Mozilla.UITour

Introduction

Mozilla.UITour is a JS library that exposes an event-based Web API for communicating with the Firefox browser chrome. It can be used for tasks such as opening menu panels, highlighting buttons, or querying Firefox Account signed-in state. It is supported in Firefox 29 onward, but some API calls are only supported in later versions.

For security reasons Mozilla.UITour will only work on white-listed domains and over a secure connection. The list of allowed origins can be found here: https://searchfox.org/mozilla-central/source/browser/app/permissions

The Mozilla.UITour library is maintained on Mozilla Central.

Important

The API is supported only on the desktop versions of Firefox. It doesn’t work on Firefox for Android and iOS.

Local development

To develop or test using Mozilla.UITour locally you need to create some custom preferences in about:config.

  • browser.uitour.testingOrigins (string) (value: local address e.g. http://127.0.0.1:8000)
  • browser.uitour.requireSecure (boolean) (value: false)

Note that browser.uitour.testingOrigins can be a comma separated list of domains, e.g.

Important

Prior to Firefox 36, the testing preference was called browser.uitour.whitelist.add.testing (Bug 1081772). This old preference does not accept a comma separated list of domains, and you must also exclude the domain protocol e.g. https://. A browser restart is also required after adding an allowed domain.

JavaScript API

The UITour API documentation can be found in the Mozilla Source Tree Docs.