I find it slightly disconcerting that I had to create a fake gmail account just to install an app. Is there any way around this?


The app is Postman. I tried going to the web store page for AdBlock, which is an extension and it didn't prompt me to sign in, so maybe this is just for apps?

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    I'm confused. Can you download Mac / iTunes apps without signing in? No.. Same applies for Google. If you wanted this app without creating an account, maybe look on the internet for a direct mirror? – Phorce Nov 27 '12 at 0:49
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    "Look, they do it too!" is hardly a defense of this behaviour from Google. If it's a local app that has nothing to do with a Google account, it shouldn't be tied to an account. Same goes for iTunes. – jjt Nov 28 '12 at 1:29
  • ahh well, that's life - huh? I believe though, they do it because if there is an update etc.. then it is a lot easier for you to update to the latest version. Also, if something happens to your PC, it is much more easier to download your apps again. I don't like downloading apps that are not from the app store - Is that just me? – Phorce Nov 28 '12 at 1:42
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    Extensions have automatically updated for years now, so that's likely not the case. Transferring your apps to other installs is a good feature, but it shouldn't be a forced feature IMO. – jjt Nov 28 '12 at 4:30
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    I'm facing the same problem with chromium and also don't see any option to install apps without google account. Probably time to switch back to firefox again. – Michael Nov 19 '13 at 12:29

For Postman specifically, you can download a zip of the source code from: https://github.com/a85/POSTMan-Chrome-Extension

Once you have downloaded and uncompressed the files:

  • Go to Chrome's menu and select Tools, then Extensions.
  • Click Developer Mode on the Extensions page.
  • Click Load unpacked extension...
  • In the pop up file dialog, select the chrome folder from the files you downloaded.

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