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The FAQ needs work and here's where we'll be working on it. We'll start with the existing FAQ, and go from there. I realise that the wiki uses different formatting etc. but the main problem with the FAQ is its content, not its design. Coding it afterwards is the easy part.

Some things that I'd like changed that won't show up here:

  • The support page should also be linked to in the sidebar

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mozilla Add-ons?

Mozilla Add-ons is a resource for finding and installing extensions, themes, and other add-ons for Mozilla products.

How do I get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with AMO.

Review Add-ons

We are in need of people to review extensions and themes that get submitted to AMO. We urgently need Mac OS users, while Thunderbird and Suite/SeaMonkey users are also in short supply. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please do the following:

  1. Create an AMO account.
  2. Send an email to umo-reviewer at mozilla.org with the subject "AMO Volunteer Step 1". The email should contain the name you used when creating your account and the email address you used for the account. Please also mention which products you use (i.e. Firefox, SeaMonkey, Mozilla, etc), on which operating systems, and any experience you have testing or creating extensions.

Also, please join us in #addons on irc.mozilla.org to start getting a feeling for what's up!

Develop the website

The website is constantly under development, and there are plenty of bugs in it. They're just waiting for you to come along and fix them! See for yourself.

The site's written in php. If you're interested in helping out, stop by #amo or #addons on irc.mozilla.org for a chat. You'll probably want to talk to morgamic.

Other ways to help

You can also help out by triaging bugs (see [Update:Bugs|these notes]) and by providing user support in #addons on irc.mozilla.org. Set your irc client to highlight on "help!" (no quotes.)

What can I find here?

Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to your Mozilla Application. They can add anything from toolbars to completely new features. Browse extensions for: Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite
Themes allow you to change the way your Mozilla program looks. New graphics and colors. Browse themes for: Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite
Search Plugins
Search engine plugins allow you to customise the preinstalled search engines in Firefox.
Browse search plugins for Firefox.
Plugins are programs that also add functionality to your browser to deliver specific content like videos, games, and music. Examples of Plugins are Macromedia Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Sun Microsystems' Java Software. Browse plugins for: Firefox & Mozilla Suite

How do I report a bug on this site?

This site is new, and therefore is likely to have bugs and problems and should be considered beta quality. Please report any bugs you find so that they can be fixed.

Bugs found in the Mozilla Update website should be reported to mozilla.org's Bugzilla. The bugs for this site are found listed in the Update product.

Remember to select the correct component, and try to include as much info as possible to aid in a quick resolution of your bug.

How do I get my extension or theme listed?

Use the Developer Control Panel!

How do I enable software installation?

Software installation is enabled by default. In Firefox versions 1.0.7 and earlier (and Thunderbird) there is a preference in the options menu to enable or disable software installation.

In Firefox 1.5 this preference still exists, but it is now accessed through about:config. Find xpinstall.enabled and set it to true by double clicking on it or by right clicking and choosing reset.

If this doesn't enable software installation, or you need more information, please seek support for the program you're trying to install extensions to.

Valid App Versions for Add-on Developers

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I see this error when trying to upload my extension or theme: "The Name for your extension or theme already exists in the Update database."

This is typically caused by mismatching GUIDs or a duplicate record. If there is a duplicate record, chances are you should submit an update instead of trying to create a new extension or theme. If you cannot see the existing record, then it is owned by another author, and you should consider renaming your extension/theme.