How to update add-ons

Add-ons allow you to add extra features and functionality to Firefox. If you need help installing add-ons, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

For fixes and new features, keep your add-ons up to date. Here's how to update your add-ons.

Updating add-ons

  1. Click the menu button Fx57menu , click Fx57Addons-icon Add-ons and select Extensions.
  2. Click the gear icon gear icon in the upper-right area of the Extensions panel.
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  3. Choose one of the options below:
  • Check for Updates: Allows you to check for any updates to your add-ons manually. If there is an update available, you have the option to choose to update it now or later.
  • View Recent Updates: When you click this option, a Recent Updates panel appears on the left, showing your last updated add-ons.
  • Update Add-ons Automatically: If you want to keep your add-ons up to date, select this option to let them update automatically.
  • Reset All Add-ons to Update Automatically: If any add-ons have been set to update manually, clicking this option will reset all add-ons to update automatically.

Update settings for specific add-ons

Warning: Turning off automatic updates might make you miss important security updates to your installed add-ons. We recommend that if you don't use an add-on, disable it instead of turning off automatic updates.

You can individually adjust the update method for each extension as follows, when the recommended Update Add-ons Automatically option has been selected:

  1. Go to the Extensions panel.
  2. Click More to see the details page of a specific extensionClick on the extension and select the Details tab.
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  3. Find the Automatic Updates line. (You may need to scroll down the page).
    • Select Off to set manual updates for that extension.
    When automatic updates are turned off, a Check for Updates link will appear on the same line.
    • Select On or Default to set the extension to update automatically.
  4. If you want, you can go back to the Extensions panel to set up others.
  5. Close the Add-ons Manager (about:addons) tab.

Can I update legacy add-ons?

Extensions that do not meet Firefox's new add-on technology have been deactivated and moved to the Legacy Extensions panel. If you need the add-on, you can visit the developer's website to see if it will be migrated to the WebExtensions standard. The extension will automatically update when the add-on developer provides a compatible version. You can also follow these instructions to look for a replacement:

  1. Click the menu button Fx57menu , click Fx57Addons-icon Add-ons and select Legacy Extensions.
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  2. Click the Find a Replacement button to the right of the add-on. If a replacement isn't available, the Featured Add-ons page will open, where you can search for a compatible alternative. The Extension Finder utility can also help you find replacement extensions.

Extensions that do not meet Firefox's new add-on technology have been disabled. If you need the add-on, you can visit the developer's website to see if it will be migrated to the WebExtensions standard. The extension will automatically update when the add-on developer provides a compatible version. You can also search for a compatible alternative. The Extension Finder utility can help you find replacement extensions.

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