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.