Suppose you need to install an extension for Chrome, but for some reason you can’t access internet from Chrome itself… Easy, you just need to get the CRX file that contains the extension bundle, right? The trouble is, you can’t easily get this file if you’re browsing the extension gallery with anything other than Chrome.
Here’s how I did it:
- Find the ID of the extension you’re interested in. When on the details page of the extension, it will be something like “bfbmjmiodbnnpllbbbfblcplfjjepjdn” after “https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/” in the page URL
- Paste this URL into your browser: “https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx?response=redirect&x=id%3D____%26uc” replacing ____ with the extension ID.
- You’ll be prompted to save a CRX file. Drag this file to a Chrome window and proceed with installation