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Extension Auto-Installer 1.3
Extension Auto-Installer is a helper for Firefox/SeaMonkey/Thunderbird extension developers: it allows automatically adding or updating browser extensions, e.g. via command line tools. This makes testing your changes easier.
About this Add-on
wget --post-file=extension.xpi http://127.0.0.1:8888/
Or with the curl command line tool (removing Expect header here is important):
curl --data-binary '@extension.xpi' -H 'Expect:' http://127.0.0.1:8888/
It will be even simpler if you integrate this step into the build script of your extension. Note: The response to this request is always "500 No Content" to prevent the command line tools from saving results, this is not an issue.
By default, the extension will accept connections on port 8888 with 127.0.0.1 (localhost) as the only address allowed to connect. Connection attempts from other IP addresses will show up in Error Console. To accept connections from other addresses add them to the "Accept IP addresses" options field. If you do that please keep in mind that IP addresses can be spoofed on unprotected networks (e.g. public WiFi).
Firefox Mobile notes
You can also test your extension on a mobile phone while developing on your desktop, simply send the extension package to the IP address of your phone instead of localhost. You have to configure Auto-Installer on your phone however and add the IP address of your desktop to the allowed addresses.
- Your firewall might ask you about allowing incoming connections even if 127.0.0.1 is the only allowed IP address.
- No connections will be accepted after switching the browser into offline mode and back, Extension Auto-Installer needs to be restarted.
Source code / Contributing
The extension source code is available under https://github.com/palant/autoinstaller.
* Various error messages (e.g. disallowed IPs trying to install) have been made visible.