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How to install Chrome extensions in 3 Easy Steps?

Are you looking at how to install Chrome extensions? And how to load CRX files in Chrome? Google Chrome is a fast web browser and you can customize it to your own personal style. With a Chrome extension you can customize the design and functionality of the web browser. All the Chrome extensions for the Google Chrome web browser are available only at the Chrome web store. That is the Google store to get your “Extensions”, “Themes” and “Apps”. Note that the apps are only available for Google Chromebook users.

Furthermore, it is very easy to get a new Chrome extension in your personal Google Chrome web browser. So, to know how you can install a Chrome extension, follow the instruction steps here below for all operating systems (Windows, Linux, and Mac):

How to install Chrome extensions in that all from the Chrome web store
How to install Chrome extensions in that all from the Chrome web store
  1. Visit the official Chrome web store
  2. Choose a Chrome extension in the store, such as the free Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension
  3. Select the Add to Chrome button
Blue "Add to Chrome" button to install the Chrome extension in your Chrome web browser
Blue “Add to Chrome” button to install the Chrome extension in your Chrome web browser
  1. Select Add extension in the confirmation box

Now you have the Chrome extension installed in your Google Chrome web browser. And most Chrome extensions provide an extra page to customize the Chrome extension. For example, to change the color or add other visual effects. Or enable the YouTube AutoHD feature that 4K, or use the 360p video quality to save the climate issue that reduces the high-performance usage on the internet server that creates a high increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) output. And will damage the Carbon footprint.

A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, service, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent.

Definition of Carbon footprint

Chrome extension Developer Method

If you want to know how to install Chrome extensions manually. Then you can use the Developer mode. However, the developer mode is only recommended to create and debug your Chrome extension. Therefore, it is not allowed to use for daily use in your Chrome web browser.

  1. Download the CRX file to your computer for the Chrome extension you want to install.
  2. Open your Google Chrome web browser.
  3. Go to chrome://extensions/ and check the box for Developer mode in the top right.
Chrome extension page with the "Developer mode" switch enabled
Chrome extension page with the “Developer mode” switch enabled
  1. Click on the “Load unpacked” button, and go to the location of the content of this CRX file. And click on the OK button to install that Chrome extension.
Folder dialog window show up, and browse to the Chrome extension folder
Folder dialog window show up, and browse to the Chrome extension folder

The CRX file is a ZIP file format with a signed text file from the Chrome web store. If you want to see the content in the CRX file, just edit the file extension type from .crx to .zip. Next, open it with your zip manager application (such as 7zip, Rar Extractor). And the unzipped file can then be opened in the “Load unpacked” button in your Chromium web browser.

Chromium web browsers are Google Chrome, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Yandex, Naver Whale, and Microsoft Edge.

Conclusion

Hope that answers one of your questions about the installation of the Chrome extension and the loading of the CRX file in Google Chrome:

  • Where to install Chrome extensions in your Google Chrome web browser?
  • How to install Chrome extensions?
  • How to load CRX files in chrome?
  • How to install Chrome extensions manually?
  • How to install a Chrome extension from a ZIP file?

Now you know how to install the Chrome extension in your Google Chrome web browser. And how to load CRX files in Chrome. If you find it useful, then you can share the link on Facebook or share the link on Twitter. So your family, friends, or colleagues can know about this handy tip.

How to load CRX files in Chrome Install FAQ

🧩 Is the installation process of install a CRX the same for all web browsers?

Yes, the steps are the same for all Chromium web browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Yandex, etc. However, Firefox does not use the Chromium engine and you can not install the CRX file in that web browser.

🌎 Can I republish the CRX file on my website?

No, CRX is protected by the DMCA and it is best to download the official Chrome extensions from the Chrome web store.

🗄 Can I change the files and recreate the CRX file?

No, that will lose the signed verification and you then can not install this CRX file in your Chromium web browser.

📄 How can I see the files in the CRX file?

The CRX is a zip file format. If you change the file extension from CRX to ZIP. You can unzip it to a folder and browse the files as a regular ZIP file.



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