Welcome What's new in Chrome extensions API reference Samples
Welcome What's new in Chrome extensions API reference Samples

Manifest - Version

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The Chrome Web Store no longer accepts Manifest V2 extensions. Please use Manifest V3 when building new extensions. You will find a section on upgrading in the navigation tree at the left, including the Manifest V2 support timeline.

One to four dot-separated integers identifying the version of this extension. A couple of rules apply to the integers: they must be between 0 and 65535, inclusive, and non-zero integers can't start with 0. For example, 99999 and 032 are both invalid.

Here are some examples of valid versions:

  • "version": "1"
  • "version": "1.0"
  • "version": "2.10.2"
  • "version": ""

The autoupdate system compares versions to determine whether an installed extension needs to be updated. If the published extension has a newer version string than the installed extension, then the extension is automatically updated.

The comparison starts with the leftmost integers. If those integers are equal, the integers to the right are compared, and so on. For example, 1.2.0 is a newer version than

A missing integer is equal to zero. For example, is newer than 1.1 and is older than 1.2.

For more information, see Autoupdating.

Version Name

In addition to the version field, which is used for update purposes, version_name can be set to a descriptive version string and will be used for display purposes if present.

Here are some examples of version names:

  • "version_name": "1.0 beta"
  • "version_name": "build rc2"
  • "version_name": ""

If no version_name is present, the version field will be used for display purposes as well.

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