How to export Chrome extensions
Chrome extensions help you browse the internet efficiently and you can easily find them in the Chrome Web Store. But on some occasions, these add-ons may disappear from the store. In addition, there is always the possibility that a new update will not suit you as much as the previous one.
That’s why you might want to export all your Google Chrome extensions in one place. That way, you can always reinstall them, regardless of any changes to the web store or the extension itself.
These extensions are available in unique CRX file formats, and this article will walk you through how to store them on your drive.
Check your Chrome profile
Before you start exporting, you need to check if your Google Chrome profile is the correct one. Chrome allows you to use multiple profiles, and each will have its own set of extensions.
You can make sure you’re using the right Chrome profile with just a few simple steps:
- Open Google Chrome and click on the After icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots).
- Now select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Under the People section, check if you are currently using your profile, if not, click on the small arrow next to the profile name and change profiles.
You can also add and remove profiles by clicking on the profile icon at the top right and selecting Manage people.
Export Chrome extensions as CRX files
If you want to manually export Chrome extensions, you need to enable “Developer mode” in the browser and compress the extension into a CRX file. CRX is a file that Chrome automatically downloads and installs when you add an extension.
To do this, you must:
- As mentioned above, launch Google Chrome and press the button After icon (three vertical dots).
- Hover your mouse over it More tools then click on Extensions.
- Now activate the developer mode at the top right of the Extensions menu. Don’t forget the ID that appears under the extension you want to pack.
- Now hold on Victory Key + E to open Windows Explorer and go on the following path:
AppData Local Google Chrome User Data Default Extensions“
Note that the
must be your username.
- Locate the folder that has the same ID and copy it to your Office.
- Now go back to Extensions menu and click on the Pack extension button in the upper left corner of the menu.
- When the new window appears, select Browse, choose the folder you moved to the desktop and click Okay.
- Select the Pack expansion button. Leave on Private key file empty heading.
Now the extension folder should also contain a CRX file.
For each extension you want to export, you can use the same method. You can share these CRX files or store them on your disk.
How to find an extension folder on MacOS or Linux
If you are using MacOS or Linux, the process is slightly different. You can follow the same first six steps in the previous section, but the path to the extension folder is slightly different.
For MacOS users, the correct application folder is normally found in ~ / Library / Application Support.
For Linux users, the extension folder should be in the ~ / .config folder.
Use a special URL to register and download extensions
If wrapping extensions into a CRX file seems like a long and exhausting job, you can just save the extension’s URL somewhere and download it when you need it.
- Using the method in the previous section, register the extension ID if you already have it on the computer. If not, you can find the extension on the Chrome Web Store and copy the extension ID. The ID is always the last part of the URL in the address bar.
- Once you get the ID, open any browser other than Chrome and type this link in the address bar: ‘https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx?response=redirect&prodversion=49.0&x=id%3D
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- A download window will appear prompting you to complete the download. You should get the CRX file on your computer.
It is important to use another browser (like Mozilla Firefox or Opera) because Google Chrome will try to install the extension automatically instead of downloading it.
Use a third-party app
There are various extensions and third-party web applications whose sole purpose is to help you export other extensions.
For example, Chrome Extension Downloader will download CRX files directly from Chrome.
Simply type in the extension ID or copy / paste the extension URL into the address bar and click the âDownload Extensionâ button.
Another useful extension is Export Links to All Extensions which exports all extension names and URLs in one file. You can combine these two apps to quickly get all the urls you need and then get their CRX files.
How to import extensions
All of the aforementioned methods will download a CRX file. However, you can’t just click on those files and expect them to install. Instead, you should:
- Open the ‘Extensions’ menu as explained in the previous sections.
- Locate the CRX file on your computer.
- Drag and drop the CRX file from its location to the Extensions menu in Chrome.
- Wait for the extension to install.
Keep your extensions safe
Now that you know how to export all of your Chrome extensions, you don’t have to worry about them disappearing from the store. Plus, you can easily keep track of all the extensions you use, so you don’t miss out on some if you need to switch profiles.
Do you prefer to keep your extensions backed up? Have you ever lost an extension that you couldn’t recover? Leave a comment and let other readers know.