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How to save the names and URLs of open Firefox tabs in a plain text file - Redux

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Joe Winograd
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This article shows how to save the names and URLs of open Firefox tabs in a plain text file with FoxyTab, a Featured Extension. I tested it in the latest Firefox Quantum release (61.0.1 on this article's publication date), both 32-bit and 64-bit, and in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 — all worked perfectly.

In a previous article here at Experts Exchange (now deprecated), I described how to save the names and URLs of open Firefox tabs in a plain text file by using an add-on called Send Tab URLs. As discussed in the comments under that article, the author of the add-on, AE Creations, decided to discontinue it with the advent of Firefox Quantum (Version 57). This became official on 16-July-2018, as stated in their blog post (copied here under "Fair Use"):


Send Tab URLs discontinued

Now that Firefox ESR version 60 has been released, and Firefox ESR 52.x will reach end-of-life status very soon, Send Tab URLs is officially discontinued.

Send Tab URLs relies on a lot of functionality that is not possible with WebExtensions. For example, it is no longer possible to get the default email client that is set in Windows. With that, it was decided that rewriting Send Tab URLs into a WebExtension is not feasible.


That same blog post recommended an alternative called FoxyTab by erosman. I tried FoxyTab and am pleased to report that it works well. It has a great deal more functionality than just copying all the tab titles and URLs to the clipboard (which I recommend exploring), but this article focuses only on that one feature.

To begin with, install the add-on from here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxytab/

After installation, you'll see what FoxyTab calls the Badge, which it places next to the other toolbar icons. By default, it is orange and shows the current number of tabs:


"Only" 149 tabs — not bad by my standards. :)

I recommend clicking on the Badge to get FoxyTab's menu and then clicking Options:



Spend a few minutes to configure the Settings, Context Menu, and Theme:


For example, I changed the time zone from London to Chicago, the format of both dates from long to short, and the Badge color from orange to blue (although I did the latter after capturing the screenshots above).

Now you're ready to use it. A right-click on any tab opens up the Firefox context menu, which now has the FoxyTab context menu:



As you can see — lots of features! But the one selected in the screenshot above is the raison d'être for this article:


FoxyTab
Copy
Titles & URLs All


That's it! The titles and URLs for all tabs are now on the clipboard — paste them wherever you want!

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