How to make your own Google Chrome Extension

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Do you use chrome extensions? Have you ever thought of making one?

This tutorial will guide you on how easily to build a chrome extension on your own.

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What is a Chrome Extension?

Extensions are small software programs that customize the browsing experience. They enable users to tailor Chrome functionality and behaviour to individual needs or preferences.

They are built on web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

Extension files are zipped into a single .crx package that the user downloads and installs. This means extensions do not depend on content from the web, unlike ordinary web apps.

Extensions are distributed through the Chrome Developer Dashboard and published to the Chrome Web Store.

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Time to Code!

You can find the code and necessary files at my Github Repository

Start by creating a new directory to store the extension's files.

manifest.json

We first need to define a manifest.json file. So create a new JSON file in the directory.

The manifest.json file contains important information that defines the extension. The format of the information in the file is JSON.

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Define the name, version, description of the extension seperated by commas, give the version as "version": "0.0.1" and "manifest_version": 2

Next, we will define the browser action. It will display the extension to the top right corner of your Chrome browser. We will define default_popup and default_icon inside browser action.

When you click on the extension, default_popup will open demo.html file. We will create the demo.html file next.

"default_icon": "logo.png" will define the default image that you see as the extension icon. Now we are ready to create demo.html file.

demo.html

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Define the H1 tag <h1> Hello there, I am working! </h1>

When you click on the extension, default_popup will open demo.html file.

Adding the Extension

Go the Chrome Extensions. You can click on this link to navigate to the extension page. Once you open the page, it will look something like this.

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Now you need to turn on the Developer Mode on the top right corner of the page. You can see it highlighted in the above image.

Once you enable it, your webpage should reload and it will look like this.

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Now, you need to click Load Unpack option and Locate the directory that you have just created and select the folder. Once done you will see something like this.

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And your extension is loaded to your local machine. Next, you need to navigate to your extension manager.

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And pin your extension so that is it becomes visible on extension bar.

And your extension is ready! Click on the extension.

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You can play around with your HTML, CSS and Javascript code files to make your own chrome extension.

You can also publish your extension. Follow the steps if you wish to do so.

Publishing the Extension

In order to publish your extension, you need to navigate to Chrome webstore by clicking this link

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You need to first accept the agreement and pay 5$ to Register and follow along with the steps to get it published.

You can find the code and necessary files at my Github Repository

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Resource: developer.chrome.com/extensions

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