View Full Version : Scripting installation of firefox extensions

July 13th, 2010, 08:07 PM
I'm trying to figure out how to install firefox xpi extensions from a scripted environment and running into trouble. My understanding is that you can do this by running the following command:

firefox -install-global-extension "<path-to-extension>\extname.xpi"

Unfortunately, all this does is start firefox. Anybody have any idea why this doesn't work? Here's my current script:

TMPDIR=`mktemp -d`

# Grab flashblock
wget https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/latest/433/addon-433-latest.xpi?src=addondetail

# Grab adblock plus
wget https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/latest/1865/addon-1865-latest.xpi?src=addondetail

for FILE in $TMPDIR/*.xpi ; do
firefox -install-global-extension "$FILE"

I've tried executing these commands manually just to confirm, but it just doesn't work.

January 18th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Try it with sudo. e.g. sudo <your script>
or sudo firefox -install-global-extension "<path-to-extension>\extname.xpi"

Alternatively, look here for a method avoiding -install-global-extension altogether.
-> http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10372816&postcount=11