davis
    September 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Amazing dude, Pretty cool stuff!


  9. John Davis
    September 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Amazing dude, Pretty cool stuff!


  10. Teodor
    September 9, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Think that firefox best tools are SeoStatus and SeoQuake addons.

  11. Squashable
    September 9, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I used speedyfox and I didnt notice any performance improvement or improved startup speed in FF 3.5.2. It is very slow to startup, and something is corrupted in the registry, for it always goes to mozilla's start page upon startup even though I select 'start with blank page' in the options. And yesterday I hit look for updates and it updated to 3.5.3 and I later learnt it is beta version (the start page after the next startup said it is beta version). Now I dont want to install beta versions in my system for I have experience with non-functional addons. Why does it misleadingly represent 3.5.3 as an upgrade when it is just a beta?

    • 1fastbullet
      October 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      Welcome to Firefox.

      Your fun has only just begun.

  12. Vasilinka
    September 9, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Oh wow! It`s greate! I love speed!

  13. akku
    September 9, 2009 at 4:48 am

    "Firefox can remember the login details for your favorite websites. All these details are encrypted and then stored in Firefox’s profile database" Tool>Options>Security> Saved Passwords> Show Passwords. They do not look Encrypted to me.

    Awesome find tho. I will have to try them out.

  14. Sarang Dravid
    September 9, 2009 at 2:46 am

    SpeedyFox is really a cool ToOl to paly with your firefox, it really enhances the performance and i really love to use it in all of my systems !