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Firefox with Global Menu

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By spliceosome   |   
Published: November 13, 2010
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Thanks to commenter Wellington at omgubuntu.co.uk in this post [link] I was lead to a firefox extension by Javier S. Pedro [link] that makes the browser menus work with gnome2-globalmenu [link]

I've only tested this on Firefox 3.6, on Ubuntu 10.10 and Linux Mint 10. No guarantees whatsoever that this will work on your system :P.

XPI DOWNLOAD (32 bit)[link]

XPI DOWNLOAD (64 bit)[link]


Thanks to carlosdark54 for solving the libxul dependency problem on ubuntu. Just install the xulrunner-dev package:
"sudo apt-get install xulrunner-dev" or find it in the Software Center.

Then install git. Open up a Terminal window and type in:
"sudo apt-get install git" without the quotes.

Then type in "git clone git://gitorious.org/firefox-gnome-globalmenu/firefox-gnome-globalmenu.git".

Change to the directory where you downloaded the folder:
"cd /home/YOURUSERNAME/firefox-gnome-globalmenu".

Then type in "make -C src dist". There should be a globalmenu.xpi file in this directory. To install it, click on File in firefox, select "Open File" and navigate to where you compiled the globalmenu.xpi file. Select this file, and install it.
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JavaMan90's avatar
Thanks! This works great, except that my firefox still displays its own menu bar in the firefox window. How do I remove that firefox menu bar?
spliceosome's avatar
You'll have to install this plugin: [link]
JavaMan90's avatar
Thanks this works great. I have one "problem" though. The globalmenu does display the menu items from firefox, but firefox is still displaying its own menu items in the window. How do I remove those menu items from the firefox window? I'm running firefox 3.6 on Ubuntu 10.10
wannabeinoz's avatar
It isn't compatible with Firefox 8. :/
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yo-bhanHobbyist Artist
worked for me..
thanks :D

what themes on your ff?
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claudette86Hobbyist Artist
and for firefox 4 or 5 any possibilty? :)
BobCat80's avatar
There is a patch for FF4 but it doesn't work. Can anyone fix it?

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DavidOteroNavarroHobbyist Digital Artist
Will there be a Firefox 4 version? It would be great :)
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raulcomashStudent Interface Designer
i can use this .xpi with my firefox 4??? or i have to keep my 3.6??
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73LL0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Any plan for Firefox 4???
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Any plans for Firefox 4.0 support once it's released?
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Great job! it works very good on my Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit!
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Works flawlessly on Ubuntu 10.04 :D :D :D thanx a lot my friend!! :D :D :D :D :D
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73LL0Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hello. I'm using it since had been published on OMG Ubuntu and it works perfectly, but what about thunderbird? Is there any addon for it that do the same as this one?
lucaszgoda's avatar
ok, know how i remove the menu from firefox?, what theme are you using in firefox anda what theme are you using for the top bar?
spliceosome's avatar
To remove the menu from firefox, I use this addon: [link] The theme I used in this screenshot is by seahorsepip and can be downloaded here: [link]
BadgeJBJ's avatar
I can confirm that Firebug 1.6.1b2 fixes the conflict. :)
ageofzetta's avatar
thanks i found this!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you it worked just fine
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bubble-qummHobbyist Digital Artist
worked ...


goshh ... i must say ...

ubuntu is soo confusing at times

ScreaminBlueJens's avatar
This is supposed to be one for Thunderbird: [link]

Anyone here who can make an xpi from it?
javispedro's avatar
I personally use this extension ( [link] ) to hide the menu bar from the Firefox window. It works so good that I don't see the need to replicate the functionality on my extension :)

Also, the issue with FireBug should be fixed in FireBug 1.6.1 (not released).
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I also have an account here by the way.
acidrums4's avatar
I've written to the developer about the conflict with firebug. I have the same problem. Switching off Firebug fixes that issue temporaly.
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Any idea how to get this to work with FF4?
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