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SPDY indicator for Firefox 11+

Firefox 11 will be supporting the SPDY protocol for faster webpages. (Firefox 11 beta seems quite stable and I have been using it for a month now.)

Unfortunately there is no clue to when SPDY is actually working in Firefox because the only way to know is to examine the response headers for X-Firefox-Spdy.

However Cheng Sun has come to our rescue by whipping up a SPDY indicator extension inspired by a similar plugin for Chrome that shows an icon in the address bar.

SPDY is not on by default in Firefox 11, you have to go into about:config and change network.http.spdy.enabled to true.

Then watch for green lightning bolt the extension adds to the url address bar by visiting most google services or now Twitter.

Now available on! Here is a proper XPI version of the extension

Here are some SPDY enabled sites to test it on

(if you are aware of other SPDY enabled sites, let me know?)

One response

  1. Cheng

    Cheers for plugging my add-on, and glad it’s coming in handy🙂

    (BTW, I uploaded the extension to AMO here ->

    March 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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