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 +: ''Most of information here applies to install.rdf used in themes too. See [[#install.rdf for themes|below]] for detailed information.''
-Firefox 0.9, Thunderbird 0.7, Nvu 0.? and all subsequent versions of these products use the Extension Manager (''"the EM"''). In order to have your extension supported by it you have to package your extensions as described in "[http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/extensions/packaging/extensions.html Packaging Firefox/Thunderbird Extensions]" document at mozilla.org. This includes providing a valid '''install.rdf''' file.+Firefox 0.9, Thunderbird 0.7, Nvu 0.? and all subsequent versions of these products use the Extension Manager (''"the EM"'') for managing extensions and themes. In order to have your extension supported by it you have to package your extensions as described in "[http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/extensions/packaging/extensions.html Packaging Firefox/Thunderbird Extensions]" document at mozilla.org. This includes providing a valid '''install.rdf''' file.
-==Creating install.rdf using tools==+== Creating install.rdf using tools ==
You can use any of these tools: You can use any of these tools:
* [http://ted.mielczarek.org/code/mozilla/extensiondev/ Extension developer's extension] has Extension Builder functionality. * [http://ted.mielczarek.org/code/mozilla/extensiondev/ Extension developer's extension] has Extension Builder functionality.
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* [http://physnet.uni-oldenburg.de/~schlenk/tcl/firefox/extensionmaker.kit Extensionmaker] - A Tcl Starkit for windows, that generates an install.rdf. You need a tclkit runtime for Windows to start it (see [http://www.equi4.com/tclkit.html]). It's currently beta. * [http://physnet.uni-oldenburg.de/~schlenk/tcl/firefox/extensionmaker.kit Extensionmaker] - A Tcl Starkit for windows, that generates an install.rdf. You need a tclkit runtime for Windows to start it (see [http://www.equi4.com/tclkit.html]). It's currently beta.
-==Template==+== Template ==
If you choose to manually create an "install.rdf" file, you can use the template below as a guide. If you choose to manually create an "install.rdf" file, you can use the template below as a guide.
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<em:iconURL>chrome://sampleext/skin/mainicon.png</em:iconURL> <em:iconURL>chrome://sampleext/skin/mainicon.png</em:iconURL>
<em:updateURL>http://sampleextension.mozdev.org/update.rdf</em:updateURL> <em:updateURL>http://sampleextension.mozdev.org/update.rdf</em:updateURL>
 + <em:type>2</em:type> <!-- type=extension -->
<!-- Firefox --> <!-- Firefox -->
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</pre> </pre>
-==Target applications' GUIDs==+== Target applications' GUIDs ==
<table> <table>
<tr><td>Firefox </td><td><code>{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}</code></td></tr> <tr><td>Firefox </td><td><code>{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}</code></td></tr>
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</table> </table>
-===Notes===+=== Notes ===
-* '''Mozilla Suite''' ignores install.rdf, but you ought to include corresponding <code>targetApplication</code> item in install.rdf if you support the Suite and are going to submit your extension to [http://update.mozilla.org/ update.mozilla.org], see [http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=99246 this thread]. '''You still must include an [[install.js]] file if you support Mozilla Suite.'''+* '''Mozilla Suite''' ignores install.rdf, but you ought to include corresponding <code>targetApplication</code> item in install.rdf if
-* '''"[http://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey:Home_Page Seamonkey]"''' is now a codename (the official name is not announced yet as of May 2005) for the community project, that continues working on the Mozilla Suite codebase, after Mozilla Foundation has [http://www.mozilla.org/seamonkey-transition.html announced] it will not actively develop the Mozilla Suite any further. At the moment it doesn't read install.rdf, just as the Mozilla Suite, but it's planned to implement this in future.+
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-==Generating extension's GUID==+
-You&rsquo;ll have to generate a GUID for each extension you create and put it inside the &lt;em:id&gt; tag. You can either download [http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=94551F58-484F-4A8C-BB39-ADB270833AFC&displaylang=en MS guidgen] (a GUID generator for Windows NT-based systems), use uuidgen (for *nix), use a web-based generator such as [http://kruithof.xs4all.nl/uuid/uuidgen this] and [http://www.hoskinson.net/webservices/guidgeneratorclient.aspx this], or open your [[IRC]] client, go to ''irc://irc.mozilla.org/#botbot'' and say 'botbot uuid'.+
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-As Firefox/Thunderbird install each extension in a folder with name taken from &lt;em:id&gt; in install.rdf, some people (e.g. clav) are using human-readable strings as ID for their extensions. However, extensions with such IDs are reported to be rejected by update.mozilla.org, so you need to use a 'real' GUID for your extension if you're going to submit it to u.m.o. ([http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=157579 discussion thread])+
- +
-==Extension versioning==+
-As stated in the [http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/extensions/update.html official documentation] on mozilla.org, extension versions must be of form '''major.minor.release.build[+]'''. Old-style versions like 0.5pre are now invalid.+
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This page is part of the extension development documentation project.

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Note: development documentation is in process of being moved to Mozilla Development Center (MDC).

Most of information here applies to install.rdf used in themes too. See below for detailed information.

Firefox 0.9, Thunderbird 0.7, Nvu 0.? and all subsequent versions of these products use the Extension Manager ("the EM") for managing extensions and themes. In order to have your extension supported by it you have to package your extensions as described in "Packaging Firefox/Thunderbird Extensions" document at mozilla.org. This includes providing a valid install.rdf file.

Contents

Creating install.rdf using tools

You can use any of these tools:

Template

If you choose to manually create an "install.rdf" file, you can use the template below as a guide.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<RDF xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" 
     xmlns:em="http://www.mozilla.org/2004/em-rdf#">

	<Description about="urn:mozilla:install-manifest">
	
		<em:id>{XXXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX}</em:id>
		<em:name>Sample Extension</em:name>
		<em:version>1.0</em:version>
		<em:description>A sample extension with advanced features</em:description>
		<em:creator>Your Name Here</em:creator>
		<!-- optional items -->
		<em:contributor>A person who helped you</em:contributor>
		<em:contributor>Another one</em:contributor>
		<em:homepageURL>http://sampleextension.mozdev.org/</em:homepageURL>
		<em:optionsURL>chrome://sampleext/content/settings.xul</em:optionsURL>
		<em:aboutURL>chrome://sampleext/content/about.xul</em:aboutURL>
		<em:iconURL>chrome://sampleext/skin/mainicon.png</em:iconURL>
		<em:updateURL>http://sampleextension.mozdev.org/update.rdf</em:updateURL>
		<em:type>2</em:type> <!-- type=extension --> 

                <!-- Firefox -->
		<em:targetApplication>
			<Description>
				<em:id>{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}</em:id>
				<em:minVersion>0.9</em:minVersion>
				<em:maxVersion>1.0</em:maxVersion>
			</Description>
		</em:targetApplication>

                <!-- This is not needed for Firefox 1.1 and later. Only include this 
                     if you want to make your extension compatible with older versions -->
		<em:file>
			<Description about="urn:mozilla:extension:file:sampleext.jar">
				<em:package>content/</em:package>
				<!-- optional items -->
				<em:skin>skin/classic/</em:skin>
				<em:locale>locale/en-US/</em:locale>
				<em:locale>locale/ru-RU/</em:locale>
			</Description>
		</em:file>
	</Description>

</RDF>

Target applications' GUIDs

Firefox {ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384}
Thunderbird {3550f703-e582-4d05-9a08-453d09bdfdc6}
Nvu {136c295a-4a5a-41cf-bf24-5cee526720d5}
Mozilla Suite {86c18b42-e466-45a9-ae7a-9b95ba6f5640}
"Seamonkey" {92650c4d-4b8e-4d2a-b7eb-24ecf4f6b63a}
Sunbird {718e30fb-e89b-41dd-9da7-e25a45638b28}
Netscape Browser{3db10fab-e461-4c80-8b97-957ad5f8ea47}

Notes

  • Mozilla Suite ignores install.rdf, but you ought to include corresponding targetApplication item in install.rdf if