Monday, December 4th, 2006

Firebug 1.0: Public Beta, Still Free, and a Lite version for other browsers

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Utility

Joe Hewitt has been busy. We have loved the private builds of Firebug 1.0 beta, and he just made a bunch of announcements:

  • Firebug is to remain free: Very generous indeed. If you would like to support development, still check out the donate button. Joe wants to be able to hire someone to keep the torch well and truly light as he focuses on Parakey.
  • Firebug 1.0 beta available to all: I can not tease people in the coffee shop any longer as I watch them using 0.x and then show them 1.0 beta.
  • Firebug Lite: The lite version is for IE, Safari, and all non-Fire-y browsers. If you want to have the other browsers play happy with console.log() then use:
    1. <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="/path/to/firebug/firebug.js"></script>
    3. and to open the console by default:
    5. <html debug="true">

This is truly fantastic news. Download the plugin now and have fun with it!

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Trackback by Dale's Den — December 4, 2006

The fact I can go into the CSS and just click to disable a particular line, is really cool. It now shows the JS methods Flash adds for ExternalInterface support under the DOM tab, additionally handy. I’m not sure if Joe Hewitt realizes how many people he’s going to help with this; I’m planning on making a donation!

Comment by Scott Schiller — December 4, 2006

F-ing awesome! Thank you very very much Joe. I was a little skeptical of the non-free version but now think it would be worth every penny. With all of the capitol floating around for new web type companies you’d expect that everyone should leave a little gratitude when possible. Awesome work! :)

Comment by Jesse Kuhnert — December 4, 2006

i noticed that the net monitor is showing requests for data that doesn’t actually hit the server– I’m comparing tomcat’s access valve to what the net monitor shows. The tomcat access valve only shows one request for the page (correct), but the net monitor shows requests for all dependent sources and their times. Strange–

Comment by Jacob — December 4, 2006

well…unlike 0.x, which at least showed up but everything was dimmed out and the input box was missing, 1.0 doesnt even appear, when activated, even when ‘new window’ is chosen.

i’ll definitely donate if he can get it working on firefox 1.5/2.0 and Xorg 7.1.. right now the only firefox that loads firebug correctly on linux is 3.0, aka CVS trunk, but that is too buggy to actually use. but maybe it was a bug in firefox itself that they fixed? anyone know?

Comment by carmen — December 4, 2006


I’m using firefox 2.0 on linux (with Xorg obviously) with 0 issues. Perhaps you should double check your assertions before blurting them out. =p

Comment by Jesse Kuhnert — December 4, 2006

Jesse, have you noticed the same problem with the net monitor showing ghost requests to the server?

Comment by Jacob — December 4, 2006

Running great w/ FF 1.5 on XP. There are more features in this release than I could have possibly imagined.

The interactivity is undescribable, you have to use it for yourself to see.

AWESOME!!!!! If you end up using this at your COMPANY be sure to donate some goodness to Joe Hewitt. He deserves it!!

Comment by Mike Kidder — December 4, 2006

Can’t say that I have (yet). I would guess that what you are seeing is either:

a) standard output of how firefox internally recognizes each resource (meaning it goes through each file and prints the request, er something ? )

b) the requests are actually going to the server but then immediately are told to bugger off because they are cached and tomcat doesn’t log these. (this is of course a hypothetical reason, I don’t actually know the answer ;) )

If you wanted to find out definitively you could always install the “Live HTTP Headers” firefox plugin to double check which requests are actually going out and which are not.

Comment by Jesse Kuhnert — December 4, 2006

I’ll try comparing against ‘Live Http Headers’, because the valve logging is attached directly to the host, showing the other 304 responses for things I’ve forced caching on.

Comment by Jacob — December 4, 2006

‘Live Http Headers’ matches what the tomcat access logging shows, firebug is the odd man out on this one with showing ghost requests to the server.

Comment by Jacob — December 4, 2006

Jacob, Firebug shows some requests that are fulfilled by the cache, and never make it out to the network. Is there an example of a page with these “ghost” requests I could check out to make sure it’s not a bug?

Comment by Joe Hewitt — December 4, 2006

it’s our login page for our app which I’d rather not post on the public list– but if you have an email address, I can send it to you– all images, css, js write out the various no-cache headers which work according to live http headers and others, but you could use it to cross reference firebug :-)

hookomjj at

Comment by Jacob — December 4, 2006

[…] Esto feliz, hiperactivo hasta podría decir que casi excitado. Acabo de ver via Ajaxian que la versión 1.0 de Firebug está disponible para descargar e instalar en tu firefox. Me ha faltadado dedos para instalarlo y empezar a ver que tal se comporta. Hay que tener en cuenta que es una beta pública, pero yo en estos 25 segundos no he tenido ningún problema . […]

Pingback by Firebug 1.0 public beta, por fin!! - aNieto2K — December 4, 2006

Wow, if you click the scroll wheel while viewing the html tab, you can actually see the html for the auto scroll image appear instantaneously. Fantastic.

Comment by JPhantom — December 4, 2006

FireBug v1 Beta

FireBug v1 Beta

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Trackback by Jason Haley — December 6, 2006

Jesse: i wouldnt ‘blurt out’ assumptions without first findnig that every version of firefox ive tried on every linux install ive tried, has failed to work on anything less than firefox 3.0. does anyone know how to debug firebug when nothing shows up in the default firefox error console, not even XUL/XPCOM errors?

Comment by carmenJesse — December 6, 2006

This extension is amazing, they have brought Firebug so far from the original.

I’ve found a few glitches, but nothing major…I’ve had some in the old one too.

Comment by Shawn — December 11, 2006

Carmen, I had the same problem you are having. I deleted the CollorZilla extension and everything works perfectly now.

Comment by laura — December 12, 2006

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

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