A constant annoyance when trying to use the Firefox extension
“Personas Rotator” was that
downloading the favourites file from the Firefox addons site failed, which made
it stop rotating. I recently found a solution for that which I'd like to share.
First of all, login to
addons site and access and bookmark
the JSON data file’s URL. Save it to a file and host it
using a local HTTP service (such as Apache,
one line Python HTTP service command line, or
sthttpd’s “thttpd -p $PORT”
Then, go to Firefox’s “about:config”, access the
“extensions.personas.favorites-feed.url” key and change it to the locally
served one. It should work fine after restarting Firefox, and one upside to
it would be that you no longer need to be logged in to addons.mozilla.org
for it to work.
Remember to save the file again every once-in-a-while, after you have added new
favourites. A final note is that a “file://” URL may work fine as
well, but I have not tried it yet.
Happy rotating, and
Shanah Tovah if
Copyright by Shlomi Fish, 2015.
You can reuse this entry under
the Creative Commons
Attribution 3.0 Unported licence, or at your option any later version of
on how to comply with it.