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WebExtensions (browser extensions) #2271

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benoitparis opened this issue Feb 2, 2016 · 16 comments
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WebExtensions (browser extensions) #2271

benoitparis opened this issue Feb 2, 2016 · 16 comments

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@benoitparis
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@benoitparis benoitparis commented Feb 2, 2016

Mozilla is working on making WebExtensions available in Firefox (dropping XPCOM, XUL and jetpack); API will be the same as Chrome extensions.

Opera already have them.

Mozilla has announced they will come gradually through Firefox 44 to 48, with a stable release in july.

Microsoft is also working on them in Edge.

The WebEXtension API is broken in about 60 components; Chrome having 100% support, Opera probably 100% too. The status page for Firefox can be found at http://arewewebextensionsyet.com/

No trace of a public spec by the w3c, unfortunately :/ I don't even know if w3c is involved; but it is really great they are finally making efforts into providing a common API. Maybe they are waiting to have all browsers on the same level before letting w3c evolve the spec.

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@julmot julmot commented Feb 16, 2016

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@neoncitylights neoncitylights commented Feb 16, 2016

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@Llbe Llbe commented Feb 21, 2016

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@julmot julmot commented Feb 22, 2016

Don't +1, just click Subscribe

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@Grief Grief commented Feb 28, 2016

@julmot

While GitHub lacks a direct way of voting issues up or down, a system has been set up where anyone can vote for an issue with a "+1" comment. These votes are then tallied and the resulting list in order of votes is generated here.

http://caniuse.com/#info_news

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@kumavis kumavis commented Sep 13, 2016

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@kumavis
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@kumavis kumavis commented Sep 13, 2016

This mozilla compat table has some useful data, including Firefox for Android
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/WebExtensions/Browser_support_for_JavaScript_APIs

@benoitparis
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@benoitparis benoitparis commented Sep 27, 2016

Browser extensions in Android, that's definitely a new thing.
Nice!

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@Schweinepriester Schweinepriester commented Oct 12, 2016

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@skuro skuro commented Oct 22, 2016

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@maboa maboa commented Apr 7, 2017

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@chrisblakley chrisblakley commented Mar 18, 2018

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@ExE-Boss ExE-Boss commented May 12, 2018

Chrome and Opera don’t have 100% support, as Firefox implements some APIs that Chrome solely lacks, and Microsoft is once again doing their own incompatible thing, but this time with Edge’s extensions, instead of IE6.

Anyway, these pages should help:


@benoitparis

Browser extensions in Android, that's definitely a new thing.

Actually, Firefox for Android supported extensions for almost as long as Firefox for Android existed because Mozilla isn’t Google, who artifically limit Chrome for Android to prevent people from using third party AdBlockers, which would lessen Google’s ad revenue.

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@rugk rugk commented May 12, 2018

Generally Mozilla also collects the same data as this project for web APIs and WebExtension stuff. They also provide this (new stuff) in machine readable format: https://github.com/mdn/browser-compat-data

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@johnnyasantoss johnnyasantoss commented Feb 5, 2019

@benoitparis

No trace of a public spec by the w3c, unfortunately :/

Here (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions) it says that it has one now :)

https://browserext.github.io/browserext/

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@ledenis ledenis commented Dec 11, 2021

Seems like there is some progress, see this announcement from June 2021:

https://www.w3.org/community/webextensions/2021/06/04/forming-the-wecg/

We’re excited to announce the launch of the WebExtensions Community Group (WECG).

With multiple browsers adopting a broadly compatible model for extensions in the last few years, the WECG is excited to explore how browser vendors and other interested parties can work together to advance a common browser extension platform.

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are initiating this community group, and we welcome other browser makers, extension developers, and interested parties to join this effort!

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