Developing and testing an OpenSearch description file


I’m attempting to create an .xml file for Infinity Search.

How can I test the file’s validity and effectiveness without hosting the file on a web server?

Related describes a searchplugins/ folder however there’s no such folder in a profile after adding (for example) the plug-in.

This one generates them on the fly using their server, but I don’t know whether it retains your data between requests (having to re-enter data over and over while experimenting would be a drag):

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I tried:"%s"

The other two fields were auto-populated.

Result of the attempt to add:

Invalid Format

Firefox could not install the search engine from:

Success, thanks to @jscher2000:


Here’s my (much) earlier non-working file:

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns=""
  <ShortName>Infinity Search</ShortName>
  <Description>Open source multi-engine search with no cookies and respect for privacy</Description>
  <Image width="16" height="16" type="image/x-icon"></Image>
  <Url type="text/html" template="">
    <Param name="q" value="{searchTerms}"/>