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In Opera < 12.x it was possible to open the current website with a different browser. It detected which browsers are installed and added it to the context menu of the browser as you can see in the attached screenshot:

Open Link with …

There is also a Firefox add-on called Browser View with the same function.

This was a very nice feature and I really wan't this for Google Chrome too. Does anyone know an extension like this?

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  • Does something similar exist for Firefox? Browser View is no longer available.
    – d-b
    Commented Nov 20, 2021 at 15:04

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I was looking for the same thing. At work I have to use different browsers for different websites.

I wrote a chrome extension that adds exactly what you're looking for, you can add whatever browser you have installed on your computer and right click to open the current url in another browser. You can also add specific URLs to automatically open in another browser.

Open in Second Browser

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    This link appears to be dead.
    – Br.Bill
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 17:59
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There are two extensions:

Open with external application by Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein

Opens any link of a webpage with a custom external application.

"Open with external application" (in dire need of a better name) is an extension for the Google Chrome web browser. It allows the user to select any executable and use links of the web pages s/he is browsing as a command line parameter when launching such executable.

The user might, for instance, decide to open a target link in Firefox, Opera, Safari or any other application capable of handling an URL parameter.

Get it here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/open-with-external-applic/hccmhjmmfdfncbfpogafcbpaebclgjcp

If you prefer Firefox there is Open With Firefox by bnk

Get it here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/open-with-firefox/jmjejjdalfogiopknpabihjhplfkjjjk

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  • Thanks you for the answer. It seems that Open with external application can only handle one application so it's not really what I need.
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 5:34
  • Neither of these work for me with the latest Chrome. Nothing appears in the right-click menu at all. I don't think it's another extension that's messing it up. Anyone experiencing this? Any ideas?! Commented May 4, 2015 at 17:53
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    @SilverSideDown You need to enable NPAPI in chrome://flags. It is disabled by default in Chrome now (that's why the extension appears not to work), and NPAPI will be completely removed from Chrome in version 45. I mostly left Chrome for this very reason of Google restricting Chrome into an even tighter sandbox that Google thinks is best for everyone - closed proprietary standards unlike Firefox which is open to customization. Unfortunately, I use WhatsApp Web and it can only run smoothly and as an app in Chrome.
    – ADTC
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 15:06
  • Well that certainly explains things. At least this gives me a workaround until Sept. That's a huge bummer, as this is a very useful extension. I scanned the alternate technologies they recommend in g.co/npapi and I don't see anything that could help here to migrate. Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 16:42
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    NPAPI is gone. This solution also.
    – cipricus
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 9:52
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I also wrote this extension CopyTabs as, the others weren't working for me.
Get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/copytabs/obkbjogekcjalnaebheboejhfkamadkg

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