Hacking Firefox for Speed

TechRadar.com has a great post on modifying Firefox to achieve maximum performance. Personally I don’t implement all of their recommendations but several of the tweaks are really useful. Here is my subset of their list.

1.) Enable Pipelining: Type about:config in the address bar, double-click network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining so their values are set to true, then double-click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set this to 8.

2.) Render pages Quicker: Type about:config and press [Enter], then right-click and select New > Integer. Type content.notify.interval as your preference name, click OK, enter 500000 (note that is 5 Zeroes) and click OK again.

Right-click again in the window and select New > Boolean. Create a value called content.notify.ontimer and set it to True.

3.) Faster Loading:Type about:config and press [Enter], right-click in the window and select New > Integer. Type content.switch.threshold, click OK, enter 250000 (a quarter of a second) and click OK to finish.

4.) Block Flash: Use Flashblock

The article, 8 hacks to make Firefox ridiculously fast, lists some more tweaks for braver tweakers but I’ve found these four work great for me. Happy Firefoxing.

What are you favorite Firefox tweaks or extensions?

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