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Open In Chrome 1.6.3 Requires Restart
Migrates opened tabs to Google Chrome.
A single or all currently opened tabs in Firefox are opened in the Google Chrome browser. Links on pages can also be selectively opened in the other browser.
About this Add-on
How to get the Clickable icon seen in the screenshots
In Firefox, simply right-click somewhere outside the web page area and select the Customize menu option. This will bring up a lot of icons, so scroll through that list until you see the addon's icon. Then drag-and-drop the icon where you want it on the Firefox screen.
By default left clicking the icon opens the current tab in Chrome, and CTRL+left click opens all your Firefox tabs. The key and button combinations are customizable in the options dialog.
Known issue and solution:
- If a bunch of new Chrome windows get spawned instead of a set of new tabs in the same Chrome window, then please migrate one tab first before migrating the rest, (I've seen this issue only on some Windows machines so far, and more details on this issue is available in the release notes under the Version Information section at the bottom of this page)
- FixUnable to install addon due to Firefox signature issues. New signature has been issued by Mozilla to allow the addon to be installed for another year.
- Otherwise no code change. Lingering bug and workaround
- Issue: If no Google Chrome browser window is opened, migration of "all tabs" from Firefox (may) result in each tab landing in a separate chrome window, instead of as separate tabs in the same Chrome window.
- Workaround: Make sure at least one Google Chrome window is opened before migrating a whole set of tabs ("all tabs").
- Comment: This problem was reported by a user previously, but I was unable to reproduce it at that time. It seems the issue is a timing issue (race condition) which results in an undersirable side effect, stemming from how Google has designed the Chrome browser's startup.
When the first Chrome process (window) starts up, it creates a "command and control" process (a book keeper) that keeps track of a bunch of details for each of the browser's tabs and windows. Until that process is started and a Chrome browser window has been brought up, the logic for reusing windows by opening tabs instead of new windows is not available to that browser.
When my addon spews out a bunch of URLs to a non-running Chrome, the browser might not have time to start up the "command and control" process before a number of URLs have already been sent to that browser, and Chrome consequently ("stupidly") then creates new windows for each of the migrated tabs.
There are two ways to address this. One you likely won't appreciate and one you would. The bad one is me injecting a delay after the first URL has been sent to Chrome, each time you trigger the tab "batch migration", so as to reduce the probability that Chrome hasn't fully started when the subsequent URLs hit it. The good solution would be for Google to simply queue up URLs sent to its browser and defer the decision of whether to open windows or tabs until at least their book keeping process has had time to start.
Let me know whether you'd like me to "slow down" the batch-migration, or whether you can live with opening a Chrome instance by hand (or through my extension by initially only migrating a single tab).
Also note that you may not experience this issue at all. Myself I don't experience this problem on OS X or Ubuntu and didn't have it on Windows until last year. If you're one of the people suffering from the problem, then simply launch Chrome before using this addon, as I now do on Windows 7.