Until now userscript support in the Google Chrome web browser was severely limited by the fact that you had to copy the scripts to a folder of the Chrome profile.
Recent versions of the Chromium browser outline what users of Google Chrome Dev channel are soon going to experience as well. Google apparently has added better support for userscripts in the web browser. The main improvement is that userscripts can be installed directly in the browser, without you having to copy and save the userscripts file manually.
This could remind many Google Chrome users of the extension support in the web browser which was also initially mediocre but turned out to be in recent released to be one of the best for all web browsers.
Chromium users who want to install a userscript simply visit the website where the userscript is offered, e.g. userscripts.org, and click on the install link offered there.
Update: Google recently blocked the automatic installation of scripts and extensions on third-party websites. What this means is that you cannot just click on install anymore to do so. In addition, Chrome Stable and Beta users won't be able to install third-party extensions at all anymore in the browser from 2014 onward.
Chrome users may install the Chrome extension Tampermonkey to restore support for userscripts in the browser. End
The process after clicking on the link is similar to the process of installing extensions in the Google browser.
It begins with a warning at the bottom of the screen that explains that extensions can be dangerous. It gives the user the choice to continue or discard. The installation dialog appears if you select the continue option. Here it is again possible to install the extension or to cancel the process.
Installed userscripts appear in the extensions manager of the web browser from where they can be disabled, uninstalled or reloaded.
Support for this new userscript behavior is only provided in the latest Chromium builds with the promise that it will soon be added to the Google Chrome web browser as well. The only thing left do to for the Google Chrome developers is to release a public version of the web browser with this new feature set (extensions and userscripts) enabled.
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