What is the Googlebar?
The Googlebar project was initially created to address the widespread desire in the mozilla community for the Google toolbar to support the Netscape 7, Mozilla, and Firefox web browsers. In the past, the Google toolbar was only available for IE on windows. While we are in no way affiliated with Google inc, our current release emulates all of the basic search functionality of the toolbar, allowing users to easily access almost all of Google's specialty searches (some of which are not yet supported by the original Google toolbar!) from one convenient toolbar. However, because the developer community for Firefox is so vibrant, we have decided not to implement features found in other extensions (such as form fill) or built into Firefox (such as the popup blocker). If you are looking for AutoFill, you may find the AutoForm or AutoFill extensions useful.
Translations of the Googlebar into other languages can be found at the Googlebarl10n project on Mozdev.org.
If you need more help, feel free to read through our help page for answers to common questions. Also if you would like to comment on our current work, leave feedback, or suggest features then use our new Googlebar Forums. You don't even need a login to post.
October 18, 2006 - New version available before the upcoming Firefox 2.0 release!
If you upgrade Googlebar before upgrading to Firefox 2.0,
you should not have any problems with Firefox 2.0.
You can get a stable version hosted at Mozilla's Extensions Addons page for Googlebar here get the stable version
You can install the latest development version using the installation page.
December 20, 2005 - New experimental version available, finally compatible with Firefox 1.5!
We finally managed to put together a version of the Googlebar which is compatible with Firefox 1.5. This version does not have any new features apart from that. Sorry for the delay! Install the latest version using the installation page.
July 9th, 2005 - New experimental version available, minor bug fix release
A new version has been released which addresses a few minor bugs. Also addresses a few minor usability issues with the GMail notification functionality. Users now have the option of completely disabling the audible notification via the Googlebar options window. Install the latest version using the installation page.
June 25th, 2005 - New experimental version available, minor bug fix release
A new version has been released which addresses changes made to the Google GMail server configuration (moving from gmail.google.com to mail.google.com) and also modifies the new "search for page selection" for better usability based on user feedback. Install the latest version using the installation page.
June 14th, 2005 - New experimental version available, better GMail support and updated icons
The GMail functionality recently added to the Googlebar has been well received. This version helps to solidify the GMail integration and adds many improvements to the previous release. Version 0.9.14.01 also adds multiple new and reworked icons and attempts to clean up the interface even further. The full list of changes can be found in the announcements section of our forum. Install the latest version using the installation page.
May 14th, 2005 - New experimental version available, lots of fixes and features
Another new experimental version of the Googlebar has been released. Version 0.9.12.01 adds a whole slew of new fixes and features to the Googlebar. Many changes to the options which add the ability to customize the toolbar even more to your liking. The full list of changes can be found in the announcements section of our forum. Install the latest version using the installation page.
May 6th, 2005 - Multiple new features in newest experimental version
Today we released a new experimental version of the Googlebar. Version 0.9.11.01 adds many new features including the ability to disable the
dynamic highlighting feature (if performance is a problem), add web page "thumbnail" images to your Google search results, and includes auto-login
capabilities to both the GMail home page navigaton and new mail notification using the built-in browser password manager. GMail notification also
includes a drop down menu which lists the sender address and message subject to quickly see what new messages have arrived.
Note that all of these new features are disabled by default and must be activated from within the Googlebar Options window. There have also been many bug fixes included in this release- mainly to the style and position of toolbar buttons, sizing, and flexing which should relieve some of the jumpiness experienced by some users. Get more information about this release and install the latest version using the installation page.
Other search-related projects on Mozdev
- BioBar-Search all important biological databases, including Scientific Literature, Genome, and more.
- Companion- Emulates the Yahoo! Companion toolbar in mozilla.
- Easysearch- Offers a search toolbar with more general coverage of many search engines.
- ExPASybar- Searches the ExPASy database of biomolecules. Chemists of the world, unite!
- Mycroft- Collection of search plugins for mozilla's sidebar search (formerly known as Sherlock)
- Gimli- Another project to re- create popular toolbars, starting with a dictionary.
- NeedleSearch- Allows users to search using search engines installed in mozilla, or add a new search string to the toolbar automatically.
- Pubmed- Searches the NLM-medline database of articles and citations in the field of medicine.
- Qlookup- Add google search to context menu
Our world-famous site disclaimers
The authors of this project are in no way affiliated with Google Inc, and if we're affilliated with anyone else, we certainly don't know about it. Google, the Google logo, "Google toolbar", and the 'I'm feeling lucky' search are registered trademarks of Google inc, and the name "Googlebar" is used by permission. This is a non-profit development project run by volunteers, and we provide the Googlebar to interested users without any guarantees; it's pointless to sue.
On the other hand: If you plan to use or modify code or functions of the mozilla googlebar, we ask that the developers be notified of the use of their work and are allowed to consider addition of these changes into the code base, or to note parallel projects arising from the Googlebar. (We're curious and could always use the extra talent!).