Cliqz now allows add-ons

Use your favorite extensions from the Firefox Add-ons Store in the Cliqz Browser. Note, however, that there are always risks associated with add-ons.

Björn GreifEditor

Now you can use your favorite extensions from the Firefox Add-ons Store in the Cliqz Browser for Windows and Mac. We’ve added one of our users’ most requested features just before Christmas.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Click the menu button Browser Menu Icon and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager you can seach for specific extensions. You will then be redirected to the Firefox Add-ons Store.
  3. Choose your desired extension and click the „Add to Firefox“ button, to install the add-on in the Cliqz Browser.
  4. Advanced users can also install add-ons directly from an .xpi, .jar or .zip file using the gear icon in the upper-right area of the Add-ons Manager. Select Install Add-on From File… from the menu, then find and select the file.

Proceed with caution when installing add-ons

Before you install all possible extensions in the Cliqz Browser, you should be aware that they can slow down your browser or pose certain privacy and security risks. Cliqz, as a browser manufacturer, has no control over what data installed extensions access.

Some extensions require extensive permissions during the first installation, for example, to read and change your data on websites you visit – regardless of whether or not this is necessary for their smooth operation. If you have granted such a permission to an extension, it can theoretically monitor everything you do online.

How to minimize the risks associated with add-ons

In general, you should keep the list of installed extensions as short as possible. If an add-on is not indispensable or you don’t trust the developer, uninstall it. Furthermore, always pay attention to the requested permissions and, in case of doubt, rather do without a specific add-on. This minimizes the risk that one of your installed extensions may slow down your browser or cause other trouble.

For privacy protection and performance reasons, some extensions that use certain application program interfaces (APIs) cannot be installed in the Cliqz Browser. A list of these blocked extensions and APIs can be found here.

Now have fun with your favorite extensions in the Cliqz Browser! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact our support at any time.