I want to install chrome extensions in chrome browser through Terminal instead of doing in GUI. Is there any way to install the extensions from Terminal?


3 Answers 3


Here is the script, you gonna need extension ids, they can be found in the address bar when you go to the details of the extension on the market or at chrome://extensions. The script will also install chrome if it is not installed, remove the middle part if that's not needed.

  1. Save this script to the install-chrome.sh file:

    install_chrome_extension () {
      mkdir -p "$preferences_dir_path"
      echo "{" > "$pref_file_path"
      echo "  \"external_update_url\": \"$upd_url\"" >> "$pref_file_path"
      echo "}" >> "$pref_file_path"
      echo Added \""$pref_file_path"\" ["$2"]
    if ! which "google-chrome" ; then
      wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub \
      | sudo apt-key add -
      echo 'deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main' \
      | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
      echo Chrome already installed
    install_chrome_extension "cfhdojbkjhnklbpkdaibdccddilifddb" "adblock plus"
    install_chrome_extension "fmkadmapgofadopljbjfkapdkoienihi" "react dev tools"
    install_chrome_extension "anmidgajdonkgmmilbccfefkfieajakd" "save pinned tabs"
    install_chrome_extension "dbepggeogbaibhgnhhndojpepiihcmeb" "vimium"
  2. Run

    sudo bash install-chrome.sh
  3. Restart chrome.

More scripts at https://github.com/grabantot/scripts

  • 1
    You could simplify those three echos greatly with printf: printf '{\n "external_update_url": "%s"\n}\n' "$upd_url" > "$pref_file_path"
    – wjandrea
    Mar 10, 2019 at 19:55
  • @grabantot Is there any way so that the startup page for adblocker can be avoided?
    – Jishan
    Dec 3, 2019 at 20:23
  • Hi, thanks for your sharing, I have a question, can the script install the plugins to a specific Google account? If I open 2 browsers, one is using account1, and the other is using account2, how does the script know in which browser the extensions should install?
    – skyline
    May 23, 2021 at 16:19

As in Google Chrome Documentations

Alternative extension installation methods : Using a preferences JSON file


  • Extension's ID
  • latest Google Chrome install

here a script example (run with root privileges):


# install extensions via terminal

# fill the array with the needed extensions 
# key=["extension_name"] value="extension_ID"

declare -A EXTlist=(
for i in "${!EXTlist[@]}"; do
    # echo "Key: $i value: ${EXTlist[$i]}"
    echo '{"external_update_url": "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"}' > /opt/google/chrome/extensions/${EXTlist[$i]}.json

  • close and reopen chrome and you will find the chosen extensions on all profiles
  • remember to use the flag --no-first-run if you want to avoid the extensions first run pop ups

For Linux the extension get stored under : /opt/google/chrome/extensions/ For install a Chrome extension (unpacked), use this command in terminal;

<path to chrome> --load-extension=<path to extension directory>

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    Hi @Akhil thanks for your response, can you please give an example with the proper commands. Because am unable to find /opt/google/chrome/extensions/
    – Rajendra
    Aug 8, 2018 at 21:48

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