Skip to main content

Control your browser's tabs from the command line

Project description


GitHub GitHub tag (latest by date) PyPI version Mozilla Add-on Chrome Web Store

Control your browser's tabs from the terminal.


No command has been specified
usage: bt [-h] {move,list,close,activate,search,open,words,dup,windows,clients} ...

bt (brotab = Browser Tabs) is a command-line tool that helps you manage browser tabs. It can
help you list, close, reorder, open and activate your tabs.

positional arguments:
    move                move tabs around. This command lists available tabs and runs
                        the editor. In the editor you can 1) reorder tabs -- tabs
                        will be moved in the browser 2) delete tabs -- tabs will be
                        closed 3) change window ID of the tabs -- tabs will be moved
                        to specified windows
    list                list available tabs. The command will request all available
                        clients (browser plugins, mediators), and will display
                        browser tabs in the following format:
                        "<prefix>.<window_id>.<tab_id><Tab>Page title<Tab>URL"
    close               close specified tab IDs. Tab IDs should be in the following
                        format: "<prefix>.<window_id>.<tab_id>". You can use "list"
                        command to obtain tab IDs (first column)
    activate            activate given tab ID. Tab ID should be in the following
                        format: "<prefix>.<window_id>.<tab_id>"
    active              display active tabs for each client/window in the following
                        format: "<prefix>.<window_id>.<tab_id>"
    search              Search across your indexed tabs using sqlite fts5 plugin.
    query               Filter tabs using chrome.tabs api.
    index               Index the text from browser's tabs. Text is put into sqlite
                        fts5 table.
    open                open URLs from the stdin (one URL per line). One positional
                        argument is required: <prefix>.<window_id> OR <client>. If
                        window_id is not specified, URL will be opened in the active
                        window of the specifed client
    words               show sorted unique words from all active tabs of all
                        clients. This is a helper for webcomplete deoplete plugin
                        that helps complete words from the browser
    text                show text form all tabs
    dup                 display reminder on how to show duplicate tabs using
                        command-line tools
    windows             display available prefixes and window IDs, along with the
                        number of tabs in every window
    clients             display available browser clients (mediators), their
                        prefixes and address (host:port), native app PIDs, and
                        browser names
    install             configure browser settings to use bt mediator (native
                        messaging app)

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --target TARGET_HOSTS
                        Target hosts IP:Port

Demo [TBD]

Features to show:

  • list tabs
  • close multiple tabs (fzf)
  • move tabs, move, same window
  • move tabs, move, different window
  • move tabs, move, different browser (NOT IMPLEMENTED)
  • move tabs, close
  • words, complete in neovim (integration with coc, ncm2, deoplete)
  • open tabs by url
  • open tab by google query, search (should be extendable, NOT IMPLEMENTED)
  • integration with fzf:
    • activate tab
    • close tabs
  • integration with rofi:
    • activate tab
    • close tabs
  • integration with albert
    • index text of available tabs (requires sqlite 3.25, fts5 plugin)
    • search a tab by text in albert
  • show duplicate tabs and close them


  1. Install command-line client: pip install brotab
  2. Install native app manifests: bt install
  3. Install Firefox extension:
  4. Install Chrome (Chromium) extension:
  5. Enjoy! (try bt clients, bt windows, bt list, bt words)

Testing extension

To perform integration tests for the extension, chromium and firefox have different approaches to load it upon the start.


chromium: google-chrome-stable --disable-gpu --load-extension=./firefox_extension

Chromium is a bit more demading. Several conditions are required before you can run Chromium in Xvfb in integration tests:

  1. Use extension from brotab/extension/chrome-tests. It contains the correct fake Key and extension ID (knldjmfmopnpolahpmmgbagdohdnhkik). The same extension ID is installed when you run bt install command in Docker. This very extension ID is also present in brotab/mediator/chromium_mediator_tests.json, which is used in bt install.

firefox: use web-ext run


Yuri Bochkarev



Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Files for brotab, version 1.2.0
Filename, size File type Python version Upload date Hashes
Filename, size brotab-1.2.0-py3-none-any.whl (30.1 kB) File type Wheel Python version py3 Upload date Hashes View hashes
Filename, size brotab-1.2.0.tar.gz (27.7 kB) File type Source Python version None Upload date Hashes View hashes

Supported by

Elastic Elastic Search Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Google Google BigQuery Sentry Sentry Error logging AWS AWS Cloud computing DataDog DataDog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN DigiCert DigiCert EV certificate StatusPage StatusPage Status page