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..................... dotjs-ubuntu .................

dotjs-ubuntu is a Google Chrome extension that executes JavaScript files in ~/.js based on their filename.

This version of dotjs is maintained for users under Ubuntu. The original dotjs for Mac OSX can be found here:

If you navigate to, dotjs will execute ~/.js/

This makes it super easy to spruce up your favorite pages using JavaScript.

Bonus: files in ~/.js have jQuery 1.5 loaded, regardless of whether the site you're hacking uses jQuery.

Double bonus: ~/.js/default.js is loaded on every request, meaning you can stick plugins or helper functions in it.

GreaseMonkey user scripts are great, but you need to publish them somewhere and re-publish after making modifications. With dotjs, just add or edit files in ~/.js.


$ cat ~/.js/
// swap github logo with trollface
$('#header .logo img')
  .css('width', '100px')
  .css('margin-top', '-15px')
  .attr('src', '//')

How It Works

Chrome extensions can't access the local filesystem, so dotjs runs a tiny web server on port 3131 that serves files out of ~/.js.

You don't have to worry about starting or stopping this web server because we put a pretty great plist into ~/Library/LaunchAgents that handles all that for us.

The dotjs Chrome extension then makes ajax requests to http://localhost:3131/ any time you hit a page on, for example, and executes the returned JavaScript.


  • Ubuntu
  • Ruby 1.8
  • rake (gem install rake)
  • Google Chrome
  • /path/to/home/bin in your $PATH


git clone
cd dotjs
rake install

After installation add the following line to your crontab

$ crontab -e
@reboot /path/to/home/bin/djsd -d

For the impatient run the daemon right away

djsd -d

For the patient reboot and enjoy!

Chromium vs Google Chrome

Multiple Chromes installed? Drag builds/dotjs.crx to whichever is your favorite.


rake uninstall


"I almost wish you could just stick JavaScript in ~/.js. Do you know what I'm saying?"

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