URL Link

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URL Link has been wholly re-written to be a WebExtension. This new version will not work on Thunderbird as it does not support WebExtensions. I may have to release a separate forked copy of URL Link just for Thunderbird; if I do, I shall try to use the name URL Link Legacy so you can watch out for that.

Preference editing is back in and has been completely re-written — please report any issues to me or via a bug on GitHub. The force-submenu option does not yet do anything as menus cannot currently be recreated on-the-fly (Firefox issue).

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For emails, it reconnects links in emails which have been broken across several lines, and also replaces spaces with the URL character code %20 so that you may follow emailed network 'file:' links (which it auto-detects from Windows "X:" or \\servdir references).

For web pages, it also allows you to select textual links/URLs in web pages or edit boxes, and follow them as if they were real links. It will also let you use actual links, and analyses mailto: links as well.

It analyses 'mailto:' links (converts, e.g., mailto:[email protected] to http://www.somesite.com) and can also 'follow' javascript: links that would otherwise generate a pop-up (e.g., http://www.kelkoo.co.uk/).

There are currently more translations than I care to keep listing here (thanks to the guys at http://www.babelzilla.org/)! Unfortunately, Babelzilla has retired due to the new format of Firefox add-ons. If you would like to provide new translations, or fix existing ones, please email me, add them to a feature-request issue on GitHub, or add them in a GitHub fork for me to pull in.


URL Link has a preferences dialogue allowing customisation of the 'not a proper URL' sub-menu which converts, e.g., "sometext" to "www.sometext.com", so that locale-specific conversions can be added (like 'www.*.co.uk').

Nicknames can be applied to the entries (such that the nickname appears in the menu, not the conversion string) by using a bar '|', e.g.:

"In Google|http://www.google.com/search?q=*&source-id=Mozilla%20Firefox&start=0"

It also allows separators to be added to the custom menu by using entries made up of hyphens, e.g. "--".

Hold down Shift when opening a link in the current window to instead open in a new window.

Either hold down Control when opening a link, or add |p to the end of a custom menu entry to make that entry always open in a private window.

You can also set up custom search and replace strings (e.g., convert Windows driver letter to some file:///mnt/smb/ path for Linux users).

If you have problems with file: or network (\\server\share) links, especially in Thunderbird emails, see the following page:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Links_to_local_pages_do_not_work#Firefox_1.5.2C_SeaMonkey_1.0_and_newer

However, note that Firefox currently does not allow add-ins to acess file:/// URLs at all. Until they cater for this, I am providing a work-around that copies the required file:/// URL to the clipboard, and prompts you to paste-and-go into a new tab.

Download files:

url-link-1.03.xpi
url-link-1.04.xpi
url-link-1.06.5.xpi
url-link-1.06.6.xpi
url-link-1.06.7.xpi
url-link-1.06.8.xpi
url-link-1.06.9.xpi
url-link-1.07.0.xpi
url-link-2.00.0.xpi
url-link-2.00.1.xpi
url-link-2.00.2.xpi
url-link-2.00.3.xpi
url-link-2.01.0.xpi
url-link-2.02.0.xpi
url-link-2.02.1.xpi
url-link-2.02.3.xpi
url-link-2.03.1.xpi
url-link-2.03.2.xpi
url-link-2.03.3.1-signed.1-signed.xpi
url-link-2.04.0.1-signed.1-signed.xpi
url-link-2.04.1.1-signed.1-signed.xpi
url-link-2.04.2.1-signed.1-signed.xpi
url-link-2.04.3.1-signed.1-signed.xpi
url-link-2.04.5-linux.xpi
url-link-2.04.5-mac.xpi
url-link-2.04.5-windows.xpi
url-link-2.05.1-linux.xpi
url-link-2.05.1-mac.xpi
url-link-2.05.1-windows.xpi


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