Chrome Extensions I Couldn’t Live Without as a Web Developer

Often I find myself recommending Chrome extensions to people so here’s my full list of favorite extensions.

From ad blocking, utility and web development there is a bit of everything on my favorites.

uBlock Origin (ad blocking)

It’s hard to browse the net now-a-days without an ad blocker and uBlock is the best I’ve found. Many ad blocking solutions have become corrupt by serving ads themselves or destroying browser performance, luckily uBlock doesn’t have any of these issues with it’s lightweight extension.

Momentum

Momentum replaces the chrome new tab page with a beautiful photo and the time. I’m constantly asked what extension this is when I open Chrome. Additionally it offers a todo list on your new tab page.

Live CSS Editor

*For Developers* Sometimes you just need to paste a chunk of CSS into a page to see if it works, Live CSS editor is great for this. If I am unable to edit a site I can start working right away with this extension then paste my changes to the server-side file when I have access.

HTTP Headers

*For Developers* I’m constantly debugging all types of cache in Chrome. HTTP Headers makes it super easy to see the headers of a page so I can easily see if a page is a hit or miss in Varnish or even redirecting.

The Great Suspender

If you’re someone with tons of Chrome tabs open constantly the Great Suspender is great for clearing unused tabs. It keeps the tab there but unloads it from memory so you won’t have to worry about a tab taking all of your memory when not in use.

News Feed Eradicator

I can sit on the Facebook news feed for hours, this extension completely removes the news feed from Facebook. It’s pretty self explanatory why everyone would need this.

PixelBlock (block tracking in Gmail)

If you’re ever worried about people knowing if someone opened your email PixelBlock blocks all tracking inside Gmail emails. This way you won’t have to worry about newsletters, marketing services or sales teams knowing if you’ve seen an email.