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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Google Toolbar on Firefox 13

It's a shame I have to keep playing this cat-and-mouse game to keep my beloved Google Toolbar working in Firefox.

Google, if you're listening, please reconsider this decision and revive the Google Toolbar for Firefox.  You provide it for Internet Explorer, what gives?

To understand the context of this post you need to read my previous post:

There I describe how you could edit a configuration file, to make the Google Toolbar work again when upgrading to Firefox 11.  This trick also worked for Firefox 12.  But then when Firefox 13 came along, I once again lost the Google Toolbar.

You have to first follow the steps in the previous post, but then while you have the install.rdf file open and you changed the em:maxVersion line to something such as 20.0.* - now to accommodate Firefox 13 you must also look for the line a little farther down that starts with em:updateURL and make a change.

Change this line from this:
To this:

It worked for me, hoping this helps others as well.

Update 9/27/2013 - Please see my post More Issues with Google Toolbar on Firefox 24.0


  1. Hi David,

    I followed your advice but where can I find the em:updateURL, sorry for my stupidity.

    Your help will be highly appreciated.


    1. Nicole, I cannot tell from your comment if you can't find the install.rdf file, or just can't find the line that begins with < em:updateURL > - if you can't find the file, please re-read the first post regarding Google Toolbar on Firefox 11 to find where it is located. If you're not seeing the line at all in the install.rdf file, I can only assume you started with a different version of the Google Toolbar than I did. You might follow all of the steps from the first post and get the Toolbar from FileHippo.

  2. Thanks a lot David!!!
    Everything working very well.

  3. Thanks David for posting an update to your earlier post.
    As a royal Win Xp fan, I can confirm that for win xp, the Google Toolbar still works with Firefox 13 as per your earlier post.

    Maybe windows 7 user can confirm your new instructions.

  4. My Firefox updated itself a few days ago to Firefox 14 and the Google Toolbar thankfully still works.

  5. Thanks David for your kind advice and both posts. It really helped. Fortunately, I didn't have to unistall my FF 12. I just made changes as shown in both posts and Viola !!! Google toolbar has started working on my FF 13.
    Thanks again

  6. Toolbar is there in 14 but there are no bookmarks after signing in?

    1. Same as in the previous post:

      - edit toolbar.js located in "lib" directory of the same path where's toolbar located
      - Search for: "" and change all to: "" - without quotes.
      - save all the changes and exit

  7. Any developments for FF16 ? I had to format my pc and with these latest tips I cant get my google toolbar running properly. thx in advance.

  8. Now all working good according to

    Thx David!