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New way to package Google Chrome extension

July 11, 2009 20:04 PDT

Google Chrome Dev version was updated to 3.0.193.0, there have been some breaking changes in the way Google Chrome installs an extension since version 3.0.189.0, this is a very important update, Chromium Team has been changed the way to package extension.

Extensions are packaged as signed zip files with the file extension "crx" (eg myextension.crx). With the old way, you must install Python 2.6+ on your computer and then download chromium_extension.py to package the extension. The new way needn't Python 2.6+ and chromium_extension.py, just do following steps:

1. Close all your Chrome windows.

2. Open a command line.

3. Type: <path-to-chrome>/chrome.exe --pack-extension=<extension-folder>

Screenshot: Package Google Chrome extension

Screenshot: Package Google Chrome extension

If you've developed an extension, you can learn how to repackage your extensions for Chrome v 3.0.189.0 in the packaging doc on Chromium developer site. Note that your extension ID will now be your public key, so you'll have to change any code that uses that.

If you're using an extension someone else has developed, you will have to reinstall it once the developer has repackaged it (as described above). We've already updated our sample extensions.

PageRank Status was updated to 2.0

I just updated PageRank Status to version 2.0, it's compatible with dev version 3.0.189.0 and 3.0.193.0 now.

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#1  posted on August 11, 2009 01:30 PDT
Anyone having trouble with this working?
I keep getting syntax is incorrect.. i have triple checked everything and cant see a problem
replied on August 11, 2009 06:04 PDT:
Hi Arum, did you try the extension sample from Chromium team?
http://dev.chromium.org/developers/design-documents/extensions/samples

#2  posted on May 27, 2010 09:10 PDT
local is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

now what to do.. i tried 5 -10 times and i got this error...

#3  posted on April 20, 2011 01:12 PDT
i have triple checked everything and cant see a problem

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