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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Elasticfox Firefox Extension for Amazon EC2 is Now Elasticfox-ec2tag

Previously I wrote about a great Amazon AWS management tool, Elasticfox, which is, or was, an extension for Firefox.  I started using Elasticfox a few years ago when I started using Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service.  At the time Amazon's Management Console wasn't all that great; it lacked many features and was a little tough to navigate, so I relied heavily on Elasticfox. Since development of Elasticfox stopped on Firefox 3 it's been a while since it would work anyway. Alas, a guy named Genki Sugawara picked up the torch and actively develops Elasticfox-ec2tag. Not only is Elasticfox-ec2tag a great Firefox plugin, it also has a pretty good stand-alone app.

In all fairness Amazon's Management Console has come a long way. And I use it regularly. But, and this may be because of my history using Elasticfox, I use Elasticfox-ec2tag faithfully. In fact, it's always the first tab in my browser.


With Elasticfox-ec2tag I can easily view and manage my EC2 servers, AMI images, Security Groups, EBS volumes, Elastic Load Balancers, etc. With it I can easily connect to any of my AWS accounts, and any AWS region within each account. I really like that you can customize the columns, both which to view and their order.  Another great feature it supports is the EC2 name tag which is also supported by the AWS Management Console.  With this I can assign a meaningful name to each instance and view that name in both tools.

You can download the latest Elasticfox-ec2tag Firefox plugin (.xpi file) directly from Amazon at http://elasticfox-ec2tag.s3-website-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/.

If you haven't used Elasticfox-ec2tag I would highly recommend giving it a try.

1 comment:

  1. I've been using ElasticFox since it first appeared, and have found it incredibly useful. I'd like to switch to this new tool, but the current Firefox release (20.0.1) says the .xpi isn't compatible. What version of Firefox is required to run the plug-in?

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