Google Chrome extension

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Google Chrome extension
Google Chrome Material Icon-450x450.png
Available in English
Owner Google
Created by Google and extension developers
Commercial Yes
Launched December 8, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-12-08)

Google Chrome Extensions are browser extensions that modify the Google Chrome browser.[1] These extensions are written using web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.[2] Google Chrome Extensions are downloadable through the Chrome Web Store[3] (formerly the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery).[1] By February 2010, over 2,200 extensions had been published by developers.[4] All users with a Google Account are able to add extensions after developing them.[5]

Notable examples[edit]


Google Chrome has its own architecture and APIs[8] to build the extensions which requires different code and skills for each extension. Extensions can be created through use of web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.[citation needed]

Nowadays there are development frameworks which allows developers to build cross-browser extensions with only one code base and one API, eliminating the need to develop a different extension version for each one of the browsers.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Google Chrome Extensions Blog Announcement". Google. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Google Chrome Extensions Help Page". Google. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Nield, David. "20 best Chrome extensions". TechRadar. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Mentovai, Mark. "Google Chrome Update Blog". Google. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Developing Chrome Extensions Overview Page
  6. ^ "Chrome Web Store - Adblock Plus (Beta)". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Chrome Web Store - Facebook Messenger". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  8. ^ "JavaScript APIs for Google Chrome Extensions". 

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