Call / Execute chrome extension from a link?

Is it possible to run/call a Google Chrome extension from a link?

Suppose I have a HTML page with the following link:.

<a id="Call-Extension" href="chrome://extensions/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom">Call Extension</a>

I want to be able to click on this link, and by doing that execute the extension.

Is that possible?


You can't call it from a URL, no. But, you can use the contextMenus Chrome function rather than the typical browser action icon that installs with an extension.

Here's a sample:


    "manifest_version": 2,
    "description": "Example",

    "icons": {
        "16": "img16.png" }, // Needed for the context menu, but not required

    "background": {
        "scripts":["background.js"] },

    "permissions":[ "tabs", "contextMenus" ], // contextMenus permission allows you to create the action
    "version": "1.0"


//opens a popup window from a selection with a Google search
function sampleSearch(info, tab) {{
        url: "" +info.selectionText,
        width: 850,
        height: 670,

// Creates the contextMenu action to run the extension
    title: "Search for %s",
    onclick: sampleSearch,

The Chrome contextMenus documentation shows how they can be used further.

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