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How To Download And Save Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome has a very large repository of extensions, which you can use to enhance your browser functionality by installing them. The usual way to install an extension for Google chrome is through the Chrome Web store and there is no option to save the extension on to your hard drive for offline or later installation.
However, if you want to save a Chrome extension to your hard drive for later use or keep it a permanent back up in case the add-on is removed from the store, here is how it is?

To download a Chrome extension, go to the Chrome extension page and copy the unique string for the extension from the address bar. The string will be a long series of lowercase letters, for example: okngcjknhihjbpiencaanffnfcdlafic.

Now, launch Firefox or Internet Explorer (not Chrome) and then go to It’ll give you an error message. In the address bar, paste the copied string over [replaceme], hit the Enter key and save the CRX file.

That’s it! To install the downloaded extension, go to extension page (Settings – Tools – Extension) and just drag this to Chrome. Note that, all extensions can’t be installed like this.


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