Files with crx extension can be typically encountered as plugins/add-ons called extensions for Google Chrome-based web browsers.

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CRX file extension - Google Chrome extension installer file format

What is crx file? How to open crx files?

File type specification:

Plugin, addon file type icon Plugin, addon file type

crx file icon: crx filetype icon

File extension crx is associated with Google Chrome, a web browser developed by Google which uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework.

The crx file contains extensions and plug-ins for the Google Chrome Internet browser (skins, function extensions). The crx file format is just a variation of the ZIP archive used by Google Chrome.

An app's crx file can be hosted on your server or, more typically, by the Chrome Web Store.

Microsoft Edge browser is also based on Google Chrome core and thus supports extensions and plugins designed for Google Chrome.

Updated: November 23, 2023

The default software associated to open crx file:

Google Chrome icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

A popular Internet browser for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS as well as for mobile platforms. The core of the Chrome uses very fast Chrome Blink (Webkit fork) layout engine. Chrome Blink layout engine is regarded as one of the fastest layout engines for viewing websites and for work with JavaScript.

Chromium for Mac icon

Google Inc. logoChromium for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

Chromium for Mac is open source web browser based on Google Chrome source codes. Chromium uses Webkit layout engine that supports many web standards including HTML 5.

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Help how to open:

The *.crx file format is associated with and used by the Google Chrome Internet browser. The file contains extensions for Google Chrome.

The *.crx files are ZIP archives with renamed file extension to crx. You can rename the crx file extension back to ZIP and open the ZIP archive file in any compression utility, such as WinZip, WinRAR, or PeaZip.

How to convert:

There is no easy way to convert *.crx plugin files to other formats. Try to use the crs-to-xpi tool to convert the Chrome extension to Firefox, but the result is not guaranteed.

Find conversions from crx file:

crx to apk

crx to exe

crx to xpi

Find converter to crx file type:

apk to crx

exe to crx

xpi to crx

Related links:

Chrome Web Store

List of software applications associated to the .crx file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open crx file, edit crx file, convert crx file, view crx file, play crx file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting crx files.

Software that import crx file - Google Chrome extension installer file format

Programs supporting the exension crx on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for import crx file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with crx file by default:
Google Chrome small icon Google Chrome
Other suggested software:
Microsoft Edge small icon Microsoft Edge
Chromium small icon Chromium

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with crx file by default:
Chromium for Mac small icon Chromium for Mac
Other suggested software:
Google Chrome for Mac small icon Google Chrome for Mac

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