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How Do You Monitor Requests Made by a Google Chrome Extension?

By Akemi Iwaya on April 11th, 2017

If you are just curious, or potentially worried, about what a particular Google Chrome extension is up to, how do you monitor the requests that it may be making? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Jian wants to know how to monitor requests made by a Google Chrome extension:

Is there a way to monitor all the requests made by a Google Chrome extension in the same way that the Network panel monitors all the requests made by a webpage?

How do you monitor requests made by a Google Chrome extension?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor harrymc has the answer for us:

You can monitor an extension in Google Chrome by:

1. Going to Settings

2. Selecting the Extensions Section

3. Checking the Developer Mode tick box in the top right corner of the page, which will change the display to look like this:

4. Click on the link next to the extension’s “Inspect Views” text

5. A Developer Tools window will open up where you can monitor the extension by selecting the Network Tab at the top

Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing “old school” role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

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