5 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Dev Kumar Padhy Dev Kumar Padhy
Feb 19, 2021 6 min read
5 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Google Chrome is undoubtedly the most popular browser in the world. If you compare Google Chrome with other major browsers like Safari, Opera, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, it is far ahead of them in terms of user share.

In less than a decade, Chrome has managed to dominate well over 65% of the market share. One of the major factors for its exponential growth is its huge library of extensions that set it apart from the rest, especially for web developers and designers.

With every single update, Google tries to make Chrome better by fixing bugs and adding innovative functionalities. In addition, web developers also come up with useful chrome extensions.

Google Chrome extensions
Google Chrome extensions

If you’re a web developer the number of Chrome extensions you find on the store can make your workflow simpler and boost productivity for you?

We know what you’re thinking - how to know which extensions to pick?

Read this article to find out about all the extensions you would need as a web developer.

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Why use Chrome Extensions?
Web Developer - Developer Tool Extension
LambdaTest - Cross Browser Testing Extension
1Password
Pocket
OneTab
Google Chrome Extensions - FAQs
Conclusion

Why use Chrome Extensions?

Since a majority of people utilize the Chrome browser, designers and developers must make sure that the apps they create are fully compatible with it. In fact, most web developers use it as their main browser for development.

It doesn’t matter if you’re already using a variety of built-in developer tools, as the extensions compiled in the list below will definitely prove handy in your line of work.

Now you may remember that once upon a time Firefox extensions were all the rage but in terms of customizability, Chrome reigns king. When we compare both these browsers, Chrome offers more speed and advanced developer tools.

Being one of the leading browsers on Desktops, laptops, Android, and iOS platforms let’s dive into the list of the most essential extensions for web developers.

Web Developer - Developer Tool Extension

With more than a million users on the Chrome Web Store, Web Developer is a must-have extension.

This extension enables users to add a toolbar button to the Chrome web browser. When you click this button it shows a series of tools that can be used on any web page. These are divided into categories like forms, images, CSS, etc.

It allows users and developers to perform actions like resizing the browser window, disabling JavaScript, validating a page’s HTML, viewing metadata, and so on.

Simply install it and you will be amazed at the amount of information the extension provides for every site.

LambdaTest - Cross Browser Testing Extension

Web developers can use the LambdaTest Chrome extension to take complete page screenshots of website pages across varied desktop and mobile browsers with a single click. LambdaTest supports cross-browser compatibility tests of websites and pages.

You can take up to 25 automated screenshots of distinct operating systems and browser configurations at a time. This is useful if and when you find a UI anomaly. You can easily share it with your colleagues on your preferred project management tools.

LambdaTest Screenshot empowers you to perform cross-browser testing an efficient process and is certainly one of the best tools for testers, designers, and developers.

1Password

If you’re one of those people who are overwhelmed with keeping track of all your usernames and passwords for your online accounts, then you’re at the right place. Almost every website these days require a login and most people deal with this by using the same password across all their accounts. However, using the same password for all your accounts poses a huge security risk.

Here comes 1Passoword, a Windows/ Mac application and browser extension that makes it easy to generate unique and separate passwords for each of your accounts, but you only need to remember a single β€˜master’ password instead of all the passwords.

Pocket

A huge part of being a developer is to keep up with industry trends and practices. One of the ways to do that is to read a lot of articles that focus on current trends. But oftentimes, you might be too busy or simply forget to read it after you have a number of open tabs.

Google Chorme Pocket extension
Google Chorme Pocket extension

Pocket is an extension that lets you save articles easily so you can come back later to read it when you have time. It is essentially a β€˜bookmarks’ type of app where you can apply β€œtags” to articles t make it easier to find them when you need them.

You can use tags like web, mobile, development, exercise, design, etc. Then when you have time you can visit your pocket account and search by tags to find your reading list. This extension helps you sort out your priorities and puts all your reading materials in one place.

OneTab

One of the biggest problems people have while using Chrome, especially developers and designers is that they tend to work with a lot of open tabs. The problem with this is that having numerous open tabs will make it harder to read what they are and even harder to find the tabs you want.

Chrome is fast, but every browser has its limits. If you have a lot of tabs open, then it will undoubtedly slow down your entire computer. But you can easily avoid this problem using OneTab.

OneTab Chrome extension will save all your open tabs and then close your Chrome window to free up valuable system resources. It saves up to almost 95% of your memory and you can open these tabs by simply clicking on the OneTab button and restore it with ease. You may not use this extension daily, but it is great to use if you want to increase your productivity.

OneTab lets you save up to 95% memory
OneTab lets you save up to 95% memory

Google Chrome Extensions - FAQs

What are Google Chrome extensions?

Google Chrome Extensions are applications that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality, integration with third-party websites or services, and customized browsing experiences.

How can I set up Chrome for extension development?

As long as you are using a version of Chrome that supports extensions, you already have everything you need to start writing an extension of your own. You can start by turning on Developer mode.

Click the Chrome menu icon and select Extensions from the Tools menu. Ensure that the "Developer mode" checkbox in the top right-hand corner is checked. Now you can reload extensions, load an unpacked directory of files as if it were a packaged extension, and more. For a complete tutorial, see Getting Started.

What technologies are used to write extensions for Chrome?

Extensions are written using the same standard web technologies that developers use to create websites. HTML is used as a content markup language, CSS is used for styling, and JavaScript for scripting. Because Chrome supports HTML5 and CSS3, developers can use the latest open web technologies such as canvas and CSS animations in their extensions. Extensions also have access to several JavaScript APIs that help perform functions like JSON encoding and interacting with the browser.

Are extensions fetched from the web every time the browser is loaded?

Extensions are downloaded by the Chrome browser upon install and are subsequently run off of the local disk in order to speed up performance. However, if a new version of the extension is pushed online, it will be automatically downloaded in the background to any users who have the extension installed. Extensions may also make requests for remote content at any time, in order to interact with a web service or pull new content from the web.

Conclusion

If you are a web developer, then these extensions will be very useful to you. It will help you not only save time but boost your productivity to the next level. So go ahead and play around with these tools to find the ones suitable for you.

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