Web browser addons / plugins viewer (2023)

Web browser addons / plugins viewer (1)BrowserAddonsView v1.28 - Web browser addons/plugins viewer
Copyright (c) 2016 - 2022 Nir Sofer


BrowserAddonsView is a simple tool that displays the details of all Web browser addons/plugins installed in your system. BrowserAddonsView can scan and detect the addons of most popular Web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. For Chrome and Firefox,BrowserAddonsView detects and scans all Web browser profiles if there are multiple profiles.

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System Requirements

This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows XP and up to Windows 11.Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.

Known Issues

  • When Firefox has more than one profile, the installed plugins will be displayed multiple times (one item for each profile), evenif the plugins are linked to the same dll file.

Versions History

  • Version 1.28:
    • Added /Columns command-line option, which allows you to set the columns to display or the columns to export from command-line, for example:
      BrowserAddonsView.exe /scomma "c:\temp\addons.csv" /Columns "Name,Version,Description,Web Browser,Status"
  • Version 1.27:
    • Added option to choose another font (name and size) to display in the main window.
  • Version 1.26:
    • Added option to change the sorting column from the menu (View -> Sort By). Like the column header click sorting, if you click again the same sorting menu item, it'll switch between ascending and descending order. Also, if you hold down the shift key while choosing the sort menu item, you'll get a secondary sorting.
    • Fixed some high DPI mode issues (Toolbar, Properties Window).
  • Version 1.25:
    • You can now use any variable inside BrowserAddonsView.cfg as command-line option in order to load the BrowserAddonsView tool with the desired configuration.
    • For example, the following command will load the Web browser addons from the remote computer - :
      BrowserAddonsView.exe /DataSourceMode 4 /RemoteComputer
  • Version 1.23:
    • Added 'Copy Clicked Cell' option to the right-click context menu, which copies to the clipboard the text of cell that you right-clicked with the mouse.
  • Version 1.22:
    • BrowserAddonsView now automatically displays the installed add-ons of Microsoft Edge Web browser.
    • Fixed the /cfg command-line option to load the .cfg file from the current directory if full path is not specified.
  • Version 1.21:
    • Added 'Select All' and 'Deselect All' to the 'Column Settings' window.
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added 'Data Source Mode', which allows you to view the installed plugins on all Windows profiles on your system, on external hard drive, and on remote computer on your network (Admin share is needed).This feature works only for Firefox and Chrome Web browsers.
    • When pressing F5 (Refresh) the refresh process is smoother, keeping the selected item and scroll position.
  • Version 1.16:
    • Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option (Turned on by default).
    • Added /cfg command-line option to start BrowserAddonsView with the specified config file.
  • Version 1.15:
    • In the 'Advanced Options' window - You can now use environment variables in the specified profile folder of Chrome and Firefox (e.g: %LocalAppdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 1 )
    • In the 'Advanced Options' window - You can now specify the base profiles folder instead of a single profile (e.g: %LocalAppdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data )
  • Version 1.12:
    • Added support for saving as JSON file.
  • Version 1.11:
    • Fixed issue: BrowserAddonsView failed to display the extensions of Chrome on some systems, because on new installions of Chrome the extensions list is stored in 'Preferences' file instead of the 'Secure Preferences' file.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added 'Quick Filter' feature (View -> Use Quick Filter or Ctrl+Q). When it's turned on, you can type a string in the text-box added under the toolbar and BrowserAddonsView will instantly filter the addons table, showing only items that contain the string you typed.
  • Version 1.05:
    • You can now choose the desired encoding (ANSI, UTF-8, UTF-16) to save the csv/xml/text/html files. (Under the Options menu)
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Start Using BrowserAddonsView

BrowserAddonsView doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - BrowserAddonsView.exe
After running BrowserAddonsView, the main window displays the list of all addons found on your system.You can select one or more addon items, and export the addons list to text/csv/tab-delimited/xml/html file using the 'Save Selected Items' option, or copy the addons list to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) and paste it to Excel or any other spreadsheet application.

View plugins / extensions of Chrome and Firefox for all Windows profiles

In order to view the plugins/extensions of Chrome and Firefox for all Windows profiles, press F9 (Advanced Options) and from the 'Data Source Mode' combo-box choose 'This computer - All Windows Profiles'.This feature will work only if you have read permission to all Windows profiles on your system (all folders under C:\users ).

Viewing the addons list from remote system or external drive

BrowserAddonsView also allows you to view the addons list of Firefox and Chrome Web browsers from a remote computer on your network and from external disk plugged to your system.Currently, this feature is not supported for Internet Explorer.

In order to view the addons of another system, go to the 'Advanced Options' window (F9), choose the 'Load the addons from custom Web browser profiles list' option and thentype one or more profile folders of the Web browser (comma delimited list).
Here's a few examples for profile folders of Chrome and Firefox:
\\\c$\Users\user01\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 1
K:\Documents and Settings\nir1\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5c1ggx6u.default

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Starting from version 1.20, you can also use the 'Remote Computer' option in the 'Data Source Mode' field, type the computer name, and BrowserAddonsView will automatically enumerate all profiles on the remote computer.

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For external drive - you can choose the 'Windows Profiles - External Drive' option in the 'Data Source Mode' field, type thebase profiles folder (e.g: F:\Users) and BrowserAddonsView will automatically enumerate all profiles on the specified drive.

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Command-Line Options

/cfg <Filename>Start BrowserAddonsView with the specified configuration file.For example:
BrowserAddonsView.exe /cfg "c:\config\bav.cfg"
BrowserAddonsView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\BrowserAddonsView.cfg"
/stext <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into a simple text file.
/stab <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/stabular <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into XML file.
/sjson <Filename>Save the Web browser addons list into JSON file.
/sort <column>This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column.The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) orthe name of the column, like "Web Browser" and "Name".You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Name") if you want to sort in descending order.You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.
/Columns <Comma Delimited Columns List>Allows you to set the columns to display or the columns to export from command-line.You have to specify the column names, delimited by comma, for example:
BrowserAddonsView.exe /scomma c:\temp\addons-list.csv /Columns "Name,Version,Description,Web Browser,Status"

You can also specify the column names without space characters, for example:
BrowserAddonsView.exe /Columns "Name,Version,Description,WebBrowser,Status"

/DataSourceMode [1 - 4]
/RemoteComputer [Computer Name]
/DataSourceFirefox [0 | 1]
/FirefoxProfiles [Profiles]
/DataSourceChrome [0 | 1]
/ChromeProfiles [Profiles]
/ExternalWindowsProfiles [Windows Profiles]
You can use any variable inside BrowserAddonsView.cfg as command-line option in order to load the BrowserAddonsView tool with the desired configuration.

Here's a few examples:

  • Load Web browser addons from all profiles on your computer:
    BrowserAddonsView.exe /DataSourceMode 2
  • Load Web browser addons from profiles on external drive - K:\users
    BrowserAddonsView.exe /DataSourceMode 3 /ExternalWindowsProfiles "K:\users"
  • Load browser addons from remote computer - :
    BrowserAddonsView.exe /DataSourceMode 4 /RemoteComputer

Translating BrowserAddonsView to other languages

In order to translate BrowserAddonsView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run BrowserAddonsView with /savelangfile parameter:
    BrowserAddonsView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named BrowserAddonsView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of BrowserAddonsView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language.Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run BrowserAddonsView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run BrowserAddonsView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don'tsell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files inthe distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied,including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitnessfor a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental,consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com
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BrowserAddonsView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of BrowserAddonsView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'browseraddonsview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed BrowserAddonsView utility.
LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Arabic(Mohamed.Bajdouai)02/03/2016BrowserAddonsView v1.00
Brazilian PortugueseIgor Rückert26/02/20161.00
DutchJan Verheijen01/05/20221.28
FrenchJaff (Oprea Nicolae)30/12/20181.15
FrenchSkorpix38 (v 1.11 03-2018)06/03/20181.11
German«Latino» auf WinTotal.de01/05/20221.28
RomanianJaff (Oprea Nicolae)30/12/20181.15
RussianDmitry Yerokhin24/09/20211.27
Simplified ChineseDickMoore24/07/20211.26
Simplified ChineseSam-Trip13/09/20171.05
SlovakFrantišek Fico02/05/20221.28
SpanishRicardo A. Rivas04/12/20201.25
Traditional ChineseDanfong Hsieh25/09/20211.27


How do I check my browser plugins? ›

Manage your extensions
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More tools. Extensions.
  3. Make your changes: Turn on/off: Turn the extension on or off. Allow incognito: On the extension, click Details. Turn on Allow in incognito. Fix corruptions: Find a corrupted extension and click Repair.

How do I enable plugins in Chrome? ›

  1. Click the menu button top right in the browser,
  2. Then click Settings. ...
  3. Click Privacy and security.
  4. Then click Site settings.
  5. In the Privacy and security > site setting section, select Unsandboxed plugin access.

Where is plugin settings in Chrome? ›

Chrome plug-ins are managed through the Chrome Content Settings window.
Go to chrome://settings/content or open the Chrome menu and select Settings.
  • Click Privacy and security > Site Settings.
  • Scroll to the plug-in you want to control and click it.
  • Click the toggle switch to turn on or turn off the plug-in.
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How do I find my plugins on Internet Explorer? ›

To view installed add-ons

Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Manage add-ons. Under Show, select All add-ons.

What are browser plugins? ›

A browser plugin is a software component that users can install to handle content that the browser can't support natively. Browser plugins are usually written using the NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) architecture.

How do I open plugin Manager? ›

Opening the Notepad++ Plugin Manager

You can install additional plugins, update, and remove included plugins with this dialog box. To open the Notepad++ plugin manager, go to Plugins > Plugins Admin.

How do I open plugins settings? ›

Open plugin settings

Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Plugins.

What are plugins in chrome? ›

Google plugins are a shortcut to programs on Google Chrome plugin pages. When installed, they add a “plugins” button to the toolbar in the browser. When you click on the icon, it opens the plugins menu of third-party apps and Google Chrome extensions that let users access and tailor how they use the web.

Are there plugins for chrome? ›

Plugins. Extension manager with shortcuts to Chrome plugins pages. When installed, it will add "Plugins" button to the toolbar. Click the icon and you'll open the "plugins" menu.

Why can't I find Chrome plugins? ›

If you can't open chrome plugins it won't mean that there is an issue with the browser. Rest assured that your browser is fine! In the previous Chrome update, users can access their installed plugins by typing chrome://settings/content in the search bar.

How do I find the plugins on a website? ›

Open up the page source for the website and press Ctrl + F to search the code quickly. Type in wp-content/plugins/ and start the search. You will find all the plugins used on the site.

How do I disable browser plugins? ›

Disable an extension
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Select More. More tools. Extensions.
  3. Turn off the extension you want to disable.

Where is the plugin folder? ›

The plugin folder for Photoshop CC is located in a hidden folder called “Application Data.” To access this folder, you will need to enter the following path into your File Explorer: C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Plug-ins.

Where plugins are stored? ›

Static files like images, JS, CSS used by the plugin are stored in the plugins directory. The users' files uploaded when working with the plugin are stored in the plugin-specific folder inside the wp-content/uploads directory.

Where is the plugins folder in Windows? ›

How do I find the Plug-Ins folder?
  1. Windows. The plug-ins folder on Windows is located inside of the user directory. ...
  2. macOS. Using the Finder's “Go” menu, select Go To Folder… then enter the following in the dialog box that pops up: ~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Plug-ins.
  3. Linux.
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Why would you use browser plugins? ›

Applications and browsers support extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins for multiple reasons: to allow third-party developers to create specific functions, to easily add new features, and to expand functionality.

Are browser plug-ins safe? ›

Many browser extensions are safe, but some are malicious and could expose you to fraud and identity theft.

How do I log into plugins? ›

The plugin is simple to install:
  1. Download the file login-as-user. zip .
  2. Unzip it.
  3. Upload login-as-user directory to your /wp-content/plugins directory.
  4. Go to the plugin management page and enable the plugin.
  5. Configure the options from the Settings > Login as User page.

How do I install and activate plugins? ›

To manually add a plugin to your WordPress website:
  1. Download the desired plugin as a . ...
  2. From your WordPress dashboard, choose Plugins > Add New.
  3. Click Upload Plugin at the top of the page.
  4. Click Choose File, locate the plugin . ...
  5. After the installation is complete, click Activate Plugin.
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Where is the plugin editor? ›

Plugin editor is a simple text editor located at Plugins » Editor.

What is plugin setting? ›

Plugin allows to easily modify, customize or enhance WordPress blog or post. The WordPress Plugin is a software that can be uploaded to expand the functionality of the site.

Is a Chrome extension the same as a plugin? ›

What are Chrome Extensions? Well, an extension is quite similar to a plugin. The only difference is, that plugins are used in websites particularly and extensions are used in browsers. Sometimes they have added to pages automatically and sometimes you may need to add them separately.

Are Chrome extensions and plugins the same thing? ›

Browser plug-ins are a separate type of module. The main difference is that extensions are usually just source code, but plug-ins are always executables (i.e. object code). Plug-ins are no longer supported by the major browsers, but extensions are widely used.

Do web browsers support plugins? ›

Modern browsers don't support plug-ins at all — so can you still enable click-to-play functionality? The answer is a resounding “sort of.” Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Brave all have settings that should allow you to disable autoplay for sound and video. Chrome doesn't have such a setting at all.

What happened Chrome plugins? ›

The chrome://plugins page was removed in Google Chrome, version 57. Objective: Remove the chrome://plugins page, moving configuration for the last remaining plugin, Adobe Flash Player, to its own explicit place in content settings (including an option, in settings, to disable it).

How do I update Chrome plugins? ›

How to manually update Chrome extensions
  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Click the vertical ellipsis icon. on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select More Tools -> Extensions.
  4. click the Developer Mode button on the right side of the header.
  5. From there, you should see the “Update” button pop right up.

How do I fix plugins not supported in Chrome? ›

How to fix “This plug-in is not supported” on Chrome
  1. In any case, you will do well to select these categories for the data removal operation: Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, Cached images and files, Autofill form data, and Site Settings.
  2. Confirm your selections. Click on the Clear browsing data button.

What are plugin extensions in website? ›

Plugins are software extensions that allow users to customise software applications, web browsers, and web content. While plugins are still used as add-ons to customise applications, their use in web browsers has waned. In turn, browser extensions have taken their place.

How do I see what plugins are installed in Safari? ›

How to Find Your Installed Safari Plug-Ins
  1. Launch Safari.
  2. From the Help menu, select Installed Plug-ins.
  3. Safari will display a new web page that lists all of the Safari plug-ins currently on your system. Safari groups plug-ins by the file that contains the small programs.
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Why should browser plugins be avoided? ›

Dangerous browser extensions can seriously undermine your security. At present, Google Chrome is the only browser that asks you to agree to browser extension permissions. Left unchecked, dangerous browser extensions could log your keystrokes or even provide a passage for malware to make its way onto your device.

How do I disable browser add-ons and plugins? ›

How do I disable browser plugins or add-ons?
  1. Click the menu icon ≡ at the top right of the browser.
  2. Click Tools, then select Extensions to open a new Options tab.
  3. Uncheck Enabled to disable an extension or click Remove to delete it completely.
  4. Click the Disable link under the plugin to disable.

Should I remove plugins? ›

There's no reason to keep plugins around if you've decided you're not going to use them. Not only do they clutter up your dashboard, but they can also impact your website in tangible ways, such as: Slowing loading times down due to database bloat. Adding points of vulnerability to your website.

Can you track with plugins? ›

You can, just by using your plugins! Today I want to show you how crazy simple (and practical) it is to take your favorite existing plugins – the ones you typically use for mixing – and instead treat them like outboard gear so you can process your audio on the way in – during the recording phase.

How do I find plugins on my Android? ›

In Android Studio, open plugin settings: Linux: from the File menu, select Settings... then Plugins. Mac: from the Android Studio menu, select Preferences... then Plugins. Windows: from the File menu, select Settings... then Plugins.

How do I see installed plugins in Windows 10? ›

To view the plug-ins installed in Chrome, type chrome://plugins into Chrome's address bar and press Enter. This page shows all the installed browser plug-ins enabled in Google Chrome. To disable a plug-in, click the Disable link under it.

What are Windows plugins? ›

Plug-ins or add-ons add functionality—such as audio effects or DVD capability—to Windows Media Player. You can download plug-ins or add-ons for your version of the Player using the links below.

How do I check my Safari browser plugins? ›

How to View Plug-ins in Safari
  1. Open Safari on your Mac.
  2. Select Help from the browser menu at the top of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Installed Plug-ins.
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How do you update browser plugins? ›

How to manually update Chrome extensions
  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Click the vertical ellipsis icon. on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select More Tools -> Extensions.
  4. click the Developer Mode button on the right side of the header.
  5. From there, you should see the “Update” button pop right up.

How do I disable my browser plugins? ›

Disable an extension
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Select More. More tools. Extensions.
  3. Turn off the extension you want to disable.

How do I show hidden Extensions in Safari? ›

View and add Safari extensions

Go to Settings > Safari, then tap Extensions. Tap More Extensions to browse through extensions in the App Store.

How do I enable plugins on Safari? ›

On your Mac, open Safari and choose Safari > Settings, then click Extensions. Select “Share across devices” at the bottom of the window. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Safari > Extensions, then turn on Share Across Devices.

Where are Safari Extensions stored? ›

Are you wondering where extensions are stored on your Mac? They're located at /home directory/Library/Safari/Extensions. To sneak into your Library folder, make sure Finder is showing up in the menu bar, select the Go menu and then press the Option key on your keyboard.

What happens if you dont update plugins? ›

WordPress Plugins need to be updated because keeping old versions is opening the door for hackers to break in. This not only compromises your site's security and creates unnecessary headaches. The same goes for plugins, but the problems don't stop there. Plugins can stop working altogether when they're not updated.

What is the purpose of browser plug-ins and add-ons? ›

Applications and browsers support extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins for multiple reasons: to allow third-party developers to create specific functions, to easily add new features, and to expand functionality.

Are browser plugins safe? ›

Many browser extensions are safe, but some are malicious and could expose you to fraud and identity theft.

What is a ghost browser? ›

"Ghost Browser allows you to log into any web site with multiple accounts from one window. This can be very handy when you manage multiple social media profiles for each of the social media platforms."

What is plugins and extensions in web browser? ›

A plug-in is a piece of software that manages Internet content that a browser is not designed to process. Graphics in . gif or . jpg-format are usually automatically displayed by the browser. For other file types you may need a special plug-in (also known as add-ons or extensions).

What does disabling add-ons mean? ›

Disabling add-ons provides a way to turn them off without actually deleting them, which is valuable for troubleshooting problems with your browser.

Can I delete Internet plugins? ›

Google Chrome:

On your computer, open Chrome. At the top right, click More. > More tools > Extensions. On to the extension you want to remove, click Remove.


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