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10 Useful Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Introduction

The web developer community strives to create websites that capture the attention of the target audience. The members are always learning something new and creating something impactful. This translates to the fact that productivity plays a big role in their journey to greatness.

There are numerous techniques on the internet that we can follow to increase our productivity. Chrome extensions are one such technique that allows us to boost the outcome of the hard work that we dedicate to our craft.

In this article, we will discover 10 useful Chrome extensions that can improve our productivity as web developers and change our lives for the better.

Loom

Loom

Loom is one of the most used screen recording extensions in the Chrome Web Store. It enables us to record our screen, share our ideas graphically and provide real-time responses.

Window Resizer

Window Resizer

Window Resizer resizes the browser window to replicate different resolutions. It gives us a feel of personalization as it lets us add, delete and reorder the list of resolutions that we want to test.

Check My Links

Check My Links

Check My Links is a link analyzer that scans our website for broken links. This extension is especially tailored for web developers as they are always in a bid to make their website content flawless.

Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer is a tech stack assessor that lists the tools and technologies that are used to build a website. It allows us to learn about the CMS (Content Management System), frameworks, JavaScript libraries and more.

Session Buddy

Session Buddy

Session Buddy is an extension that enables us to conveniently manage browser tabs and bookmarks. It saves the open tabs as collections that we can restore later at any given point in time.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is an open-source, autonomous tool for enhancing the quality, efficiency and accuracy of our web apps. It audits a page by running a series of tests on it and then generating a report that summarizes the page's performance.

Requestly

Requestly

Requestly lets us build, test and debug web apps with Intercept & Modify HTTP Requests, Mock Server, API Client and Session Recording. It brings the abilities of Fiddler, Charles Proxy and more such tools into the browser with an attractive and modern UI.

Grepper

Grepper

Grepper is an extension that answers the queries of the developer community. It allows us to swiftly extract code snippets from across the web that we can then use in our projects to make progress in our journey.

BrowserStack

BrowserStack

BrowserStack enables us to test our website on desktop or mobile browsers. It is a helpful extension for web developers who want to make cross-browser testing an integral part of their development workflow.

Octotree

Octotree

Octotree is an extension that helps us with code review and exploration on GitHub. Using this tool, we can bookmark repositories, issues, pull requests & files, perform quick searches and navigate pull requests with ease.

Conclusion

We have reached the end! The extensions that we discussed above are immensely helpful and have the capability to improve the amount of work done by a great margin. So, let's use them and keep making progress in our respective journeys as web developers.

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Joao L. • Edited

Is there any advantage in using the Window Resizer, when this feature is available natively? You can also add your own presets natively.

Lighthouse is also available directly in Chrome dev tools. Firefox has a different tool but also has accessibility dev tools natively.

Same with Octotree. It was a great extension but this same feature is now available natively in github.

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Sriparno Roy

You're right. Extensions are regularly being incorporated into different applications.

But since it is an article on Chrome extensions, I included the tools as extensions rather than a part of Chrome Dev Tools, GitHub or any such tool.

Thank you for reading!

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Joao L.

My point stands. Each time you install an extension, you are trusting that it is safe. No malware, no data collection, or any other shady business. It's not unheard of - actually it's sadly common - that popular extensions get sold out to companies that sneakily change the behaviour of the extension. And of course, they update automatically. Chrome's extension moderation is notoriously lacking.

My point is, the less extensions you use, the better. I would never recommend extensions that simply recreate the same features that already exist in the browser. Calling them "useful" is not really factual in this case.

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Sriparno Roy

Truly said. The moment an extension gets sold to a company, it loses its originality.

In my opinion, we can call them useful since the services that they provide are useful. However, I agree with you that if the services are already built into Chrome Dev Tools, GitHub or any other tool, we should definitely utilize them in these tools rather than installing them as separate extensions.

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Pxlmastr

Good suggestions! Just downloaded Requestly because I need that for future development. Thankd!

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Sriparno Roy

You're welcome and good luck on your journey!

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I use this SEO extensions
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Sriparno Roy

That's great!

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Best Codes

Faves: Requestly, Lighthouse, and I use uBlock Origin.

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Sriparno Roy

Nice!

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Buddhi Eashwarage

A good piece of writing

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Sriparno Roy

Thanks, Don!

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Sriparno Roy

You're welcome, Juliana!

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Flowzai

Check my links - also useful for SEO's

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Sriparno Roy

Absolutely!

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Sachin Jain

Hi, @sriparno08, for writing this out. This is Sachin - Founder & CEO, Requestly. So heartful to see Requestly being mentioned here and getting so much ❤️

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Sriparno Roy

Great to meet you, Sachin!

Requestly deserves to be on this list and earn love from the people. It has helped me a lot and it will surely help a lot of others as well.

Good luck on your journey!

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Martin Klestil

Great article, I need to try a few of them.

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Sriparno Roy • Edited

Thanks, Martin!

Try them and see if any of them helps you on your journey.

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Xan

Link Checker is a 404, the app doesn't seem to exist any longer.

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Sriparno Roy

I tested it and it's working fine for me. So, I am keeping it.

Thanks for reading!

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Jordan Tyler Burchett

Bookmarked.. Thank you for sharing!

Happy Venturing 😉💭

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Sriparno Roy

Thanks, Jordan. Happy venturing to you too!

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Ridho

Thanks

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Sriparno Roy

You're welcome, Ridho!

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ishrat

Good one !!

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Sriparno Roy

Thanks, Ishrat!

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Good job. Thanks a lot

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Sriparno Roy • Edited

You're welcome!

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VAIBHAV MANE

Helped to much thank you

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Sriparno Roy

You're welcome, Vaibhav!