How to install chrome apps and extensions (.crx files) manually for testing and development ?

While devel­op­ing the chrome appli­ca­tions and exten­sions, one has to install the apps/extensions in chrome man­u­ally before pub­lish­ing to the chrome web store. Fol­low­ing are the steps to install them manually :

  • Open Chrome browser

  • Go to chrome://extensions/

  • Enable devel­oper mode

  • Click Load Unpacked Exten­sion, and select the .crx file

  • You should see the installed exten­sion here chrome://apps/

Have fun mak­ing chrome apps !

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  • Car­di­nal Sin

    Not use­ful. You say “Click Load Unpacked Exten­sion, and select the .crx file” but you can’t: it wants a direc­tory. So your method doesn’t work.