Brushed A Brushed and Polished Browser Interface.

Brushed A Brushed and Polished Browser Interface.

The world around is colorful enough?
You prefer working (to browse the web means working) in strict environments?

Perhaps this theme for Mozilla Firefox (0.9 - 1.6) is what you were looking for:
Preview of Brushed Theme for Firefox
 Install Brushed Now     Install Brushed for Mac OS X Now 
or  Download        or  Download for Mac OS X 


2006-01-07: Release of version It should also be available to users at UMO within a few days. Till that get it on this page.

2005-10-20: Version is finished! It should be available to users at UMO within one day. Till that get it on this page.

2005-10-10: Brushed is mentioned in the article The power user's guide to Firefox by Joe Kissel on November's MacWorld!

Other news on Brushed and my work can be found at my blog or at version history.


The name comes from a visual theme for Mac OS X by Max Rudberg, as well as some of the graphics and the overall appearance of this theme are inspired by his work.

It took quite a lot of time until I've released the first version of my theme. I started to work on themes back in Firebird 0.6 times; I tried to improve "Rhapsodized" to my wishes. The theme I based my work for Brushed on was one (I think SAF-8) of Ken Lynch's aka lynchknot back in version 0.7 days, although I completely began from scratch by Firefox 0.8.

The main reason that it took such a long time was, that I tried to provide a "feature-complete" theme at small file size, where none of the visible problems that I disliked in many of the themes available (above all at pre-1.0 times) existed.

Thanks to cheeaun and lucX (for their inspiring work), Sailfish and many others over at mozillaZine theme forum.


Attention Mac-Users: This theme will NOT turn Firefox into a native brushed application! It alters only the graphical interface.

Q: Where are the history menus (history-menu-dropmarker) of the back and forward-buttons?
A: You only need to right click on the buttons to access the history in "icons-mode"!
And - since - there's a theme option to show the dropmarkers.

Q: How can I help?
A: Send in bug reports.
Goto addons.mozilla.org (formerly update.mozilla.org) and give Brushed a 5-star-rating if you like it - due to the biased rating system at this site only highest ratings help.
If you've got resources, consider a donation!
Q: Why don't you use Lucida fonts/identical bookmarks-icon in order to get a Safari-lookalike appearance?
A: I haven't used Lucida Sans Unicode, because in my opinion it doesn't fit the theme well. Not to mention the problem of availability.
By the way this theme may well be inspired by Safari, but it is in many ways different, well-balanced and has far more (Fx-) "theme-specific features".
Q: There is an inconsistency concerning the hover-colors of the bookmark-items as they are black while any other menu-item is white...?
A: Yes, I know that the colors don't fit exactly with the others, and there are a few more inconsistencies I'm aware of, but I haven't found the perfect solution yet.
Q: Is it essential to make a theme? Has it done anything against the hunger or the environmental problems in the world?
A: You are right, it's one of the most unimportant things on earth, but I've started it and I had to finish it.


As there is no interface possibility to include them, all theme-options are triggered by usage of userChrome.css at the moment. They only work since theme-version They have to be included before the @namespace-rule at userChrome.css!

Non-focus Address- and Searchbar

If you don't like the focused Addressbar and/or Searchbar, this code snippet will provide you the "normal" bars when focused:
/* ..... Non-Focus Inputboxes ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/non-focus-inputboxes.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Bookmark-Item Favicons on Bookmarks Toolbar (since Brushed

To integrate favicons into bookmark-items on Bookmarks Toolbar, include either the first or the second part of the following lines:
/* ..... Bookmark-Item Favicons Visible ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/bookmark-item-icons-visible.css");
/* ..... Only Icons, Not Bookmark-Labels ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/bookmark-item-text-invisible.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

History-Dropmarkers (Arrows) Visible at Back- and Forward-Button 

Many users are asking for the "history-dropmarkers", these little arrows beside the back- and forward-buttons. To make them visible include this:
/* ..... Back- and Forward-Button History-Dropmarkers Visible ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/history-dropmarkers-visible.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Tabs-Content Reversed

Brushed theme-option Tabs-Content Reversed

You like to have a real near-Safari-experience? Then the icons of the websites need to be on the right (Extension TabX included on screenshot. ATTENTION: Not working with TabX > 0.9.1). Include this:
/* ..... Tabs-Content Reversed ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/tabs-contents-reversed.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Throbber in Main Window Not or Partly Visible

You don't need the throbber in Main Window? Or you only want to show it up if the page is loading? Then try one of these two:
/* ..... No Throbber ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/throbber-not-visible.css");
/* ..... Throbber Only if Loading ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/throbber-partly-visible.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Rounded Address- and Searchbar with blue focus (since Brushed

Brushed theme-option Rounded Address- and Searchbar with blue focus

If you prefer blue rounded address- and searchbar, go on with this:
/* ..... Rounded Address- and Searchbar with Blue Focus ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/rounded-url-and-searchbar-blue.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Rounded Address- and Searchbar with white focus (since Brushed

Brushed theme-option Rounded Address- and Searchbar with white focus

If you prefer blue rounded address- and searchbar, go on with this:
/* ..... Rounded Address- and Searchbar with White Focus ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/rounded-url-and-searchbar-white.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Borders on all kinds of Menus: (since Brushed

This code snippet enables borders on all kinds of menus:
/* ..... Menus with Borders ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/menus-with-borders.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Fx 1.5 like Options on 1.0 (Firefox 1.0 ONLY!)

Brushed theme-option Fx 1.1 like Options

If you'd like to have the Options Window styled in the way Firefox 1.5 will be and like Safari is (categories on top), this will help:
/* ..... Fx 1.5 like Options on 1.0 ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/fx1.1-options.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");

Rectangular Address- and Searchbars (since Brushed Default since Brushed

Brushed theme-option Rectangular Address- and Searchbar

If you want to have rectangular input-bars in favor of the rounded ones, you need to include the following code into your userChrome.css:
/* ..... Rectangular Textboxes ..... */
@import url("chrome://global/skin/theme-options/rectangular-url-and-searchbar.css");
@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");


tabX 0.5 (According to the author, 0.5 does not work on MacOS X!)
But there are two enhanced versions by others including one for MacOS X
Update 050612: I cannot fully recommend the usage of tabX 0.9.1 as it does not allow the hover and active states of the close-button!



This is not a complete list, but a collection of often mentioned ones.
Version 0.9.9
All versions


The icons and artwork used within this theme are copyrighted as far as they are originally developed by e|vo. They might be used only with permission of the author.
The CSS-files are free to use with regard to their licensing. If you like to include parts of the Brushed CSS-files into your theme, please provide a line with my name in the contributors-section of the license block.

F***ing special!
The usage of this theme is free and will always be.
Thanks to
all donators!