In addition to extensions, Firefox also supports the standard plug-ins common with other browsers. You can usually install them as you browse the web when you find a page that requires it, because Firefox will direct you to the proper plugin site. However, a few of those plugins are so common that it may be a good idea, after you installed Firefox, to get them right away so not to be disturbed in your future readings.
For a list of all Firefox plug-ins, consult the Mozilla Plugin Support page.
Recommended list of plugins for Firefox
- Acrobat Reader
Acrobat Reader from Adobe allows you to view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
- Flash Player
Flash Player from Adobe (previously Macromedia) is the very popular lightweight client that delivers vectorial interactive animations across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and other devices.
Java software from Sun allows you to run applications called "applets" that are written in the Java programming language. These applets allow you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, view images in 3D, etc.
QuickTime Player is a popular application from Apple for viewing video, audio, VR or graphics files.
- Windows Media Player
Microsoft's Windows Media Player lets you play streaming audio and video on the web.
RealPlayer from Real plays streaming RealVideo and RealAudio files.