There are two main types of add-on: Extensions add new features to the application, while Themes modify the application's user interface. Add-ons can greatly affect the behavior of the application that hosts them. We've developed a set of guidelines to help ensure that they provide a good experience to users. These guidelines apply for all sorts of add-ons, whether they are hosted at addons.mozilla.org or not.
". Note: The extension created by this tutorial won't work in Firefox versions that don't have a static status bar (that is, Firefox 4 and up). You can find a more up-to-date tutorial in the XUL School tutorial The Essentials of an Extension. Since Firefox 4 (and other Mozilla 2 based applications) there are two types of extensions: Traditional, classic, or XUL extensions are more powerful, but more complicated to build and require a restart to install. This article explains how to build a traditional extension for Firefox. For a tutorial on building an extension for Thunderbird, see Building a Thunderbird extension. Quick Start A Hello World extension similar to what you can generate with the Extension Wizard is explained line-by-line in another tutorial from MozillaZine Knowledge Base. <? XUL Overlays.