Don’t get us wrong, Google Reader is our favorite feedreader. But sometimes, we just wish it was a little…better. Here are 50 Firefox extensions and scripts to make Google Reader your own.

Note: some of these require the Greasemonkey or Stylish extensions. Also see Google Reader on the iPhone.


  • Google Reader Notifier Firefox Extension - Multilingual extension that tells you how many items are unread.
  • Google Reader Toolkit - Handy add-on that alerts you to unread items.
  • Google Reader Watcher - Firefox extension that displays all unread feeds.
  • Interface

  • Colorful List View - Colors the headers in the list view.
  • Google Reader Air Skin - Light skin for Google Reader.
  • Google Reader Bottom Link - Adds a small link to the original page at the bottom of the feed.
  • Google Reader for wider screens - Changes the length of stories in Google Reader.
  • Google Reader Optimized - User style that gets rid of all unnecessary elements.
  • Google Reader Plain and Green - Green skin based on Sage’s Plain and Green style.
  • Google Reader Prettifier - OS X theme for Google Reader. Fork with a few bugfixes here.
  • Google Reader Preview - Shows the original page instead of the article summary (fork with widescreen support here).
  • Google Reader Preview Enhanced - Better version of Google Reader Preview.
  • Google Reader “Slate series” - Clean theme in slate colors. You may also be interested in themodified version.
  • Google Reader title unread count - Moves the unread count to the front in the page title.
  • Reading

  • CodeReader - Increases the font size of code snippets in the currently viewed item.
  • Google Reader Functional Links - Quick Links fork with updated hotkeys.
  • Google Reader Quick Links - Shortcut keys for links in the story you’re currently reading.
  • Google Reader show original in new tab - The must-have script for Google Reader. Just hit ‘t’ to open the current article in a new tab. Note: this script conflicts with a Google Reader native shortcut. You may want to use Masayuki Ataka’s script that changes the hotkey to ‘y’.
  • Google Reader Slideshow - Automatically scroll through your items at a user-set speed.
  • Grease Reader - Adds a ton of powerful hotkeys.
  • Iris - A Google Reader sidebar influenced by Sage.
  • Read By Mouse - Toggles a mouse-only mode where you read using only your mouse.
  • Search

  • Google Reader Custom Search - Adds search to Google Reader via Google Co-op.
  • Google Reader Custom Search (2) - Updated version of the Google Operating System script that displays results inside Google Reader like normal posts.
  • Google Reader Gears Search - Uses Google Gears to search your posts.
  • Google Reader Search - Search powered by Google’s Blogsearch that searches the current feeds or the entire Blogosphere.
  • Integration

  • Facebook Sharer + Google Reader - Sends the current story to Facebook.
  • Gmail Box for Google Reader - Integrates Google Reader’s subscriptions to Gmail (based on Google Reader Redux).
  • Google Reader + BlueDot - Based on Google Reader +, but for
  • Google Reader + Bookmarks - Sends Reader posts to Google’s bookmarking site.
  • Google Reader + - Based on Google Reader + Bookmarks, but for Forks hereand here.
  • Google Reader + ma.gnolia - Based on Google Reader +, but for ma.gnolia.
  • Google Reader + Simpy - Sends Reader posts to
  • Google Reader + Twitter - Sends Reader posts to Twitter.
  • Google Reader 30Boxes - Add 30Boxes events from the search field.
  • Google Reader digg news - Adds a “Digg It” button to every item. Works well with Digg Button Animator Enabler.
  • Google Reader Redux - Integrate Google Reader into your Gmail account. (full Story)
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