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Your Firefox beta add-ons will soon be disappearing

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Mozilla is ending support for beta versions of Firefox add-ons. Until now, you could find beta or development versions on (opens in new tab) (also known as AMO). They were a handy way to try new features first, and give developers a hand by reporting problems and giving feedback.

Unfortunately, Mozilla saw a few problems (opens in new tab) with this – mainly that it wasn't possible to simply switch to the official release version of an add-on. If the developer stopped updating the beta, but carried on updating the main release, you could be stuck using an outdated, potentially buggy or insecure add-on without realising.

If you still want to lend a hand, developers can host beta versions of extensions themselves, but you won't be able to find them through AMO.

The change will happen at some point this month, though Mozilla hasn't given an exact date, so keep an eye on the Mozilla Add-Ons Blog (opens in new tab) for details.

Shaking up add-ons

With the release of Firefox Quantum last year, Mozilla made a huge change to the way it handles extensions with an eye to improving security.

Instead of giving developers pretty much free rein, it now uses WebExtensions (opens in new tab), which are essentially building blocks for creating add-ons. They make it far harder for anyone to develop a malicious browser extension, but this also means that some of Firefox's most powerful extensions are no longer available.

Cat is the editor of TechRadar's sister site Advnture. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better)