Category Archives: Plugins

plugins for some popular free softwares such as Firefox, gedit, Thunderbird, etc


Top 10 Firefox add-ons for web developers

Mozilla Firefox has some cool developer tools (Style Editor, Scratchpad, Debugger, Responsive Design View, Inspect(3D view) and more) by default, but you can further extend them with some of the great add-ons/extensions listed here.

1. Firebug

Firebug has lot of useful features (edit, debug, monitor your code in live mode) that makes web development much easier. It’s a must have add-on for web developers.

Download Firebug

2. Rainbow Color Tools

it provides a bunch of color tools for web development – easy to use color picker, color library, inspector, analyzer(to analyze the color scheme of a website)etc.

Download Rainbow Color Tools

3. Wappalyzer

It tells you about the softwares(libraries, frameworks, server etc) used by a website.

Download Wappalyzer

4. ShowIP

It shows the IP address of the website, in status bar; additionally, you can also query whois, hostname, netcraft etc.

Download ShowIP

5. fontinfo

It’s good for exploring the fonts used on a website (with the font panel or show fonts section in right click menu)

Download fontinfo

6. Web Developer

add some cool web development tools.

Download Web Developer

7. User Agent Switcher

Using this extension, you can easily switch the user agent of the browser.

Download User Agent Switcher

8. Greasmonkey

To customize the web page (how it behaves or displays content), using small bits of javascript.

Download Greasmonkey

9. Modify Headers

To modify the http request headers sent to servers.

Download Modify Headers

10. FireFTP

It’s a cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox.

Download FireFTP


How to get TextMate type Auto-Completion in Gedit

Gedit is the default text editor in Gnome based GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.

It looks simple and it’s easy to use but it is also very powerful. It’s not just for simple text files – you can use it as a programming editor. There are lot of cool plugins available for gedit, which makes it a very powerful text editor.

Few Useful Plugins for Gedit

You can install few most useful plugins (File Browser, Code snippets etc) using the command (in Ubuntu 12.04 or Linux Mint 13 or any Debian based distribution, while in RPM based distro, such as Fedora – use yum instead of apt-get) –

sudo apt-get install gedit-plugins

TextMate Like Auto completion in Gedit

In TextMate the auto completion feature allow you to auto-complete the variable names just by hitting Esc (the trigger key). It’s very handy for programmers e.g if you’re coding CSS then you can avoid typing the id and class names again and again (if already defined in corresponding HTML file) – and it also saves you from unnecessary typing errors. To get this kind of feature in gedit, you need to install a plugin – TextMate Style Auto Completion Plugin.


Installing The TextMate Style Auto completion plugin in gedit

  • Download The Plugin
  • Extract it and run the
  • Restart/Open gedit and enable the plugin from preferences window

NOTE : If you are a Rails Developer then you might want to checkout the article – Gedit Plugins for Ruby On Rails.


GIMP Paint Studio Plugin for GIMP 2.6 : Cool Brushes and More

GIMP Paint Studio is a collection of cools brushes and tools that makes GIMP more suitable for digital painters and graphic designers.

Although, for Digital Painters – there is a dedicated program called – MyPaint (it’s available there in Ubuntu Software Center) but if you’re a GIMP user and want to leverage you GIMP skill rather than learning a new program (BTW, MyPaint is very easy to learn) then you must try this GIMP paint studio plugin.


Install GIMP Paint Studio Plugin in Ubuntu (12.04)

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute –

sudo apt-get install gimp-paint-studio

If it’s not already there in your package repository (or you get some kind of error like – no package found), then first – you can add the PPA using the command –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/gimp-paint-studio
sudo apt-get update

That’s All, Now start GIMP and you will notice some awesome cool stuffs like brushes, gradients etc.

Recommended Link(s)


How to install Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 12.04

Proprietary plugins can’t be included in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) by default (due to some licensing incompatibilities with Adobe flash player or mp3 codecs). Although, during the installation process so you can install these plugins (and of course an Internet connection is required because the packages will be fetched from web).

Anyway, Adobe Flash Player is getting replaced by HTML 5 or some newer technologies but until the HTML 5 becomes the de facto standard for dynamic content (flash, video etc) on the web, you should have any flash player installed.

It’s not necessary to use Adobe because there are some free and open source alternatives to Adobe flash – Gnash (seems good) and Lightspark (alpha release). Although, it’s a different fact that Adobe flash player will no longer be available for GNU/Linux – as Adobe has already announced that it will be dropping support for GNU/Linux. So the Adobe flash player – you would be using with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – is the last version of Flash (for GNU/Linux).


Installing Adobe Flash Player in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘adobe flash player‘ – and click on install; it will download the flash player from the official site (in background) and you just wait for the installation to complete.

Although – there is a official package named ubuntu-restricted-extras that contains – all the commonly used proprietary plugins/libraries. So you can install adobe flash player and other necessary codecs (for media player) in one command –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

gedit plugins for Ruby on Rails

gedit is the default and one of the most popular text/code editor in GNOME based distro such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint etc. It has a lot of cool plugins to add some extra features, some are installed by default while some are available there in package repository, to activate just go to the preferences section and enable it; You don’t even need to restart the gedit application.

gedit is a simple, efficient, easy to use and powerful text editor, it has lot of advanced features that makes it really good for programming (if you’re more hungry for features, then you should try Emacs, although Emacs is little hard to learn but the extra productivity you will gain is incomparable, good for long run). But these features are not enough for a rails developers, so there is a PPA dedicated for rails developers (although it’s for Ubuntu but works well with any debian based distro).

Gedit with GMate Plugin : on Ubuntu 12.04

GMate – The missing Gedit Plugins for Rails Developers

GMate is a set of cool plugins that will add some nice features to gedit text editor – in order to increase the fun with Rails Development (e.g by default gedit can’t highlight the ruby code in .erb.html files but gmate will do it for you!). Since gmate is a PPA for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04/older_versions so it will not work only on Ubuntu but also on other Debian derivatives. If you’re using Fedora or Archlinux then it won’t work, you may have to install it individually, see top 10 gedit plugins for the list of cool plugins.

Install GMate in Ubuntu

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-on-rails/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gedit-gmate

You can enable/disable the plugins from Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins.

Recommended Reading(s)

Gedit Shortcuts – Gedit Cheat Sheet for beginner developers, it also contains Gmate shortcuts!

Learning Rails ?

Check out this interactive video course on Ruby on Rails at Treehouse.