Firefox should give the option to save add-ons to disk before installing

RESOLVED WONTFIX

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enhancement
RESOLVED WONTFIX
5 years ago
5 years ago

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(Reporter: t8av, Unassigned)

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Description

5 years ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/24.0 (Beta/Release)
Build ID: 20130910160258

Steps to reproduce:

I was installing an ADD-ON. I wanted to keep a copy of this software in my local disk for future installation (in case that the source ADD-ON is not available online anymore).



Actual results:

I could not find a way to save the ADD-ON to local disk before installation.



Expected results:

Firefox should allow the user to save the ADD-ON to local disk for future installation.
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Updated

5 years ago
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 1

5 years ago
You can right-click on XPI links and click "Save Link As..."  Does that not work for you?
Flags: needinfo?(t8av)
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Comment 2

5 years ago
(In reply to Drew Willcoxon :adw from comment #1)
> You can right-click on XPI links and click "Save Link As..."  Does that not
> work for you?

It works in most cases, but not always.

Two cases that I don't know how to save the source to local disk:

1. http://download.cnet.com/Save-As-Image/3000-11745_4-10748079.html

2. http://mycroftproject.com/google-search-plugins.html (interested in USA plugins).

Any ideas?
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Comment 3

5 years ago
The second case is search engines, not add-ons.  But I don't know an easy way for the average person to download the first case within Firefox either.  You could always find the XPI URL (e.g., by using the network inspector in the web console or looking at the page source) and then use an external program like wget or curl to download it, or even make an HTML page with a link to it and use the Save Link As method.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Component: Untriaged → Add-ons Manager
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows 7 → All
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
Hardware: x86 → All
Summary: Firefox should give the option to save ADD-ON to local disk before installing. → Firefox should give the option to save add-ons to disk before installing
Version: 24 Branch → unspecified
We keep a local copy of the add-on in your profile which you could pull out and use if you really want but this isn't something we'd include in Firefox for the average user.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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Comment 5

5 years ago
For #1, I could find the direct xpi URL in the HTML page source, and successfully downloaded it.
 
For #2, I know it's a search engine, not an ADD-ON, but still how to download it?
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