Latest Vivaldi Snapshot supports direct Chrome Web Store installations

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 5, 2015
Updated • Jun 27, 2017
Internet, Vivaldi

The Vivaldi browser, just like many other Chromium/Blink browsers, shares much of its core with Google Chrome and other browsers Chromium based browsers.

One positive effect of that is that it supports the majority of extensions published for Google Chrome in the Chrome web store.

This is similar for the new Opera web browser which supports the majority of extensions as well. Click here to find out how to install Chrome extensions in Opera.

The most recent snapshot build of Vivaldi, version to be precise, adds support for direct Chrome Web Store installations to the browser.

This means that you can visit the Chrome Web Store in the browser now to install any extension listed there directly in the browser.

The installation process works exactly as in Chrome. You open the page of a browser extension that you want to install, click on the add to chrome button on the page that opens, get the permissions prompt that lists all permissions the extension requests and once you accept that, get the extension installed in Vivaldi.

vivaldi chrome extensions

While you can install all extensions -- and apps by the way -- in Vivaldi this way, there is no guarantee that all extensions will work in the snapshot right now.

Probably the biggest issue right now is that Vivaldi does not display extension icons. While that is not a problem for extension that don't rely on it, it makes extensions such as Ghostery or uBlock less usable or outright unusable.

The popular extension uBlock did work and blocked advertisement and other elements on sites that I opened after installation, but since there was no button to control it, there was no option to whitelist a domain permanently or temporarily.

Considering that the feature has just been integrated, it is probably only a matter of time before icons are added to Vivaldi. There are several locations where extension icons could be displayed in the browser. While the panel would make sense, it could be problematic in regards to how extension options are displayed there as it is a vertical menu while Chrome extensions are added to the main horizontal toolbar in the browser.

Tip: You can manage all installed extensions and apps by loading vivaldi://chrome/extensions in the browser. This displays the same extensions manager page that Chrome displays as well. There you can also enable extension use in Incognito mode which can be useful once that mode gets integrated into the browser.

vivaldi extensions

The latest snapshot added other features of interest on top of that. It is possible to pin tabs now in the interface. Another new feature is support for spatial navigation using the Shift and error keys. This allows you to navigate between focus-able elements on a web page. You may also notice a new image toggle to allow or block the loading of images, or load images from cache only on a per-site basis.

The latest Vivaldi snapshot is available on the official website.

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  1. Tobias said on August 29, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Doesn’t seem to work with the mac version. (Build

  2. DonGateley said on June 5, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Has there been any update to extension icons? I just installed and can find no way to put them on the GUI. Without icons how do I interact with critical extensions? For example, LastPass or Xmarks without icons are useless.


    1. David Glas said on July 31, 2015 at 5:27 am

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. I switched to Vivaldi from Chrome & Opera because I value the ability to use third-party extensions, and google nixed the dev channel loophole. Can someone from the dev team give a clear answer on how to access extensions without the icons that automatically show up in chrome/ is this even possible at the moment?

  3. Jack said on March 26, 2015 at 10:08 am

    My personal two favourites:
    1. Clearly – Product of Evernote. Sync articles to your Evernote right in time.
    2. New Tab Draft – Changed my way to use New Tab. New tab can be a paper to write on! Only few people know this one but it helps me a lot.

  4. Andrew said on March 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    It blows my mind how far along Vivaldi seems to be versus Opera.

  5. Dwight Stegall said on March 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I like everything about it but not that worthless time wasting bookmark manager. That’s a deal breaker for me. Chrome’s bookmark manger is about to be turned to crap too. I hope it will have an opt-out.

  6. Anatoly Nechaev said on March 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    They pushed build as TP2 on

    VB-3362 Add Bookmark dialog positioning. Docked the dialog when search field is turned off. Also fixed textarea resizing to vertical only.
    VB-3734 Images opened in a tab are not shown completely at full size. Do not center when nonscaled-mode.
    VB-3172 Dual Vivaldi icons in the taskbar when using standalone install.
    Traditional Chinese language added

  7. LonnieLorian said on March 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    The best!

    After Mozilla and Opera sold out to minimalism and Google in one way or another, finally a real browser for power users again.

    Was about time, minimalism and being feature less is a butt ugly curse!

  8. Cassandra said on March 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    >load images from cache only on a per-site basis
    Hell-o. Is there a “Site Preferences” screen that allows you to set this per site? Right now I can set a tab to cached-only, but that’s about it.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 5, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Does not look that way currently but it will surely be implemented later on.

  9. Mountainking said on March 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Seriously, those half-ass efforts should be stopped. Why not wait and fix that icon not showing up before publishing the build? Maybe they think publishing new builds fast shows that the company is “working hard”

    1. insanelyapple said on March 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Browser is still in its development stage so such problems may occur – it’s nothing weird. Besides, lets hope that google won’t be a dick and will allow access for this and other browsers to its extensions hub.

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