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    Tutorials

    This page lists practical hands-on articles about how to accomplish specific tasks using the SDK.


    Getting started

    Installation
    Download, install, and initialize the SDK on Windows, OS X and Linux.
    Troubleshooting
    Some pointers for fixing common problems and getting more help.
    Getting started
    Walkthrough of creating a simple add-on with the SDK.

    Create user interfaces

    Add a toolbar button
    Attach a button to the Firefox Add-on toolbar.
    Add a menu item to Firefox
    Add items to Firefox's main menus.
    Display a popup
    Display a popup dialog implemented with HTML and JavaScript.
    Add a context menu item
    Add items to Firefox's context menu.

    Interact with the browser

    Open a web page
    Open a web page in a new browser tab or window using the tabs module, and access its content.
    Listen for page load
    Use the tabs module to get notified when new web pages are loaded, and access their content.
    Get the list of open tabs
    Use the tabs module to iterate through the currently open tabs, and access their content.

    Modify web pages

    Modify web pages based on URL
    Create filters for web pages based on their URL: whenever a web page whose URL matches the filter is loaded, execute a specified script in it.
    Modify the active web page
    Dynamically load a script into the currently active web page.

    Development techniques

    Logging
    Log messages to the console for diagnostic purposes.
    Creating reusable modules
    Structure your add-on in separate modules to make it easier to develop, debug, and maintain. Create reusable packages containing your modules, so other add-on developers can use them too.
    Unit testing
    Writing and running unit tests using the SDK's test framework.
    Chrome authority
    Get access to the Components object, enabling your add-on to load and use any XPCOM object.
    Creating event targets
    Enable the objects you define to emit their own events.
    Listen for load and unload
    Get notifications when your add-on is loaded or unloaded by Firefox, and pass arguments into your add-on from the command line.
    Using third-party modules (jpm)
    Install and use additional modules which don't ship with the SDK itself.
    Localization
    Writing localizable code.
    Mobile development
    Develop add-ons for Firefox Mobile on Android.
    Add-on Debugger
    Debug your add-on's JavaScript.

    Putting it together

    Annotator add-on
    A walkthrough of a relatively complex add-on.

     


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