Add-ons Update – Week of 2014/09/10

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world.

The Review Queues

  • Most nominations for full review are taking less than 7 weeks to review.
  • 134 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 5 weeks.
  • 74 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 4 weeks.
  • 127 preliminary review submissions in the queue awaiting review.

If you’re an add-on developer and would like to see add-ons reviewed faster, please consider joining us. Add-on reviewers get invited to Mozilla events and earn cool gear with their work. Visit our wiki page for more information.

Firefox 32 Compatibility

The Firefox 32 compatibility blog post is up. The automatic compatibility validation was run shortly thereafter.

As always, we recommend that you test your add-ons on Beta and Aurora to make sure that they continue to work correctly. End users can install the Add-on Compatibility Reporter to identify and report any add-ons that aren’t working anymore.


Electrolysis, also known as e10s, is the next major compatibility change coming to Firefox. In a nutshell, Firefox will run on multiple processes now, running each content tab in a different one. This should improve responsiveness and overall stability, but it also means many add-ons will need to be updated to support this.

We will be talking more about these changes in this blog in the near future. We will also begin contacting developers about add-ons malfunctioning with e10s very soon.

6 comments on “Add-ons Update – Week of 2014/09/10”

  1. Aris wrote on

    is there any explanation why reviews being so slow at the moment?

    Currently there are 61 voluntary reviewers on ‘Reviewer Leaderboard’ + some non-voluntary from Mozilla.

    I’m asking, because there are some add-ons out there, that are living from being “up-to-date” (working with most recent Fx builds) and it is against common sense, if they do not get reviewed fast. Devs might lose interest in working on add-ons because of that.
    In my opinion it is non-acceptable, if an add-on has to wait for a half or a complete Firefox release cycle or longer to be reviewed.

    We need a new ‘trusted add-ons’ area, where add-ons can be released without being reviewed.

    Not sure how other devs think about this, but something has to be done about the current way of reviewing add-ons.

  2. Stefan Gies wrote on

    Why are the addons “HTTPS everywhere” and “DNSSEC Validator” not part of the addons of Thunderbird ?

    1. Jorge Villalobos wrote on

      What do you mean, that they can’t be found? Are they marked as compatible with Thunderbird?

  3. Stef wrote on

    Hi Jorge, Thanks for the update,
    It have been more than 3 weeks sense I submitted my application to become an editor/reviewer and till now I haven’t heard anything from you guys !

    1. Jorge Villalobos wrote on

      Yeah, sorry about that. I’ll be going over the applications very soon!

  4. Yusuf Ali Hersi wrote on

    Thanks for your help