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about a year ago I remember making a google-styled application with JavaScript/HTML (very basic). I went back to making a similar app but started from scratch using JavaScript/HTML5/CSS3 and Python 2.7, and as a preloader I found that you can use the chrome://resources/images/throbber.svg file directory straight from Google Chrome.

I was wondering where this root directory is located? I am using Windows 7 Professional, Chrome version 26 and Chrome Canary version 27. I tried looking through C:/Program Files (x86)/Google/Chrome/application/VisualElements with no avail, all that is is Windows 8 Metro elements. I also tried just typing in the omnibox chrome://resources/ but it pulls an Error 2 (net::ERR_FAILED): Unknown error 404-ish page.

I am assuming it has other UI elements, not just the throbber, so that's why I am wondering how to get to the directory so I can browse the other files.

  • Where is the file directory and how can I get to it?
  • Is the file directory protected and/or hidden so I can't get to it?
  • If the above statement is true, is there a list of GUI elements that I can type
  • manually similar to `throbber.svg`?


I'll go ahead and compile (start) a list of what I already know, and anyone who can answer might finish the list?

  • chrome://resources/images/throbber.svg
  • chrome://resources/images/trash.png
  • chrome://resources/css/chrome_shared.css
  • chrome://resources/css/widgets.css
  • chrome://resources/css/list.css
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It's an embedded resource, not a file you can directly access in a folder. A query like this is easily answered - just look through the Chromium source code.

Here's what's present under src/ui/webui/resources:

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Thanks! This is what I was looking for! – Jacedc Feb 26 '13 at 3:28

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