The Superbrowser

See also: My roundup of the funniest extensions
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Yesterday I decided to undertake an experiment. My favourite browser, Firefox, allows its users to add extensions. Currently 1102 extensions are available at Mozilla update. I decided to install 100 of the most popular extensions at the same time, trying to avoid those that duplicated others functionality. Cruelly, the hundredth was the XPI delay remover.

This scrollable screenshot below shows the result. (View in own page)

Superbrowser - full

It was really extraordinarily stable. The work of hundreds of programmers who had no idea their code would be used together, coexisting happily in the browser.

Here is what I got when I right-clicked:

Right click

Overall I was very impressed. The browser was a little slow on my machine (which doesn’t have impressive specs) but there were no crashes except when installing the extensions. The main problem I had was that the statusbar became so wide that on some websites I had to expand the browser window onto my second monitor! I discovered a number of extensions that I would not otherwise have known about and strongly recommend a trawl through at least the first hundred.


Update: (28 Feb) Statistics


It takes around seven seconds to start up.

It freezes for at least one second between pages (I guess a lot is hanging on the onLoad.)

It has not yet crashed, half hour or so I’ve browsed with it, since all the extensions have been installed (for some reason it did crash immediately after installing them, before restarting.)

See also: My roundup of the funniest extensions

279 Responses to “The Superbrowser”

  1. Bart says:

    Pfft. If I use IE on a freshly installed PC, and I surf the more darker areas of the web a bit, I get much more than 100 extensions including a kazillion toolbars installed automatically that not only integrate with the browser but even punch through to the OS.

  2. Usayd says:

    Very interesting, nice idea. Firefox is evidently a relatively stable browser which is good to know. I try and keep my extensions to a minimum but they can really make life a whole lot easier.

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  5. [...] Fehlt noch was? Was braucht man Eurer Meinung nach unbedingt? Was habt ihr installiert? Was auch immer… viel Spaß beim Extensions sammeln, denn wie wir ja seit einiger Zeit wissen, macht der Firefox selbst bei 100 Erweiterungen nicht schlapp. =) [...]

  6. Phil says:

    I really doubt he is still running that!

    I’ve been running Bon Echo, which is basically Firefox Beta, and its been running great!

    I wonder how long until IE copy FF’s extensions feature!

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  8. jim says:

    Only thing it’s missing is a context menu command to get you Starbucks and a donut.

  9. gabyu says:

    tu es completement fou ! cela fonctione tres bien sur mac ?

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  11. pLusOne says:


  12. lav says:

    you are one sad ***********
    [Censored by me (Splasho) not out of embarassment but tastefulness]

  13. budiw says:

    wasting memory…


  14. Turbo Geek says:

    Three cheers of Firefox! It can withstand any load (provided ur computer can) BTW after installing those 100 extensions did the load up time increase a lot?

  15. Joe says:

    This would go quite nicely in the Book Of World Records. :-) LOL

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  20. Anonymous says:

    What’s why I love FireFox! Because of it’s flexible extensions.

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  23. RAINonline says:

    Wie sieht Firefox aus, wenn man die Top 100 Extensions installiert?…

  24. Microsoft says:

    lol, wanted to try this on Internet Explorer, but I couldn’t even find 100 addons for it.

  25. Conrad says:

    Is there a page somewhere with a list of your extensions?

  26. Splasho says:

    Nope conrad but they’re basically th 100 most popular

  27. Suri says:

    This article practically screams, “I need to get laid!”

  28. Matteo Raggi says:

    beautyful images, that’s life! 8-P

  29. Jw21.Knux says:

    Hmm that seems quite dandy, but about 30 extensions seemed useless. the “Information Misc Outline” toolbar seems useful.

  30. Joe says:

    Would you be willing to fix my trackback ?
    I don’t know what happened but it pulled my CSS not the text…
    So it would be :
    […]The Extend Firefox Contest winners were announced, though I don’t know if it was today or not it is still cool to see who won. The extensions were the best of the best. Also most of them were used to create Clutterfox. Here is some of my favorite extensions that won : All-In-One Sidebar (Best User Experience Upgraded Extension) […]

  31. Mao-B says:

    OMG! Thats… WEIRD! ;-) Ok, if you have an BIG enough Display it wouldnt matter ;-)

  32. Alexander says:

    Cool info. I surprised.

  33. Mr Mingan says:

    I am amazed to desire of the author so severely to experiment the computer

  34. Paolo Yang says:

    太厉害了 不过估计也跑不起来了 我装十几个插件就感觉老卡了

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  36. Calichi says:

    Well!!….You’ll never know until you try the extreme!!!!!!!!

    A big round of cheers!!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    ………Are you crazy?

  38. Andrew says:

    Cool info :) ))))

  39. 404 studio says:

    beautyful images, that’s life! 8-P !

  40. Anonymous says:

    Just a word:


  41. Nikolas says:

    I very strongly laughed :)

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