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What is an Extension?

An extension is a small software program that can be installed to give added functionality to the Vivaldi browser. Extensions allow you to further customise and enhance your usage of the browser and range from social media tools to privacy-related features such as ad-blocking.

Extensions in Vivaldi

Although Vivaldi aims to provide as much built-in functionality as possible, many users further fine tune the browsing experience using extensions.

Because Vivaldi is built using the Chromium web browser project, extensions available in the Chrome Web Store can also be installed in Vivaldi. In some instances, extensions built for the Chrome browser will behave differently when installed in Vivaldi, but for the most part your favourite Chrome extensions will work just fine in Vivaldi.

In case an extension does not work as expected, please discuss the extension on our Forum, to see if the issue can be solved or if our Community members can suggest alternatives. Contacting the extension developers can help as well.

Installing an Extension in Vivaldi:

  1. Browse to the Chrome Web Store;
  2. Select the Extensions category;
  3. Search for desired extension;
  4. Click Add to Chrome to install the extension in Vivaldi.

In case, an extension isn’t available on the Chrome Web Store you can upload them manually:

  1. Go to the Extensions page;
  2. Enable Developer mode from a toggle in the top right corner of the page;
  3. Click Load unpacked on the new menu that appears;
  4. Find the extension folder in your File Manager (if you have it as a .zip file, extract it first);
  5. Click Select Folder to load the extension to Vivaldi.

Allowing third-party extensions to control the Start Page

To have a custom Start Page page using an extension:

  1. Open Vivaldi Settings;
  2. Go to Tabs > New Tab Page;
  3. Tick the Controlled by Extension checkbox.

Managing Extensions

The Extensions page gives an overview of the extensions currently installed, the ability to disable or delete extensions, and adjust extension-specific settings.

Accessing the Extensions page

To open the Extensions page go to the Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi Menu > Tools > Extensions.

The Extensions page can also be accessed by:

Changing Extension settings

Some Extensions have settings you can change. To check these options:

  • Right-click on the Extension on the Address Bar and select Options from the context menu;
  • Alternatively, click on Details > Extension Options on the Extensions page.

Updating extensions

Extensions usually update automatically. To manually update extensions:

  1. Go to the Extensions page;
  2. Enable Developer mode from a toggle in the top right corner of the page;
  3. Click Update on the new menu that appears.

Disabling Extensions

To disable an Extension:

  1. Open the Extensions page;
  2. Click on the toggle button in the lower right corner of the extension card.
Lower half of an extension card on the Extension page

Disabling extensions is a good way to test whether an issue you’re encountering in the browser is caused by an Extension or not.

Removing Extensions

To remove an extension:

  • Right-click on the Extension on the Address Bar and select Remove Extension from the context menu;
  • Alternatively, click Remove on the Extension page.

Confirm your decision by clicking Remove again in the confirmation dialog.

Hiding Extension Buttons in Address Bar

To hide or show an Extension on the Address Bar, right-click on the Extension and select Hide Button/Show button. Use the toggle button (arrow left button or arrow down button) on the right to view hidden extensions. To view hidden extensions in a drop-down menu instead of expanding the Address Bar (compare the images below), go to Settings > Address Bar > Extension Visibility and tick the box for Expand Hidden Extensions to Drop-Down Menu.

Showing hidden extension on the Address Bar
Hidden Extensions on the Address Bar
Showing hidden extensions in a drop-down menu
Hidden Extensions in a drop-down menu

Reordering Extensions in the Address Bar

Enabled extensions often display a button on the Address Bar. You can reorder these buttons by holding down the Shift key and  dragging and dropping them directly on the Address Bar.

Reorder extensions in Vivaldi

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