FooTab makes Chrome to Load Tabs on demand on Startup

by Venkat eswarlu on February 17, 2013

in Google Chrome

Do you want Google Chrome to load tabs on demand like Firefox does? You can get that behavior on startup with an extension. Firefox won’t load tabs from previous session on startup unless and until you select them but last visited pages will be loaded automatically, this makes browser to became more responsive and improves startup time. Google Chrome doesn’t offers this feature natively, but you can add this to it with an extension called FooTab.

Stop Google Chrome from loading tabs on startup until you select them

Inspired from BarTab add-on for Firefox, the developer has created FooTab extension. Extension developer says “It works for 10 secs on Chrome/Iron start, blocking tabs that are not active from any web requests. After those 10 seconds the web traffic is not blocked anymore and the extension only monitors the tabs that were previously blocked to reload them when they are activated.”

After installing Footab extension, you don’t need to configure anything on your end. You need to have some pages/tabs opened to test this extension, if you’ve restart the browser otherwise visit some sites before restarting Chrome.

You need to click on any tab for it to load. When you click on unloaded tab, Chrome shows “ the webpage was blocked by an extension” which automatically reloads the page after few seconds.

But the  extension it self is not hosted on chrome web store, so you need to manually right click on file and select “save link as” to download extension onto your computer, and then drag and drop it onto chrome://extensions page for install. After that, you need to sign into your Google account to get that extension.

We’ve uploaded and tested this extension in VirusTotal and it yielded zero virus results.

Download Footab.

Have you liked this extension? Don’t you feel Chrome should offer this feature by default? Share with us in comments.

Update: Getting unsupported extension warning from Chrome? Read this.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

TBolt February 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

@ the developer

You are AWESOME!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much for doing what Google has refused to do year after year.


Sci-Fi-Si February 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Nice one. It’s a no brainer needing this feature. Chrome is so so so annoying. If you have to do something in a hurry you can’t because you have to wait 5 minutes for Chrome to load up every single tab. Even though Firefox crashes out on me 10 times a day I’d rather that than have to wait for Chrome.


Waan February 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you soooooo much!!!

and, YES, DEFINITELY Chrome should offer this behavior.. There’s been a crowd roaring for it for years, and i bet there’s more that also wants it but don’t know where to ask for it..


Alexander_Russia March 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

Very, very big thanks.. If I could, I would pay you for that!
As been said, a LOT of people wanted this feature for a long time.
I was reading a lot of messages that says that those feature cannot be real for Chrome!..
I was always thinking that it’s very strange.. I can’t beleive that they cannot do this! They don’t WANT! I even don’t know why.. Maybe there is some agreements between browsers companies, such as those agreements are between for example BMW & Mercedes(this fact is obviously)


shu March 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

why not put it on the chrome store?


Venkat eswarlu March 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

Extension developer has to create a developer accnt and need to pay entry fee to publish his extension in web store which he is not willing to do.


Fisiu April 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

You don’t need to pay anything to release extension in chrome web store ;)
So please release this extension in web store.


Venkat eswarlu April 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

You should said that to developer,not me.I think he knows well about the extension release process on Chrome web store.


buythiscomputer July 22, 2013 at 12:21 am


I cannot install it, Chrome saying that I cannot install extensions from this website even though I drag and drop the .crx file ?

Thanks for help.


Līva January 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Thank you!
This was really needed!


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