5 best google chrome extensions for developers
2019-10-17 | by Jules Austin

5 best google chrome extensions for developers

The best thing about using Google Chrome browser is that there are so many extensions that you can install from chrome web store and Google itself actually makes a lot of extensions that you probably don't even know about.

We previously explained about 10 best chrome extensions for front-end developers go and check it out. Here I’m going to explain 5 best chrome extensions for developers.

1 – User-Agent Switcher for Chrome

While developing a web application, developers need to check its flexibility and functionality on different mobile and desktop browsers. The User-Agent Switcher for chrome is the easiest way to do so. It spoofs and mimics User-Agent strings.

The User-Agent Switcher came with a list of spoof browsers

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

Moreover, you can add specific URLs that you want to spoof/mimic every time.

Keep in mind the Chrome UA Spoofer does not enhance privacy while browsing it is not a sort of VPN or proxy it just pretends as a different browser.

You can check how it works by visiting and click on Chrome UA Spoofer and select a different browser. It is one of the most useful chrome extensions for developers.


2 – Secure Shell Extension

If you have a server/hosting for your website, then you might be familiar with the (File Transfer Protocol) FTP & (Secure File Transfer Protocol) SFTP that allow us to access and transfer data over a Secure Shell (SSH).

Secure Shell Extension is a terminal emulator and SSH and SFTP client. It uses Native-Client to connect directly to SSL Servers without and external Proxies.

Secure Shell Extension is a very simple to run, easy to use, and the best part, it stores the last used profile so that you don't have to fill your credentials again and again.


3 – Tag Assistant (by Google)

The Google Tag Assistant is the most common extension among developers and SEO experts and it is one of the Chrome extensions made by Google.

Developers want a tag management solution that is simple, reliable, secure, and integrates easily within their existing environment.

And that is Google Tag Manager. Google Tag Manager makes communication easy between marketers and developers. It's a tool that helps you collaborate to make sure that you're able to deploy all of the most critical tags for your web business needs.

You can simplify your workflows to ensure that you're able to deploy your tags as quickly as you need with all of the relevant stakeholders involved.

We also want to be able to change tags with ease. We have rules-based triggers and easy to use tag templates as well as auto event functionality to help you manage tags with as little code as possible.

You can create or update your tags within the tag manager interface, and then deploys those without having to make actual code changes to your site.

So, it is eliminating a lot of the in-between steps that you would normally have without a tag management system.

The Google Tag Manager provides a lot of benefits for you as an organization in deploying all of your measurement and marketing tags. It's safe, reliable and accurate. And includes a variety of features to help you in this regard. Easy to use debugging tools, error checking, speedy tag loading means you can be confident that every tag you deploy works as it needs to work.

You can set up tags to fire one after another with tag sequencing.

You can organize those tags into folders.

And you can make sure that you're publishing the changes that you want to publish to all of your different testing environments not just immediately to production.

It's also worth noting that all custom HTML tags that are deployed through Google Tag Manager are scanned for malware and paused if any malware is detected.

And you can use workspaces to ensure that relevant stakeholders are working on their tagging independently without running into each other.

If any conflicts are found, conflict resolution tools are available to help ensure that the tagging is done correctly. So we hope that you can see the massive benefits that you can get through Google Tag Manager.

And stay with us through this series to actually learn how to implement and use many of these features that we've talked about.


4 – AMP Validator

As a web developer these days you might be familiar with the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page). AMP is a web component framework developed by Google to enhance user experience on mobile devices. So in order to convert our simple website page, into an AMP we have to follow AMP templating rules.

There are multiple ways to check if there is an error in our AMP template, we might have missed some AMP syntax or used any unauthentic syntax.

The easiest way I have found is the AMP Validation as it is simple to use and we don’t have to go anywhere else just open your page’s AMP link and click on the AMP Validator extension and it will tell you whether your page is a valid AMP or if there is any errors or warnings.


5 – Google Analytics Debugger

The Google Analytics debugger is used for testing our Analytics code on websites I have explained how to use the tag assistant above and now I'm going to explain how you can debug your Google Analytics.

After installing Google Analytics Debugger hit ctrl shift J to open up the console and in the console what you'll see is all the information about your Google Analytics right within the JavaScript console.

It's a great tool it shows you that set account was run and it ran correctly trackpageview was sent and then it even chose the beacon the query string that gets sent to Google Analytics and then it gets broken up into all of the components of the beacon as well so you can tell a lot of information about your Google Analytics right here and so the Google Analytics debugger gives you all of that grid information all in one place so that you can check not just pageviews but other more complex uses of Google Analytics like e-commerce tracking custom URL tagging events you name it those pieces can all be checked using the debugger.