xtension

0.0.3 • Public • Published

Simplified Cross Browser Extension Development

Develop one Browser-extension and ship it instantly for Safari, Chrome and more Browsers without adaptations. The xtension library provides an abstraction layer for pain-free cross browser extension development and a handful of API's I found useful while developing Bloom.

This is a new package I initially built for myself and became my first open source project. Please report issues, request features and get in touch with me.

Installation

Install the package with npm or download the script manually and add it to your Extension.

$ npm install xtension --save

Getting Started

To get started with the development, I recommend to use the Example Demo. Alternatively, you can start building a Safari Extension using the Safari Extension Builder.

If you start from scratch, the extension builder will create a folder EXTENSION.safariextension with nothing but an Info.plist file in it.

If you are building a content-script extension, make sure to include the script to your content_scripts: On Safari, use the Extension Builder to add it as one of the first Start Scripts to the Injected Content. On Chrome, open manifest.json in your root extension folder and add this library to your content_scripts:

"content_scripts"[{
    "js": [
      "node_modules/xtension/index.js.js",
      "scripts/content_script.js"
    ]
}],

Include the script early in each head of your extension's html pages:

<script type="text/javascript" src="../node_modules/xtension/index.js"></script>

Congratulations! You are ready to develop your pain-free Browserextension.

Documentation

Call the extension layer with the global variable xt. Example: xt.getGlobal();

getGlobal()

returns the global background script of your extension including its variables and functions. Example usage:

var globalPage = xt.getGlobal();
globalPage.yourFunction();

messageGlobal(message, data)

Sends a Message to your global background script. Returns a promise with a response from your global page. Example usage:

xt.messageGlobal("requestInfo").then(function(response) {
   // do something with the response
});
 
//or with some data but without a response
xt.messageGlobal("clickedElement", elem);

getUrl(path)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

messageAllTabs(message, data)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

messageActiveTab(message, data)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

messagePopover(message, data)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

openTab(url)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

createTab(url)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

changeLocation(url)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

setPopupWindow(url)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

browserInfo()

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

addEventListener(name, handler)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

removeEventListener(name, handler)

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

fireEvent(name, args[])

Documentation work in Progress. Have a look at the comments in the index.js file in the meantime.

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