Hosting for Linux
Extensions hosted on a server outside of the
Chrome Web Store
can only be installed by Linux users.
This page describes how to serve
from a personal server.
If distributing an extension or theme solely through the
Chrome Web Store,
consult the store developer documentation.
Extensions and themes are served as
When uploading through the
Chrome Developer Dashboard,
the dashboard creates the
.crx file automatically.
If published on a personal server,
.crx file will need to be created locally,
as described in Packaging.
Autoupdate information can be included
to ensure users always have the latest copy.
A server that hosts
must use appropriate HTTP headers,
so that users can install the file
by clicking a link to it.
Google Chrome considers a file to be installable if either of the following is true:
The file has the content type
The file suffix is
.crxand both of the following are true:
The file is not served with
the HTTP header
The file is served
with one of the following content types:
- empty string
- The file is not served with the HTTP header
The most common reason for failing to recognize an installable file
is that the server sends the header
The second most common reason
is that the server sends an unknown content type—one
that isn't in the previous list.
To fix an HTTP header issue,
either change the configuration of the server
or try hosting the
.crx file at another server.