I wanted to have a way to launch external Windows application for certain URLs from Firefox and Chrome. Surprisingly, there is absolutely no addon that can do this job directly, probably due to security restrictions from the browser. Almost none of the Firefox addons worked, and the few that seemed to partially work need some external hookup for the browser.
The only addon that worked for me was External Application Button and it is available for both Firefox and Chrome!
[HREF]if URL needs to be passed to the application.
.zipfile, extract it and run the
.batthere to add some registry entries. It also has a test button to check if the step worked.
Here are some ways I use this addon:
There are some extensions that claim to solve this problem, but these did not work for me:
External App Launcher: Claims to be able to forward URLs matching a pattern to external apps. But even its builtin example of forwarding Youtube URLs to an external app did not work for me. Source code can be found on Github here.
Open With: This one looked promising. However the Python script it wanted me to download and run did not enable the hookup between browser and external apps.
Tried with: Firefox 113.0.2