How To: Automatically Refresh a Webpage using ReloadEvery for Firefox
Sometimes it can be useful to refresh a webpage regularly, to ensure you are looking at the latest data. Examples of this include stock prices, eBay listings, or any web-page that is session-based and logs you out after a period of inactivity.
The problem is, its easy to forget to keep mashing the F5 button to refresh the page - especially if you have multiple tabs open and are doing other things. For this very purpose, a neat little add-on for Firefox has been developed, called ReloadEvery. Simple to use, ReloadEvery does exactly what it says on the tin and refreshes any page at a specified time interval.
You will need Mozilla Firefox installed, in order to run the add-on ReloadEvery. Access the related download link for this article and grab the Firefox installer, if you are not already using this great browser.
Once Firefox is running, access the download page for ReloadEvery and click the Download Now link. Unpack and run the XPI file to add it to your browser, then restart Firefox.
Access the web-page that you want to watch and refresh automatically using ReloadEvery. If the site requires you to log in, enter your usual credentials.
Right-click anywhere on the page. Note that ReloadEvery adds some context sensitive options to the usual Firefox right-click menu. Select Reload Every and choose the interval you would like to refresh the page at - either 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 15 minutes. You can also select a random interval with which to refresh.
Once selected, the page will automatically refresh at the specified interval, with no interaction required on your part. To stop the auto refresh, right-click anywhere on the page and choose Reload Every then Disable.
Tips & Advice
- Ensure you are always present at the computer if you have used ReloadEvery to keep a session active for an account such as your online banking. The session timer that these services have implemented are there to improve your security.
- There is a similar extension available for Google Chrome called Auto Refresh Plus , which works in much the same way.