Add custom search engine

Add custom search engine

Add a custom search engine to the list of available search engines in the search bar and URL bar.

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What is Add custom search engine?
"Add custom search engine" is a versatile Firefox extension designed to facilitate personalised browsing. It lets users input a custom search engine to the selection in Firefox's search and URL bar. The inputs required include a name, search URL, and optionally an icon, suggestion URL, POST query parameters, encoding, and a brief description.
Merlin
Stats
Rating: 4.73 (426)
Version: 4.2 (Last updated: 2021-07-20)
Creation date: 2018-07-30
Weekly download count: 304
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • https://paste.mozilla.org/api/
  • search
Size: 66.77K
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Summary

Notice for Firefox 78+: Because of changes made by Mozilla the add-on is now less convenient. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Add a custom search engine to the list of available search engines in the search bar and URL bar.

Your custom search engine needs a name and search URL. Additionally fields include an icon, a suggestion URL, POST query parameters, the input encoding and a description.

Icons can be selected from your local computer or specified as an URL pointing to an image.

The extension UI is accessible via a button right next to the URL/search bar or the options in about:addons.

Due to a technical limitation with Firefox WebExtensions, all data entered when creating your custom search engine is uploaded to paste.mozilla.org.

User reviews
User reviews summary
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Pros
  • Easy installation
  • Flawless function
  • Extremely useful
Cons
  • Unclear instructions
Most mentioned
  • Works perfectly
  • Easy installation
  • Flawless function
  • Thanks Tom Schuster
Recent reviews
I'd give this 5 stars, except the instructions to use it aren't at all clear. How I got it to work (to add google.co.uk as a default to google.com) in Windows Firefox v 126.0 64bit: 1) add (ie, install) the extension 2) restart FireFox 3) Right-click search box. You'll then be given the option to add a custom search; click this, then enter the details. Finish. 4) go to firefox->settings->search and your new custom search engine should appear at the bottom of the "Default Search Engine" drop-down list. Choose it. 5) Voila! I don't like running extensions when not in use, so I turned it off. When I restarted FireFox, my choice (google.co.uk) was still active. Thanks @Tom Schuster
by JimC, 2024-05-16


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Safety
Risk impact

Add custom search engine is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

Add custom search engine has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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