I found what appears to be a very cool extension for Google Chrome - a Dropbox addin that lets you compare versions of files in your Dropbox by using a diff tool.

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Like most Chrome extensions, this one has some warnings about permissions:

This extension can access:

  • Your data on dropbox.com and www.dropbox.com
  • All data on your computer and the websites you visit

My default instinct is to download the source of the extension and look through it, but the only button I see is "Add to Chrome"

Since Google Chrome is supposed to be "open source," and there is a nice community repository for downloading extensions, I would have expected to see something like "download the source code."

My questions are:

  • How do you download the source for an extension prior to installing it?
  • What other ways can you "do your homework" and make sure an extension is safe besides looking at reviews and/or looking through the source code?
  • Please use the provided image uploader in the future when adding images to your questions and answers.
    – Gaff
    Sep 19 '11 at 2:17

There is Extension Gallery and Web Store Inspector extension that would show you source code and tell which features and API methods are used.

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    Does anyone else see the irony of this inspector? Hmm?
    – William C
    Sep 19 '11 at 0:25
  • Obsolete link?? Aug 22 '18 at 20:54

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