Installation Guide

Steps for installing the AInspector Sidebar extension as a Firefox Add-on

Important Note: AInspector Sidebar compatibility with Firefox

After the Nov. 14, 2017 release of Firefox 57, in order to run AInspector Sidebar it will be necessary to install an older version of Firefox.

We recommend installing the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). More information about the Firefox ESR program can be found on the Firefox ESR Overview page.

The philosophy at Mozilla is that if you install the ESR, by default that will be your only installed version of Firefox.

There are ways of installing multiple release versions of Firefox, but they require using separate installation directories and profiles. For example, this Mozilla Support Forum article explains how to do this on macOS.

A simple way to have both the ESR and a newer version of Firefox installed is to install the Firefox Developer Edition, which is configured to automatically update to the latest beta release of Firefox, using a separate profile.

The following instructions assume that the ESR will be your only installed version of Firefox.

Installing the Firefox ESR

1. Save your Firefox bookmarks

  • Launch your current version of Firefox
  • Select Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks
  • From the toolbar, select the Import and backup your bookmarks menu button (the star icon)
  • From that button's menu, select Backup...
  • Save your bookmarks to a location you will remember

2. Uninstall your current version of Firefox

  • Use the procedure appropriate to your operating system

3. Download and install Firefox ESR

In most cases, if you've followed the steps outlined above, Firefox ESR will automatically find your bookmarks and other settings that were part of your Firefox profile from the version you uninstalled.

If this is not the case, you can import the bookmarks you saved into Firefox ESR.

Installing AInspector Sidebar

Method 1: Using a compatible version of Firefox (e.g. ESR)

Method 2: Using a different browser

  • Visit the Mozilla Add-ons page
  • Download the XPI file by selecting the Download Anyway link
  • Note: Remember the folder location to which you download the file
  • Launch a compatible version of Firefox
  • From the main menu in Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons
  • At the top of the Add-ons Manager page, select the Tools for all add-ons button (the gear icon)
  • From its menu, select Install Add-on From File...
  • In the Select add-on to install dialog, select the downloaded XPI file and choose Open.
  • An Add-ons Manager dialog box will appear – select the Install Now button.
  • When prompted, select the Restart Firefox button