How-To Install Chrome Extensions or Plugins!

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Chrome Extensions since its launch has made a gradual and decent progress in adding new features, fixing bugs and improve performance. Once thing every user is eager to see is the option of installing an extension.

The wait is over; you can now install extensions on Chrome’s latest dev built. The feature is still not included in the browser; users have to add a command line parameter to enable extensions on the latest built.  It’s simple, worry not!

Currently there are 3 sample extensions available for installation,

  1. Gmail Checker: Displays a toolstrip that shows how many messages are in your Gmail inbox.
  2. Subscribe in Google Reader: Provides easy access to subscribe to a webpage’s feed in Google Reader.
  3. BuildBot Monitor: Shows the current status of the Chromium Build Bot.

I installed all three of them and they come in pretty handy, at least the first two certainly do!

Update 16th-Dec: Best Chrome Extensions!

The following image shows the installed extensions

Chrome Extensions

All set to install the extensions? Alright!

  1. First make sure you have the latest dev built on your machine, get it here.
  2. Next, rightclick on the chrome icon, click on properties and add “–enable-extensions” at the end of the target field and click “Apply”.

Chrome Properties

Once the parameter is added, start the browser and visit the Sample extension page, here.

I found two more extensions other than the official ones

  1. GreaseMetal Script: This is a GreasMonkey-like script for Firefox which works with Chrome [link]
  2. AdSweep: A popular ad-removing plugin for Chrome [link]

Have fun installing chrome plugins and leave a comment if you find new plugins!

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9 Comments on This Article

  1. By: iCan't Internet on May 15, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Extensions will make Chrome really a tough competitor for Firefox. Let's see where this new browserwar is heading!

  2. By: PhpMyCoder on June 12, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Ok...but you still haven't explained where we put the crx files. I have downloaded gmail.crx and subscribe.crx, but where do I put them to make this work. (I've already added the flag to my Google Chrome shortcut).

  3. By: Abbas on June 14, 2009 at 1:09 am


    Following the steps mentioned on the article above does not require a users to manually open any of the installation directories and place extensions in them instead just click on the extension link and it will install itself.

    But users who still want to know the installation path.. here it is..

    Path on WindowsXP

    C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

    Hope this helps!

  4. By: Allan Michael on August 21, 2009 at 3:07 am

    August 20, 2009
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    My thanks to Abbas for this informative piece. When I realized that I was going to have to install scripts etc.. to get the most out of Chrome I was a little apprehensive but after reading this article I successfully installed several extensions with excellent results


  5. By: Travis on November 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    If you get a .crx file when it says select a program and click google chrome.

    also if you have the new dev channel chrome you dont need to activate it because it is already there.

  6. By: Dan on February 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    im not quite familiar with chrome but when i clikc install all it does is download a crx file. I am in the dev channel, what do i need to do to get it to work?

  7. By: Abbas on February 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Dan,

    You no longer need to run a Dev release to be able to use extensions. The current public release of Chrome is capable of installing and running these plugins.

    Check out the extensions here.

  8. By: EQ-300 on December 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Trying to do this with no success. I'll try the extensions link you have in your last comment. Hope it works.

  9. By: Louie Sison on March 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Is there are plugin available for for web masters? I use chrome all the time to browse the internet.