Deploy Google Chrome Extensions using GPO

ChromeI spent quite a lot of time on this mainly because the instructions dotted around are out of date or misleading, or missing crucial information.

I did write earlier that you could also do this by adding in the relevant Policy registry keys, however this does not seem to work.

GPO Method

If you want to use a GPO you should grab the GPO ADMX templates.from here.

Once downloaded extract them into your PolicyDefinitions folder on your DC. You will need to take ownership of the folder in most cases in order to do that. You will need both the ADMX and the ADML which is within a locale named folder like en-US.

The easiest thing to to do is create a temp folder, and create the folder structure like this.

ADM Temp

Then when it comes to copying to your PolicyDefinitions folder you can do one copy/paste rather than several.

Next you will need the extension ID, the easiest way to get this is via a Chrome  install that already has the extension installed. Go to settings, Extensions, enable the Developer option and you should see the extensionID visible.


The URL for the Google Web Store, . You will need this in a moment.

Open Group Policy Management, Create or Edit an existing GPO.

Inside the GPO editor expand ,

Computer Configuation>Administrative Templates>Google>Google Chrome>Extensions

Google GPO

Look for the option to ‘Configure the list of force-installed apps and extensions’ double click this.

Click on Enabled, then click Show.

Configure GPO

On the first line enter:



Click OK and close the policy editor.

Refresh the policy on your client and reload Chrome. Your Extension will now be installed.

Also worth noting you can deploy Chrome itself using a Group Policy install, download the MSI file from here.

About Robert Pearman
Robert Pearman is a UK based Small Business Server enthusiast. He has been working within the SMB IT Industry for what feels like forever. Robert likes Piña colada and taking walks in the rain, on occasion he also enjoys writing about Small Business Technology like Windows Server Essentials or more recently writing PowerShell Scripts. If you're in trouble, and you can find him, maybe you can ask him a question.

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