Plug me in

Firefox’s add-ons are proving invaluable to me as a web tester but there are also some awesome tools for improving the efficiency of everyday tasks too. I’ve compiled my favourite Firefox Add-ons here (in no particular order).

Note: IE, Chrome and Opera also have some useful add ons.
(http://www.ieaddons.com/gb/)
(http://www.mychromeaddons.com/)
(http://www.opera.com/docs/plugins/)

Selenium IDE
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2079

Web automation. Fast becoming an industry standard tool. This is the IDE version. Visit http://seleniumhq.org/ for more
information on the RC version and grid.

IE Tab
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

Flips your Firefox tab in to Internet Explorer mode. Super useful.

Firesizer
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5792

Re-sizes your window to preconfigured sizes

Webshots
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6168

Super little screen capture tool.

Fire cookie
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6683

The best way of tracking and testing of cookies in your browser.

Delicious
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3615

Social bookmarking. Never lose a site of interest again and share them with the community too. Perfect for bookmarking testing sites, information and snippets.

Clear Cache
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1801

Super shortcut for clearing out the cache within the browser.

Copy Plain Text
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/134

Tool for copying text in plain text format only. Drops all of the text formatting giving you just the text.

Fiddler Hook
http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/addons/fiddlerhook/

Firefox addon for integrating with fiddler. How can you web test without some sort of HTTP debugging?

Download Status
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/26

Embeds your downloads in a toolbar at the bottom of the browser. Keeps it nice and tidy.

Xmarks
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2410

Superb tool that allows you to upload your Firefox bookmarks to a central server and then download them to any browser.
Perfect for multiple computers; keeps it all in sync.

W3C Page Validator
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2250

Check your page against W3C standards and compliance.

Pencil
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8487

Brilliant for mocking up screens.

SQL Injection
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6727

Does exactly as the name suggests

Quick Restart
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3559

Restarts Firefox maintaining all tabs and open docs

Firebug
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843

How can you test websites without this one? Inspect your page elements.

Regular Expressions Tester
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2077

Useful tool for testing Regular Expressions.

Quick Locale Switcher
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1333

Genius tool for quickly switching your browser between locales. Really useful for multi locale sites.

Http Fox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6647

Brilliant tool for tracking the http traffic in your browser.

TAW3
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1158?src=api

Accessibility checking tool. Awesome.

Firefox Accessibility Tools
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5809?src=api

Accessibility checking tool. Combined with TAW3 above you should have some indication of how accessible your sites are.

For more tools and testing hints and tips, check out the wiki at The Software Testing Club. http://wiki.softwaretestingclub.com/Software-Testing-Tools

Alan Richardson also sent me a link to a post he had done on browser add-ons over at Evil Tester. http://www.eviltester.com/index.php/2009/04/29/how-on-earth-did-we-test-the-web-without-these-tools/

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