Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Read aloud the current web-page article with one click, using text to speech (TTS). Supports 40+ languages.

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What is Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader?

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader is a popular Edge add-on by LSD Software. This add-on has 204,485 weekly active users and a good user rating of 4.40. The latest version, 1.59.0, was updated 8 months ago.

Stats date:
Rating: 4.40 (61)
Version: 1.59.0 (Last updated: 2022-08-06)
Creation date: 2021-09-27
Manifest version: 2
  • activeTab
  • contextMenus
  • identity
  • storage
  • tts
  • ttsEngine
Size: 355.73K
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
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Read aloud the current web-page article with one click, using text to speech (TTS). Supports 40+ languages.

Read Aloud uses text-to-speech (TTS) 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, and online university course materials.

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.

Read Aloud can read PDF, Google Docs, Google Play books, Amazon Kindle, and EPUB (via the excellent EPUBReader extension from

Read Aloud is intended for users who prefer to listen to content instead of reading, people with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, and children learning to read.

To use Read Aloud, simply navigate to the web page you want to read, then click the Read Aloud icon on the browser menu.  In addition, the shortcut keys ALT-P, ALT-O, ALT-Comma, and ALT-Period can be used to Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, and Forward, respectively.  You may select the text you want to read before activating the extension.  Right clicking on the selected text will provide you with yet another context-menu option to activate Read Aloud.

To change the voice, reading speed, pitch, or enable text highlighting, go to the Options page either by right clicking on the Read Aloud icon and choose Options, or by clicking the Gear button on the extension popup (you'll need to stop playback to see the Gear button).

Read Aloud is an open-source project.  If you wish to contribute bug fixes or translations, please visit the GitHub page at
Risk impact

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader requires very minimum permissions and is relatively safe to use.

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Risk likelihood

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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User reviews
Where's the keyboard shortcuts for increasing and decreasing speed of the voice?
by Christoffer, 2023-03-14

by , 2023-02-23

There is no audio at all. Are they planning to fix this soon? Thank you.
by Will, 2023-02-17
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