Vim, but in your browser. Replace Firefox's control mechanism with one modelled on Vim. This addon is very usable, but is in an early stage of development. We intend to implement the majority of Vimperator's features.

  • Tridactyl
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What is Tridactyl?
Tridactyl is a Firefox add-on that transforms your browser into a keyboard-operated control system, based on Vim's design. This replacement for VimFX, Vimperator and Pentadactyl binds common tasks to single key presses, simplifying and speeding up browsing. Features include the ability to follow any link with just a few keystrokes, switch between tabs by searching, customizable search settings, and the power to bind any command to a preferred keystroke. Tridactyl is still in development with a vision to provide all features previously offered by Vimperator.
Users: 5,378 ▼ -2
Version: 1.24.1 (Last updated: 2024-04-07)
Creation date: 2017-11-09
Weekly download count: 203
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: Very high risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Overrides new tab: Yes
  • activeTab
  • bookmarks
  • browsingData
  • contextMenus
  • contextualIdentities
  • cookies
  • clipboardWrite
  • clipboardRead
  • downloads
  • find
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Control your browser with your keyboard only. Replace Firefox’s control mechanism with one modelled on VIM. This is a “Firefox Quantum” replacement for VimFX, Vimperator and Pentadactyl. Most common tasks you want your browser to perform are bound to a single key press:

  • You want to open a new tab? Hit t.
  • You want to follow that link? Hit f and type the displayed label. (Note: hint characters should be typed in lowercase.)
  • You want to go to the bottom of the page? Hit G. Or the top? gg.
  • You want to focus the text field on Wikipedia to search for another term? gi.
  • Switch to the next tab? gt.
  • Go back in time? H.
  • Notice that this tab is rubbish and you want to close it? d.
  • Regret that decision? u restores it.
  • Want to write something in Vim? Ctrl-i in a text box opens it in Vim, if you have :native working.
  • Temporarily disable all that magic because you can’t stand it? Shift-Insert or Ctrl-Alt-Escape.
  • But how do you use your browser now? Shift-Insert or Ctrl-Alt-Escape again and we’re back on.
The list could go on a bit here, but I guess you’ll get the point. If you feel lost sometimes :help might help you a lot, and there’s always :tutor. Highlighted features:
  • Follow any link on the site with just 2-3 key presses.
  • Switch to any open tab by searching for its URL or title or entering its ID.
  • Easy customizable search settings.
  • Bind any supported command or commands to the key (sequence) of your liking.
  • Great default bindings (if you’re used to Pentadactyl or Vimperator).
This add-on is very usable, but is in an early stage of development. We intend to implement the majority of Vimperator’s features. You can get beta builds from our website. Permissions: Since Tridactyl aims to provide all the features Vimperator and Pentadactyl had, it requires quite a few permissions. Here we describe the specific permissions and why we need them.
  • Access your data for all websites:
    • This is Mozilla’s way of saying that Tridactyl can read the content of web pages. This is necessary in order to e.g. find the links you can follow with the :hint command (bound to f by default).
  • Exchange messages with programs other than Firefox:
    • This permission is required for Tridactyl to interact with your operating system (opening your editor to edit text areas, sending links to your video player, reading a configuration file from your disk…). This is possible thanks to an external executable we provide. If you feel this gives Tridactyl too much power you can chose not to install the external executable: Tridactyl will still work but won’t be able to start external programs.
  • Read and modify bookmarks:
    • Tridactyl’s command line has a powerful autocompletion mechanism. In order to be able to autocomplete your bookmarks, Tridactyl needs to read them.
  • Clear recent browsing history, cookies, and related data:
    • Tridactyl implements the :sanitise command Vimperator and Pentadactyl had. It works a bit like the “Clear All History” dialog you can access by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Del on default Firefox.
  • Get data from the clipboard:
    • If your clipboard contains a URL, pressing p will make Tridactyl follow this URL in the current tab.
  • Input data to the clipboard:
    • Tridactyl lets you copy various elements to the clipboard such as a page’s URL with yy, a link’s URL with ;y or the content of an HTML element with ;p.
  • Download files and read and modify the browser’s download history:
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  • Control everything with only your keyboard
  • Great productivity boost
  • Nearest you can get to abandoning the mouse
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    • Great addon if you love controlling everything with only your keyboard
    • Great productivity boost, can't imagine using a browser without this extension
    • Nearest you can get to abandoning the mouse
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    Risk impact

    Tridactyl is very risky to use and it requires a lot of sensitive permissions. Avoid installing this add-on unless you absolutely trust this publisher.

    Risk likelihood

    Tridactyl is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

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