New Chrome Extensions Developers Should Verify With $5 One Time Fee

Verified Google Chrome Extensions

Verified Google Chrome Extensions

Today,Google introduced two significant changes in the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery: a developer signup fee and a domain verification system. The Developer sign up fee adds a one time $5 charge for new developers before they can start uploading to the extensions gallery

This applies to Extensions, Themes, and Soon, for Web Apps to.

The developer signup fee is a one-time payment of $5. It is intended to create better safeguards against fraudulent extensions in the gallery and limit the activity of malicious developer accounts. Starting today, this fee will be required to publish extensions, themes and soon apps in the gallery.

We are waiving the fee for developers who already registered with the gallery (specifically before 11am PST today), so that they can continue to update their extensions and publish new items without paying the fee. Writes Chromium Blog.

Domain verification is the second security feature added to Chrome Extensions System. Developers will be able to associate their extensions (and soon their apps) with domains they own or manage using Google’s Webmaster Tools. This way, they can clearly associate their extension with their brand and website, which in turn will help users identify “official” extensions in the gallery.

I am not sure how developers will react to this move. Yes, a one time fee adds an extra level of security because all new developers are verified. For web apps with payment system, it sounds reasonable.

But, will it stop people from uploading new extensions, if they do not want to spend $5 for a free extension that they wrote in their free time ? Should they pay to provide a free service to others ?

In Category: Apps & Extensions


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Jereme Guenther 02/01/2011, 12:30 pm

    Yes, this is a bad move on google’s part.
    To keep Chrome a popular browser they need to keep it available for free with lots of options.
    They are essentially stifling creativity and a valuable source of free stuff for themselves. The more extensions available for chrome the more enticing it with be ( if it can do everything… ). By making developers pay to post free extensions they are losing their best base of free advertising and fanatics who help push their product.
    Tighter controls are a good idea, and verification is a great idea, however charging someone to provide you a free service makes no sense at all.

  • smtech 22/02/2011, 11:04 pm

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    – we give developers few lines of code to add to their chrome extensions and by that to start making money from affiliate coupons commissions.

    – like AdSense only for Chrome Extensions!

    – our users will be able to see full reports on how many active users they have and how much money they make every day.

    – We give each new customer 15$ to his account upon registration.

    • Daniel Chenery 28/02/2011, 2:25 am

      Yes, it was a bad move. I’ve created two (basic) extensions for Chrome, and I refuse to upload them because of paying a fee. I am only a student, I do not see the point. I’m hosting them on my own servers for now.