What is a .CRX File And How To Open It – Google (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .crx extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. In this article we will explain what .crx file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .CRX file?

The file extension .CRX is from Chrome Extension.It was developed by Google. The format of this file is zip, and it is a plugin related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .crx file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .CRX file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .CRX file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .CRX file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .crx file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the 7-Zip software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Chromium and 7-Zip software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CRX file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the 7-Zip software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CRX file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .crx file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Chromium software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Chromium.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CRX file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Chromium software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .CRX file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .crx file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Chromium software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Google Chrome and Chromium.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .CRX file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Chromium software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .CRX file?

If you cannot open the .CRX file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .CRX file.cry – Crytek, .crypt – WhatsApp, .crypt1 – WhatsApp, .crypt10 – WhatsApp, .crypt12 – WhatsApp. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .CRX file with the 7-Zip, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Chromium programs on Windows, Chromium, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge programs on Mac and Chromium, Google Chrome software on Linux.