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How to get the custom search engine with keywords (similar to that of Google Chrome) in firefox?

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When will we be getting the custom search engine feature in firefox that is on par with chrome and doesn't require me to write an addon. This is really helpful in the cases when the url is not that of a search engine, but requires lots of mundane and repeated url constructions - e.g. 1. https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/logs, https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/releases or https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/repo-info etc. while, there is a separate search engine with url - https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/search?term=<search term> 2. And each of the %s will be replaced with the string that is typed in the location bar - in the above example, the first url can be constructed

a. by typing "cbp" in the location bar and
b. space or tab
c. <the actual package name>
d. press enter
e. boom!! you see the url expands and substitutes the string and the page is being loaded.
Search requires 2 hops, while i could directly end up on the page in a single step without the requirement of navigating the search results.

3. In addition, it doesn't require to have a string field that needs to be substituted. for example, i have set "cse" for chrome://settings and as soon as i type "cse" and press enter, the settings page loads.

As a software developer, i have around 50+ such urls each tagged with specific shortcuts and this is the only thing that stops me from moving back to firefox - (desperately waiting to move to firefox given the ram consumption by chrome - but not until these 50 urls are migrated).

When will we be getting the custom search engine feature in firefox that is on par with chrome and doesn't require me to write an addon. This is really helpful in the cases when the url is not that of a search engine, but requires lots of mundane and repeated url constructions - e.g. 1. https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/logs, https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/releases or https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/packages/%s/repo-info etc. while, there is a separate search engine with url - https://<SomeCodeBrowserSite>.com/search?term=<search term> 2. And each of the %s will be replaced with the string that is typed in the location bar - in the above example, the first url can be constructed a. by typing "cbp" in the location bar and b. space or tab c. <the actual package name> d. press enter e. boom!! you see the url expands and substitutes the string and the page is being loaded. Search requires 2 hops, while i could directly end up on the page in a single step without the requirement of navigating the search results. 3. In addition, it doesn't require to have a string field that needs to be substituted. for example, i have set "cse" for chrome://settings and as soon as i type "cse" and press enter, the settings page loads. As a software developer, i have around 50+ such urls each tagged with specific shortcuts and this is the only thing that stops me from moving back to firefox - (desperately waiting to move to firefox given the ram consumption by chrome - but not until these 50 urls are migrated).

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https://superuser.com/a/7374/364519 does the job though not perfectly. Thanks.

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Same as the ask here in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1177882 but is being closed incorrectly :(

Same as the ask here in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1177882 but is being closed incorrectly :(
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

You are asking things beyond the scope of Support Volunteers.

To submit suggestions for new or changed features, may I suggest: Feedback: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/ or https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/add-ons

I would guess the need of searching incase it is already made. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=Search%20engines

You are asking things beyond the scope of Support Volunteers. To submit suggestions for new or changed features, may I suggest: Feedback: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/ or https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/add-ons I would guess the need of searching incase it is already made. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=Search%20engines

Chosen Solution

https://superuser.com/a/7374/364519 does the job though not perfectly. Thanks.

https://superuser.com/a/7374/364519 does the job though not perfectly. Thanks.