Google Chrome gets Greasemonkey support

Google Chrome gets Greasemonkey support

Summary: It appears that a recent build of Chromium has support for Greasemonkey -- a very popular, and previously Firefox-only, browser plugin. Greasemonkey can be used by developers to do a bunch of useful things like creating mashups, creating themes, and fixing annoying problems on websites without needing to wait for the website owner to do it for you.

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It appears that a recent build of Chromium has support for Greasemonkey -- a very popular, and previously Firefox-only, browser plugin. Greasemonkey can be used by developers to do a bunch of useful things like creating mashups, creating themes, and fixing annoying problems on websites without needing to wait for the website owner to do it for you.

Google hasn't yet provided a way for developers to create plugins for Chrome because doing so would open up a whole can of worms as far as security goes. Greasemonkey support is an interesting addition because developers can now essentially make a plugin that works for specific websites rather than allowing global "browser-level" plugins.

Of course, Google will one day have to allow the development of global plugins, but this is an important first step in the right direction.

[via Google Operating System]

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Google

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  • Multiple sites

    I thought greasemonkey could use wildcards to affect
    pretty much every site, actually. Maybe the Chrome
    version doesn't but for Firefox you can inject the
    javascript into every site the user visits.
    Definitely not as nifty as having filesystem access,
    but a step in the right direction.
    dobesv@...
  • RE: Google Chrome gets Greasemonkey support

    I hope that customize google can be installed as a Greasemonkey addon... =D
    That'd be ironic, eh? ;p
    bugmenot@...
  • RE: Google Chrome gets Greasemonkey support

    Just so you know, the epiphany web browser (part of
    the GNOME desktop environment popularized in Linux
    distributions) has support for greasemonkey, so it is
    not firefox exclusive.
    jmtd
  • Greasemonkey support not Firefox exclusive

    And for those not running Linux's Epiphany, IEPro (an Internet Explorer browser extention) also has had GreaseMonkey alike script support since v0.9.12 (2007-03-26)
    Xian-Pu
  • Greasemonkey-like Chrome Extension

    This extension for Google Chrome supports the Greasemonkey functions so you can use most of the scripts on userscripts.org

    http://blankcanvasweb.com/pages/id_143/n_chrome_script_handler/
    Catheryne