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WebExtensions are designed to be compatible with Chrome and Opera extensions: as far as possible, extensions written for those browsers should run on Firefox with minimal changes.

However, Firefox currently has support for only a limited set of the features and APIs supported by Chrome and Opera. We're working on adding more support, but many features are not yet supported, and we may never support some.

This article lists all features and APIs that are fully or partially supported in Firefox Developer Edition. Where a feature is partially supported, we've indicated what the gaps are.

You should assume that features and APIs not listed here at all are not yet supported.

manifest.json features

Fully supported keys

Partially supported keys


Firefox does not support the "persistent" property. Background scripts stay loaded all the time.


Firefox does not support:

  • Media keys as shortcuts
  • global
  • the special command _execute_browser_action


Firefox does not support:

  • match_about_blank


Firefox does not support:

  • "" or "https://localhost" as script sources: they must be served over HTTPS.


Firefox does not support:

  • chrome_style

Using options_ui requires a valid value for the property.


Firefox does not support the following permissions:

  • background
  • clipboardRead
  • geolocation
  • unlimitedStorage

Obviously, it doesn't support permissions for APIs that are themselves not supported.


Firefox does not support the following incognito (private browsing) modes:

  • split

JavaScript APIs

Partially supported APIs

The page Browser support for JavaScript APIs includes compatibility tables for all APIs that have any support in Firefox. Where there are caveats around support for a given API item, this is indicated in these tables with an asterisk "*" and in the reference page for the API item, the caveats are explained.

These tables are generated from compatibility data stored as JSON files in GitHub.

The rest of this section describes compatibility issues that are not already captured in the tables.


  • For chrome.notifications.create(), with the "basic" type, iconUrl is optional in Firefox. It is required in Chrome.
  • Notifications are cleared immediately when the user clicks on them. This is not the case in Chrome.
  • If you call chrome.notifications.create() more than once in rapid succession, Firefox may end up not displaying any notification at all. Waiting to make subsequent calls until within the chrome.notifications.create() callback function is not a sufficiently long delay to prevent this from happening.


  • In Firefox, relative URLs passed into tabs.executeScript() or tabs.insertCSS() are resolved relative to the current page URL. In Chrome, these URLs are resolved relative to the add-on's base URL. To work cross-browser, you can specify the path as an absolute URL, starting at the add-on's root, like this:



  • In Firefox requests can be redirected only if their original URL uses the http or https scheme


  • In Firefox onFocusChanged will trigger multiple times for a given focus change.

Planned APIs

We don't support the following APIs, but plan to, soon:

This doesn't mean that these are the only additional APIs we will support, but that they are our current priorities.

Miscellaneous incompatibilities


Firefox resolves URLs in injected CSS files relative to the CSS file itself, rather than to the page it's injected into.

Additional incompatibilities

Firefox does not support using alert(), confirm(), or prompt() from background pages.

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