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How do I whitelist an extension in Chrome if Chrome Web Store is blocked in our company?

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How do I whitelist an extension in Chrome if Chrome Web Store is blocked in our company?
Answer
If Chrome Web Store is blocked, the extensions that came from there will be blacklisted. However, there is a workaround to that: you might whitelist the extension id in the system registry.

First of all, you need to find out the id of the extension you want to whitelist. To do this, open the chrome://extensions/ page and switch to "Details" for the desired extension. For example, the id of the SmartBear Test Extension is gmhjclgpamdccpomoomknemhmmialaae.

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To whitelist the extension, you need to add the corresponding value to the ExtensionInstallWhitelist registry key. For changing the registry values, you can use the Microsoft Registry Editor tool (regedit.exe). Please be very cautious while modifying the registry: if the changes are made incorrectly, the operating system may stop functioning.
  1. Locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome\ExtensionInstallWhitelist key. If this key does not exist, create it right under the Chrome node.
  2. Add a new String value to ExtensionInstallWhitelist. The name of the value is a number of the whitelisted extension (the numbers should be sequential - 1, 2, 3 etc.). The value data should coincide with the extension id.
  3. The changes should be effective once you relaunch Chrome.
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