How to Whitelist a Google Chrome Extension

  • Log into your Domain Controller.
  • Download the Google Chrome Policy templates here.
  • Open\extract the ADM or ADMX template you downloaded.
  • Open Group Policy Management
  • Right-Click the Domain you plan to apply the new GPO to and then select Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here…
  • Provide a name for the new GPO and click OK. For this example, we are going to whitelist (aka approve) the 1Password Google Chrome extension. Prior to creating this GPO, end users in my home lab were NOT permitted to install this extension
  • Right-click the new GPO and select Edit
  • Navigate to the Policy Path: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates. Right-click Administrative Templates and select Add/Remove Templates…
  • Select Add and navigate to the template to be used and then select Close.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates\Google\Google Chrome\Extensions\ and then double-click Configure extension installation allow list
  • Tick the Enabled Radio button and then select Show

  • Retrieve the Google Chrome Extension’s ID by searching for the Extension in the Chrome store and copying its ID from the URL
  • Enter the ID obtained from the previous step info the Value field below under Show Contents and then select OK twice
  • Right-click the Computers OU where this GPO will be applied to. In this example, Lab Computers and then select Link an Existing GPO
  • Select the GPO to link to (in this example, Whitelist 1Password Google Chrome Extension) and then select OK
  • Right-click the GPO and then select Enforced
  • Open a Command Prompt (CMD) and type gpupdate \force and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard to invoke this GPO immediately.
  • On the client workstation, search for the 1Password Google Chrome extension and then select Add to Chrome, followed by Add Extension
  • The extension will install without restrictions and will appear in Chrome under Extensions

If I have missed anything or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.


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