One of the goals of Firefox have always been to make the lives of web developers as easy and productive as possible, by providing tools and a very extensible web browser to enable people to create amazing things. The idea here is to list a lot of the tools and options available to you as web developers using Firefox.
Native developer tools in Firefox
We are working on building a great set of developer tools for you included in Firefox. They are described much more in detail in Developer Tools in Firefox Aurora 10 and there are some very interesting implications for what we can accomplish with them!
We are evaluating and experimenting with a number of user interfaces and code approaches to try and find the most optimal ways to work with code in a page. If you install Firefox Aurora you can try them out right now! Let us know what you think.
Also stay tuned to this blog, since we will post updates on progress and features for the native Developer Tools.
By far, the most well-known web developer tool in a web browser is the Firebug extension, and without a doubt, for a long time it set the bar for how web developing and debugging should be. Firebug is still a very important tool with lots of powerful features, including a vast number of extensions (see below).
Just something you need to be aware of, though, is with everything that Firebug offers it can be quite heavy when it comes to consuming memory, so use it accordingly.
Firefox extensions for web developers
Over the years, a lot of extensions have been developed to help web developers utilize Firefox to the maximum. Some of the most used and well-known are these ones, but please let us know if we have missed any that helps you!
Support web developers in testing web resources for accessibility features.
AiOS lets you open various windows as sidebar panels, and quickly switch between them. So it put an end to the window chaos! In addition to bookmarks and history it opens dialogues such as downloads, add-ons and more in the sidebar.
Easy cache status & management from status.
Disable (and optionally clear) the browser cache with the flick of a switch.
Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies.
CSS Reloader is an extension that allows you to reload all the CSS of any site without you have to reload the page itself.
DOM Inspector is a tool that can be used to inspect and edit the live DOM of any web document or XUL application. The DOM can be navigated using a two-paned window displaying a variety of different views on the document and all nodes within.
Video and audio encoding for Firefox. With Firefogg you can encode most media files to Ogg and WebM. Firefogg also provides an API to integrate encoding into the upload process.
FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers.
Display horizontal and vertical floating guides, exactly the way you use it in photoshop. Helps improving layout, placing elements in proper grids, laying out elements symmetrically and structure a design.
FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities. It offers more features than SwitchProxy, ProxyButton, QuickProxy, xyzproxy, ProxyTex, TorButton, etc.
Geolocate you where you want.
HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon.
An HTTP analyzer addon for Firefox.
Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
Monitor Jenkins (http://jenkins-ci.org) builds and display the status on Firefox status bar.
jQuery and jQuery UI embedded in browser.
Pretty-prints JSON content in the browser for easy, unobtrusive viewing.
View JSON documents in the browser.
If the website you are viewing contains any external js/css files, an icon will appear that says “SS”, “JS”, or both. Each individual file can then be viewed by clicking on the filename. The file will be opened in a new window.
Eases navigation within sequences of pages (e.g. Web comics, forums, or technical specifications such as the HTML 4 Recommendation) by providing toolbar buttons for the first, previous, next, and last page.
View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing.
LiveReload refreshes a web page when files change.
Draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels.
Add, modify and filter the HTTP request headers sent to web servers. This addon is particularly useful for Mobile web development, HTTP testing and privacy.
The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
Page Speed is an open-source project started at Google to help developers optimize their web pages by applying web performance best practices.
PixelZoomer takes a screenshot of the current website and provides various tools for pixel analysis. You can zoom into websites (up to 3200%), measure distances and pick colors with an eye dropper.
Grabbing screens and pulling images from the web just got a bit easier. With the Pixlr Grabber add-on, you can copy, save, share or even edit your final grabs – including any image or background – with just a right-click.
A developer tool for interacting with web services and other web resources that lets you make HTTP requests, set the entity body, and content type. This allows you to interact with web services and inspect the results.
Color tools for web development. Color picker and eyedropper + saving colors and trying out colors with drag and drop.
Testing tool for regular expressions with color highlighting (including submatches) and helpers for creating expressions.
A very simple extension to remove all the cookies of currently opened site. It adds an option to the Right Click menu of the page, and a Clear Cookies Button to perform this operation. It displays the status of operation in the status bar.
Capture, grab, save, download, or copy anything you see in your web browser with only one click! Screenshot pimp is by far the most customizable, and user friendly screenshot toolbar available for both Windows and Mac!
Manage any SQLite database on your computer.
Just one simple toolbar button to open Selenium IDE. You need to have installed Selenium IDE: http://seleniumhq.org/projects/ide/
Seoquake is a Firefox SEO extension aimed primarily at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization (SEO), social media optimization (SMO) and internet promotion. Seoquake allows to investigate many important SEO parameters.
Show the IP address(es) of the current page in the status bar. It also allows querying custom information services by IP (right click) and hostname (left click), like whois, netcraft, etc. Additionally you can copy the IP address to the clipboard.
Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. You can even customize Firefox and other programs themselves.
Use tamperdata to view and modify HTTP/HTTPS headers and post parameters.
You can have an idea, with a single click, of how accesible web sites are.
Perform many different validations in one go. This multiple validator works with external, internal, or local web pages using a local copy of the desktop tool obtained from http://www.totalvalidator.com/downloads/extensiontool.html.
TryAgain keeps trying to load a webpage when the server cannot be reached.
The User Agent Switcher extension adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of a browser.
Wappalyzer is a browser add-on that uncovers the technologies used on websites.
The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser.
There exists a lot of extensions for Firebug for a number of different use cases, and a number of them are listed here:
Syntax highlighting for the Firebug command line using Ace. Fuzzy auto completion.
Firebug extension to view which CSS rules are actually used.
Firecookie is an extension for Firebug that makes possible to view and manage cookies in your browser.
Finds HTML elements matching chosen CSS selector(s) or XPath expression.
FirePHP enables you to log to your Firebug Console using a simple PHP method call.
Firebug plugin for jQuery development.
Makes firebug friendlier and easier to use
NetExport is a Firebug extension that allows exporting all collected and computed data from the Net panel. The structure of the created file uses HTTP Archive (HAR) format (based on JSON).
Pixel Perfect is a Firefox/Firebug extension that allows web developers and designers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML.
YSlow analyzes web pages and why they’re slow based on Yahoo!’s rules for high performance web sites.
There are even more extensions available for Firebug, available in the Firebug Extensions wiki.