Tuesday, December 29, 2009

FireFox Addons vs Google Chrome Extensions: Will You Migrate?

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FireFox Addons vs Google Chrome Extensions

Ever since Google Chrome blog announced the launch of Google Chrome Extensions, people have never stopped talking when this move is going to kill FireFox.

Well, you might know how much I love FireFox (even despite the fact that because of my experiments with addons it sometimes becomes dead slow) and how hardcore I may become wen it comes to something that I love, but even I couldn’t ignore those talks any longer.

So yes, I went ahead, did some research, tried Google Chrome extensions and here’s what I came up with:

Chrome Extensions vs FireFox Addons

FireFox Google Chrome
Installation Requires browser re-start (this addon makes the process a bit more easier) Easy and instant
Variety Plenty of addons available Only few extensions so far
Affect on browser performance The more addons, the slower the browser Runs extensions in separate processes, so no extension affects the entire browser.
The update process of extensions (?) Update on the start (with confirmation required) Automatic
Security Is known for security issues “Isolated Worlds” : By separating various processes from one another, Chrome should insure one addon security issues does not affect the whole browser

Note: you will need to install a Beta version of Google Chrome to install addons.

So except for a couple of points (one of which is temporal and one is a questionable benefit because auto updating may be not cool but it is good for security as due to that auto-updating feature, Chrome is able to remotely kill any extension that is reported to be doing bad things to people’s systems), FireFox seems to lose.

The comparison resources:

Are you migrating?

I only see one issue with me (for example) switching to Chrome in the near future: I spend 90% of my working time browsing – FireFox is my #1 tool and it will need huge amount of time to get used to a new working environment: to find alternatives to my installed addons and to learn all Chrome shortcuts.

And what about you? Do you see yourself switching to Chrome (if you haven’t already)?


  • Leftfield says:

    Restart and fire-up are not some bad reasons because it is required only once and you will not install million extensions.

    From security point what if i use Firefox on FreeBSD? Last security issue was caused by Windows, not Firefox.

    Generally i prefer more Firefox, because i can run it on my FreeBSD; Windows and Ubuntu with same extensions. Runs normally, fast, stable and reliable :)

  • Vygantas says:

    That’s the worst font/background colors I ever saw

  • Kristine says:

    I think this is a bit biased. I find the all the many processes Google Chrome runs in order to preserve ’security’ causes my computer to slow down quite a bit when running the same # i would run in Firefox. Firefox has it’s issues, but this comparison chart is written with a Chrome bias (IMO)

    • Kristine says:

      also not a fan of the autoupdate as my add ons often are the last to be supported in Firefox.. might be ok in Chrome I do not know.. their multi process slowdown issue has turned me back to Firefox

    • Ann Smarty says:

      It is funny it seems biased to Chrome as I am actually a huge FireFox fan – obviously the job of not looking biased to FF was overdone :)

      On a serious note, I wasn’t using my judgments – ws trying to sum up what is being said on the web…

  • Leftfield says:

    Ann, your work is great, i like to read everything from you but this test is not your best.

    Comparing browsers is more like apple and oranges. Every browser, except IE, has its own qualities. You should do the fast speed test with, let’s say, how they are opening some major CMS systems: Joomla; Drupal… and WP of course and how much they are eating memory and CPU.

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