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Want to know which Firefox add-ons aren’t compatible with Electrolysis? Here’s how to find that out

Want to know which Firefox add-ons aren’t compatible with Electrolysis? Here’s how to find that out

by AshwinSeptember 24, 2015

Mozilla is going to update its browser Firefox with some powerful features soon.

Mozilla Firefox Electrolysis e10s add-ons compatibility

Regular readers may know what I’m talking about, it is the Electrolysis technology.

This tech will allow Firefox to run each of its tabs as its own individual process. This will allow the browser to reduce the RAM it consumes, when compared to how it does as on the current build. This is exactly how Google Chrome handles the RAM, you see those annoying multiple instances of the browser in the task manager. Granted that this will offer Firefox users some much needed relief, as the browser has been a huge resource hog for many years.

But with upsides, do come some downsides, and the same is the case with the Electrolysis tech upgrade as well. The new tech does not play wellwith the API of Firefox’s add-ons, and as a result of this many extensions are either incompatible or partially broken.

This is further hindered by the fact, that Mozilla plans to do away with the existing add-ons API, in favour of WebExtensions. This means that add-on developers will be burdened with the task of rewriting the entire code. On the plus side WebExtensions are cross-browser compatible, with Google Chrome and Opera (which is based on Chromium), so it will be easier for developers to make their add-ons work on all these browsers.

Now, let’s find out which add-ons are not compatible with Electrolysis. Softpedia reports that there is a website which serves this very purpose. Electrolysis is codenamed e10s, and the website we are referencing to is aptly named as Now, the news isn’t actually good here, as the majority of add-ons out at Mozilla’s repository are incompatible with Electrolysis.

A total of 873 add-ons have been listed on the website, of which 562 have been untested.  Only 124 are working fine, and 109 are broken. The numbers include some of the most popular add-ons. This looks pretty grim for the future of the browser, which I sincerely hope will not be hindered in the slightest.

Mozilla will ship Firefox 43 with the electrolysis feature, probably sometime next year. Mozilla Firefox 43 Beta is scheduled to be released on November 2nd, according to the rapid release calendar. If you really can’t wait to test e10s, you can download the latest Nightly version of Firefox.

On a side note, the stable version of Mozilla Firefox 41 was released yesterday, and you can read my write up about it to know about the changes it brings.