Archive for January, 2011

A Firebug Proposal in the News

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Just in case you missed it, Amber said yes.


Firebug 1.7a9

Friday, January 21st, 2011 has new Firebug 1.7a9 + Chromebug 1.7.0a9 with 16 issues fixed. Among other things, this version fixes an annoying bug that breaks Firebug panel switching (in case your browser window is maximized and you have tabs on top). Thanks to Sebastian Zartner who created a patch for this!

There are still two Firefox bugs that prevent Firebug from working properly. The break on next error is broken (bug626909) and also JSD activation is not as steady as it should be (bug626830). Anyway, awesome Steve Fink is working on those and they will be fixed soon!

This release also contains a fresh new improvement for the inspector. Mike Ratcliffe enabled inspector frame to bend with -moz-border-radius – supported in Firefox 4.0 (issue 3901).

We have also improved visual presentation of a feature that allows to filter list of scripts in the Script panel (issue 3940). See more about this neat function.

As usual, let us know how this version work for you. And of course if you see any problem please create a report and we’ll fix it!

Followup in the newsgroup please.


Firebug 1.7a8

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 has new Firebug 1.7a8 + Chromebug 1.7.0a8 with 28 issues fixed. Since several important bugs have been also fixed in the platform, this build represents the first version that is pretty usable with Firefox 4. You need to use Firefox 4.0b10pre nightly build or wait for final beta 10.

Following bugs yet need to be fixed in Firefox:

Some highlights from this release:

  • CSS panel is now displaying @font-face rules, issue 2748
  • Firebug shortcuts can be removed, issue 3664 + there are new shortcuts for text size commands, issue 3668
  • Better visual presentation of element attributes in DOM panel, issue 3790
  • Pressing F1 opens a help page, issue 3839 (of course Firebug UI must be opened and focused to execute this keystroke).
  • Inspector improved, issue 3861 and 3883

Give it a try and let us know if anything doesn’t work for you!

Followup in the newsgroup please.


Firebug 1.6.1

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 has new Firebug 1.6.1 that fixes problems reported for 1.6.0. Among other things the ‘Ctrl + Shift + Arrow shortcut collision’ is fixed.

Firebug 1.6.1 is also uploaded on AMO, but it could take some time to appear – since it must go through the regular review process (yes, this is new). We hope for quick reviews so, there is not a delay for the end user (sure you can always install from

Firebug release channels summary:

  • Stable channel. The stable channel is updated with new features after they have been thoroughly tested in the Beta and Alpha channels. Install from Mozilla Addons Site.
  • Beta channel. Users who want to have new features quickly (releases every 1-2 weeks) and like to help refine the latest additions should use this channel. Become a beta tester and download from AMO (beta channel) or!
  • Alpha channel (aka dev channel). This is developer preview channel. It can be buggy and unstable sometimes, but this is the right source for developers who want to contribute to Firebug or those who are building a Firebug extension and need the latest APIs. Download from

Of course, you’ll be automatically prompted for an update in any of these channels.

Some links related to this release:

Followup in the newsgroup please.