chrome.tabs

Description: Use the chrome.tabs API to interact with the browser's tab system. You can use this API to create, modify, and rearrange tabs in the browser.
Availability: Since Chrome 5.
Permissions: The majority of the chrome.tabs API can be used without declaring any permission. However, the "tabs" permission is required in order to populate the url, title, and favIconUrl properties of Tab.

Manifest

You can use most chrome.tabs methods and events without declaring any permissions in the extension's manifest file. However, if you require access to the url, title, or favIconUrl properties of tabs.Tab, you must declare the "tabs" permission in the manifest, as shown below:

      {
        "name": "My extension",
        ...
        "permissions": [
          "tabs"
        ],
        ...
      }
      

Examples

Two tabs in a window
You can find simple examples of manipulating tabs with the chrome.tabs API in the examples/api/tabs directory. For other examples and for help in viewing the source code, see Samples.

Summary

Types
MutedInfoReason
MutedInfo
Tab
ZoomSettingsMode
ZoomSettingsScope
ZoomSettings
TabStatus
WindowType
Properties
TAB_ID_NONE
Methods
get chrome.tabs.get(integer tabId, function callback)
getCurrent chrome.tabs.getCurrent(function callback)
connect runtime.Port chrome.tabs.connect(integer tabId, object connectInfo)
sendRequest chrome.tabs.sendRequest(integer tabId, any request, function responseCallback)
sendMessage chrome.tabs.sendMessage(integer tabId, any message, object options, function responseCallback)
getSelected chrome.tabs.getSelected(integer windowId, function callback)
getAllInWindow chrome.tabs.getAllInWindow(integer windowId, function callback)
create chrome.tabs.create(object createProperties, function callback)
duplicate chrome.tabs.duplicate(integer tabId, function callback)
query chrome.tabs.query(object queryInfo, function callback)
highlight chrome.tabs.highlight(object highlightInfo, function callback)
update chrome.tabs.update(integer tabId, object updateProperties, function callback)
move chrome.tabs.move(integer or array of integer tabIds, object moveProperties, function callback)
reload chrome.tabs.reload(integer tabId, object reloadProperties, function callback)
remove chrome.tabs.remove(integer or array of integer tabIds, function callback)
detectLanguage chrome.tabs.detectLanguage(integer tabId, function callback)
captureVisibleTab chrome.tabs.captureVisibleTab(integer windowId, object options, function callback)
executeScript chrome.tabs.executeScript(integer tabId, object details, function callback)
insertCSS chrome.tabs.insertCSS(integer tabId, object details, function callback)
setZoom chrome.tabs.setZoom(integer tabId, double zoomFactor, function callback)
getZoom chrome.tabs.getZoom(integer tabId, function callback)
setZoomSettings chrome.tabs.setZoomSettings(integer tabId, ZoomSettings zoomSettings, function callback)
getZoomSettings chrome.tabs.getZoomSettings(integer tabId, function callback)
Events
onCreated
onUpdated
onMoved
onSelectionChanged
onActiveChanged
onActivated
onHighlightChanged
onHighlighted
onDetached
onAttached
onRemoved
onReplaced
onZoomChange

Types

MutedInfoReason

An event that caused a muted state change.
Enum
"user"
A user input action has set/overridden the muted state.
"capture"
Tab capture started, forcing a muted state change.
"extension"
An extension, identified by the extensionId field, set the muted state.

MutedInfo

Since Chrome 46. Warning: this is the current Dev channel. Learn more.

Tab muted state and the reason for the last state change.
properties
boolean muted

Whether the tab is prevented from playing sound (but hasn't necessarily recently produced sound). Equivalent to whether the muted audio indicator is showing.

MutedInfoReason (optional) reason

The reason the tab was muted or unmuted. Not set if the tab's mute state has never been changed.

string (optional) extensionId

The ID of the extension that changed the muted state. Not set if an extension was not the reason the muted state last changed.

Tab

properties
integer (optional) id

The ID of the tab. Tab IDs are unique within a browser session. Under some circumstances a Tab may not be assigned an ID, for example when querying foreign tabs using the sessions API, in which case a session ID may be present. Tab ID can also be set to chrome.tabs.TAB_ID_NONE for apps and devtools windows.

integer index

The zero-based index of the tab within its window.

integer windowId

The ID of the window the tab is contained within.

integer (optional) openerTabId

Since Chrome 18.

The ID of the tab that opened this tab, if any. This property is only present if the opener tab still exists.

boolean selected

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.Tab.highlighted.

Whether the tab is selected.

boolean highlighted

Since Chrome 16.

Whether the tab is highlighted.

boolean active

Since Chrome 16.

Whether the tab is active in its window. (Does not necessarily mean the window is focused.)

boolean pinned

Since Chrome 9.

Whether the tab is pinned.

boolean (optional) audible

Since Chrome 45.

Whether the tab has produced sound over the past couple of seconds (but it might not be heard if also muted). Equivalent to whether the speaker audio indicator is showing.

MutedInfo (optional) mutedInfo

Since Chrome 46. Warning: this is the current Dev channel. Learn more.

Current tab muted state and the reason for the last state change.

string (optional) url

The URL the tab is displaying. This property is only present if the extension's manifest includes the "tabs" permission.

string (optional) title

The title of the tab. This property is only present if the extension's manifest includes the "tabs" permission.

string (optional) favIconUrl

The URL of the tab's favicon. This property is only present if the extension's manifest includes the "tabs" permission. It may also be an empty string if the tab is loading.

string (optional) status

Either loading or complete.

boolean incognito

Whether the tab is in an incognito window.

integer (optional) width

Since Chrome 31.

The width of the tab in pixels.

integer (optional) height

Since Chrome 31.

The height of the tab in pixels.

string (optional) sessionId

Since Chrome 31.

The session ID used to uniquely identify a Tab obtained from the sessions API.

ZoomSettingsMode

Defines how zoom changes are handled, i.e. which entity is responsible for the actual scaling of the page; defaults to automatic.
Enum
"automatic"
Zoom changes are handled automatically by the browser.
"manual"
Overrides the automatic handling of zoom changes. The onZoomChange event will still be dispatched, and it is the responsibility of the extension to listen for this event and manually scale the page. This mode does not support per-origin zooming, and will thus ignore the scope zoom setting and assume per-tab.
"disabled"
Disables all zooming in the tab. The tab will revert to the default zoom level, and all attempted zoom changes will be ignored.

ZoomSettingsScope

Defines whether zoom changes will persist for the page's origin, or only take effect in this tab; defaults to per-origin when in automatic mode, and per-tab otherwise.
Enum
"per-origin"
Zoom changes will persist in the zoomed page's origin, i.e. all other tabs navigated to that same origin will be zoomed as well. Moreover, per-origin zoom changes are saved with the origin, meaning that when navigating to other pages in the same origin, they will all be zoomed to the same zoom factor. The per-origin scope is only available in the automatic mode.
"per-tab"
Zoom changes only take effect in this tab, and zoom changes in other tabs will not affect the zooming of this tab. Also, per-tab zoom changes are reset on navigation; navigating a tab will always load pages with their per-origin zoom factors.

ZoomSettings

Since Chrome 38.

Defines how zoom changes in a tab are handled and at what scope.
properties
ZoomSettingsMode (optional) mode

Defines how zoom changes are handled, i.e. which entity is responsible for the actual scaling of the page; defaults to automatic.

ZoomSettingsScope (optional) scope

Defines whether zoom changes will persist for the page's origin, or only take effect in this tab; defaults to per-origin when in automatic mode, and per-tab otherwise.

double (optional) defaultZoomFactor

Since Chrome 43.

Used to return the default zoom level for the current tab in calls to tabs.getZoomSettings.

TabStatus

Whether the tabs have completed loading.
Enum
"loading", or "complete"

WindowType

The type of window.
Enum
"normal", "popup", "panel", "app", or "devtools"

Properties

-1 chrome.tabs.TAB_ID_NONE

Since Chrome 46. Warning: this is the current Dev channel. Learn more.

An ID which represents the absence of a browser tab.

Methods

get

chrome.tabs.get(integer tabId, function callback)

Retrieves details about the specified tab.

Parameters
integer tabId
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab tab

getCurrent

chrome.tabs.getCurrent(function callback)

Gets the tab that this script call is being made from. May be undefined if called from a non-tab context (for example: a background page or popup view).

Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab (optional) tab

connect

runtime.Port chrome.tabs.connect(integer tabId, object connectInfo)

Connects to the content script(s) in the specified tab. The runtime.onConnect event is fired in each content script running in the specified tab for the current extension. For more details, see Content Script Messaging.

Parameters
integer tabId
object (optional) connectInfo
string (optional) name

Will be passed into onConnect for content scripts that are listening for the connection event.

integer (optional) frameId

Since Chrome 41.

Open a port to a specific frame identified by frameId instead of all frames in the tab.

sendRequest

chrome.tabs.sendRequest(integer tabId, any request, function responseCallback)

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use runtime.sendMessage.

Sends a single request to the content script(s) in the specified tab, with an optional callback to run when a response is sent back. The extension.onRequest event is fired in each content script running in the specified tab for the current extension.

Parameters
integer tabId
any request
function (optional) responseCallback

If you specify the responseCallback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function(any response) {...};
any response

The JSON response object sent by the handler of the request. If an error occurs while connecting to the specified tab, the callback will be called with no arguments and runtime.lastError will be set to the error message.

sendMessage

chrome.tabs.sendMessage(integer tabId, any message, object options, function responseCallback)

Since Chrome 20.

Sends a single message to the content script(s) in the specified tab, with an optional callback to run when a response is sent back. The runtime.onMessage event is fired in each content script running in the specified tab for the current extension.

Parameters
integer tabId
any message
object (optional) options

Since Chrome 41.

integer (optional) frameId

Send a message to a specific frame identified by frameId instead of all frames in the tab.

function (optional) responseCallback

If you specify the responseCallback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function(any response) {...};
any response

The JSON response object sent by the handler of the message. If an error occurs while connecting to the specified tab, the callback will be called with no arguments and runtime.lastError will be set to the error message.

getSelected

chrome.tabs.getSelected(integer windowId, function callback)

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.query {active: true}.

Gets the tab that is selected in the specified window.

Parameters
integer (optional) windowId

Defaults to the current window.

function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab tab

getAllInWindow

chrome.tabs.getAllInWindow(integer windowId, function callback)

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.query {windowId: windowId}.

Gets details about all tabs in the specified window.

Parameters
integer (optional) windowId

Defaults to the current window.

function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(array of Tab tabs) {...};
array of Tab tabs

create

chrome.tabs.create(object createProperties, function callback)

Creates a new tab.

Parameters
object createProperties
integer (optional) windowId

The window to create the new tab in. Defaults to the current window.

integer (optional) index

The position the tab should take in the window. The provided value will be clamped to between zero and the number of tabs in the window.

string (optional) url

The URL to navigate the tab to initially. Fully-qualified URLs must include a scheme (i.e. 'http://www.google.com', not 'www.google.com'). Relative URLs will be relative to the current page within the extension. Defaults to the New Tab Page.

boolean (optional) active

Since Chrome 16.

Whether the tab should become the active tab in the window. Does not affect whether the window is focused (see windows.update). Defaults to true.

boolean (optional) selected

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use active.

Whether the tab should become the selected tab in the window. Defaults to true

boolean (optional) pinned

Since Chrome 9.

Whether the tab should be pinned. Defaults to false

integer (optional) openerTabId

Since Chrome 18.

The ID of the tab that opened this tab. If specified, the opener tab must be in the same window as the newly created tab.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab tab

Details about the created tab. Will contain the ID of the new tab.

duplicate

chrome.tabs.duplicate(integer tabId, function callback)

Since Chrome 23.

Duplicates a tab.

Parameters
integer tabId

The ID of the tab which is to be duplicated.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab (optional) tab

Details about the duplicated tab. The tabs.Tab object doesn't contain url, title and favIconUrl if the "tabs" permission has not been requested.

query

chrome.tabs.query(object queryInfo, function callback)

Since Chrome 16.

Gets all tabs that have the specified properties, or all tabs if no properties are specified.

Parameters
object queryInfo
boolean (optional) active

Whether the tabs are active in their windows.

boolean (optional) pinned

Whether the tabs are pinned.

boolean (optional) audible

Since Chrome 45.

Whether the tabs are audible.

boolean (optional) muted

Since Chrome 45.

Whether the tabs are muted.

boolean (optional) highlighted

Whether the tabs are highlighted.

boolean (optional) currentWindow

Since Chrome 19.

Whether the tabs are in the current window.

boolean (optional) lastFocusedWindow

Since Chrome 19.

Whether the tabs are in the last focused window.

TabStatus (optional) status

Whether the tabs have completed loading.

string (optional) title

Match page titles against a pattern.

string or array of string (optional) url

Match tabs against one or more URL patterns. Note that fragment identifiers are not matched.

integer (optional) windowId

The ID of the parent window, or windows.WINDOW_ID_CURRENT for the current window.

WindowType (optional) windowType

The type of window the tabs are in.

integer (optional) index

Since Chrome 18.

The position of the tabs within their windows.

function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(array of Tab result) {...};
array of Tab result

highlight

chrome.tabs.highlight(object highlightInfo, function callback)

Since Chrome 16.

Highlights the given tabs.

Parameters
object highlightInfo
integer (optional) windowId

The window that contains the tabs.

array of integer or integer tabs

One or more tab indices to highlight.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function( windows.Window window) {...};
windows.Window window

Contains details about the window whose tabs were highlighted.

update

chrome.tabs.update(integer tabId, object updateProperties, function callback)

Modifies the properties of a tab. Properties that are not specified in updateProperties are not modified.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Defaults to the selected tab of the current window.

object updateProperties
string (optional) url

A URL to navigate the tab to.

boolean (optional) active

Since Chrome 16.

Whether the tab should be active. Does not affect whether the window is focused (see windows.update).

boolean (optional) highlighted

Since Chrome 16.

Adds or removes the tab from the current selection.

boolean (optional) selected

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use highlighted.

Whether the tab should be selected.

boolean (optional) pinned

Since Chrome 9.

Whether the tab should be pinned.

boolean (optional) muted

Since Chrome 45.

Whether the tab should be muted.

integer (optional) openerTabId

Since Chrome 18.

The ID of the tab that opened this tab. If specified, the opener tab must be in the same window as this tab.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab (optional) tab

Details about the updated tab. The tabs.Tab object doesn't contain url, title and favIconUrl if the "tabs" permission has not been requested.

move

chrome.tabs.move(integer or array of integer tabIds, object moveProperties, function callback)

Moves one or more tabs to a new position within its window, or to a new window. Note that tabs can only be moved to and from normal (window.type === "normal") windows.

Parameters
integer or array of integer tabIds

Since Chrome 16.

The tab or list of tabs to move.

object moveProperties
integer (optional) windowId

Defaults to the window the tab is currently in.

integer index

The position to move the window to. -1 will place the tab at the end of the window.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab or array of Tab tabs) {...};
Tab or array of Tab tabs

Details about the moved tabs.

reload

chrome.tabs.reload(integer tabId, object reloadProperties, function callback)

Since Chrome 16.

Reload a tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

The ID of the tab to reload; defaults to the selected tab of the current window.

object (optional) reloadProperties
boolean (optional) bypassCache

Whether using any local cache. Default is false.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function() {...};

remove

chrome.tabs.remove(integer or array of integer tabIds, function callback)

Closes one or more tabs.

Parameters
integer or array of integer tabIds

Since Chrome 16.

The tab or list of tabs to close.

function (optional) callback

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function() {...};

detectLanguage

chrome.tabs.detectLanguage(integer tabId, function callback)

Detects the primary language of the content in a tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Defaults to the active tab of the current window.

function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(string language) {...};
string language

An ISO language code such as en or fr. For a complete list of languages supported by this method, see kLanguageInfoTable. The 2nd to 4th columns will be checked and the first non-NULL value will be returned except for Simplified Chinese for which zh-CN will be returned. For an unknown language, und will be returned.

captureVisibleTab

chrome.tabs.captureVisibleTab(integer windowId, object options, function callback)

Captures the visible area of the currently active tab in the specified window. You must have <all_urls> permission to use this method.

Parameters
integer (optional) windowId

The target window. Defaults to the current window.

object (optional) options

Details about the format and quality of an image.

enum of "jpeg", or "png" (optional) format

The format of an image.

integer (optional) quality

When format is "jpeg", controls the quality of the resulting image. This value is ignored for PNG images. As quality is decreased, the resulting image will have more visual artifacts, and the number of bytes needed to store it will decrease.

function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(string dataUrl) {...};
string dataUrl

A data URL which encodes an image of the visible area of the captured tab. May be assigned to the 'src' property of an HTML Image element for display.

executeScript

chrome.tabs.executeScript(integer tabId, object details, function callback)

Injects JavaScript code into a page. For details, see the programmatic injection section of the content scripts doc.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

The ID of the tab in which to run the script; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

object details

Details of the script or CSS to inject. Either the code or the file property must be set, but both may not be set at the same time.

string (optional) code

JavaScript or CSS code to inject.

Warning:
Be careful using the code parameter. Incorrect use of it may open your extension to cross site scripting attacks.

string (optional) file

JavaScript or CSS file to inject.

boolean (optional) allFrames

If allFrames is true, implies that the JavaScript or CSS should be injected into all frames of current page. By default, it's false and is only injected into the top frame.

boolean (optional) matchAboutBlank

Since Chrome 39.

If matchAboutBlank is true, then the code is also injected in about:blank and about:srcdoc frames if your extension has access to its parent document. Code cannot be inserted in top-level about:-frames. By default it is false.

enum of "document_start", "document_end", or "document_idle" (optional) runAt

Since Chrome 20.

The soonest that the JavaScript or CSS will be injected into the tab.

function (optional) callback

Called after all the JavaScript has been executed.

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function(array of any result) {...};
array of any (optional) result

The result of the script in every injected frame.

insertCSS

chrome.tabs.insertCSS(integer tabId, object details, function callback)

Injects CSS into a page. For details, see the programmatic injection section of the content scripts doc.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

The ID of the tab in which to insert the CSS; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

object details

Details of the script or CSS to inject. Either the code or the file property must be set, but both may not be set at the same time.

string (optional) code

JavaScript or CSS code to inject.

Warning:
Be careful using the code parameter. Incorrect use of it may open your extension to cross site scripting attacks.

string (optional) file

JavaScript or CSS file to inject.

boolean (optional) allFrames

If allFrames is true, implies that the JavaScript or CSS should be injected into all frames of current page. By default, it's false and is only injected into the top frame.

boolean (optional) matchAboutBlank

Since Chrome 39.

If matchAboutBlank is true, then the code is also injected in about:blank and about:srcdoc frames if your extension has access to its parent document. Code cannot be inserted in top-level about:-frames. By default it is false.

enum of "document_start", "document_end", or "document_idle" (optional) runAt

Since Chrome 20.

The soonest that the JavaScript or CSS will be injected into the tab.

function (optional) callback

Called when all the CSS has been inserted.

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function() {...};

setZoom

chrome.tabs.setZoom(integer tabId, double zoomFactor, function callback)

Since Chrome 42.

Zooms a specified tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Since Chrome 38.

The ID of the tab to zoom; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

double zoomFactor

Since Chrome 38.

The new zoom factor. Use a value of 0 here to set the tab to its current default zoom factor. Values greater than zero specify a (possibly non-default) zoom factor for the tab.

function (optional) callback

Called after the zoom factor has been changed.

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function() {...};

getZoom

chrome.tabs.getZoom(integer tabId, function callback)

Since Chrome 42.

Gets the current zoom factor of a specified tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Since Chrome 38.

The ID of the tab to get the current zoom factor from; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

function callback

Called with the tab's current zoom factor after it has been fetched.

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(double zoomFactor) {...};
double zoomFactor

The tab's current zoom factor.

setZoomSettings

chrome.tabs.setZoomSettings(integer tabId, ZoomSettings zoomSettings, function callback)

Since Chrome 42.

Sets the zoom settings for a specified tab, which define how zoom changes are handled. These settings are reset to defaults upon navigating the tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Since Chrome 38.

The ID of the tab to change the zoom settings for; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

ZoomSettings zoomSettings

Since Chrome 38.

Defines how zoom changes are handled and at what scope.

function (optional) callback

Called after the zoom settings have been changed.

If you specify the callback parameter, it should be a function that looks like this:

function() {...};

getZoomSettings

chrome.tabs.getZoomSettings(integer tabId, function callback)

Since Chrome 42.

Gets the current zoom settings of a specified tab.

Parameters
integer (optional) tabId

Since Chrome 38.

The ID of the tab to get the current zoom settings from; defaults to the active tab of the current window.

function callback

Called with the tab's current zoom settings.

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function( ZoomSettings zoomSettings) {...};
ZoomSettings zoomSettings

The tab's current zoom settings.

Events

onCreated

Fired when a tab is created. Note that the tab's URL may not be set at the time this event fired, but you can listen to onUpdated events to be notified when a URL is set.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onCreated.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function( Tab tab) {...};
Tab tab

Details of the tab that was created.

onUpdated

Fired when a tab is updated.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onUpdated.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object changeInfo, Tab tab) {...};
integer tabId
object changeInfo

Lists the changes to the state of the tab that was updated.

string (optional) status

The status of the tab. Can be either loading or complete.

string (optional) url

The tab's URL if it has changed.

boolean (optional) pinned

Since Chrome 9.

The tab's new pinned state.

boolean (optional) audible

Since Chrome 45.

The tab's new audible state.

MutedInfo (optional) mutedInfo

Since Chrome 46. Warning: this is the current Dev channel. Learn more.

The tab's new muted state and the reason for the change.

string (optional) favIconUrl

Since Chrome 27.

The tab's new favicon URL.

Tab tab

Gives the state of the tab that was updated.

onMoved

Fired when a tab is moved within a window. Only one move event is fired, representing the tab the user directly moved. Move events are not fired for the other tabs that must move in response. This event is not fired when a tab is moved between windows. For that, see tabs.onDetached.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onMoved.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object moveInfo) {...};
integer tabId
object moveInfo
integer windowId
integer fromIndex
integer toIndex

onSelectionChanged

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.onActivated.

Fires when the selected tab in a window changes.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onSelectionChanged.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object selectInfo) {...};
integer tabId

The ID of the tab that has become active.

object selectInfo
integer windowId

The ID of the window the selected tab changed inside of.

onActiveChanged

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.onActivated.

Fires when the selected tab in a window changes. Note that the tab's URL may not be set at the time this event fired, but you can listen to tabs.onUpdated events to be notified when a URL is set.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onActiveChanged.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object selectInfo) {...};
integer tabId

The ID of the tab that has become active.

object selectInfo
integer windowId

The ID of the window the selected tab changed inside of.

onActivated

Since Chrome 18.

Fires when the active tab in a window changes. Note that the tab's URL may not be set at the time this event fired, but you can listen to onUpdated events to be notified when a URL is set.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onActivated.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(object activeInfo) {...};
object activeInfo
integer tabId

The ID of the tab that has become active.

integer windowId

The ID of the window the active tab changed inside of.

onHighlightChanged

Deprecated since Chrome 33. Please use tabs.onHighlighted.

Fired when the highlighted or selected tabs in a window changes.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onHighlightChanged.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(object selectInfo) {...};
object selectInfo
integer windowId

The window whose tabs changed.

array of integer tabIds

All highlighted tabs in the window.

onHighlighted

Since Chrome 18.

Fired when the highlighted or selected tabs in a window changes.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onHighlighted.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(object highlightInfo) {...};
object highlightInfo
integer windowId

The window whose tabs changed.

array of integer tabIds

All highlighted tabs in the window.

onDetached

Fired when a tab is detached from a window, for example because it is being moved between windows.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onDetached.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object detachInfo) {...};
integer tabId
object detachInfo
integer oldWindowId
integer oldPosition

onAttached

Fired when a tab is attached to a window, for example because it was moved between windows.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onAttached.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object attachInfo) {...};
integer tabId
object attachInfo
integer newWindowId
integer newPosition

onRemoved

Fired when a tab is closed.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onRemoved.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer tabId, object removeInfo) {...};
integer tabId
object removeInfo

Since Chrome 9.

integer windowId

Since Chrome 25.

The window whose tab is closed.

boolean isWindowClosing

True when the tab is being closed because its window is being closed.

onReplaced

Since Chrome 26.

Fired when a tab is replaced with another tab due to prerendering or instant.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onReplaced.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(integer addedTabId, integer removedTabId) {...};
integer addedTabId
integer removedTabId

onZoomChange

Since Chrome 38.

Fired when a tab is zoomed.

addListener

chrome.tabs.onZoomChange.addListener(function callback)
Parameters
function callback

The callback parameter should be a function that looks like this:

function(object ZoomChangeInfo) {...};
object ZoomChangeInfo
integer tabId
double oldZoomFactor
double newZoomFactor
ZoomSettings zoomSettings