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(Note that I asked a (broader) question on Super User some time ago.)

I’m using the Firefox add-on RefControl to control which Referer gets sent to pages I visit.

It works great, but I’m missing one feature: When setting a custom Referer for a specific site, you can’t define to send it only when accessing the site via HTTPS (background: use case). It gets sent no matter if I access the site via HTTP or HTTPS.

Is there a Firefox add-on that allows this?

(A solution doesn’t have to offer all features of RefControl, as long as I could use it in combination with RefControl.)

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As far as I can tell there was no equivalent options. However the great thing about Mozilla addons is that they are an easy to edit thing. RefControl is also nicely open-source (MPL).

This means that I did what I've been meaning to do for a while... learn Firefox addon creation and editing. So without further ado/blowing my horn etc.

I've forked RefControl and edited it to care about what scheme/protocol is being used. It is the first Firefox package I've editing so use with care but I don't think there are any bugs - that being said please do report any you find. You can download/install my fork from my website.

  • Very nice! Do you intend to submit it to Mozilla Add-ons? – unor Jul 22 '14 at 10:37
  • @unor I see there has bee no activity for 3 years on the addon; I've sent an email to the original developer to look into it. I given the license I could just go ahead but I prefer to talk first before going that route. – Nick Wilde Jul 22 '14 at 14:49
  • Sure, fair enough. (FWIW, I emailed the creator last and this year, but never got a reply.) – unor Jul 22 '14 at 19:42
  • @Unor hmm in that case I'll probably wait less time before considering him uncontactable if I hear nothing – Nick Wilde Jul 22 '14 at 20:38
  • @Unor I had some thoughts I wanted to discuss with you since you are a user of RefControl original and been trying out my fork. However I can't see any contact info on your page... would you be interested in a chat about RefControl? (kinda out of scope for the comments section) - I can be emailed or chat with most chat protocols if there is any way you prefer. – Nick Wilde Jul 26 '14 at 0:07

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