No More Third Party Installation
After getting numerous reports from users over deceptive Google Chrome extension installation, Google has decided to block third-party websites to use inline installations. According to Google, the crackdown on deceptive installation will take place in three phase. At first, all inline installation will be made unavailable to all newly published extension. From September 12, 2018, inline installation will be blocked for existing extensions and users will be redirected to Chrome Web Store and final phase, from December 2018, Inline Install API method will be removed from Chrome 71.
We’re proud of the choices the Chrome Web Store provides users in enhancing their browsing experience. At the same time, it’s crucial that users have robust information about extensions prior to installation, so that they fully understand how their browsing experience will be impacted. We’re confident this change will improve transparency for all users about their extension choices in Chrome.
If you distribute an extension using inline installation, you will need to update install buttons on your website to link to your extension’s Chrome Web Store page prior to the stable release of Chrome 71. And if you haven’t already, be sure to read up on how to create a high quality store listing, – James Wagner, Extensions Platform Product Manager