Open in Browser
A browser extension that offers the ability to open files directly in the browser instead of downloading them. You can also change the MIME-type if you wish, and choose to remember the preferred action per file-type.
Install the extension from: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/open-in-browser/
Development: Visit about:debugging and load the extension/ directory.
The extension does not work in Chromium-based browsers such as Chrome or Opera
webRequest API does not support non-blocking asynchronous return values.
- The extension can directly be loaded from the extension/ directory.
- The extension extracts the icons, translations and MIME-mappings from external sources. These can be generated using the gen-*.js files at the top of the repository.
- To test whether the extension works, run
npm run-script test-server(set the
PORTenvironment variable if the default port is in use) and open the displayed URL in the browser.
The main inspiration is https://github.com/spasche/openinbrowser
This project was written in 2013, in an attempt to port the functionality of the Open in Browser
Firefox add-on to Chrome. However, it was never published because the only way to ask the user for
a decision is to use the blocking
window.showModalDialog API. But this resulted in a terrible user
experience because the browser would suspend all requests until the extension had returned.
In 2017, the project was revived, this time to port the functionality to Firefox, where extensions
have to be written using the WebExtensions API - similar to Chrome's extension API. Contrary to
webRequest API allows extension to suspend network requests in a non-blocking
way, so it is feasible to show a non-blocking dialog to ask for input.