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Old 12-18-2004, 12:07 AM   #1
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AppleScript and Firefox (getting front URL)

I've been trying to figure out how to get the frontmost URL from Firefox's frontmost window.
If I just do:
tell application "Firefox"
set myFirefox to properties of front window
end tell

then I get:

{«class pObT»:window, «class pTit»:"Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Now Available", «class curl»:"http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/start/", index:1, bounds:{705, 44, 1731, 827}, «class pLcn»:{705, 44}, closeable:true, titled:true, modal:false, resizable:false, zoomable:true, zoomed:true, «class pNMo»:true, «class pMMo»:false, floating:false, visible:true}

However, no matter what I do, I can't access this properties data structure...or any of its components.

Any ideas?

I know I can register to receive reports of new FireFox URL openings but for what I am doing that won't work---I just need to be able to query the currently frontmost URL.


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Old 12-27-2004, 12:57 PM   #2
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Here's what you are looking for...

tell application "firefox" to set theURL to «class curl» of window 1
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Old 02-17-2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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I am trying to use this to bring back some of the other properties of the firefox window and I cannot retrieve the properties (I am getting a conversion error).

I want to be able to extract each property to a variable. Can someone help me with this? Are the properties being returned an array?
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:40 PM   #4
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you can convert the properties to list quite easy:

tell application "Firefox"	
	set myFirefox to properties of front window as list
end tell
of this page gives you

{window, "The macosxhints Forums - Reply to Topic", "http://forums.macosxhints.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=184698", 1, {0, 44, 1440, 895}, {0, 44}, true, true, false, false, true, false, true, false, false, true}

tell application "Firefox"
	set myFirefox to properties of front window as list
	get item 3 of myFirefox
end tell
gives you the URL.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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Try this if you use FF 3.0.x

tell application "Firefox" to activate

tell application "System Events"
	keystroke "l" using {command down} -- Highlight the URL field.
	keystroke "c" using {command down}
end tell

delay 0.5

the clipboard

That should get you the current URL and not require that you have enabled access for assistive devices.
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