How to Add Chrome Extensions

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

Google Chrome extensions can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and from unofficial sites that offer CRX files. Google Chrome also uses web apps, but these apps are not the same as extensions.

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

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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