Sloth
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Overview

Automatically discards all tabs at startup, before they load, reducing memory footprint and unnecessary bandwidth usage.

An open-source and light-weight chrome / chromium extension which ensures that tabs are lazily loaded. Source code: https://github.com/hrj/sloth Requires Chrome 54+. ## How it works This plugin uses the discard API available since Chrome 54. All tabs except new tabs or "special" tabs are discarded. Discarded tabs are visible in the tab bar, but not loaded from the network nor kept in memory. If a window doesn't have a new tab, it is created and activated. This prevents any tab from loading during startup, unless you explicitly select it. Special tabs are those with chrome:// URLs, for example. Note: Where there are hundreds of tabs open in the session, a couple of them sneak through and become active. This limitation is due to the design of the browser. See https://github.com/hrj/sloth/issues/1. ## History / Credits I found an extension called Native Lazy Tabs here. It was distributed under the GPL license. I adapted it and added the "new tab" feature. The icon is by Jaime Serra, distributed under the CC license.

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XalomonSep 29, 2023

I have 7 windows with more than 600 tabs opened total. The whole point of adding this extensions is to have a quick restart of the browser, and to have one with low memory usage as only the active tabs of those windows would be loaded. When looking at the task manager it seems this extension opens a gorillion of new tab pages in the background, each with their google.com subframe, even when told not to in options. Those are loaded instead of the pages I have opened, but this makes the browser... Show more

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Online ReD SettingsApr 27, 2022

Simply perfect.

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Ashish BishtDec 13, 2019

working awesome !

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  • Version
    0.5
  • Updated
    August 27, 2019
  • Offered by
    HRJ
  • Size
    25.24KiB
  • Languages
    English (UK)
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