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7. Hack the Chrome Ugly > 78. Rebadge Firefox

Rebadge Firefox

Dig into Firefox and change some of its brand livery to something that suits you better.

This hack shows how to scratch the surface of the Firefox rebranding process. You can change many, but not all, of the obvious brand marks that Firefox displays with simple chrome hacks. For a really thorough job, you also need to rebundle the Firefox installer [Hack #28] with new brand information, and that must be done on top of a custom build [Hack #93] . It’s not a trivial task to complete systematically. Here, then, are the easy bits.

Core Brand Information

Variations on the word Firefox appear in many places in the user interface: in menu items, in flyover help (tooltips), and even in HTML documents. Many of these places pull in the brand information from two files: brand.dtd and brand.properties. These two files are stored in the en-US.jar file in the install area: the default locale for a U.S. English distribution of Firefox. Pick a new brand name, modify these files in place, restart the browser, and see if the changes you need are completed or not.


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