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List of Third-Party Tools

Note: These are NOT official applications, and are NOT officially sanctioned or supported.
Note: some of these are specific to Stack Overflow

GreaseMonkey scripts


There is also a specific site for this:, which has 'apps' and 'scripts' tags.

Additional scripts can be found on by searching for "Stack Overflow."

The use of the so-addon tag is encouraged for scripts, plug-ins, browser add-ons and other tools that are posted to Meta Stackoverflow.

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I have just made a Windows Sidebar Gadget for Stack Overflow. Take a look here.

I have got some questions on whether it is possible two have multiple gadgets. Yes, that is possible. You can have multiple gadgets, for example like this (A Stack Overflow and a ServerFault gadget):

I have published the gadget with source code on CodePlex.

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Released v1.0.2.0 which brings the possibility to click on your displayname to go to your profile page. – Magnus Jun 2 '09 at 19:28
Released v1.1.0.0 with support for – Magnus Jun 13 '09 at 18:49
Released v1.3.0.0 Adds support for and – Magnus Jul 17 '09 at 6:04
Now how about including the SE 2.0 sites? I love your gadget, but I'm most active on Gaming.SE. ;) – Ullallulloo Feb 16 '11 at 19:24

I have created a Gnome applet that displays your reputation. enter image description here

You can download a .tar.gz here. (The archive represents the filesystem. The contents of the /usr folder get copied to /usr etc.)

Also, I am in the process of creating a SO browser that will eventually be identical to the site itself. (Although it will be read-only.) enter image description here

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I've just finished a Flair Widget for the Mac OS X Dashboard.
It would be nice if you could include it in the list.

Does anyone have a positive answer to this question:
Is there a AJAX or JSON interface to retrieve the userId for a given username?

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Hi, I'm just trying out your OS X widget for some days now and it always again happens that it resets the userid to yours. You probably don't notice it since you put your own as default, but try switching to some other id, just to test it. Unfortunately I did not yet figure out when this happens.. – Juri Jun 18 '09 at 14:53
It happened to me once, too, but I don't know what caused the reset... I'd really appreciate more info if you find out what causes this... It's my first widget :p but I'll check. – Huxi Jun 19 '09 at 3:54

Here is a little greasemonkey script cooked up to give some basic keyboard navigation

Greasemonkey keyboard shortcuts

keys are similar to google reader.

 j - down (question or answer)
 k - up (question or answer)
 o - open in tab
 v - open in same window
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Chrome plugin for code formatting in textareas using Tab key

Not SO-exclusive per se, but I wrote it primarily to make my life easier when formatting code in SO answers.

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Thanks for the link. – jjnguy Aug 3 '10 at 17:23 Badge to display in your Blog

This is a user control written in ASP.NET, but could be easily converted for other server-side platforms, or even converted to JavaScript with the help of a JSON service.

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Could you please add this to the list in the community wiki answer and delete this answer. – Sam Hasler Oct 29 '08 at 22:12
i'd add it...but the answer would still be there. – jjnguy Oct 30 '08 at 2:59
It says its ASP.NET code. Does that badge display on Mac and Linux boxes? On Apache-served pages? If not, I'd rather see something a little more portable. – T.E.D. Oct 30 '08 at 14:00
When served by a machine running ASP.NET (mostly Windows machine, but Linux servers can run it using MONO), it will produce HTML that is viewable by a browser running under any OS. – James Curran Nov 17 '08 at 20:16

A JSON data service to access your Stackoverflow reputation + an easy to use JS widget.

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Highlight comment on hover

Add the following CSS to Firefox's userContent.css file or add a Stylish rule and when the mouse is hovering over a comment it will be highlighted so it's easier to keep your place and match comments with names.

@-moz-document domain("") {
  .comment:hover                  { background-color: #E5E5E5 !important; }
  .comment:hover .accepted-answer { background-color: #D9F5D9 !important; }
  .comment:hover .owner-answer    { background-color: #D6E4EE !important; }
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Here's my contribution. A StackOverflow Flair Gadget for the iGoogle homepage. You can add it from here. It's not yet perfect, I just created it in half an hour, so be patient :) I'll improve it a bit over time.

Edit: Btw, you may still see a wrong screenshot on the iGoogle directory page for this gadget. Just ignore it, it just didn't get updated to the correct one, yet.

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I think this would be the place to mention SOwhat - which is basically a stand alone app that lets you browse SO. It is still in development so there will be more on this later.

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@Balus: I assume that was a sarcastic remark? – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 4 '10 at 2:19

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