Simple Discard Tab

Simple Discard Tab

Discards tabs that are inactive for 3 minutes to free up memory, while still preserving the tabs state when you click on them again. No privileged permissions required.

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What is Simple Discard Tab?

Simple Discard Tab is a Firefox add-on by em_te. This add-on has 97 daily active users and a good user rating of 4.44. The latest version, 0.3.3, was updated 3 years ago.

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By: em_te
Users: 97 ▼ -1
Rating: 4.44 (9)
Version: 0.3.3 (Last updated: 2020-09-17)
Creation date: 2019-04-12
Weekly download count: 3
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
  • alarms
  • contextMenus
  • notifications
  • storage
Size: 22.00K
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
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Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge
This extension uses the browser's own "discard" function to "discard" tabs that are inactive for 3 minutes (configurable).

Discarding a tab is similar to hibernating it. The tab won't run in the background and all timers on the page will stop. But as soon as you click on the tab again, your tab will be restored with all it's history and scroll position.

Discarded tabs consume less memory than hidden tabs.

This function is an innate function of the browser but the browser is very passive in using it. This extension only monitors your tabs once every minute to see if they are older than 3 minutes and calls that function manually.

This extension is similar to other extensions out there except this extension requires no privileged permissions because it specifically doesn't add features that require extra privileges. This means it cannot be used to spy on users unlike The Great Suspender. Therefore use it in confidence!

If you enable the "read browser tabs" permission, you can choose whether websites from specific domain names should not be discarded.
Risk impact

Simple Discard Tab requires very minimum permissions and is relatively safe to use.

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

Simple Discard Tab has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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
Funktioniert gut und tut was es soll. Mein Speicher wird nicht mit ungenutzten Tabs vollgemüllt!!! Mein Rechner ist nun weider flott. Danke für die App!
by Miro, 2023-03-10
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