Add-on "appears to be corrupt" when trying to install my add-on's .xpi file in Firefox
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I am trying to install an extension in Firefox 45 (same happens with Firefox 49), but Firefox does not allow me to do that, indicating that
This add-on could not be installed because it appears to be corrupt.
The way I am trying to install it is simply by dragging the .xpi file our team developed, into the Firefox window. This extension is based on MozRepl, but with some improvements.
Previously, I tried to install it but I couldn't as it was not signed (extensions in Firefox versions from 43 onwards require signing). I followed every step in order to sign it, according to this post: Signing a XPI. I am almost certain I could sign it correctly, but now the error Firefox displays is different: "This add-on could not be installed because it appears to be corrupt."
It seems that I am not creating the .xpi file correctly, but I am not sure which is the correct structure it should have. I tried different folder structures, but with no success.
Also, I checked the Browser Console to see what error is logged in, but I didn't found it really helpful. Here it is:
Here is a link to the .xpi file in case you want to check its content. Note that I tried moving the files manifest.mf, zigbert.rsa and zigbert.sf outside the META-INF folder, but it didn't work either.
Has anyone stumbled across an error like this when trying to install an add-on? Any ideas of what maybe happening?
The .xpi file must use only "deflate" compression or uncompressed
The zip implementation within Firefox only supports uncompressed files or files compressed with the "Deflate" algorithm. You will need to create the .zip archive using the compression method "Deflate" instead of the "LZMA" which you are currently using. How to do so will depend on the tools you use to create your archive.
Personally, I use a batch file/shell script to create the .xpi file as I describe in detail in my answer to "Firefox extension .xpi file structure: description, contents, creation, and installation". The basics are that I use the
zip command line tool which defaults to "deflate" or uncompressed. I use the
-1 option to provide the fastest compression. Firefox/Mozilla use .xpi files both to package the files, but to also increase file access speed. The important quality is not a high compression ratio, but that the files can be accessed quickly. Unless Firefox is not an WebExtension and explicitly told to unpack the add-on by the install.rdf option
<em:unpack>true</em:unpack> (WebExtensions don't have install.rdf files), the add-on will be installed as the .xpi file and all access to the add-on will be as the .xpi file.
Note: Given that your extension contains .dll files, you may need to have your add-on installed unpacked by using
Wrong signing method used. It must be signed by Mozilla, not yourself.
While it is not the error you are currently seeing, as soon as you fix the problem with your .xpi format, you will encounter an issue with your extension being signed by the wrong signature. You signed your extension with your own signature. It was not signed by Mozilla. This will not work. It must be signed by Mozilla, not yourself.You mentioned that you followed the directions in the MDN page Signing an XPI. However, as is clearly stated at the top of that page, the directions on that page are outdated and no longer work. You should have followed the link in the note to the page Signing and distributing your add-on. The note at the top of the page states:
Note: These instructions are outdated. For an extension to work in Firefox it must be signed by Mozilla, not by yourself. See Signing and distributing your add-on. [Emphasis added]
There are also a variety of questions here on Stack Overflow which address the signing issue.
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Like stated in other answer it happens for unverified/unsigned extension.
But sometimes for testing you might want to use unverified/unsigned extension. As a hack/workaround to install unverified/unsigned extensions following worked for me on Firefox version 45:
- Launch Firefox and hit - about:config
- Search for 'xpinstall.signatures.required'
- Either double click on the row OR set the value to false and close
Now retry installing the extension and it should work.
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I think there is something not clearly documented, I'd like to share my experience.
- Developed my extension and
zipped all the files
On your ownfor
How to Distribute this Versionstep and uploaded
- Then, on the next page, I see a signed
.xpifile available for download. I downloaded it and tried to install via "about:addons -> Install Add-on from file"
- I get
corrupt add-onerror in this case
- I get
- After receiving e-mail from
email@example.com, I went to my add-on's page and clicked on
.xpifile link there and it worked!
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I had this issue when I compressed the folder containing my addon rather then just the files within.
Don't Compress the Parent Folder of your Manifest
For example, on Windows CTRL+Click on your manifest and any other files or subfolders; right click and select
Send to > Compressed Folder and you should be good to go.
Note: from the browser console screenshot we can tell this isn't the issue in this case, but even so this is a common problem to the
This add-on could not be installed because it appears to be corrupt error.
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- if you rename the file with a .zip extension, can you open it as a zip file and read the contents of the file inside? if not, then it is indeed corrupt
- Please provide the directory structure you have in your .xpi file. Alternately, make your .xpi file available for us to look at it.
- @JaromandaX, yes I can unzip the file and see its content.
- @Makyen: I edited the post to include a url to the .xpi file
- @nicolasd92, I downloaded your .xpi file. Based on a superficial look, the basic file/directory structure appears to be correct (chrome.manifest and install.rdf in the root directory, META-INF (the signatures) present (I did not test them, but they superficially appear correct), etc.). However, due to the complexity of your add-on (e.g. it contains .dll and .exe files), I am unwilling to actually attempt to install it for security reasons (I would have to burn a VM, which I don't feel like doing at the moment).
- Doing this using 7zip with the store compression level did it for me