How to install Google Chrome extension on Firefox?

One of the much touted advantages of Firefox (and also Google chrome) is that you can easily enhance its functionality by downloading and installing what are known as extensions or add-ons.

Yes, it is true that Firefox has a very large repository of extensions. The newly introduced browser Google Chrome has also a growing add-on database and has some good extensions that Firefox misses.

If you wish to install a Google Chrome extension inside your Firefox, the add-on Google Chrome extension manager for Firefox will help you.chrome-addon-for-firefox

However, the installation is not an easy job and has no support for all extensions. You have to follow as described below after installing the extension (experimental) Google Chrome extension manager on Firefox.

  1. Download a Chrome extension using Google and extract the crx file.
  2. Go to your Firefox profile folder (C:Documents and Settings – {username} – Application Data – Mozilla – Firefox – Profiles – 86tc9fbi.default).
  3. Now go to the folder “extensions – googlechromeextensions@matoeil.fr – extensions.
  4. Create a folder here, name it has the extension key preferably (something like “okngcjknhihjbpiencaanffnfcdlafic” for example).
  5. Copy & paste content of previously extracted package into this new folder.
  6. That’s it. Just restart Firefox now.

If you click on the “tools” menu, “Google Chrome addons” submenu, you’ll see extensions currently installed. (via)

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

15 Comments

  1. TNX

    04/15/2010 at 8:41 am

    Yea! Quite exciting news… Really informative. Thanks a lot man for sharing.

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  3. Pubudu Kodikara

    04/15/2010 at 4:10 pm

    Bringing the power of Chrome to Firefox! :D Cool post mate :D

  4. Prajune

    04/16/2010 at 8:16 am

    Nice tutorial. Thanks a lot for this.

  5. Paul

    04/20/2010 at 2:23 pm

    Yes it is quite interesting to read such an article. Really nice tutorial….

    • Kannan

      04/21/2010 at 2:34 am

      Welcome Paul

  6. NoM

    04/20/2010 at 2:26 pm

    Nice tutorial dude.

  7. Ary

    05/29/2010 at 1:11 am

    Very interesting information. Thanks a lot for it

  8. Lee

    05/29/2010 at 1:14 am

    That’s interesting to read. And I think most of the Chrome’s add-ons are available for Firefox also?

    • Kannan

      05/29/2010 at 1:21 am

      Lee,
      thanks for reading and you are most welcom

  9. Arctura

    06/10/2010 at 10:51 am

    i don’t understand this part
    “Now go to the folder “extensions – googlechromeextensions@matoeil.fr – extensions.”
    i can’t find it on firefox’s directory nor the chrome’s

    • Kannan

      06/11/2010 at 3:16 pm

      Arctura,
      You must install the Firefox add-on Google Chrome Extension manager before doing.

      You can see ‘Extension’ directory inside ’86tc9fbi.default’ directory.

  10. QuiteJohn

    06/11/2010 at 7:16 am

    I still dont get it how to download chrome extensions without install it.

    • Kannan

      06/11/2010 at 3:19 pm

      You can download a Chrome extension only using Google Chrome.

  11. Adam

    09/03/2011 at 4:55 pm

    Problem… the actual firefox addon has been removed… :S

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