How to auto update Google Chrome extensions


Google Chrome introduced extensions allowing users to add more functionality by installing different Chrome extension like to see latest cricket scores, check webpage page rank and much more. If you happen to install lot of Chrome extensions, make sure you update those extensions using manual or automatic extensions update methods.

Manual method to update Chrome extensions

1. Launch Google Chrome browser on the computer. Then click on icon at top right and goto Tools > Extensions option (or type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar). This will open Extensions page showing all installed extension in the Chrome browser.


2.. Click on ‘update extensions now’ button at top right. This will automatically download latest update to all extensions in the background. Just one click to update all extension installed in your Google Chrome browser, that is handy for sure.

Automatic way to update Chrome extensions

If you want automatic notifications for Chrome extensions updates within browser, then install Extensions Update Notifier. It display notifications for updates install to various extensions. It works for both active and disabled Chrome extensions.


You can always uninstall and remove Chrome extensions that are no longer required for use. Otherwise make sure installed Chrome extensions are updated for proper functionality.



  1. Chrome extensions do auto-update, and Extensions are not same as plugins.

  2. devnullius says

    Forgotten link for all the technical info (last 3 –>’s)


  3. ChrysWhyte says

    Secbrowsing is for PLUGINS not extentions.
    They are not the same.

    • devnullius says

      What is the difference…?

      From: –> “An additional info: At Chrome there is (up to now) no real difference between the word extension and plugin. Chrome plugins are just called “extension”.”

      From: –> no answer yet, but still an active discussion…

      —> “Typically, plugins such as Adobe Flash Player are not standardized and as such, cannot be sandboxed as tabs can be. These often need to run at, or above, the security level of the browser itself. To reduce exposure to attack, plugins are run in separate processes that communicate with the renderer, itself operating at “very low privileges” in dedicated per-tab processes. Plugins will need to be modified to operate within this software architecture while following the principle of least privilege.[15] Chrome supports the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI),[56] but does not support the embedding of ActiveX controls.[56] ”

      AND / OR / BUT : )

      —> “Version 4.0 was released for Windows on 25 January 2010, adding extension support, bookmark synchronization, improved developer tools, better HTML5 support, performance improvements, and increased security.[37][38]”


      —> ‘” Improved plugin performance and reliability. Spell checking for input fields. Improved web proxy performance and reliability. Tab and window management updates. “, for version 0.3 (2008-10-29).

      So in short… I THINK that plugins made by 3th parties to supply “default’ services for their properietair service (like flash, adobe, …). If not provided by the Chrome browser itself (like Flash with version 5), then it has to be run as an insecure process, managed outside the sandbox.

      Extensions on the other hand are written for the Chrome Extensions Galery. The sourcecode is public???? Viewable for other programmers??? And they can run INSIDE the sandbox???

      SO, if what I THINK actually is true… The question that remains is: IS THERE AN EXTENSION UPDATER for Chrome?? Not being a plugin updater like Secbrowsing extension…

      Feadback much appreciated!



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