Ever since Google announced that add-ons for Google Chrome can only be installed from their web store, many users want to know how they can obtain *.crx files directly for their favorite Google Chrome extensions. CRX files are the packed version of the extensions and can be used to install them offline, without visiting the Google Chrome web store. In this article, I would like to share a very simple way to obtain the crx file for any Chrome extension quickly.
For example, suppose we want the CRX for the 'Script Defender Lite' extension.
- Open the extension's page in the Chrome web store. For the Script Defender Lite extension it looks as follows:
- Copy the extension identifier which is located between 'detail/extension-name-here/' and '/details' parts.
In our example, the extension identifier of Script Defender Lite is
- Now enter the following URL in your Chrome browser:
In case of Script Defender Lite the link becomes the following after substituting the extension identifier:
- Press Enter. Chrome will download the crx file for you.
That's it. Now you can use the CRX file to install the extension offline on your PC or on another PC.