15 Fantastic Greasemonkey Scripts for Better Browsing

When I was a young boy I always wanted to grow up to become a professional website designer. A few decades later reality hit and made me realize that my dream would never come into fruition. But, I wasn’t depressed at all because I found Greasemonkey. With Greasemonkey I could become a web designer for any website, making tweaks with a few lines of code. I could customize any website I wanted, getting rid of the stuff I didn’t like, and adding new features to my favorite sites.

Greasemonkey is a free Firefox extension that lets you insert bits of Javascript into the website you’re looking at and has made my browsing experience a whole lot better. It’s extremely customizable and can be made site-specific. If you know how to code you can create your own script, but if you don’t, you can head over to Userscripts.org and find a huge repository of Greasemonkey scripts. Greasemonkey scripts can be used for all occasions, and I’d like to share a few of my favorites. Each of these scripts has improved my browsing experience in some fashion so I hope they can do the same for you. Enjoy!

Note: To install a script, just click the install button and follow the prompt. Refresh the page and your script should be working. You don’t even have to restart Firefox!

Auto Form Filler

Auto Form Filler

Auto Form Filler

Tired of filling out forms all day? If you’re like me and sign up for new websites every day, then this script is definitely for you. You can avoid all those tedious online forms and have them filled in automatically with a click of a button. This tool will also check the “Agree to Rules” boxes and uncheck the newsletter/spam boxes. Customize your information by going to Tools > Greasemonkey > User Scripts Commands > Auto-Fill Options, and use the AutoComplete command to fill in all those annoying forms!

AutoPagerize

AutoPagerize

AutoPagerize

I’m sure you’ve heard of “infinite scrolling” but if you haven’t, it’s the concept of preloading and appending content on a website as you scroll to the bottom. The result is that you can keep on scrolling down, fetching more content, until you run out of content. AutoPagerize is a script that enables infinite scrolling on tons of websites so you don’t have to keep clicking the ‘Next’ button. It works for the most popular websites like Google, Digg, Flickr, but t it doesn’t work with all websites so if you’d like a similar tool that you can customize, check out the Auto Pager Firefox addon.

Comment Pre-Fill

Comment Pre-Fill

Comment Pre-Fill

The comment pre-fill is for all you people out there who love to read and comment on blogs. It’s like the Auto Form Filler on a diet. Use this script to automatically fill in those comment boxes at the end an article. Fill in your name, website, and e-mail, and set a hotkey. Then go to any post and press the hotkey to start commenting right away. Try it out right now on this post!

FFixer

FFixer

FFixer

FFixer is the ultimate Facebook tweaker. You can choose what to display on your home page, hide those annoying Farmville notices, download videos, view large pictures, use keyboard shortcuts, and lots more. You may be forced to use Facebook to keep in touch, but it doesn’t mean you can’t tweak it to your liking. Install the script and configure it under the Account tab in Facebook.

Google Image Ripper

Google Image Ripper

Google Image Ripper

The Google Image Ripper enhances your image browsing experience, though it only works on Google. Instead of having to browse through hordes of thumbnails, this script allows you to see the larger original images after an image search.

Google Multiple Account Login

Google Multiple Account Login

Google Multiple Account Login

The Google Multiple Account Login script makes managing multiple Google accounts a piece of cake. It replaces the traditional Google “sign off” button with a drop down menu where you can add and manage all your user accounts. The script allows you to switch accounts with ease without having to mess around with usernames and passwords. Easy and automatic.

Google RSS Subscribers Count

Google Subscriber Count

Google Subscriber Count

This script serves a simple but useful purpose: it shows you the number of Google Reader subscribers a website has. The only downside is that you have to be logged into a Google account for the script to work, since it requests data from Google Reader. The script is not 100% accurate, but will give you a general idea of how many subscribers a website has. Great for all you stat obsessed blogger.

Greased Lightbox

Greased Lightbox

Greased Lightbox

Similar to the Google Image Ripper, the Greased Lightbox script also enhances your image browsing experience, though it functions on a wider variety of websites. When you use an image search site like Google, Facebook, Flickr, or DeviantArt and click on an image, it displays the image in a beautiful lightbox. Use the left/right arrow, ‘+’, ‘-’, ’0′, ‘x’, and ‘Esc’ keys to navigate.

Invisibility Cloak

Invisibility Cloak

Invisibility Cloak

Created by Gina Trapani of Lifehacker, the Invisibility Cloak is a tool that makes you more productive by blocking certain websites until a specific time (say 6PM). Add websites you want to block in the Manage User Scripts tool (Tools>Greasemonkey>Manage User Scripts). Browse to the Invisibility Cloak and add the website to the Included Pages. You have to edit the code a little to change the set time, but Gina makes it easy (Tools>Greasemonkey>Manage User Scripts>Invisibility Cloak>Edit). A simple and effective productivity booster.

Linkify Ting

Linkify Ting

Linkify Ting

This is another simple script that takes plain text that is obviously the address of a website and turns that text into the website link. Simple, but saves you a lot of copy-pasting time. For example, web.appstorm.net is not a clickable link. With this script installed, that link will turn into something like web.appstorm.net. Try it out right now!

LookItUp

LookItUp

LookItUp

Ever want to find out more information on a word you don’t understand but can’t muster up the strength to open a new tab and do some research? LookItUp is a useful little script that can help you quickly look something up on Wikipedia, a dictionary, Google, or a custom site. Just highlight the word you want to know more about and press the “#” key to customize the script. To look up the word on a website, just press the set trigger key when some text is highlighted.

RSS/Atom Feed Generator

RSS/Atom Feed Generator

RSS/Atom Feed Generator

Tired of looking all around a website trying to find that darn feed? The RSS/Atom Feed Generator will save you the trouble and automatically find the feeds for you and place them at the top of your screen so you can easily subscribe.

Textarea Backup

Textarea Backup

Textarea Backup

One of the things I hate most in the world is having to type up something all over again because Firefox crashed. If this has ever happened to you, you know what I’m talking about. Now that I’ve installed the Textarea Backup script, I don’t have to worry about it ever again. This script stores text you enter into text input area, saving every second and after each keystroke, and restores the text if Firefox crashes or if you accidentally close the tab.

Textarea Drag Resize

Textarea Drag Resize

Textarea Drag Resize

You may not be as dorky as I am, but I love making long comments on blogs so I hate having to scroll back and forth in that itty bitty text box. With this neat script, I can change the size of the text box just by dragging the corners and can finally enjoy the luxury of having a large text box. Remember boys, size does matter.

TinyURL Decoder

TinyURL Decoder

TinyURL Decoder

While all these URL-shortening websites are useful in their own respect, they also pose a slight threat. Who knows, maybe that bit.ly link leads to a nasty picture of your boss without his shirt on. To combat this, you can use the TinyURL Decoder which translates shortened URLs to their original form. Despite the script name, it supports dozens of URL shortening services. Be sure to add the websites you want it to work on in the Manage User Scripts tool. If you want to enable it on all websites, add “*” as a website. See it in action below. Install the script and add “http://web.appstorm.net/*” as an included page. Refresh your browser to see the following links magically change to web.appstorm.net!

Conclusion

If you’ve managed to read this far and still don’t have Greasemonkey installed, I’m really disappointed in you. For the rest of you, I hope you all discovered a script or two you didn’t know about before. Greasemonkey is so customizable that I could only list a handful of the useful scripts, so be sure to check other scripts out at Userscripts.org and go customize your online experience!

I know I missed a lot of awesome Greasemonkey scripts, so let me know about your favorite scripts in the comments and, as always, don’t forget to subscribe for more delicious content!


  • http://www.ryanstubbs.co.tv/ Ryan Stubbs

    Thanks a lot for those. They’re great and will definitely be really helpful.

    Great article!

    • Ken Shi

      Thanks a lot, glad you liked it!

  • http://www.markdijkstra.eu Mark Dijkstra

    Nice tools, gona use a couple of these.

    Thanks

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    I’m patiently waiting for Greasemonkey and developers to get to FF4 b1. Life without plugins is “all vanilla”.

  • Antony Burnes

    cool

  • http://2600th.com 2600th

    nice article very helpful !

    Posting the missing script

    Youtube Script

    * Download the video as FLV or MP4 in many formats: use the download button (see Note 1).
    * Resize or expand the video automatically or manually, to any custom size.
    * Remove ads and any unwanted YouTube section; like video annotations and captions, video information, header and footer, etc…
    * Change the default video quality to any of the available ones (like 720p or 1080p). The video quality availability is autodetected and the script can change to the best available one automatically.
    * Automatically expand the video description, category and tags.
    * Prevent only video autoplay, or both video autoplay and autodownload.
    * Change the Flash Player Quality attribute to a lower one to play the video with less CPU use.
    * Autocheck for script updates once a day.

    Download
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/13333

  • lvleph

    Some of these are built into Chromium, but all can be used in Chromium without installing Greasemonkey.

  • http://gol.ly/hidevpn Lozz

    Comment Pre-Fill work great, thanks

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  • sunny

    gud!

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