Here are the top 10 list of the best Google Chrome extensions for web developers.
1. Web Developer
With almost a million users and a 4.5-star rating, it’s safe to say that Web Developer is one of Google Chrome’s best extensions for web developers. Developed by Chris Pedrick, this extension adds a little toolbar with various web developer tools pertaining to images, information, resizing, forms, and much more.
CSSViewer is a simple CSS properties viewer that provides the CSS information a web developer needs, quickly. The tool provides a floating panel that reports on the identity of the section that the mouse hovers over, including font, text, color, background, box, positioning, and effects attributes. This extension is created by Nicolas Huon.
3. Page Ruler
The Page Ruler Google Chrome extension renders a ruler on the web page, providing you with the width, height, and position (top, bottom, left, and right) of any page element you want to measure. You can drag the edges of the ruler to resize it, or use the arrow keys to move or resize it.
A tool developed by Elbert Alias in 2009, Wappalyzer is a Google Chrome extension that allows the developer to identify the various technologies that make up the back end of a website.
Wappalyzer is an open-source and cross-platform utility that is able to detect over 1000 technologies, including content management systems, ecommerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools and more.
5. Web Developer Chechklist
One of the most helpful tools for developers, the Web Developer Google Chrome extension analyses and checks your webpage for any major violations of web design best practices in terms of SEO, usability, accessibility, and performance (page speed) — among others.
6. Clear Cache
This extension is a souped up version of what’s already available in Chrome. While you can go through Chrome’s Clear Browsing Data option, this extension gives you a great deal more options on exactly what you want to be cleared, and it will save your preferences.
For instance, if you just want cookies from a particular domain cleared, you can have the extension handle this for you. Additionally, you can clear out things like your local storage data and plugin data as WebSQL data, which is very helpful since you can’t automatically or easily clear WebSQL data through Chrome.
7. Window Resizer
For web developers and app developers, knowing what your application looks like on various screen sizes is essential. Even if you’re designing a website or app to be adaptive or responsive, you still need to verify that the site or app will work on a variety of screens. While you could test a site on several devices, the easiest way to verify that things will fit properly is to use Window Resizer.
Using this extension, you can either pick from a number of preprogrammed and common screen sizes or put in manual width and height settings. The only downside is that the scrollbars on Chrome won’t always mimic what you see on a different device, but you can still verify that elements will show up properly.
8. One Tab
OneTab is arguably one of the best Chrome extensions for users of any type. If you’re like many people, you end up with a lot of Chrome tabs open. This not only can make it difficult to go back to the tab you currently need, having a bunch of tabs open can also start eating away at your computer’s resources at Chrome starts using increasing amounts of memory.
This extension allows you to keep track of the tabs you’re using and have visited without needing to keep them open or worrying about bookmarking them and coming back. As soon as you start to notice that you have too many tabs open, you can just click on the OneTab icon and have your tabs converted to a list. Using this extension also allows you to walk away from your computer without having to worry about Chrome crashing and taking all your tabs with it.
9. Check My Links
Having a page full of broken links can be frustrating for visitors and frequent users alike. Using Check My Links, you can find out within a few seconds if there are any broken links on a page. The extension allows you to ensure that it’s not looking at a cached version of a page, and it lets you use either HEAD or GET to check links.
While this is a pretty basic extension, it’s a great Chrome extension for developers because it also allows you to put in a list of domains that you don’t want to be checked. For instance, if you want to exclude ad networks from the domains that the tool checks, you can do that. You can also use the tool to verify both internal and external links, and you have the option to check or not check nofollow links.
With over 5 million downloads and 1.3 million users, ColorZilla is one of the most popular Google Chrome extensions available. In essence, it’s just like the aforementioned WhatFont (but for color)—all you have to do is hover over the color to generate a color code. ColorZilla features a multitude of color tools for just about any needs you may have, including: an eyedropper, color picker, palette viewer, and a gradient generator.
Google Chrome is the preferred browser for most internet users nowadays because of its speed, simplicity, flexibility, and the availability of tools that include extensions and themes. Chrome developers have also done their part to come up with tools for web developers—ranging from the most basic and general design and development tools to more specific tools for HTML, PHP, CSS, and more.