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Learn how to create a Simple Chrome Extension

Learn how to create a Simple Chrome Extension

Lenin Kennedy
Β·Sep 9, 2021Β·

2 min read

Chrome Extensions

Extensions are small software programs that aim to enhance and extend your browsing experience.

How they work

Extensions are built on web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. They provide a UI and access the browser features like tabs, etc.

GitHub repo

Creating a Chrome Extension

In this blog, you will learn how to create a simple Hello World Chrome extension.

Prerequisites

  • none really, but some programming background might be helpful

1. Manifest.json

Every Chrome Extension has something called manifest.json which holds information such as its name, description, icon, permissions, service_worker, etc

Choose a directory you want to work in and create manifest.json and copy the following

{
  "name": "Hello World",
  "description": "My First Chrome Extension that shows up Hello World",
  "version": "1.0",
  "manifest_version": 3
}

In this extension, we have a popup html helloworld.html under "action" field

{
  "name": "Hello World",
  "description": "My First Chrome Extension that shows up Hello World",
  "version": "1.0",
  "manifest_version": 3,
  "action": {
    "default_popup": "helloworld.html"
  }
}

2. helloworld.html

Now we need to make helloworld.html in the same directory

<html>
<body>
    <h1>Hello World Through Chrome Extension!</h1> 
</body>
</html>

3. Installing and running

The last step is to install the extension on your local machine.

  1. Navigate to chrome://extensions in your browser.
  2. Check the box next to Developer Mode.
  3. Click Load Unpacked Extension and select the directory for your "Hello World" extension.

Now enable the extension if it isn't, and it should look something like this

1.png

Now if you click on the extension on the top right, you should see something like this

2.png

Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ You have successfully created your first Chrome extension.

Next Steps

Checkout the documentation if you want to dive deeper into Chrome Extensions.

Thanks for reading till the end!☺️

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