Almost perfect, except one missing feature Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Really, its unobtrusive, simple to use and does what it says. Its almost perfect.
The one thing I ask the creators to incorporate is a feature to clear the text files periodically, like says every week or every month, with an option to retain the last x number of days.
The reason I ask is, I installed this extension in September of last year and set it to activate every 15 minutes. Because its so unobtrusive I kinda forgot about it and came to back to see that my Firefox Profile folder has 29K files! A feature to periodically clear the files would help prevent this by a huge margin.
Small, unobtrusive, reliable, perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Being a poweruser with 100-500+ tabs open all the time (organised in groups and managed with the help of "Tab Groups Helper") this is exactly the right tool for me. It is reliable. No fancy session management stuff that will happily crash on the first glimpse of an occasion to do so.
You don't have to actively use save-my-tabs, it runs peacefully in the background, saving URLs and titles of your tabs. After installing it you have to tell the saving interval and the saving location. That's it.
I profit from this safety net for open tabs in mainly three ways.
One important aspect is that now I am more inclined to close a tab from time to time, knowing that it is not lost for eternity. ;-)
The second advantage is that I can easily archive my tabs. I just concatenate the saved lists of one month, get rid of the numbering (and the titles, but that is optional), sort the result, remove the dupes and filter out stuff not meant for eternity (cat, cut, sort, uniq, grep). Sounds like many steps, but a little script does that for me in no more than half a second. When I need to find something back a grep over my archived files is often more likely to present me with the looked for web address than my trusted search engines (even though I throw away the title; URLs often are sufficiently narrative).
The main purpose however is to save me when firefox (or palemoon, etc) crashes really badly and cannot restore the last session. Fortunately that happened only once here in the last two years. So I loaded the last save-my-tabs save file into an editor, decided which tabs to keep (deleted others), stripped the file down to the URLs and threw it at firefox. Depending on the number of tabs that is a question of a few minutes. For me it was just 5 minutes, but that was lucky circumstance, with more tabs it easily could also have been 15 min. That saved me many hours of serendipitously finding all the invaluable pages again.
More bells and whistles? I am convinced that the simplicity of save-my-tabs is one cornerstone of its' reliability. A simple vanilla text file cannot fail. It contains everything I need when it comes to the point that I need it.
Summing up: most recommendable for power users. But if you are expecting bells 'n whistles, you might want to consider other solutions, none of which however will be as unobtrusive and reliable as save-my-tabs.
Almost perfect Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Just what I was looking for, a simple way to get the list of URLs in my tabs. Would be 5 stars if you could do it on demand rather than having to turn it on, wait, and turn it off.
Do its work KISS way Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A very light and kiss app. Having the choice to only save URLs would be handy.
To open saved tabs I just run this in a term: [Code ON]for line in $(cat $file); do firefox -new-tab "$line" & 2>/dev/null; sleep 2; done where `$file' is the wanted opentabs-nnnnnn.txt file[Code END]. Just have to remove the "Window" column first.
This is just what I needed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Thank you so much! I always open so many tabs at one time and I can't figure out how to remember all of them but now everything is just easier!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
- add an option of never auto saving
- add a manual save option of all urls (as button and as context menu) to a selected folder
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I love SMT but I find it stopped working on 3/4/2015 when I upgraded Firefox to 36.0.1.
Failsafe? Rated 1 out of 5 stars
All tabs is gone. A lot of saved files in the directory 3347 exactly. None of them useful for the plugin. The plugin certainly knows how to fill up a disk.
I need help!!!!!!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars
My firefox crashed for some reason and all my tabs are gone and the files which are usually saved every 15 minutes, are gone from that entire session?! Where are they ,and how can i recover them?
Groups Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Thanks for this useful add-in, It has been valuable when restoring crashes in FireFox.
I know it saves the window and the tab numbers. I wanted to know if there was anyway you can capture the Group the Tab is in as well? I generally have only one window open and use groups to sort multiple tabs (often around 40). Being able to regroup the tabs would be really helpful.
Good! Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Additionally you can use "Open Multiple Locations" addon, in which you can paste whole contents of "Save My Tabs" backup file and voila, it will open all tabs at once. Further, you can use "Multiple Tab Handler" to distribute all your tabs onto groups.
Lack of group support is a disadvantage of this plugin.
Also, it would be great if it removed oldest entries, like a week old ones. So the backup files don't hog the hard drive while let unattended for a prolonged time.
In general, I like it. It helped me to get out of serious trouble a few times. Thank you!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Hello, this is a great "safe" tool. Now more than ever that every memo is done not with a to do list but with an images list...
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Fantastic addon, but I don't think it works with tab groups. I keep multiple tabs across several tab groups. Would be five stars if it supported tab groups.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Goodish addon. Two features I'd like
1. A mechanism to auto-clean the accummulated TSV files more than one week old.
2. The file should ideally be html and not plain text
3. An option to overwrite the existing TSV file rather than creating a new one every 15 minutes.
Perfect as a last resort back-up Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Too many times have I lost my open tabs after updating firefox or a bad shutdown. Rather than drudging through the almost illegible session logs that firefox spits out, I imagine this would make my life so much easier when my tabs are lost again. I say when, because it will happen, it's just a matter of time.
The text-only format isn't too big of a deal, it only takes a few seconds to hyperlink the entire thing. If you use Windows Live Mail, you can paste the text into a draft then save it as an html file which you can open in firefox with full glory hyperlinked text. This works with the downloaded email client, I'm not sure about the web version.
Works only after configuration! Rated 4 out of 5 stars
At least for me, i had to configure the profile directory first. Otherwise it wouldn't have saved anything!!!!
This extension is AWESOME for those knowing how to navigate the filesystem and locate the profile directory. However it is rough, as in you regularly need to manually clean the accumulated files!!!!!
@Tom : as you aptly put it SessionManager serves a different purpose. This extension is a powerusers last resort solution. if all else fails, as long as you don't delete the profile directory. The urls of all open tabs are save, in plaintext.
Not very polished Rated 1 out of 5 stars
@Amanda, it sounds like you need a session-saver like Session Manager. They let you save and restore your entire set of tabs.
This tool would help you find that tab that you closed yesterday. It definitely needs HTML formatting, or anything else that is easier to use than plain text.
I needed to find some tabs that I had used recently, but SMT didn't save anything. Why? Because the folder/directory that it pointed to didn't exist. Really? It just dies silently? Come on! Create the damn folder, if it doesn't exist.
Klutzy data file Rated 1 out of 5 stars
The concept of saving the tabs is good, and extremely necessary, however, saving the tabs in a klutzy format in a plain text file reduces the usability. Somebody needs to write a converter, that converts the text file into HTML, with clickable links.
Having to paste the file content into Eudora and mailing it to myself, just to get clickable links, or importing it into Excel, is rather ridiculous!
If it produced a file in HTML with clickable links, I would pay for it!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Теперь бы неплохо написать расширение, восстанавливающее табы из этого сохраненного списка ;-)
У меня уже накопились несколько крупных списков....
Да, а в этом - еще проверять, произошли ли изменения с момента последней записи и не писать, если табы всё те же.
So useful!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is exactly the kind of thing I have been looking for. It drives me crazy when Firefox crashes and closes all the tabs I have open (which are sometimes numerous). This add-on does just what it says - it saves all the page titles and URLs of the tabs you had open so you can restore them (albeit manually) if need be. This is the kind of thing everything should have on their computer!