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How to access the Mozilla add-ons sandbox

October 24, 2007

UPDATE: This entry is outdated. The sandbox for addons is no more. Instead there is a checkbox you can check to display ‘experimental’ addons which is the same thing. You may need to register (free) and log in to see the checkbox. Also the checkbox is not visible if there are no experimental extensions that match your search query or are in the category you are browsing.

The add-ons sandbox is a place for un-tested firefox extensions, themes and other add-ons. Users who don’t mind using untested add-ons can try out these extensions and review them. If a particular extension gets enough thorough reviews, that extension can be moved on to the the public add-ons site.

There are some pretty cool extensions in the sandbox, and if you want to try them out there are a few steps you must take.

  1. Go to
  2. If you haven’t registered with the site, do so now (it’s free). Otherwise log in. Near the top of the page you’ll see a bar with a search box. On the right of the search box are the links for registering or logging in.

    Step 2

  3. Once yo’ve registered and logged in, have a look on the left side of the search box. If the word ‘Sandbox’ is not visible, click on ‘My Account’ which will be just to the right of the search box. If it is visible, skip the next step.

    Step 3

  4. On the account settings page, look for ‘Show Sandbox’ and make sure the checkbox is checked. Save.

    Step 4

  5. The word ‘Sandbox’ is now visible on the left of the search box. Click it. The colour of the grey bar will change to a sand-like background.

    Step 5

  6. Towards the left of that bar you will see ‘Home > Sandbox > …’ Click on ‘Sandbox’. You’re done!

    Step 6

  7. If you want to leave the sand box, click on ‘Public’ on the left of the search box. Or, in the location bar, remove the ‘/status:1’ from the end of the url.

Remember! These are add-ons untested and so may not be safe! On the other hand the majority of them are by honest and competent coders who want their work to be made public and needs your help in testing and reviewing them.

If you want a few sandboxed extensions to review that I know are safe try:


What is the Mozilla Sandbox?

October 17, 2007

The sandbox is an area for users to test add-ons before they are reviewed for general public use. In order to access the sandbox, you must register on the mozilla website and enable it in your account settings (step by step instructions). I feel I should tell you that caution should be used when installing sandboxed add-ons, as they have not been tested by a mozilla editor and may harm your computer.

If you like one of my extensions, please help get it out of the sandbox and onto the public mozilla site. How? Simple – write a review either on this blog or on the extension page on the mozilla website (don’t forget to include your firefox and operating system information). If I get enough reviews I can submit it for a review by the mozilla overlords and then it will be available for everyone to search for and download on the mozilla website.

The sandbox review process

When downloading from the links on this blog, I recommend downloading from the sandbox as the other server is not secure. In general, try not to download firefox extensions from addresses that don’t start with https://

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