With the recent addition of open search plugins to Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers can now share the same search plugins!

This means Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers can now share search plugins written using the OpenSearch Standard.

Open Search plugins are simple files in xml format and the new standard for cross browser search plugins.


The following search plugins can be used to quickly search for specific eZ publish information on and These plugins are licensed under the GNU GPL, feel free to reuse these as examples for your own search plugins.


Click the install button next to the search plugin text link.


We are uncertain at the time of publishing, of the best way to update an installed search plugin.

To date the best method is the removal of the search plugin file in the browser. In firefox you may do this by removing the file on disk (same name), restarting the browser and installing the plugin again.


After installation, select the search plugin from the dropdown list in the upper right hand corner of your browser and enter a search query.

Using these with eZ publish

The install buttons on this page are a custom tag which accepts the plugin url as an argument passed to the custom tag template which contains the browser form button installation javascript.

<input type="button" value="Install" onclick="javascript:window.external.AddSearchProvider('');" />



  • Firefox 2.0
  • Opera 9.0
  • Internet Explorer 7.0


These search plugins, documentation, solution are a direct result of the eZpedia community documentation project, Kristof Coomans and Graham Brookins.

Initial Implementation - Kristof Coomans

Copy and Pasting aka Development - Graham Brookins




Copyright 2006 - 2009, eZpedia contributors, all content available under the GNU GPL

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