Downloading the CRX of a Chrome extension

There was this certain extension whose popup was too high for my screen. To fix the issue I needed to download the CRX file of the extension. But with the new Chrome Web Store layout there isn’t a way to do that as you did earlier.

But then Pahan came up with a solution. The trick was to make use of the Chrome’s Developer tools pane. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the extension’s page in the Web Store.
  2. Open Developer Tools (wrench icon -> Tools -> Developer Tools)
  3. Click on its Network tab.
  4. Now click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button in the extension’s page. (If you’ve already installed it you have to uninstall and try again)
  5. The Dev Tools pane will show several files. Find the one with a .crx extension among them.
  6. Right click on it and choose Copy Location.
  7. Now go to Firefox (or any other browser) and open the link. You’ll be prompted to save the file.
Know an easier method? Let me know in the comments.

14 responses on “Downloading the CRX of a Chrome extension

  1. Roshan Amadoru (@Amadoru)

    Grabbing the crx through developer tools is probably the easiest. But there’s an alternative.

    Here I’m not too sure about windows. I’ll tell you what to do on a mac. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out the extension folder in windows either. But I’m just not so sure.

    If you are on a mac, install the extension, go to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Extensions/ and you get to the extension folder. Now from the chrome store find the guid for the app. How to do that is, if you want to find the guid for feedly, navigate to feedly extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hipbfijinpcgfogaopmgehiegacbhmob?hl=en and here ‘hipbfijinpcgfogaopmgehiegacbhmob’ is the guid for the app (or do they call it UUID or something else? I don’t know). Now back in the extensions folder you have a sub directory with the name as same as this guid. And you are good to edit it’s contents.

    Cheers!

  2. Dani_r

    Doesn’t work now. Crx file won’t appear following the instructions. And trying to download the link of the application files that appear in other browser doesn’t allow to download any file.

  3. steve

    Google chrome web store getting nasty ??? No any extension installation for chromium based browser ! Did google develop extensions ??? Did google develop chrome browser (it has only modify open source there and they showing of here – look we google did it)??? What are google author rights there ??? I smell huge turbocapitalistic rat here !!! The restrictions they are applying to chrome based browsers should be legally pursued ! This will make many people to drop down chromium based browsers as they can not use extensions ! Google thinks we don’t give them extensions – thus we can track them – no tracker and adblocking and so on ! On google chrome google still can track user despite tracker blocking installed ! How many people aware of google tracking attempts (and others too) use their browser ??? This is kind-a conspiracy against user !!! Only google chrome on chromium based browsers you do not !!! Its all about money – google have it not enough yet ! Its a turbocapitalistic concern and they want make money at any cost !!! First obvious attempt here in practice !!! And they work for secret service too due they have resident firm address in America so legally they are and must pass data regarded terrorism conspiracy that are wide open and not specially declared to it ! If someone write and said something against America what so ever google passing data further ! And they think that we are dumb ! Physically no google server and other too can not be secured against some actions ! If enough people are pissed of then google servers can be physically taken down for good ! Just imagine 10 to 100 KW HF RF Power modulator coupled with some signal generator and inductive coupled to power supply line on that servers are coupled. In a fraction of second with proper modulated HF electromagnetic signal you can fry any electronics on that line and no electronic protection can prevent it ! Goodbye server then ! And all equipment can be practically buy-ed on any ham store or even home made ! Keep piss on us google and see what my happen !

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