[Project_owners] update.rdf Questions

Eric H. Jung eric.jung at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 12 17:17:54 PST 2009

You shouldn't include update.rdf in the XPI. In install.rdf in the XPI, you should include this element:


whose content is a URL where the update.rdf can be found.  For example:


is an example of the contents of an update.rdf.


From: Joe Brochu <jmbrochu at yahoo.com>
To: project_owners at mozdev.org
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 6:54:23 PM
Subject: [Project_owners] update.rdf Questions

I'm ready for my first release, and I'm confused about the update.rdf
process described here.

In particular, where does the update.rdf file go?  It doesn't seem like
it would go inside the xpi (e.g. next to install.rdf) because it can
contain a hash of the xpi.  

However, it also seems like it should be included with the xpi so that
the user has access to the update info.  I guess I don't understand how
the whole update process works.

Is any of this even necessary if the xpi is hosted on addons.mozilla.org?

Joe Brochu

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