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Firefox Statusbar Extensions

Updated on November 16, 2023
By Pete Freitag

I have come across some very sweet firefox extensions that run in the status bar (down on the bottom of the window). Here's a picture of my status bar, I'll explain each extension from left to right:

Picture of Firefox Extensions in my status bar

On the far left we have ColorZilla, with it you can grab any color you see on a web page, its basically the Eyedropper tool (as in photoshop) for Firefox. One downside is that it won't pickup a color from inside a flash movie.

The next extension is FoxyTunes, this extension lets you control your music player from firefox. And by music player, I mean pretty much every music player: iTunes (mac or windows), winamp, windows media player, xmms (linux), and the list goes on. FoxyTunes also shows you the artist and song title, you can see that I was listening to John Scofield when the screen shot was taken.

Next in line is the PageRank Status extension. This displays the pagerank of the page your viewing, just like the google toolbar.

Finally on the right I have the ForecastFox extension showing the current weather (it also shows the forecast, but I chopped that off in this example). As you can see its currently snowing (actually its a blizzard out there), and 32° here in central new york.


Firefox Statusbar Extensions was first published on February 16, 2005.

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Those are all excellent extensions! Been using them for a little bit myself and they work well. Also found this one useful (developer tools):
Note: apparently the version of this on the mozilla add-ons site is out of date for some reason.
by Brian Rinaldi on 02/17/2005 at 12:06:15 PM UTC
For pagerank, I use SearchStatus from
by Michael Pate on 02/18/2005 at 12:16:42 PM UTC
The one I use most often is the link toolbar (homepage: image:

It uses the <link> element and rel= attribute on links. If a page doesn't have them it tries to guess previous/next from link text.
by Joseph Lindsay on 02/20/2005 at 3:02:45 PM UTC
This may be a Stupid Question, but since I've just seen you mention it here: how's the PageRank thing supposed to work? I thought pagerank was relative to a SPECIFIC search term, no?
by Daniel on 03/07/2005 at 11:08:55 AM UTC
Hi Daniel,

PageRank is simply a calculation of a page's popularity. Its based on who links to the page, and what their page ranks are.

PageRank is just one of the things google uses to sort your search results, but it has a big weight.
by Pete Freitag on 03/07/2005 at 11:11:06 AM UTC
Ah! I didn't know that worked globally. I thought it was only "who links to this page with THE SPECIFIED SEARCHTERM in the link text". Alright, that clears that up :)

Apparently, this page ranks fourth highest for "eyedropper firefox". Couldn't remember the name "ColorZilla". ;P

(and thanks for thus reminding and linking me)
by Daniel on 03/07/2005 at 11:56:03 AM UTC
my toolbar looks just as crowded if not more. what i am looking for is an addon that will move the URL part to its own status bar above or below th existing one. now that i added so many firefox extensions i can no longer see the entire URL when i hover over links. does anyone know of any? email me portablejon A T
by pj on 06/08/2008 at 2:32:07 PM UTC