Break Down the Walls

Break Down the Walls

Break Down the Walls is an extension to help you access information more easily. If you use Sci-hub and Library Genesis a lot, you will love it.

What is Break Down the Walls?

Break Down the Walls is a Firefox add-on by OA. This add-on has 92 daily active users and a perfect 5.0 rating. The latest version, 1.2.1, was updated 5 months ago.

Stats date:
By: OA
Users: 92 ▼ -4
Rating: 5.00 (2)
Version: 1.2.1 (Last updated: 2022-10-22)
Creation date: 2022-08-19
Weekly download count: NaN
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • tabs
  • storage
  • activeTab
  • menus
  • notifications
Size: 28.69K
Email: Click to see
URLs: Website
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
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Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge
Break Down the Walls currently has a few features. 

  • It adds a button to your toolbar which, when clicked, will open the current link (unless it is an Amazon link, see below) in one of sci-hub's mirrors. So it takes one click to take from the journal page of an article to its PDF.
  • It adds 'Download PDF' to your context menu (right click menu). When you are searching for an article on Google Scholar or somewhere else, you can right click the link and click on 'Download PDF' to directly download the PDF if it is on Sci-hub.
  • If you right click on an Amazon link and click 'Download PDF' or click the toolbar button when viewing an Amazon page, if you are viewing a book Break Down the Walls will search Library Genesis for you and open the search page.
It is possible to change which Sci-hub mirror is used by the extension by right clicking on the toolbar icon, selecting "Manage extension" and opening "Options" in the page. Currently there are only 4 mirrors, more will be added if people need it. I accept feature requests on GitHub, just open an issue! You can find the source code here. The icon is made by Umeicon from
Risk impact

Break Down the Walls requires a number of risky permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Break Down the Walls if you trust the publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

Break Down the Walls is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that a Firefox add-on may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Firefox add-on reputation on Firefox Browser Add-ons, the amount of time the Firefox add-on has been around, and other signals about the Firefox add-on. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing a Firefox add-on, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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User reviews
Found this little gem on Reddit. It works swell, even with Amazon books! It's insanely good. A "must have" for any student or graduate student doing research.
by Fox, 2022-08-30
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