Open DownThemAll (Firefox Extension) Directly From the Unity Launcher

Hi folks

First of all I have to apologize for my bad English. Please write all errors and not well written parts you find in the comments and I will copy them to improve the quality of this Instructable. Many thanks in advance.

In my first Instructable I would like to share with you a solution I found to open the well known Firefox extension DownThemAll directly from the Unity launcher by right clicking on the Firefox icon.

So let's get started!

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Step 1: Terminal

I suppose you have Firefox and the extension installed.

Launch your favorite Terminal. Then type in the following line and enter your password when prompted:

sudo gedit '/usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop'

This will open the Gedit editor but off course you can use any other.

Step 2: Find the Right Place

After the editor opened search for the end of the first section called:

[Desktop Entry]

Step 3: Add Some Lines

Create a new Section by entering the following lines:

[Desktop Action OpenDownThemAll]
Name=Open DownThemAll
Name[de]=DownThemAll starten
Exec=firefox -chrome chrome://dta/content/dta/manager.xul

Please adapt the text to your language. For example for English it could look like this:

Name[en]=Open DownThemAll

Now we have to add this new section (action) to the bottom of the first section like this:


And we are done.

Step 4: Try

Right click on your Firefox icon and you will find a new option. With only one more click you now can open the extension without having to open Firefox first.

I hope this little trick is useful. If you have any questions and/or suggestions please write them in the comments and I will try to respond ASAP. Thank for your attention.

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    1 year ago

    Awesome! Same basic command line works on Windows too... thank you!

    FYI for others - latest versions of FireFox proper have orphaned the lion share of add-ons like DTA... I'm happily carrying on with [Waterfox]( which continues to support all these legacy addons


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you very much! I am glad that after so many years being a member I now finally could share something. :-)