Manage Chrome Browser extensions in the Admin console

For administrators who enroll Windows, Mac, or Linux computers in Chrome Browser Cloud Management.

When you manage enrolled Chrome Browsers from your Admin console, you can see details about your users' installed extensions, on the Browser extensions list.

See Chrome Browser extensions

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Device managementand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Device management on the Home page, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click the Browser extensions list.

Review extensions on browsers you manage

You can view the following details for each extension installed across the browsers you manage.

Click an extension to see details including the extension ID, a link to view it in the Chrome Web Store (if applicable), and a list of its requested permissions.

Extension information

Description

Extension name The name and icon of the extension.
Version The version of the extension that's installed. If there are multiple versions of the same extension installed across browsers you manage, they will appear in separate rows in the table.
Install type

Describes how the extension was installed, including:

  • admin:—Extension installed because of an admin policy.
  • development:—extension loaded unpacked in developer mode.
  • normal:—extension installed normally by a .crx file.
  • sideload:—extension installed by other software on the machine.
  • other:—extension installed by other means.
  • multiple:—extension installed different ways on different browsers or user accounts.
Installed Number of browsers on which the given version of the extension is installed. Includes the count of disabled and force-installed extensions.
Disabled Number of browsers on which the given version of the extension is installed, but disabled.
Forced Number of browsers where the given version of the extension is force-installed by the administrator.
Permissions The number of permissions requested by the extension. If you click any row, a side-panel will describe each of the permissions requested.

Force-install or block an extension

You can block or force-install any extension in the list directly from this page. Hover over a row and you will see the option to Block or Force-install an extension. 

  • Block—Blocking an extension removes it from all browsers in the selected organizational unit. No browsers in the organizational unit will be able to install the extension.
  • Force-install—Force-installing an extension will install the extension on all browsers in the selected organizational unit. No browsers in the organizational unit will be able to uninstall or disable the extension.

Search for extensions

Use the search box to search for specific extensions. By default, a search term will search across the name, version, and extension ID, but you can restrict your search to a specific field by using an operator. For example, to search only for extensions with the notifications permission, search for "permission:notifications". Searches are case insensitive.

Search operator Description
id Matches the given string against the ID in the extension side panel.
Example: id:abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
version Matches the version of the extension.
Example: version:1.1 will show extensions with version 1.1 as well as 1.1.5
name Matches the name of the extension. You can enclose multiple words in quotes to search for a phrase.
Example: name:gmail
Example: name:"google drive"
permission Matches the permissions listed in the extensions side panel. Each term must completely match a permission. You can enclose multiple words in quotes to search for a phrase.
Example: permission:identity permission:management will show extensions with both the identity and management permissions
install_type Matches how an extension was installed.
Example: install_type:admin
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