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docs Button can now have a tooltip

UrlbarButton for Mozilla Add-on SDK

The UrlbarButton module allows for easy adding of buttons to the urlbar in Firefox.


var urlbarButton = require('urlbarbutton').UrlbarButton,

exports.main = function () {
  button = urlbarButton({
    id : 'foobar-button',
    image : data.url("foobar-button.png"),
    onClick : doTheThing,

exports.onUnload = function (reason) {
  if (reason !== 'shutdown') {


  • id - a string identifier that identifies the specific button.
  • image - a path to an image for the button. (optional)
  • tooltip - a tooltip text for the button. (optional)
  • onClick - a callback to fire on a click on the button. (optional)

Option syntax: onClick

Should be a function. Is called with the URL of the current page as a single argument and has the document of the page that is checked as its context.

How to use

Follow the Add-on SDK's documentation for third party packages.

Code inspiration from

Other modules usable with this one

In action in

  • Flattr Firefox Add-on: Source

Related work



  • New method, setOptions(), that enables changing tooltip and click action
  • New click handler option, options.gotoUrl, that will open the specified URL on click


  • Released, but withdrawn and reverted. Focused on updating the package to better support new SDK versions, but became broken and thus all changes was reverted.


  • Support for Mozilla's Add-on SDK version 1.13b1


  • No longer handling the decision of whether a button should be shown or not. Moved the onLocationChange and onPageShow listeners, that were called when a new page was loaded, into a new module, ShowForPage, and removed support for those listeners along with removing the callbacks that were used in them.
  • Changed setImage and setVisibility to have the href-parameter as the last parameter instead of the first as that makes more sense for an optional parameter.
  • Changed setVisibility to have its href parameter be optional for real
  • Added new getVisibility method
  • Button can now have a tooltip


  • No changelog being tracked for this and prior version, but main changes were related to extended ways for a button to be hidden and shown.
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