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If the private URL that you want to open is a link, just open it in a new tab, this will work. But if you want to type the URL in a non private tab, Auto Private will always fail.
I suggest you to install Private Tab extension and open a new private tab (Ctrl + Alt + P for me) in these cases.
At the moment I have no knowledge to fix this issue.
Works better¹ if you also use Private Tab.
There are two blacklists: per-domain and per-pattern.
To blacklist domains:
Open about:config page, find extensions.autoprivate.domains and edit it, separating domains by semicolons without blank spaces.
https://translate.google.com/ -> private tab
https://www.google.com/ -> normal tab
https://translate.google.com.br/ -> normal tab
https://addons.mozilla.org/pt-BR/firefox/extensions/ -> private tab
https://www.facebook.com/messages/ -> private tab
To blacklist patterns:
Open about:config, find extensions.autoprivate.parts and edit it, separating patterns by semicolons without blank spaces. The patterns can have a "wildcard" asterisk (*), which matches any string including the empty string.
http://www.reddit.com/over18?dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2F... -> private tab
http://www.example.com/specificpage.htm -> private tab
http://www.example.com/specificpage.htm?foo=bar -> normal tab
http://www.example.com/anotherpage.htm -> normal tab
http://www.example.com/ -> normal tab
1. To add all sub-domains of a site, add a dot "." before the domain.
Example: if you add .google.com to the list of domains, all the following URLs will open in private tabs:
2. To add all top-level domains, use the sufix ".tld".
Example: if you add www.google.tld to the list of domains, all the following URLs will open in private tabs:
3. To block multiple similar URLs you can use the OR operator represented by the "|" character, grouping all with brackets. This is only valid on the list of patterns.
Example: if you add https://twitter.com/(BarackObama|billclinton|GeorgeHWBush)* to the list of patterns, all the following URLs will open in private tabs:
¹: If you use Private Tab, new tabs created by clicking a link inherit the private state even if the link isn't blacklisted.
Known issue: (Fx52+) private state of already opened tabs can't be changed, so private URLs should be opened as new tabs. If someone wants to take over the extension development just let me know, I have no knowledge to maintain it.