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    Developing add-ons

    Mozilla based software is typically extensible through add-ons.  There are three primary types of add-on: extensions, plugins, and themes.  This page will help guide you to the information you need in order to create add-ons for Firefox, Thunderbird, or other software based on the Mozilla platform, as well as how to distribute your add-ons.

    Add-ons topics

    Submitting an add-on to AMO
    Provides helpful information for add-on developers to help them properly package and deliver their add-ons.  This includes information about addons.mozilla.org, Mozilla's add-on distribution web site.
    Extensions
    Extensions add new functionality to Mozilla applications such as Firefox, SeaMonkey and Thunderbird. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature.
    Plugins
    Information about how to create plugins, which are binary components that let Mozilla based software display content they can't handle natively.
    Jetpack
    Browser extension development for everyone. Jetpack developers only need to know the tools of the modern web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    Themes
    Themes let users customize the appearance of the user interface presented by Mozilla-based applications.
    Search engine plugins
    Firefox supports search engine plugins, which enable the search box to support different search engines.
    addons.mozilla.org (AMO) API Developers' Guide
    The AMO Developers' Guide describes how to use the AMO API to fetch information about add-ons from the addons.mozilla.org site.
    The Mozilla platform
    Information about the Mozilla platform, including all of its APIs and technologies, as well as how to use them in your own projects.
    Performance
    Performance guides and utilities to help you make your add-on perform well (and to play nicely with others).

     
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