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A Guide to Add Internet Download Manager in Chrome 2023

Want to know How to Add IDM Extension in Chrome? Read the whole article and let us know in the comments if it helped.

  • Open Program Files (x86) and find internet download manager folder.
  • Find the file named as IDMGCExt.crx in the folder.
  • Drag and drop the file or use the Google Chrome extensions tab. The IDM extension will be installed in the chrome browser.

If you frequently download things like videos, software, and games from the internet, you probably know about IDM. So to say that, it is one of the best downloading apps for Windows computers.

All latest browsers, such as Google ChromeMozilla Firefox, etc., comes with built-in downloaders. However, these built-in download managers are best for downloading small size files. For big-size files, you need a downloader that can download files faster.

Internet Download Manager

Most people use Internet Download Manager (IDM) because of the download speed it provides. It provides a faster download speed than any other downloader available on the internet; however, you can check it if you don’t believe us.

When you install IDM, the extension is added automatically to your default browser.  Whenever you watch any video on YouTube or any other site, you will see the “Download this video” tab appear on top of it.

If you see this tab, then IDM is working perfectly. If not, then there might be a problem with the IDM extension for the chrome browser. If you have an IDM extension problem, then we will help you in fixing it.

The reason behind IDM Extension Problem

Firstly, you need to check that your IDM is up to date or not. If it is up to date and you cannot see the IDM download tab, the problem is clearly in the extension. On the other hand, if you use an outdated version, you have to update it to its latest version. So why should you update it?

Because sometimes, IDM fails to add its extension “IDM Integration Module” in the chrome browser. This is due to compatibility issues. Therefore, to remove this compatibility issue, you have to update IDM.

This extension problem occurs mostly in Google Chrome, so we will tell you how to fix it. As we said before, when we install IDM, the extension is added automatically. However, when you are up against this extension problem, you need to add the IDM extension manually into Google Chrome.

How to add IDM extension in chrome? You have to read the entire article. But, first, we will tell you how to check if you are using the latest IDM version or not.

How To Check IDM Update

If you don’t know how to check the version details of IDM, then follow the step given below.

  • Open internet download manager.
  • After that, click on Help.
  • Now click on Check for Updates.
  • If you are using the latest version then you will see the following message.

You are using the latest version of Internet Download Manager. Please check back again for updates at a later time.

  • If you are using the old version then it will start downloading the latest IDM version and install it on your computer.

Updating the IDM might solve your problem because it automatically adds the IDM extension to your chrome browser.

However, if updating IDM hasn’t solved your problem, you must add the extension manually or check IDM settings.

Check IDM Browser Integration Settings

  • Open internet download manager.
  • Click on options.
  • After that, you have to check if “Use advanced browser integration” is enabled or not.
  • If not then enable this option to add IDM extension in chrome.
  • Also, check if Google Chrome is enabled under “Capture downloads from the following browsers” list.
  • If Google Chrome is not enabled then enable it.

If this does not solve the problem, there is only one thing you can do: add the IDM extension manually. Many IDM integration module extensions are in the Chrome Web Store, but many fake extensions are on the web store.

We will provide the direct link to the IDM extension for your convenience so that you don’t have to waste time searching the extension in the chrome web store.

Downloading the IDM Extension

To add the IDM integration module extension, you need to follow some steps.

After that, you have to click on “Add to chrome.”

how to add idm extension in chrome

Now click on add extension to install the Internet download manager extension in chrome.

  • You will see the IDM logo on top-right of Google Chrome where all installed extension logos are.

Now, we will tell you how to add IDM extension in chrome via .crx file drag and drop in chrome extension window.

Manually Adding IDM Extension in Chrome

To add the IDM extension manually, follow the steps given below.

  • Firstly, you need to open Google Chrome.
  • After that, click on the three dots on the top right corner of the chrome browser.
how to add idm extension in chrome
  • Now navigate to More tools option where you will find extensions option.
  • Click on the Extensions.
  • After that, the chrome browser extension window will open.
  • If the extension is already installed then remove the IDM extension. You can do that by clicking on the Remove button.
  • After that, you have to open File Explorer.
  • Now open the drive where you have installed Internet download manager.
  • Click on Program Files (x86).
  • After that, find the internet download manager folder and open it.
  • Now look for the crx or IDMGCExt file.
  • After finding crx file, drag and drop the file on Google Chrome extension page.
  • The following message will appear on your computer screen.

“Extensions, apps, and themes can harm your computer. Are you sure you want to continue?”

  • Click on continue, to install the IDM extension in chrome browser manually.

Now open YouTube and play any video to check if the IDM extension is working properly or not. If the “Download this Video” tab appears on top of the video, then this means the IDM extension is added successfully.


In short, these are some of the ways to add IDM extension in chrome. If the problem is still there, then try reinstalling IDM on your computer. Some of the time, Google chrome update also cause IDM not to work properly.

Therefore, you should know how to add the IDM extension in chrome manually. If you face any problem with the procedures mentioned in the content, feel fo write about them in the comments below.


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