An introduction to Userscripts — A simple way to enhance your online experience.
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An introduction to Userscripts — A simple way to enhance your online experience.

An introduction to Userscripts — A simple way to enhance your online experience.
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What are userscripts?

Userscripts are small bits of JavaScript that add all kinds of new features or fixes to any website. Use them to theme a website, speed up a website, add new features, basically anything! Userscripts are mostly website specific, but can also be enabled for all websites.

How to use userscripts?

While you could simply open the developer console in your browser, and run your userscripts manually every time. There are many so-called “userscript managers”. These userscript managers are simple browser add-ons that let you manage all of your userscripts and automatically run them every time you visit a specified website.

There are many userscript managers, but here are some of the most popular ones.

Where to find userscripts?

Just like userscript managers, there are loads of userscript sources. The best ones I've found are:

Some cool userscripts I've found

General

  • Direct links out - 'Removes all “You are leaving our site” and redirection stuff from links'
  • Select text inside a link like Opera - 'Disable link dragging and select text.'
  • MoreCAPTCHA - 'Speeds up solving Google reCAPTCHA challenges by shortening transition effects and providing continuous selection ability.' (Breaks Captchas on Firefox)
  • HTML5 video player enhanced script - 'HTML5 video playback enhanced script, supports all H₅ video playback websites, full-length shortcut key control, supports double-speed playback / accelerated playback, video screenshots, picture-in-picture, full-page webpage, brightness, saturation, contrast, custom configuration enhancement, And other functions.' (Breaks YouTube player sometimes, use your userscript manager to blacklist the site.)
  • Remove web limits - 'Pass to kill most of the site, you can lift the restrictions prohibited to copy, cut, select the text, right-click menu.'

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Media

  • Handy Image - 'Shows just full-size Image with hotkeys & without pop-ups on many image-hosting sites'

Torrenting

YouTube

Discord Web

Other

Small warning

Before installing an userscript, please look if it's trusted and secure. Remember, userscripts are just bits of JavaScript. Userscripts could easily be made with malicious intent and could do things like log your passwords.

So before you install an userscript, make sure it's trusted.