Switching to Polypane

Switching to a new browser for development takes effort. You're used to the way your current browser works and you use it for your regular browsing too. With the following tips and tools, switching to using Polypane becomes a little easier.

Browser extensions

The Polypane browser extensions for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox add the Polypane logo to the top of the browser and to the right-click menu of links. When you find yourself going from browsing to developing, click the Polypane logo in the header to open the current page in Polypane or right click any link to open that page in Polypane.

You can get the extensions from the Download page.

Browsersync

If you use Browsersync, you might have configured it to open your browser using the browser options. You can replace your current browser with "polypane", or add it to the list. To configure Browsersync to work nicely with Polypane, read the instructions at other tools.

Browser managers

For both Mac and Windows there are browser managers available. These will lets you send the URLs you open to any browser they support, either manually or by defining rules. You can configure this to always open localhost in Polypane, for example. The following two browser managers have excellent support for Polypane:

Browserosaurus

Browserosaurus (MacOS)

Browserosaurus is an open source application developed by Will Stone. You can open links in Polypane using the 'p' hotkey.

Account surfer

Account surfer (Windows)

Account surfer is available via the Microsoft Store and is developed by Marat Dospolov. Hotkeys are dependent on the position.

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