Simple Firefox Content Scripts

Annika Backstrom
in misc, on 19 October 2014. It is tagged and #tags.

This post includes notes from creating my first Firefox add-on, a simple plugin that modifies my Pinboard homepage. The resulting code is also on Gitlab.


Streamline the post-processing of bookmarks added to Pinboard using IFTTT. I have a recipe that posts new Twitter favorites to IFTTT. The following tags are added to the new bookmark:

via:IFTTT via:Twitter via:@{{UserName}} via:{{LinkToTweet}}

The two {{ }} placeholders are expanded with data from the tweet. In some cases I need to revisit the tweet for context as I clean up the bookmark, add tags, or fix an incorrect link. I needed a script that would automatically extract the URL from the right "via:" tag and add a link to the page.

Misc. notes

cfx xpi to build the plugin .xpi file. Use the Extension Auto-Installer to streamline development:

cfx xpi ; wget --post-file=pinboard-http-tags.xpi http://localhost:8888/

console.log() doesn't work out of the box. Open about:config and add a new key "extensions.sdk.console.logLevel" set to "info". See "console".


var data = require("sdk/self").data;
var pageMod = require("sdk/page-mod");

    include: "*",
    contentScriptFile: data.url("content-script.js")


var bookmarks = document.querySelectorAll('.bookmark');

for (var i = 0, bookmark_count = bookmarks.length; i < bookmark_count; i++) {
    var bookmark = bookmarks[i];
    var tags = bookmark.querySelectorAll('.tag');

    for (var j = 0, tag_count = tags.length; j < tag_count; j++) {
        var tag = tags[j].textContent;

        if (!tag.match(/^via:https?:\/\//)) {

        var href = tag.substr(4);
        var newLink = document.createElement('a');
        newLink.href = href;
        newLink.textContent = href; = '_blank';


document.querySelectorAll doesn't return a NodeList. :(


screenshot of pinboard bookmark with added url

pinboard-http-tags on Gitlab.