Saturday, July 21, 2012

Installing extensions from other websites on Chrome

From Chrome 21 onwards, adding extensions from other websites outside Chrome Web Store is now not allowed.

We're constantly looking out for ways to make your browsing safer. To that end, we recently changed the way you add extensions that are not in the Chrome Web Store to your browser. Previously, any website could prompt you to add an extension into your browser. In the latest version of Google Chrome, you must explicitly tell Chrome that you want to install these extensions by adding them through the Extensions page.

To enable installing of extensions from other websites (outside Chrome Web Store), the following workarounds can be considered.

  1. You may set a command-line flag that disables this feature: --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install. Use the instructions from this page to add the flag.

  2. Download the extension file from the website and save it to your computer and then drag the file onto the Tools > Extensions page.

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