How to Add Chrome Extensions

Install CRX files in Google Chrome to add new features to the browser

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A browser extension is a type of software you can add to your browser to extend its capabilities. Sticky Notes, for example, is a Google Chrome browser extension that makes it easy to takes notes right inside Chrome as you read articles or watch videos. Perhaps you want an extension to capture and edit screenshots in your browser, to check your spelling, or to display the lyrics for YouTube music videos. There's a browser extension for all these needs and many more.

Browser extensions are only available for desktop versions of Chrome. Extensions do not work with Chrome's mobile apps.

How to Download Extensions in the Chrome Web Store

Google Chrome extensions can be downloaded from both the Chrome Web Store as well as unofficial sites that offer CRX files. Google Chrome also uses web apps, but they're not the same as extensions.

How to Install Official Chrome Extensions

To download Google Chrome extensions from the official location of approved extensions:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store to find the extension you want to install.

    Visit the Chrome Web Store to find the extension you want to install.
  2. Select Add to Chrome from the extensions list, or select the extension to open its Details page for more information.

    Select Add to Chrome or select the extension to open its Details page for more information.
  3. Select Add to Chrome.

    You may be prompted to sign into your Google account if you're not already logged in.

    Select the Add to Chrome button.
  4. Select Add extension in the confirmation box.

    Select Add extension in the confirmation box.
  5. The button changes to Checking and then Added to Chrome when the installation is complete.

How to Download Chrome Extensions Without Installing Them

If you want to download a CRX file from the Chrome Web Store without installing it to Chrome automatically, do the following:

  1. Copy the extension's URL from the Chrome Web Store.

    Copy the extension's URL from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Open the Chrome Extension Downloader in your browser by visiting https://chrome-extension-downloader.com/.

  3. Paste the URL into the text field on Chrome Extension Downloader and select Download extension.

    Paste the URL into the text field on Chrome Extension Downloader and select Download extension.
  4. If prompted, select Keep when Chrome tries to download the CRX file.

    If prompted, select Keep when Chrome tries to download the CRX file.
  5. The CRX file should be in your Downloads folder. Open it whenever you want to begin installation process.