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Free-As-In-Beer Tools For Chrome And Firefox

"Free as in beer", meaning, of course, free to use, but not open source. In this case, it's a couple of tools which are handy as adjuncts to both Firefox and Chrome.

"Free as in beer", meaning, of course, free to use, but not open source. In this case, it's a couple of tools which are handy as adjuncts to both Firefox and Chrome.

For years I've been following Nir Sofer, author of a whole slew of beer-free utilities under the "NirSoft" label. They cost nothing to download and use, don't need to be installed, and make a perfect addition to something like a PortableApps pack. A few of his tools in particular caught my eye for this blog:

- ChromeCacheView, which lets you browse and dump the contents of the Chrome cache
- MozillaCacheView, which does the same for Firefox
- PasswordFox, for retrieving passwords from Firefox's stored-password repository
- MozillaCookiesView, for browsing Firefox cookies

The only mildly frustrating thing about these tools is the licensing, although Mr. Sofer does have a few utilities with full source code included. But for the vast majority of scenarios for these tools, and all the others in his library, his free-to-use and free-to-distribute license is probably more than enough.


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