While testing, efficiency is everything. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with numerous Chrome extensions. We’ve compiled a list of the plugins that we find make testing more efficient and accurate.



‘Check My Links’ quickly finds all the links on a web page and checks each one for you. It highlights which links are valid and which ones are broken, simple as that.

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The JIRA Assistant can import all of your favorite filters to a separate tab on the JA dashboard, add custom filters typed in JIRA Query language, show the count of issues for separate filters, as well as help you quickly log your work for any issue. Create, assign, and resolve issues with the Assistant.

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Does just what you’d think it would do: generates random ‘Lorem Ipsum’ text while using the least amount of memory possible.

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This add-on is essential in monitoring HTTP requests and responses. It enables you to change requests/responses by setting breakpoints, etc.

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The Javascript error notifier shows error message and source when the notification icon is clicked, shows alert icon in address bar when JavaScript error occurs. An added bonus: error source URLs in popup are clickable. It does not override user-defined error handler, ignores repeated errors, and ignores Google Chrome extensions internal errors.


Firebug Lite is not a substitute for Firebug, or Chrome Developer Tools. It is a tool to be used in conjunction with these tools. Firebug Lite provides the rich visual representation we are used to see in Firebug when it comes to HTML elements, DOM elements, and Box Model shading. It provides also some useful features like inspecting HTML elements with your mouse and live editing CSS properties.

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More than just a simple cleaner, Click and Clean will scan your PC for malware, delete your browsing history, remove download history, erase temporary files, clear cookies and empty cache, delete client-side Web SQL Databases, remove Flash Cookies (LSOs), protect your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity, clean up your hard drives and free up more disk space, including secure file deletion using external applications like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.

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This extension re-sizes the browser’s window in order to emulate various resolutions. It is particularly useful while testing layouts on different browser resolutions. The resolutions list is completely customizable (add/delete/re-order). You can set the window’s width/height, window’s position, preset icon (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) and even the option to apply the new dimensions to the entire window or just to the viewport.
The extension also features customizable global key shortcuts, an option to export your settings and import them on another computer.

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WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool. It provides visual feedback about the accessibility of your web content by injecting icons and indicators into your page. No automated tool can tell you if your page is accessible, but WAVE facilitates human evaluation and educates about accessibility issues. All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser allowing secure valuation of intranet, local, password protected, and other sensitive web pages.

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iMacros is designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there’s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button. With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, and more. You can keep the macros on your computer for your own use, use them within bookmark sync / Xmarks or share them with others by embedding them on your homepage, blog, company Intranet or any social bookmarking service as bookmarklet.

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Capture all or part of any web page. Add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads. Make sure to check your privacy settings in the options menu.

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Quickly clear your cache with this extension without any confirmation dialogs, pop-ups or other annoyances.

You can customize what and how much of your data you want to clear on the options page, including: App Cache, Cache, Cookies, Downloads, File Systems, Form Data, History, Indexed DB, Local Storage, Plugin Data, Passwords and WebSQL.

Cookies can either be removed globally, only for certain domains or for everything except for certain domains.

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For those of us that use Trello, this extension makes accessing your boards much easier. Create Trello cards directly from Chrome without ever going to Trello and hunting down the board and the list.

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The easiest way to find out the fonts used in a webpage for non-developers: with this extension, you can inspect web fonts by just hovering on them.

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For teams without a testing system already in place, it may be worth trying Microsoft’s extension. Exploratory Testing features 3 easy steps – capture, create & collaborate. Everyone in the team can perform exploratory testing of web apps, right from the Chrome browser on any platform (Windows, Mac or Linux). Use various capture formats: notes, screenshots with annotations, user action logs, and videos. Test your applications on real devices or test them on browser based emulators. Quickly create bugs, tasks and test cases with all the captured information automatically attached for you. Export your session report in the standalone mode and share your findings with the rest of the team. Additionally connect to your Team account for an integrated experience.

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