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A Text to Speech Voice Reader extension for your browser!

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A little browser extension built with ❤︎ by Hai Phan and contributors


First impressions are super. Natural flowing voice and very helpful for multitasking and also giving my eyes a rest.


Thank you so much for this extension. I absolutely swear by it whenever I need to read any large chunk of text. The combination of hearing it in a clear voice (...) Its fantastic, thank you so much.


LOVE this extension. I remember better when i hear a story vs reading


This is a phenomenal extension. Better than anything else I tryed so far. Simple, easy, customizable (...) I would recommend this whole heartedly to anyone who has dyslexia like me, or any other reasons for not beeing able to read comfortably at all times.



Read Aloud is a Chrome and Firefox extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio.  It works on a variety of websites, including news sites, blogs, fan fiction, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities and course materials.

Read Aloud is aimed at users who prefer to listen to content instead of reading, people with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, children learning to read, or simply to provide users with alternative way to consume web content.

Read Aloud allows you to select from a variety of text-to-speech voices, including those provided natively by the browser, as well as by text-to-speech cloud service providers such as Google Wavenet, Amazon Polly, IBM Watson, and Microsoft.  Some of the cloud-based voices may require additional in-app purchase to enable.

Basic Usage

Extension Button

Right Click Menu

Advanced Usage


ALT-P           : Play/Pause
ALT-O           : Stop
ALT-Comma       : Rewind
ALT-Period      : Forward


You can change the voice, reading speed, pitch, or enable text highlighting:

  1. Click the Read Aloud icon on the Extensions menu.
  2. Stop any text that may be playing.
  3. Click on the Gear icon in the Read Aloud context menu. (It may take a second or two for settings to appear)

Using Premium Voices

Using Premium Voices (Google Wavenet & Amazon Polly)


Chrome and Chromium-based browsers

You can get the latest available Read Aloud Extension version from the Chrome Web Store.


You can get the latest version of Read Aloud Extension from the Mozilla Add-ons website.

Firefox install from source

  1. Create a build directory with mkdir build
  2. Run npm run-script package
  3. Extract the resulting zip file. You should see a manifest.json which will be used later.
  4. In Firefox, first make sure there isn't an existing read-aloud add-on already installed
  5. type about:debugging in the Address bar and enter.
  6. Click on "This Firefox" then click "Load Unpackaged Extension"
  7. Select the manifest.json file produced earlier.


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