Local Filesystem Links

Local Filesystem Links

Scans for local file system URIs (file:///) on any page. Click on the added icon to open the local link with the system's file manager. Alternatively, select any text that forms a path (e.g. "C:\tmp\cow 1.txt") and use the context menu.

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What is Local Filesystem Links?

Local Filesystem Links is a Firefox add-on that scans for local file system URIs and allows you to open them with the system's file manager. It provides automatic file link recognition and a page context menu entry for easy access.

This add-on was removed from Firefox Browser Add-ons on 2023-09-07
Stats date:
Users: 6,485
Rating: 4.08 (38)
Version: 0.101.0 (Last updated: 2023-05-28)
Creation date: 2011-12-05
Weekly download count: 99
Firefox on Android: Yes
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • file://*/*
  • storage
  • activeTab
  • contextMenus
  • notifications
  • tabs
  • nativeMessaging
  • webNavigation
Size: 466.14K
URLs: Website
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: High risk likelihood

Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge

NOTE for previous users Starting with Firefox 57, the addon requires you to install an additional helper application. Otherwise the addon cannot function properly. The details are explained in a first-run dialog when you install the addon.

Summary This Firefox extension scans pages for file:/// links and makes it possible to open them with the system's file browser.

Target Audience The extensions was created to assist people who like to use HTML pages to link to local files or files located on a network share. For example linking to local files from a wiki page.

Details Currently there are two methods of opening local file system links.

1) Automatic file link recognition An automatic file link recognition scans for hyperlinks with a file:/// prefix. For each of these hyperlinks a folder icon will be inserted on the right side of the hyperlink.

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User reviews
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These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Firefox Browser Add-ons does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Extremely useful extension
  • Great add-on
  • Definitely works
  • Simple amazing plugin
  • Thinks for your donation,it helps me a lot
  • Link opens several times the target after the click
  • Not working correctly on macOS 10.15.5
  • Error pop up with every click
  • Non-functional on some computers
Most mentioned
  • Extremely useful extension
  • Link opens several times the target after the click
  • Not working correctly on macOS 10.15.5
  • Error pop up with every click
  • Non-functional on some computers
  • Great add-on
  • Opens local files and folder which is not possible using standard Firefox functionality
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Risk impact

Local Filesystem Links is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive 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 Local Filesystem Links if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Local Filesystem Links may not be trust-worthy. Avoid installing if possible unless you really trust this publisher.

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