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Redirector 1.6

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Vendor`s Webhttp://tech.einaregilsson.com
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OSWindows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS, Linux
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Actualizedmore than year ago
Downloads520
LocalizedEnglish
LicenseFreeware
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You can specify patterns for pages that should be automatically redirected to other pages. E.g. you always want http://example.com/foo.html to redirect to http://example.com/bar.html.

This can be useful for instance to skip confirmation pages after posting messages on message boards, skipping ad pages that appear before you can view content on certain sites, redirecting from http to https on sites where you always want the https version, or just anywhere where it takes you two or more clicks to get to what you want.

The extension supports both wildcards and regular expressions in patterns. Regular expressions support capturing parantheses so you could define the pattern: http://foo.com/bar.php?id=(d+) and define the redirect as http://bar.com/baz.php?id=$1. In that case http://foo.com/bar.php?id=1234 would automatically redirect to http://bar.com/baz.php?id=1234. As of version 1.5 wildcards can also use $1,$2 in the redirect urls, $1 is the contents of the first star match, $2 of the second and so on.

Previous versions supported XPath expressions in the redirect url but version 1.5.1 and later versions don’t. The reason is that as far as I know no one was using the feature and it was causing some problems so I decided to remove it.

As of version 1.0 there are two types of redirects, fast and slow. Previous version always redirected when the original page had loaded. So if you wanted to redirect from page X to page Y, you first saw X load and then it went to Y. That's what we call a slow redirect. In version 1.0 you won't see X load, when you click a link for X you will go right away to Y. These are called fast redirects. There are three notable exceptions that still use slow redirects. They are:

1. Redirects where 'Only if link exists' is specified. In this case we have to load page X first to see if the link exists and so can't do a fast redirect.

2. Redirects where the redirect url is specified with an XPath expression. Same reason as above, we need to load X to be able to execute the XPath on it.

3. Post requests. If you're posting to page X then we can't do a fast redirect because then the POST would never happen. For instance, if you were logging in to page X with a POST method and wanted to redirect to page Y after the login, then if we had a fast redirect the POST would never happen and you wouldn't be logged in. Post requests need to use slow redirects so the web will continue to function as expected.


To add a new redirect, right click either anywhere on a page and click 'Add current url to Redirector' or right click on a link and click 'Add link url to Redirector'. You can also add urls from Tools->Redirector->Add... but then you won't get the example url filled in.

To edit and delete redirects, goto Tools->Redirector, or choose Options on the Addons window.

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