I use this extension called Website Blocker to discourage me from checking Gmail/Reddit. However, it is easy and tempting to open a New Incognito Window; since extensions are disabled in Incognito Mode, I'm still able to browse Gmail/Reddit while in Incognito.

Is there any way to disable Chrome's Incognito Mode in Ubuntu? Ideally, this would encourage me to use my smartphone as a dedicated Gmail/Reddit checker.


To disable incognito on chrome/chromium you need to edit the policies. Doing this will prevent you from opening an incognito window via Ctrl+Shift+n, and will also grey out the incognito window option in the options tab in the corner.

If you're using chrome, create the folder /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed. Or if you're using chromium, create the folder /etc/chromium/policies/managed.

Then create a file in that directory named test_policy.json. It can have any name you want, but it needs the extension to be .json.

Open it in your favorite editor and put:

    "IncognitoModeAvailability": 1

That should do it!

Source: http://www.chromium.org/administrators/linux-quick-start and http://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3

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    how about for chrome-unstable and chrome-beta ; do I need to make separate folders with the name chrome-unstable? This method no longer seems to work or to work with the beta versions of chrome. – Joshua Robison Aug 30 '15 at 5:29
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    Still works on Chromium version 45.0.2454.101 Ubuntu 15.04 (64-bit). – CodeMouse92 Nov 2 '15 at 18:04
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    Tip: use mkdir -p /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed, then cd to the same and create the file. You don't even need to reload chrome for it to take effect it seems! – Eloff Dec 31 '15 at 0:09
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    this does not seem to be working anymore, can anybody else report? – ubuntu_uk_user Apr 14 '16 at 13:23
  • @par: the same on Version 53.0.2785.143 Built on Ubuntu , running on Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit) – serv-inc Dec 1 '16 at 15:49

This doesn't directly answer your question, but rather than disabling incognito mode, you can instead enable the extension in incognito mode windows:

  1. Click the spanner icon and then pick Tools -> Extensions from the menu.
  2. Next to the extension you're interested in, click the expander arrow.
  3. Check the "Allow in incognito" check box that is revealed.

Now the extension will be active in future incognito mode windows you open.

The caveat is that if the extension stores any information about your browsing history, your incognito browsing habits may not be as private as before. If the extension simply blocks certain URLs from loading though, this might not be a concern.

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    Beat me to it :P Jason, use James' answer when you select an answer. He was here first :) @James, can I delete an answer without losing reputation? I don't want to have duplicate answers here clogging the page. – Ryan McClure Mar 27 '12 at 4:08
  • I can't see why deleting an answer would lose you any reputation. Punishing a user for tidying up their own content sounds like the opposite of how this site runs. – James Henstridge Mar 27 '12 at 5:16
  • Deleted it with no loss; thanks for your input. – Ryan McClure Mar 27 '12 at 5:42

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