Gmail Checker

Thursday, 22 September 2011

For anyone having the login problem with Google Apps accounts, try Gmail Checker version

This version also supports 2-step verification. You need to generate an application-specific password for Gmail Checker for each of your accounts which use 2-step verification. This password must be saved locally in 'Manage Accounts'. This means that you need two passwords (one is your actual password, the other is the application-specific password) to check mail in this type of account.

*Disclaimer: Treat this as a beta release. The final release will be available soon.

Update: 23/9

If you still have the login problem with this version:

  • Log out of all your mail accounts
  • Enable only one account that has the problem in 'Manage Accounts'
  • Open the debug window (from About... in the menu)
  • Check mail
  • Save the debug log. Delete your logged password and then email me the log file.
Posted at 08:21 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (18)

2-step verification

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Gmail Checker version which supports 2-step verification is now available. You can get it here (51 KB).

Important: The extension does not work with application-specific passwords. You must use your normal password and then enter the SMS verification code when prompted.

A few people aren't happy with the icons which I found quite okay. Just for experiment, this release uses icons created by RoksVempire. Feel free to send me your own icons if you think that they are better.

Note: The icons must be in both 24x24 and 16x16 size.

Update 6/4:

The fix for 2-step verification doesn't work any more. Google has changed the way Gmail Atom feeds are authenticated. I'm working on the solution.

Posted at 05:00 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (40)

Gmail Checker 2.2 beta2

Friday, 21 May 2010

Beta2 of Gmail Checker 2.2 is available. You can get it here. If everything goes well, I'll release it as version 2.2.

For anyone interested in translating the extension, please download the locale files here and then email me your translation. Very much appreciated!

New feature in this version is the ability to delete, mark as read and do other stuff to all the messages at once.

Posted at 01:16 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (28)

Gmail Checker 2.2 beta

Friday, 23 April 2010

The first beta of Gmail Checker 2.2 is available here.

This version fixes the mail fetcher problem and possibly the script error mentioned here.

New features:

  • You can have two Gmail accounts opened on the browser at the same time as long as one is (or and the other is a hosted domain.
  • You can customise the action when you click on the statusbar icon. Currently, the action can be to open the menu, to check mail or to open the web page of the top account in the Account Manager.
Posted at 10:52 a.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (3)

Gmail Checker login problem

Friday, 18 September 2009

Looks like a few people are having login problems with Gmail Checker. Since this doesn't happen to me, it is particularly difficult to verify. It would be helpful if you could leave a comment if the extension works or doesn't work for you and your location, e.g. UK, US, etc.

For anyone having the problem, could you try version which is just version 1.3.1 with maxVersion bumped to allow it to be installed on Firefox 3.5, and follow these debugging steps:

  • Clear all of your cookies
  • Log in (with the extension not the web form on
  • If succeeds, please tell me the steps you've taken, e.g. 1-2-3 or 1-2-4-2-3, etc.
  • If fails, go to, and then go back to step 2

Update: 18/9

I think I've found the cause. Please try this version, and report if it works.

Update: 21/9

Please try this version and report if it works (with the debug log).

Update: 22/9

Another version to test. If it doesn't work, please include the debug log in your report; otherwise, it won't be much help.

I've got a general idea about the problem but doing guess-debugging is no fun at all.

Posted at 11:08 a.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (65)

Gmail Checker v2.1 beta

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Gmail Checker version 2.1 beta is available. Get it here (30 KB).

New features:

  • option to check mail in Gmail's mail fetcher accounts
  • toolbar button
  • option to show messages in the main menu as in version 1 instead of in the submenu (see screenshot)

Update: 20/8

You can get the the final beta here. If everything's fine, I'll release v2.1 sometime this weekend.

Posted at 07:16 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (60)

Gmail Checker for Multiple Accounts

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Gmail Checker version 2 (aka Multiple-Account Gmail Checker) is available. Download it here (26 KB). It's a beta release for now so feature suggestions are welcome.

A few important notes:

  • You don't have to create accounts in the extension's account manager to check mail in multiple accounts. Just select "Log in new account" and enter another account details. A bit labourious but it works for anyone who likes the way version 1 does.
  • You can leave the password field blank when creating or modifying an account in the account manager. It'll prompt you to enter your password when needed, and it's all the same as case 1, except that your username has already been filled in the login window.
  • The option named "Remember me" in the login window has been changed to "Remember login session". Different wording, same thing, i.e. your login cookies won't expire after you've closed the browser. This is the same as selecting "Remember me on this computer" on
  • Auto-login is nothing special. It's the same as clicking on the status-bar icon when the browser first loads up. Hope it clears things up.
  • Your settings are stored in a file called gmailchecker.sqlite under your profile directory.
  • Questions? Feel free to ask.

And a screenshot


Posted at 08:53 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (41)

Multi-account Gmail Checker's coming soon

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Gmail Checker's multi-account support is on the right track :)

And yeah, I've already got the auto-login and middle mouse click working as well. Version 2 will be a big update.


Posted at 07:34 p.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (7)

Gmail Checker version 1.1

Saturday, 20 January 2007

New version of the Gmail Checker extension is available now, though I've made it as a beta release first since there were some significant changes. It now uses the new SQL storage of Firefox2 to keep the configuration information, and you can also mark a mail as spam via the extension instead of going to Gmail. The latter feature was implemented to save me some seconds going to Gmail just to report spam.

A lame screenshot:


Update (14/2/07)

Beta2 is available. New features can be referred from this post's comments. There were no bug fixes. I feel proud.

Posted at 01:36 a.m. in Firefox, Testing | Comments (32)

News script bug fixes and OpenID planning

Sunday, 24 December 2006

It's 24th Dec, and here is the patch for version 1.3.2 of the news script. If you haven't ever used the custom publishing date feature or bothered about W3C HTML standard compliance, you wouldn't notice the problems :P

The concept of OpenID is so interesting that I'll probably implement it in the next major version of the news script, say 2.0, to provide multi-user support. I have already written a basic OpenID client, just for testing purposes. You can try it out here in case you're curious.

Posted at 01:12 a.m. in PHP scripts, Testing | Comments (49)

PHP spell checker

Sunday, 2 July 2006

While waiting for Firefox 2 with a built-in spell checker, I've decided to make my own one. It uses the good old PSpell library. If the checker works well, I'll implement it in the new version of the news script.

Feedback for Opera and Safari is welcome 'cause I don't use them.

Posted at 09:13 a.m. in PHP scripts, Testing | Comments (3)