Firefox proxy profile manager
Foxglove is a combined Firefox profile and ssh connection manager with two purposes:
It preloads a number about:config prefs.js options that I consider desirable for the majority of my use cases. In general, these make Firefox less chatty and the interface less obsequious. Features like “Pocket” are disabled, where possible. These options have changed substantially during Firefox’s development, so some may be unsupported or meaningless in current versions.
Some defaults are known to cause problems, such as “privacy.resistFingerprinting”, which breaks some websites (and may be counterproductive - see https://coveryourtracks.eff.org/learn).
- Quick creation of Firefox profiles from a template.
- ssh into a server and automatically configure Firefox to SOCKS proxy through that connection.
For the first case, simply call foxglove with the profile name: foxglove newprofile
To add a proxy server, include it as the second argument: foxglove newprofile host
Obviously you must be able to ssh into “host” for this to work. Foxglove will do this automatically, configure the profile to use the connection as a proxy, and tear down the connection when Firefox quits.
Foxglove launches the browser via a subprocess call to “firefox”. Setting PATH prior to running foxglove can be used to launch a specific version of Firefox.
All foxglove data including profiles is stored in .foxglove in your home directory, which will be created on first run. Foxglove will not touch your regular Firefox profiles in any way.
prefs.js contains some reasonable security and privacy conscious defaults that will be applied to all foxglove profiles and may be changed as needed. Preferences may also be changed during a session, but will reset to the value in prefs.js on the next run.
Note that if prefs.js or addons.txt are not found in .foxglove (which should be in your home directory), they will be added from the package install directory the next time foxglove is run. Foxglove updates will not overwrite the home directory files, so you can delete them or merge your customizations after updating foxglove.
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