TabFS Makes Your Browser a File System

TabFS Makes Your Browser a File System

Like Unix, old-fashioned Linux has the philosophy that everything should look like a file. That paradigm works well and most of the operating system’s core features follow that pattern. However, many modern additions don’t really treat things as files or, at least, not files you can easily manipulate with the other tools. [Omar Rizwan] has a handy Chrome extension, though, that will make your browser tabs look like part of your file system. Not only is it a novel idea, but it is also surprisingly handy.


The extension feels like a bit of a proof of concept, so installation is a bit rough, but it does work and it allows you to do things that you would otherwise have to write an extension or a sophisticated program to screen scrape which is always less than desirable.

Once you have a directory with all your tabs, you can use tools like ls, find, and ordinary glob expressions to search through their titles, text, and URLs. There’s also a file-based interface to control each tab. For example, if you wanted to close all the Hackaday tabs (although, really, why would you want to do that?) you could issue either of these shell commands


rm ~/browser/tabs/by-title/*Hackaday*
echo remove | tee -a ~/browser/tabs/by-title/*Hackaday*/control

It wasn’t clear what all you can send to the control file, but the source code has a link to the extension developer’s documentation and it looks like you could use most of those methods (e.g., goBack, reload, etc.).


You can even grab all the images from a page, pull the curren ..