How to Install IDM Integration Extension in Google Chrome Manually [Updated]

by Venkat eswarlu on May 7, 2013

in Google Chrome,How to,tips and tricks

The article which I’ve written way back in 2008 on how to integrate internet Download manager into Chrome is old and needs an update which I did. If you’ve Google Chrome installed on your computer and when you install IDM it will install its extension into the browser which you need to allow or enable it from Chrome extensions page. Then you can download files in Chrome using IDM. This article tells you how to install IDM integration Chrome extension manually if you’ve deleted or uninstalled unintentionally.

Reinstalling IDM Integration Extension in Chrome

1. All you need to do is visit IDM installed directory in Program files, here is its path for navigation in Explorer “C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager”.

2. And drag-n- drop IDMGCExt.crx extension onto Chrome://extensions page or you can open that page by Chrome menu>Tools>Extensions.

IDM Integration chrome extension thumb How to Install IDM Integration Extension in Google Chrome Manually [Updated]

That’s it IDM Integration extension will be installed for chrome. *Make sure you checked ‘Hide Extensions for Known file types’ on Folder Options dialog to see IDMGCEXt with crx extension.

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Bonus: Similarly, if Firefox showed compatibility problems for IDM extension and disabled it in the browser, remove it. Then download and save idmzzcc.xpi extension from here, and drag and drop it onto Firefox address bar to install.

Ask me if you’ve any doubts regarding IDM in comments, I am happy to help.


Update: IDM Integration module available on Chrome Web Store, you can  install it from here ( Internet Download Manager team has removed extension from the Web Store and the above method we mentioned is still working.)  (Updated on May 28 2014).


{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

sneak July 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

thanks.. it worked =D


Venkat eswarlu July 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

Welcome Sneak.


Kashish July 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

there is no such file as IDMGCExt.crx in the IDM folder..!!


Venkat eswarlu August 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

Sorry for late reply, make sure on Folder Options dialog you’ve deselected for Windows to show known file types extensions.


ravi November 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

there is no crx file in the folder using idm 6.12 build 10 so cant get video download bar checked the hide extension so where can i get the ext file would ext file from another version work?

had tried latest idm but it dosent work on college proxy cannot get file size while trying to download


Venkat eswarlu November 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

Your question is not clear, you can download IDM chrome extension from here.


Jill August 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

I didnt get it..where is the folder option please


Venkat eswarlu August 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

Open Computer, press Alt+F from Tools menu select Folder Options>View tab and remove tick mark for “Hide extensions for known file types”. Got it?


saroj July 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm

hey chrome said ,google has flagged idm as malicious and what to do man..


Venkat eswarlu August 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’ve written posts with details on how to overcome it at, hope its helps you. If you’ve any doubts on that ask me there in comments section. Thanks.


Anurag August 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

It is still not accepting…..i did wats sed above……


Venkat eswarlu August 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

What’s the error you’re getting?


exobaby October 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

attempted to downgrade extension


Venkat eswarlu October 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

Do you have any problem now?

christos August 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

no,it s not doesnt allow me to do that


David August 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm



wail August 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Thanks the drag of the file reallly worked,,,
Thanks again


Venkat eswarlu August 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

You’re most welcome wail.


venz September 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm

thanks a million for the “DIY” article on How to Install IDM Integration Extension in Google Chrome Manually. Take care :)


linn September 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

how to drag n drop IDMGCExt.crx when there`s no IDM integration at the google extension?how to find it ? :(


Venkat eswarlu September 11, 2013 at 5:54 am

You can also download that extesnion from here, I’ve uploaded it in post
here is the download link for extension:
Has it helped you?


Shivam September 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thank You Man , i was looking for this IDM to work in chrome for many days , but the thing was i was afraid that after installing the IDM version 6.17 as i had the version 5 , i will lose all my files downloaded location and all that, but after installing this version 6.17 , all went so smooth that now it is working like a charm . Downloads are just a click away. Thank you


UchihaMadara September 15, 2013 at 7:08 am

Thanks a bunch :)


Venkat eswarlu September 15, 2013 at 8:09 am



s spider September 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

thanks a million chap


dosbft11 September 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

i have downloaded the ext file from mediafire but cannot drag n drop,s not working man…..


Venkat eswarlu September 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

Make sure you’re following this procedure.
visit Chrome://extensions page or from Chrome menu>Tools>Extensions
open folder to which you saved extension, drag and drop it onto center or middle Chrome extensions page. Before you drop on Move button appears on chr.ext page.
Hope this helps.


Sachin October 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hey man its still not working on my pc..I’m not getting any I’m unable to download youtube videos..the link to download video not


Venkat eswarlu October 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Which version of IDM are you using, recent version has addressed these issues. So make sure you’re using IDM latest version.


Mehedi Hasan October 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm

thanks.. it worked


neelu November 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

idm is asking allow in incognito and allow to access files URLs which option to give


Venkat eswarlu November 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

You’ve to take that decision. Allowing extensions in incognito mode access data on websites, which defeats private browsing feature it self, that’s why all installed extensions not enabled by default for incognito. But you’ve the option to turn them on if you want.


F. Zameer November 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks you very much Venkat eswarlu

your instructions solve my problem



Venkat eswarlu November 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

You’re welcome Zameer, pleasure is mine.


mohsen November 16, 2013 at 7:22 am

i can not installed because the chrome said “google has flagged”IDM integration”as malicious and installation has been prevented”


Venkat eswarlu November 16, 2013 at 11:09 am
jajal November 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

thank you very much!!!
i appreciate it… you saved me


Troubled November 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I cant download stuff cause IDM aint installed. I tried installing IDM on Firefox, but doesnt work, and I just cant seem to get IDM on chrome. It aint there on that ‘extensions’ options under Settings. Im a person with zero knowledge of IT stuff. Help please?


sf November 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

tnx. easy and compete


symb05 December 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

work for my citrio chrome browser idm extension 6.17.6 though my idm is 6.18, thanks man


anie December 16, 2013 at 1:05 am

thanks dud a lot ! :)


praveen December 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks a ton, it worked exactly as u said. Thanks a lot. keep up the good work.


Kavian Rezae January 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Please send the answer to my email!

when I drag And drop the file , It says : “Apps, Extensions, and user Scripts Cannot be added from this website.”


Venkat eswarlu January 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Click on Chrome menu>Tools>Extensions
Drag and drop extension from folder to center of Chrome://extensions page, it will be installed without any issues.


Pc Free Software January 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

thank you very much!!!
i appreciate it… you saved me


enelia January 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

thanks for the info.. it works!


henry January 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm

thanks a lot. worked well


Marios February 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hi there ,

I follow every step as you say but a message pops up from chrome that the software is recognised as malicious and I can’t use the extension of idm.
Have you faced this problem again?


sunil February 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm

It is displaying the following mee=ssage when i tried
Google has flagged IDM INTEGRATION as malacious and installation has been prevented.
please help me.


Gel February 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Thanks :)
The mediafire file & the dragging worked ..


Amir February 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

when I try to drop “IDMGCExt.crx” into extension page, error page appears with this message: Package is invalid. Details: “.
please advise.


hobalukluk March 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

download another IDMGCExt.crx file google it and try to download from different sources and maybe one of them work :) .


Amir March 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

I tried to download from other sources, but it failed again.
please give a reputable source.


Venkat eswarlu March 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

Hey, read the update at the bottom of article. It is now available on Chrome web store, if you’ve any doubts ask me.


Byomkesh Dash March 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

thanx a lot…
its very easy and direct..


adda March 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm

it works well!thnks


naseer March 14, 2014 at 3:33 am

thanks bro it worked :))


Sunny March 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

works perfectly..thanx :)


Aj' March 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Thank YOU VERY MUCH … worked perfectly !!! :)


meet patel April 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Dear friend…

thank you so much, i had some problem to install idm into chrome.

but with the help of your article
it is done..


mina April 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I always do it but I had to unistall and install it again recently.. and after dropping it, chrome says “attempted to downgrade extension”. why? :(


Venkat eswarlu April 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Solution for attempted to downgrade extension error here is the solution: and you should know you longer need to manually install IDM extension as it is available on Chrome Web store, read: Do ask me if you’ve any doubts.


mina April 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

thank u very much. it worked


Anon April 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thanks a billions, you solved it in a simple and easy way.


ramez August 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

thank you very much man


Abdelrahman August 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Thanks a lot, been trying to reinstall it for a while


sudheer August 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm

By mistake, i have dragged and dropped it on home page and it got installed too….Now when i follow the correct process by dropping on extension page, it is not showing any idm icon on video links.

kindly let me know what to do now ?


Venkat eswarlu August 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Uninstall IDM from Control Panel and re-install its latest version, open Chrome, when its menu prompts to enable IDM extension, enable it, simple. Is it working for you? Let me know.


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