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Google Gears, FF 3.5, and OS-X

If you have OS-X and you installed Firefox 3.5 and discovered that Google Gears isn’t working for you, then this post is for you.

Apparently, Firefox 3.5 will suck in the Safari plugins and try to use them. This includes the Gears for Safari plugin which breaks sites with gears support. :-/

You can tell if you have a problem by going to and seeing if there is a big blue box on the right-hand side.  It should say something like: “Download Gears” or “Gears is installed”.

If you don’t see anything on the right-hand side then you need this fix:

  1. In the menu bar, click on Tools
  2. Select Add-ons
  3. Click on the Plugins tab
  4. Disable the plugin called "Gears". It should have a subtitle of "Gears for Safari".

You should now be able to go to and see the blue box with an install link.



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Vin Thomas

THANK YOU! This was causing me a headache for weeks. I thought I would do one more search and see if I could sort out this issue.

Worked like a treat!

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Oh, man. You really helped me out! Was about to give up when I read the solution to my problem. Thanks a million!

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Thanks so much for this tip! It did indeed seem weird that the plugin was for Safari. Again, thanks!

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Thank you! I thought it was weird that no download button was provided…

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