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How to Cross-platform Install Chrome and Opera Extensions

There are many similarities in the newest versions of Opera and Chrome. There has been a Webkit engine released by Google that powers both of them. One of the side effects that many find pleasant is how easy it has become to install the Chrome’s extensions in Opera, as well as Opera’s extensions within Chrome. This is how to get it done:

In order for the extension install to work properly, you will need to have Opera Next 15 (or newer), as well as Chrome 28 (or newer). This will work with beta and dev builds as well.

It is simple to install Chrome extensions within Opera 15. To start you need first install Chrome’s Extension Installer that was designed for Opera Next 15. Once that has been done, visit the Chrome Web Store to install the extensions you need. The best part is, you won’t get any browser-not-supported error messages, it just installs!

Chrome extension installerIn order to install Opera Next extensions within Chrome, you will have a few more things to do, but it’s not overly complicated. Start by downloading Opera’s extension file, give it a different name, and install it within Chrome. Then follow these steps:

  1. Verify that Opera Next (version 15 or higher) is installed correctly.
  1. Navigate to the Opera add-ons page. You must go to this page specifically in Opera Next, as it is designed to automatically detect your browser version so that you are only shown extensions that are compatible. In order to get extensions that are going to work in Chrome as well, you must go to the store using Opera 15.
  1. Once you find the extension you would like to use, right click the button and choose “Save Linked Content As…” rather than clicking the “Add to Opera” button. Save it as .nex extension and remember where you put it.
  1. Rename the .nex file and change the ending to .crx.
  1. Open Chrome Next and then drag and drop the new .crx file into the browser. Once you do this, you will be presented with a prompt to review permissions prior to installing. Just accept it, and the installation process should be started.

The next step is using your extension. Yep, that was all you had to do. The overall process is rather quick. The biggest downfall is that both Chrome and Opera require installation for it to work. However, it is worth stating that Opera’s add-on page is rather limited, when it comes to Opera Next extensions, as Opera 15 is still being developed. When development is finished, it will quickly fill up and it is likely you find extensions in Opera that are not available in Chrome. If you currently want to try it out, it’s most useful for moving your extensions from Chrome to Opera.

It is likely that we will see more cross-platform cooperation like this in the future, however it is possible for either platform to quickly end the extension-sharing feature with a software update. Because of this, you should give it a try while you can.

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