How To Enable Extension Syncing In Chrome (AKA: The Holy Grail Of Browser Sync Is Here)

Long have we searched for an easy way to sync browser extensions across multiple machines, and for Chrome users that day has finally come. If you're running the Dev channel, here's how you can easily enable extension syncing.

Google Chrome has had bookmark, preference and theme syncing for awhile, but today's Dev channel update introduced the most heavily anticipated syncing feature to the list: extension syncing. Just like your bookmarks or preferences, after enabling extension syncing, any copy of Chrome on which you are logged into your Google Account will have the same extensions as your other machines — so from now on, you only have to download, install and configure them once.

To enable the feature, download the dev build (if you haven't already) and right click on its shortcut. Choose "Properties" and in the target box, add — enable-sync-extensions to the end of the line (outside of the quotes). From now on, using that shortcut to launch Chrome will have extension syncing enabled. (We're especially eager to see it enabled by default down the road.) Launching Chrome with a command line switch is a bit more complicated on Mac, but the folks over at MacOSXHints have created a handy script that will launch Chrome with extra features enabled without having to do it through the Terminal every time. The new build also includes some bug fixes and other features, so hit the link to see the full changelog.

Dev Channel Update [Google Chrome Releases]


Comments

    Yo, does anyone know why my chrome is reporting it's up to date on the dev channel, but it's stuck on version 6.0.427.0??

    I even downloaded it again to no avail :(

      Andrew, Same problem here. It's because of:
      Note: We've temporarily stopped the Dev channel push while we investigate some crashes.

      So hopefully it will be resolved soon and we can get our extension-sync on =)

        MAN!! :( I knew this feature was coming.. I was even googling it last night, because i was on another machine and needed some extensions on there!! I guess i missed that hour window where it was active :(

        Judging from some of the comments on the release page "buggiest build ever" etc, its probably a good thing you missed it. Loads of websites causing crashes apparently (engadget probably being the most well know).

        I too have been pining for this feature for a while. I'm sick of bookmarking extensions while im at work and trying to remember to install them when I get home... on all my computers <_<

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