Chromebook – Web app shortcut

19I like to have the same apps (shortcuts) on my Chromebook as on my Android’s. However, Chrome Store doesn’t have all apps/shortcuts. Hope that I’m not repeating, here is how to create a Chrome web app shortcut:

1– Create a folder on your local storage – name as suitable.

2– Put a suitable icon of 128×128 pixel (.png) (you may use Pixlr Editor if needed) inside this folder with the name of 128.png.

3– Create a manifest.json file (keep the name as it) inside this folder too by an editor like Caret with following code – you may change the name, description, and URLs inside the code as suitable. In this code, I created an app for Google Translate:

“manifest_version”: 2,
“name”: “Google Translate”,
“description”: “Google Translate”,
“version”: “1”,
“icons”: {
“128”: “128.png”
“app”: {
“urls”: [”
“launch”: {
“web_url”: “”
“permissions”: [

4– In Settings/Extensions, Load unpacked extension from the folder you’ve already created. Make sure that you have ticked the Developer mode first there.


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