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The 100 Best Extensions for Chrome



On this page, you will find the best 100 Chrome extensions for all your browsing needs.We’ve taken the effort to categorize the extensions and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.
By Category:
Bookmarking Browsing Aids Developers Email
Maps / Weather Mobile Music / Video News / Feeds
Productivity Security Shopping Social Stuff
Tab Management


DiigoA perfect tool for students/researchers. Diigo lets you highlight, sticky, share and save web pages for organization.Download Read Later FastRead selected content both online and offline. It includes an excellent interface for organization of content you want to save quickly and easily.Download XmarksXmarks syncs your data across both computers and browsers. With Xmarks, you’ll also be just a few clicks away from your bookmarks, passwords and tabs.Download

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Browsing Aids

AutopagerWith Autopager, the next page on a website is loaded automatically as you scroll. Won’t work with every site but is compatible with many, including The New York Times, Google, and Amazon.Download Clickable LinksThis extension automatically detects and turns any link text into a hyperlink.Download Download AssistantDownload Assistant lets you use third party download managers in place of the default manager in Chrome.Download
FlashBlockAs the name suggests, this extensions will block Flash from running in Chrome. You can whitelist sites, however, so that Flash isn’t blocked when it is crucial.Download URL Shortener This handy extension lets you shorten URLs with Google URL shortener from the browser itself.Download Hover ZoomHover Zoom solves this by making images larger when you hover your cursor over them.Download
Plain ClothesPlain Clothes reduces webpages to a less attractive, but simpler, format.Download StylishStylish lets a user add their own style elements to a website and the save them. The opposite of Plain Clothes.Download ReadabilityThis extension cuts fancy features and sexy styles and enhances the text, but only when you want it to.Download
Bubble TranslateBubble Translate allows you to translate specific text on a web page immediately.Download Google Dictionary by GoogleWant to know what that word means? Just double click! A definition will appear in a pop-up bubble. A number of major languages are supported.Download Google Quick ScrollAutomatically highlights the text on a site that was relevant to your search and scrolling directly to it.Download

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Developer Tools

colorPicker 0.9ColorPicker 0.9 lets you experiment with colour and hex codes.Download IETabIETab helps developers who enjoy Chrome see what their sites look like in IE. Simple, but crucial.Download Image Properties Context MenuDisplays the properties of an image and makes that information easier to access.Download
IP AddressWith this extension, you can find out your IP in the blink of an eye.Download PageRank StatusWhat’s the PageRank of your site? This extension will help you keep track of your site’s performance from the Chrome toolbar.Download PenduleConsider Pendule to be a toolbox. It can validate code, disable style elements on the fly, show hidden page elements, and much more. Must-have for serious developers.Download
QR Code GeneratorWant to let a visitor send something to their mobile device? This extension will create QR codes with no fuss.Download Speed Tracer (by Google)Web page performance can impact its ranking in Google. This tool will help you see how your site’s load times fair, and provide what you need to find the culprits behind slow performance.Download WhatFont?See a font that you like? Use WhatFont and discover what font it is in seconds.Download
ZemantaZemanta is a blogging dashboard designed for bloggers who frequently make reference to other online content. It supports popular blog platforms including WordPress, TypePad and Blogger.Download

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WiseStampWiseStamp makes it easier to send out a signature with your social networking information with all of your emails or just some, if that is what you prefer.Download Minimalist for GmailAllows you to disable entire features, change colors, and more in Gmail.Download Boomerang for GmailDo you know that you need to send an email, but you won’t be near your PC? Boomerang adds email scheduling functionality to Gmail.Download
RapportiveRapportive searches and displays available information about your email contact, including their occupation, photo, and even location.Download Offline Google MailAnother extension that fills the gap between Gmail and traditional email clients.Download Send From Gmail (by Google)Allows you to compose email in Gmail whenever you click on an email address. Quite handy, and works smoothly.Download
X-NotifierReceive Android alerts when you receive email from a variety of services including AOL, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo.Download

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Maps and Weather

Full Screen Google MapsThis is an excellent extension lets you make Google Maps full screen. Great for browsing Maps.Download Rain AlarmThinking of going for a walk, but don’t want to get rained on? Rain Alarm can help by alerting you when precipitation is incoming. It tracks snow, too.Download Weather Watcher LiveThis simple weather extension adds a real-time temperature readout to Chrome, which can be clicked for additional local weather information.Download
QuickrrClick on the Quickrr icon, enter the search term, and you’ll be directed to Google Maps search results instantly.Download

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Android Push ContactsPush, shove, and send contacts from your browser to your phone. You can even send SMS messages straight from your computer.Download MightyTextAnother way to send SMS messages to and from your Android while using Chrome. Requires its smartphone counterpart.Download Chrome to PhoneWant to open a link on your phone, but don’t want the hassle of emailing it? Chrome to Phone can help.Download

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Music / Video

AnesidoraLike Pandora? Don’t want to keep it open in a tab while listening? Anesidora can help by building Internet radio straight in to Chrome.Download Videos Another un-styling extension focused on YouTube and Amazon video. It eliminates almost everything on a page except for the video itself.Download Auto HD for YoutubeThe name says it all. With Auto HD, you’ll never have to mess with YouTube resolution settings again.Download
IllimutixGreat extension for those who download videos online. It bypasses the free usage restrictions of sites like MegaVideo.Download Radio Player LiveBored with Pandora? Radio Player Live is a multi-channel online radio player. You’ll need to download additional plug-ins, but the effort is worthwhile.Download Turn Off The LightsThis extension solves the problem of videos embedded on light backgrounds with a single mouse click.Download
Xbox Live DashboardThis Chrome dashboard will let you go on Xbox Live. It includes a friends list and allows for reading and replying to messages.Download YouTube OptionsNo surprises here. With YouTube Options you’re able to make change how the site looks or disable certain video features, such as annotations.Download

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News and Feeds

FeedlyThis extension organizes feeds into an attractive thumbnail-and-headline centered format.Download Google AlerterNeed to be notified of the latest events from multiple sources? Google Alerter draws information from Google Reader, Gmail, Voice and Wave at once.Download iReaderDespite the name, this as nothing to do with Apple. It’s a reader that strips out extraneous page elements and allows users to view multiple feeds at once.Download
NewsSquaresThis feed reader organizes feeds visually in your web browser. It’s the most attractive reader around, very functional.Download RSS Subscription Extension (by Google)A must-have for anyone who uses RSS. Automatically places a RSS subscription button in the browser when you visit a page that supports RSS.Download UnburnerUnburner removes junk data from RSS subscriptions. You’ll no longer have to slog through Feedburner code you don’t need to see.Download
Minimalist for Google ReaderMinimalist for Google Reader can significantly clean up the interface and completely customizable.Download

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Send to Google DocsThis extension lets you save websites using your Google Account and sends it to Google Docs and is thus accessible from any PC.Download StayFocusedStayFocused can help by providing an on-screen timer and alerting you when you’ve wasted more time than you’d wanted.Download Sumo PaintSumo Paint is a web-only image editor. It is free, quick, and acts as a real web app.Download
Time TrackerLogs how much time you spend on various websites. Keeps track of your productivity if you don’t have a boss leering over your back.Download Write SpaceThis text editor is easy to use, and the app is entirely self-contained and offline, so it can be used at any time on any computer with Chrome.Download Webpage ScreenshotTakes a PNG/JPG image of a website which can then be shared. Because it captures an image, the content you share can’t be changed, altered or taken down.Download
Minimalist for Google CalendarMuch like the Gmail extension, Minimalist offers a wide range of customizations for Google Calendar.Download Awesome ScreenshotAwesome Screenshot makes it possible to capture all or part of a webpage as an image, then annotate or apply basic edits if you desire.Download Cloud SaveSave online content using the cloud service or services of your choice. Save links, images and more by right clicking and using the new menu option.Download
Quick NoteQuick Note allows you to type and organize notes online, then access them on other computers with your Diigo account.Download Mega ButtonMega Button acts a simple interface improvement that makes many features of Chrome accessible from a single “mega” button.Download Smooth GesturesSmooth Gestures makes it even easier to navigate your browser through mouse gestures. Many functions are available, and gestures can be customized.Download

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Click&CleanThis extension clean your hard disk, scan for malware, erase temporary files, and much more.Download GhosteryGhostery takes the veil off the web, exposing tracking cookies, hidden page elements, and much more.Download Hide My Ass! Web ProxySometimes you may want to bypass site restrictions or browser the web anonymously. Hide My Ass! can help by sending your connection through a proxy server.Download
LastPassSaves and encrypts your passwords on the LastPass web server. Log in to websites with a single click.Download Personal Blocklist (by Google)Frankly, this should be included by default. It adds the ability to block websites that you find suspicious (or just annoying) at any time. They’ll no longer appear in search results.Download ScriptNoTired of websites running scripts without permission? ScriptNo can fix that by blocking some or all of them.Download
ViewThruWith ViewThru, you’ll be able to see the full site URL before clicking on any shorted link, which can be a huge benefit in terms of security.Download Web of TrustWeb of Trust rates websites based on the experiences of others, so you can avoid sites that are known to be harmful and stick to those known to be legit.Download

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Add to Amazon Wish List Wse this extension to add anything you want to your Amazon wish list. Wish List is also available on most smartphones via Amazon’s mobile app.Download Currency Converter Looking to buy something from a store that doesn’t use your currency? Currency Converter supports most world currencies and can convert to multiple currencies at once.Download eBay Extension for Chrome This official eBay extension is essential for anyone who uses the site frequently. It notifies you have new bids, allows for easy auction monitoring, and much more.Download
OokongOf the several Amazon price trackers on the market, this is the best. It provides a clear and accurate price history for items on Amazon.Download PriceBlinkPriceBlink’s big advantage is that it is cross-platform and cross-store. It will help you find pricing on products from multiple stores.Download

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Social Stuff

AmplifyAmplify lifts character limits in social networks and makes it easier to share blog posts. And as a bonus, clips you share can be viewed later in the Amplog.Download Buffer for ChromeBuffer helps by putting your tweets in a queue and sending them out over time. You can write many tweets at once, and then have them sent throughout the day.Download Facebook for ChromeThis unofficial extension brings Facebook features to the Chrome interface. Must-have for anyone who frequently checks the news feed or uses the chat features.Download
No Theater Facebook Image GalleryRemoves the newer Facebook Image Gallery in favor of the older solution, where each image was displayed on its own page.Download Pigeon CarrierPigeon Carrier makes it possible to share files over Twitter using your Dropbox account. Share files in your tweets by clicking the Add Attachment button.Download Reddit CompanionA must-have for any Reddit fan, this extension places site functions such as vote, save and more in the Chrome interface.Download
Replies and More for Google+Want to reply to someone who has posted an update on Google+? This extension adds Reply and Reply to Author links, as well as a few other seemingly random enhancements.Download SilverbirdOnce installed, Silverbird makes it possible to access Twitter functions from a button in the Chrome interface.Download ShareaholicThis simple link sharing extension can connect with a number of social networking services including Facebook, Twitter, Evernote and more.Download
SurplusSurplus provides access to Google Plus in Chrome through an interface button. Desktop notifications are also available.Download TweetDeckAnother alternative Twitter interface, TweetDeck works in full screen and re-arranges the interface so you can see more at once.Download G+me for Google+Like Google+, but feeling a bit overwhelmed by the updates to your stream? G+me simplifies this by making comments collapsible. Also adds notification features that will help you stay informe.Download
eBuddy Web MessengerJust a nice, unified web messenger built in to Chrome. It supports Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, FaceBook Chat, AIM and more.Download ImgurAdd screenshots, photos and other images to your Imgur account directly from Chrome.Download

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Tab Management

MuteTabIt lets you mute audio from as many tabs as you’d want, so you can listen to what you want to without interference from other sites.Download Reload All TabsReloads all open tabs. Obviously, that’s much quicker than reloading each tab individually, so this is a must-have for serious tabaholics.Download TabCloudTab Cloud lets you transfer your browsing session from one computer to another. You can also see saved sessions with a built-in interface.Download
Tabs ExposeThis extension provides an alternative tab interface that includes thumbnail previews. It’s a good choice for users who keep 5-20 tabs open at once.Download TabsPlusTabsPlus lets you modify the default behaviors of tabs. You can change what happens when a new tab is opened, or the tab Chrome will switch to when you close an open tab.Download Tab ScissorsSnip! Now your single browser window is cut in two. This is an awesome extension for people who need to compare websites or online documents side-by-side.Download
TooManyTabsDesigned for people who keep 20+ tabs open at a time, this extension offers a unique tiled tab interface, tab search, tab restore, and much more.Download Speed DialSpeed Dial replicates the functionality of the New Tab page, but allows for customization. Specific sites can be added or removed.Download

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Disclaimer: All extensions listed were thoroughly reviewed. MakeUseOf is not responsible for any damage and/or data loss that might result from use of any of the above mentioned extensions.


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