How to Add Chrome Extensions

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

What to Know

  • 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:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store and search for the extension you want to install.

    Search the store field on Chrome web store
  2. Select the extension to open its Details page for more information.

    Google Translate extension
  3. Select Add to Chrome.

    Add to Chrome button

    Google might prompt you to sign in to your account if you're not logged in.

  4. In the confirmation box, select Add extension.

    Add extension button in Chrome web store
  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. In the Chrome Web Store, go to the page for the extension you want.

  2. In the address bar, copy the extension's URL.

    URL bar
  3. Open the Chrome Extension Downloader in a browser by visiting

  4. Paste the URL into the text box and select Download extension.

    Download extension button
  5. If prompted, select Keep when Chrome attempts to download the CRX file.

    Keep button in Chrome
  6. You'll find the CRX file in your Downloads folder. Open it when you want to begin the installation process.

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