45+ Best Chrome Extensions You Must Have

Google started working on a browser in 2006. The aim was to deliver a fast and simple user experience. Today, Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. In 2009, Google enabled extension by default on Chrome’s developer channel. At present, Chrome is packed with thousands of extensions with almost all sorts of functionality and features.
In this article, you will find some best chrome extensions that will help you enhance your browsing experience with Chrome.  We have categorized a long list according to Accessibility, Browsing, Shopping, Photos, Fun, Social, Developers, Security, News and Weather. The list includes only the best ones, to get the most out of your daily browsing.

Accessibility and Browsing

1. Adblock Plus

adblock plus

Adblock Plus helps you surf websites without annoying ads. It blocks video ads, banners and pop ups on almost all websites including Facebook and YouTube. The only con is, you might find few websites or script broken while using this extension.

2. HD for YouTube

HD for YouTube

Wanna watch all YouTube videos in HD? Install this extension and it will automatically switch all videos in their highest resolution format. No annoying icon, No rebuffering and No reloading.

3. TooManyTabs

TooManyTabs

TooManyTabs extension designed for people who keep more than 15 tabs open at a time. It provides a unique tab interface, title, search and improves your browsing,

4. Hover Zoom

hover zoom

Hover Zoom lets you quickly view thumbnails at full size on mouse hover. It works with numerous sites including Flickr, Facebook, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Bing, Google images, Google+, Deviantart and many more.

5. Google Dictionary

Google Dictionary

Don’t know what the word means? Google dictionary will tell you with just a double click on the word. It will tell you the complete definition in a small pop-up. Also, it supports over 10 languages.

6. Save To Google Drive

Save to Google Drive

This extension allows you to save web content or screenshot directly to the Google Drive.

7. Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop allows another user (from any device like smartphone, tab PC) to access your computer securely via internet.

8. Speed Dial [FVD]

Speed Dial [FVD]

Speed Dial replaces old tab pages with 3d speed dial and predefined images and lets you synchronize or organize your bookmark, groups and most visited.

9. Hacker Vision

hacker vision

Hacker Vision saves your eyes with dark background and light colored text. You can apply a high contrast dark theme to all websites.

10. Project Naptha

Project Naptha

Project Naptha is the simple way to highlight, edit, copy or translate text present in the image on the web.

11. StayFocusd

StayFocusd

StafFocusd increased your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on website which is not useful for you. For example, it alerts you if you spend more than enough time on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc.

12. Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is spell and grammar checker tool that makes your article or sentence structure, spelling, grammar, and punctuation error free.

13. Linkclump

Linkclump

Linkclump allows you to open, bookmark or copy multiple links at the same time.

14. Awesome New Tab Page

Awesome New Tab Page

With Awesome New Tab Page you can replace the default new tab with attractive, tile based interface with ultimate customizability and power.

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Fun, Social and Photography

15. Instant Music

instant music

Pick a genre, select number of songs and play right away. It plays all latest and famous songs instantly for free.

16. Netflix Enhancer

Netflix Enhancer

Get movie trailers and IMDB/RT ratings with just a single click on Netflix Enhancer.

17. Instagram for Chrome

Instagram for Chrome

Access Instagram directly from your browser. The interface makes it easy to comment, like or browse all the pictures from your feed.

18. Send from Gmail

Send from Gmail

This extension adds a button in toolbar to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.

19. PhotoMania

PhotoMania

PhotoMania allows you to create compelling effects (400+) and edit any online photo.

20. Google +1 Button

Google +1 Button

+1 or Share a web page anywhere you go on the web, with just a single click.

21. Photo Zoom for Facebook

Photo Zoom for Facebook

Photo Zoom is a simple and lightweight extension that provides you the amazing way to view photos on Facebook.

22. Hangouts

Hangouts

Do one to one or group conversations, video calls, get notification, keep record of previous calls/activity, and much more direct from hangout chrome toolbar.

For Developers

23. Firebug Lite for Google Chrome

firebug lite

Firebug lite provides rich visual representation especially for DOM elements, HTML elements and Box model shading.

24. Check My Links

Check My Links

As the name suggests, it’s a link checker tool that crawls your homepage and looks for broken links.

25. Web Timer

Web Timer

Web Timer lets you track your own activity i.e. how you spend time on the Internet.

26. Page Ruler

page ruler

Draw a ruler on any webpage to get positioning, pixel dimension and to measure elements.

27. Minimalist for Everything

Minimalist for Everything

This extension provides powerful and easy option to develop and deploy custom styles and scripts.

28. Alexa Traffic Rank

alexa rank

This is an official extension by Alexa that provides site rank, number of links and other important information with just a single click.

29. IE Tab

IE tab

IE tab extension display web pages using internet explorer rendering engine within chrome.

30. Web Developers

Web Developer

It adds a toolbar button with numerous web developer tools.

31. Resolution Test

Resolution Test

The extension is to test web pages in different resolution, with an option to define custom resolutions.

32. Speed Tracer (by Google)

speed tracer

Speed tracer is a tool for developers to identify and fix performance problem in any web page.

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News and Weather

33. TV for Google Chrome

TV for chrome

This is a TV extension that literally converts your browser into World television. 2780 live TV channels are available (for free) sorted by country and category.

34. RSS Feed Reader

RSS Feed reader

Rss Feed Reader allows you to track latest Atom and RSS feeds direct from the toolbar.

35. Nice Day

Nice day

Nice Day provides city weather forecast information. It automatically searches your address and locates cities with their detailed weather data including weather condition, temperature, wind speed and direction.

36. Finance Toolbar

Finance Toolbar

Finance Toolbar shows you the real time stock market information. The latest, manually selected stock details will be displayed in the dynamic scrolling bar.

Shopping

37. The Camelizer

The Camelizer

The Camelizer allows you to track price history of any product and watch their prices change. At present, it supports Amazon, Newegg and Best Buy.

38. eBay Extension

eBay

This is official plugin by eBay which is very useful for frequent eBay users. It notifies you when you have new bids, allows easy auction monitoring and more.

39. DealPly Shopping

DealPly Shopping

DealPly Shopping is developed to save your money. It provides you great bargains and coupons in real time that are relevant to the websites you visit.

40. InvisibleHand

InvisibleHand

InvisibleHand gives you the lowest price link whatever you are buying. It supports over 200 retailers in UK, US and Germany plus popular airlines and travel sites.

Security

41. Click&Clean

Click&Clean

Delete typed URLs, cookies, downloads, browsing history, cache with just a single click on Click&Clean. Moreover, you can scan your PC for malware and clean up hard drives and free up more disk space.

42. LastPass

LastPass

LastPass saves all your passwords and gives you secure access from any device. You just need to remember one LastPass master password and it will autologin and synchronize all your passwords everywhere you need them.

43. ZenMate

ZenMate

ZenMate unblock websites, encrypts your browser traffic, and provides protection to all integrated devices and public/private WiFi network.

44. DoNotTrackMe

DoNotTrackMe

DoNotTrackMe is extremely helpful as it protects your privacy and stop advertisers/websites from tracking your browsing data and sending you spam emails/messages.

45. WOT: Web of Trust

WOT - Essential and Best Chrome Extensions

WOT rates websites based on their reputation and reviews. It helps you make informed decision whether to trust the website or not for crucial activities like download files and transactions.

46. Avast! Online Security

avast

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Avast collects data on phishing sites and warns if you visit them. It also warns if you visit a website with a bad reputation and enables you to rate any website to help other users.

Written by
Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received M.tech degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at varunkmr09@gmail.com. 

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