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What is the difference between an extension, an add-on, and a plugin? Thanks.

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Simple question in headline, please.

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Add-ons is the collective name for extensions, themes and plugins. The following link summarises what constitutes extensions, themes and plugins - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Customizing+Firefox+with+add-ons

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Add-ons is the collective name for extensions, themes and plugins. The following link summarises what constitutes extensions, themes and plugins - https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Customizing+Firefox+with+add-ons

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