ActiveX in Firefox,The Mozilla ActiveX Project


The Mozilla ActiveX Project is a set of projects that allow you to use Mozilla in an ActiveX environment and vice versa.

Previous versions of Netscape Communicator/Navigator were arguably superior to IE as day to day browsers but they suffered through their immediate usability and modularity. Although the Netscape browser was great as a standalone application, it wasn’t possible to utilize that functionality in third party applications. On the other hand, Internet Explorer shipped with an ActiveX control which allowed exactly that ability.

This great project include :

  • Mozilla ActiveX Control : Embed the Mozilla browser engine (Gecko) into any ActiveX application. This control implements the same APIs as the Internet Explorer control making porting of existing applications reasonably straightforward.
  • ActiveX Control For Plug-ins : Embed plug-ins in any ActiveX application. This control can host most Netscape Plug-in API (LiveConnect) plug-ins, allowing them to use them in your existing ActiveX applications, including Internet Explorer.
  • Plug-in For ActiveX controls : Embed ActiveX controls in any NP API application. This plug-in hosts ActiveX controls allowing them to be used in browser such as Netscape 4.x/6.x, Mozilla and Opera.

New versions of the ActiveX plugin for Firefox 1.0.7 & 1.0.6 are now available for download. You can find the sources, documentation and demos at the project website. Really great job !