Google Wave (and Brizzly, and other stuff) in Thunderbird

Wave on Thunderbird (3). Made possible by a new feature named Content Tabs – basically you can load webpages without leaving Thunderbird. From the Mozilla Dev Center page:

Content Tabs enable Thunderbird to display remote content in a tab, which users can browse in (mostly) the same way as with a browser. For example, invoking Thunderbird’s Help | What’s New menu option opens a tab that displays web content. The Thunderbird team can update this content via the website at any time.

Content Tabs can take advantage of form fill, autocomplete, password manager, cookies, “find as you type” and a range of other browsing features.

It’s not really straightforward though: You have to go to Tools, then Error Console, then type in

Components.classes[';1'].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIWindowMediator).getMostRecentWindow("mail:3pane").document.getElementById("tabmail").openTab("contentTab", {contentPage: ""});

(or you can just hover over the code to get a menu in the top-right and click the Copy icon) before pressing Evaluate.

After you login and let Thunderbird remember your password, that’s about it. Wave now runs in a tab inside Thunderbird.

It works with other sites too – for Brizzly, just replace


Like the Dev Center article states, it doesn’t completely emulate a web browser: standard links will still open in your system’s default browser. I tried browsing some forums with it but it didn’t work. Though links from others’ tweets in Brizzly are opening in new tabs in Thunderbird – but any attempts at clicking on a link on that page launched Firefox again.

Also, I think’s image insertion thingimajig is broken. “Full size” is what you see above, while “Large” is a 1024-px-wide file.

Thanks to Lifehacker via Quetzalcoatal via Kabatology for pointing this out.


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