Google Chrome now officially supports Greasemonkey

Google Chrome now officially supports Greasemonkey

Summary: One of the ways you can extend the functionality of Google Chrome browser is through "'user scripts" as part of a Chrome extension. This is great, but what about all those great Greasemonkey scripts that have been available for a really long time?

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One of the ways you can extend the functionality of Google Chrome browser is through "'user scripts" as part of a Chrome extension. This is great, but what about all those great Greasemonkey scripts that have been available for a really long time? Seems strange that we need to reinvent the wheel doesn't it?

Well, I guess Google thought the same thing -- Greasemonkey scripts are really useful, and there are over 40,000 to choose from. It only makes sense for Google to officially support these scripts, since they are essentially exactly the same thing as what you can build with Google Chrome extensions.

Today Google announced official support for Greasemonkey scripts. That said, 15% to 25% of existing scripts available may not yet work with Chrome according to Aaron Boodman -- but Google is working hard to bring their implementation of user scripts closer to Greasemonkey to try and reduce that number.

If you want to see what kind of scripts are available, try going to userscripts.org -- installing them is a one-click process. These scripts are essentially converted to Google Chrome extensions, so managing them is exactly the same.

Extending Chrome has never been easier -- now there's even fewer reasons not to switch to Google Chrome from Firefox or Opera.

Topics: Browser, Google

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  • I like Chrome, except...

    When you have lots of tabs. Since each one is wrapped by its own .EXE (yes, I know it's more secure), depending on how you work, it can be annoying. Namely, having say, 7 tabs, firing up a game, noticing lag, then discovering that one or several tabs were chewing up enough CPU to induce said lag.

    Literally this past weekend I upgraded to an Intel 860 Core i7 motherboard after having lived with my old system for almost 4 years. So now I have 8 logical CPUs and a LOT of memory. The reality is, most people don't have these kinds of specs which means they're more likely to be impacted by the "an .EXE for every tab" model.

    But as it turns out, I don't have any major browser as my "default browser", I use the following utility:

    http://lifehacker.com/5352193/browser-chooser-asks-you-which-browser-to-open-new-links-in

    It allows me to pick which browser to open a link with when say I hit an URL in my email or IM clients.

    Macintosh people have a similar and more feature filled utility called "Choosy":

    http://www.choosyosx.com/

    -M
    betelgeuse68
  • RE: Google Chrome now officially supports Greasemonkey

    initially, i was super-excited about chrome extensions, but now it seems like their only weak extensions -- they need some type of viagra to actually be worthwhile extensions.

    firefox is terrible b/c it's impossible to write extensions.

    lose/lose.
    shmooth
  • RE: Google Chrome now officially supports Greasemonkey

    I like greasemonkey, should be a great asset in the future of Google.\ B.Rogers
    zzigy9
  • Greasemonkey for Chrome

    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