Greasemonkey for Chrome

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November 1, 2008

Google Chrome lacks supports for addons or widgets that are offered by popular browsers like Firefox and Opera. But Google Chrome’s latest beta release has support for popular Greasemonkey scripts. Many people may not be familiar with greasemonkey. Greasemonkey is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that allows users to write scripts that change the functionality of a webpage. A website can be made more interactive with Greasemonkey. For example increasing Twitter’s functionality with Troy’s Twitter Script, modifying favicons etc. One can also interconnect two sites to integrate the information from both sites. You can add the things which the site owner failed to add. The scripts can be written written manually or downloaded from userscripts. Greasemonkey lets you create mashups and themes as well.

But the use of Greasemonkey in Chrome has some restrictions. Google Chrome can read the scripts only from C:scripts. To use greasemonkey for Chrome, you first need to append –enable-greasemonkey to the shortcut of Chrome. It ignores the @include metadata due to which the script is restricted to one or more websites, i.e. the scripts will only work on pages that are handled by @include metadata.

Greasemonkey support is added in Google Chrome’s build 3499 and later. You can download it from here.

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