How to Download Google Chrome Extensions?
- Go to the Chrome Web Store > search for extension > select extension > Add to Chrome > Add extension.
- You can download and not install extensions using the Chrome Extension Downloader web page.
This article explains how to add Chrome extensions. Instructions apply to only the desktop version of Chrome.
How to Install Official Chrome Extensions?
To download Google Chrome extensions from the official location of approved extensions:
Visit the Chrome Web Store and search for the extension you want to install.
Select the extension to open its Details page for more information.
Select Add to Chrome.
In the confirmation box, select Add extension.
The button changes to Checking and then Added to Chrome when the installation is complete.
How to Download Chrome Extensions Without Installing Them?
You should do the following if you wish to get a CRX file from the Chrome Web Store without having Chrome automatically install it:
In the Chrome Web Store, go to the page for the extension you want.
- In the address bar, copy the extension’s URL.
Open the Chrome Extension Downloader in a browser by visiting https://chrome-extension-downloader.com/.
Paste the URL into the text box and select Download extension.
If prompted, select Keep when Chrome attempts to download the CRX file.
You’ll find the CRX file in your Downloads folder. Open it when you want to begin the installation process.
What the Transformation at Google Means for You?
Google’s modification is probably to fault if you visit a chrome extension developer’s website and discover that you can’t click on a download button to install an extension.
If the developer hasn’t explicitly stated that this is an extension you should sideload into your browser, try manually checking the Chrome Web Store to see if the extension is there before giving up on it.
If it is, then you should be able to find it there. (You shouldn’t have to do that unless there is no other way to obtain a specific extension you need and you have confirmed that the extension is not malware in disguise.)
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