Prefbar for Firefox2

There’s been a lot of discussion about the Preferences Toolbar again recently. Grey Hodge blogged about the lack of an updated Prefbar install for Firefox2, and asked if anyone knew anything. I felt he might be interested in knowing what was really going on, so I resurrected a post from my old blog (I never got around to copying them all over) where I explained what happened with the Prefbar project and why I don’t work on it anymore. A lot of people seem to have found their way to this blog from there, many of whom have commented that I should really just start a new project (or a fork of the old one) with a different name and let the other guy do (or not do) what he wants with “his” Prefbar. I am definitely considering doing this, and although I might not have time to do any serious development on it until after the holidays, I plan to start soliciting feature suggestions and feedback in the very near future. In fact, if you’ve got anything you’d like to see in a prefbar-like next generation firefox preference and option management tool, please add them as a comment to this post. Name suggestions would also be appreciated.

In the mean time, we need to get the existing Prefbar working with Firefox 2 as quickly as possible. I have a version, available for download, that seems to mostly work. All I did was change the maximum version number field in the installer to 2.0 (it was 1.5), but as there weren’t any major backend XUL or preferences engine changes that I know of between 1.5 and 2.0, that might be enough. Please check it out and let me know if it installs and works correctly on your machine. All such reports can be sent as blog comments (or through the XulPlanet contact form) until I get something better figured out.

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm and support.



  1. Aaron, at this URI - - I see your name and Manuel’s name both listed as Project Owners: is that just due to a static website URI? [As in, although still a Project Owner (?), you’ve not been involved in that particular Prefbar’s development?]

    Aaron, if you begin a fork of Preferences Toolbar, aka Prefbar, will the new version you fork/create also work with SeaMonkey?


    Comment by Laurence — October 31, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  2. Hi,

    your PrefBar-version works fine for me - thanks for the nice work (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061010 Firefox/2.0)


    Comment by Stefan — October 31, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Prefbar for FF2!…

    [ music | Herbie Hancock - Rockit ]

    Awesome. That is all….

    Trackback by random particles — October 31, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  4. Works, awesomeness. :)

    Comment by Grey Hodge — October 31, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

  5. Good luck, hope to see the fruits of your labour soon.

    Comment by Jon Pritchard — November 5, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  6. Hi,

    I have a request for enhancement to the Prefbar. I usually surf with the following options:
    [Settings 1] javascript disabled, proxy enabled, cookies disabled
    (I use junkbuster proxy)

    When navigating certain sites that require logins (e.g., bank sites), I change the options to:
    [Settings 2]: javascript enabled, proxy disabled, cookies enabled

    It would be nice to have a checkbox that I can label “SafeSurf” (as an example), which if enabled, would result in [Settings 1] being used, and if disabled would result in [Settings 2] being used. Note that [Settings 2] is simply a toggle of [Settings 1]. This would save me some mouse clicks :)

    Maybe there’s a way to do that with the current interface, but the documentation I was able to find wasn’t too helpful. Any pointers you can give would be appreciated. If you add a checkbox to do this in your next release, this would be even better :)


    Comment by PrefbarFan — November 6, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

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