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How can I view the number of open tabs in Chrome (desktop) without installing an app or extension?

On Chrome for iOS it's easy, just look in the top right for the number:

Tab count, Chrome (iOS)

I have seen this question posted before, but asking for app/extension recommendations. I would like a solution which does not require installation of third-party code.

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    not easy if you go over 99! then you just get a smiley. :D
    – Kyle Baker
    Oct 30, 2021 at 12:42

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(Note: This answer was provided using Chrome version 45)

By navigating to chrome://inspect/#pages, one can view a list of all open pages (tabs):

Chrome DevTools — Pages, Chrome (desktop)

Each entry includes a link below it with the text "inspect". By performing a Find operation on the page (ctrl/cmd + F) for the string inspect, Chrome will produce the Find input box containing the total number of instances of the searched string, and, in this case, the total number of open pages/tabs in your browser!

Find input

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    Also, it appears that it does not count pinned tabs, or the inspect tab itself.
    – dissolved
    Nov 11, 2017 at 20:56
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    It does count the inspect tab iteself, actually, it counts it three times (the title contains "inspect", the url contains "inspect" and the inspect link). I would prefer @Yarin's answer instead, it counts correctly.
    – biolauri
    Oct 31, 2018 at 15:01
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    It also list's only some tabs, if Chrome has been restarted with open tabs, see my comment at @Yarin's answer (superuser.com/questions/967064/…) for further info. To get a full list, tab into each open tab to trigger loading.
    – biolauri
    Oct 31, 2018 at 15:05
  • It does not count "inactive" tabs. one would need to go, tab by tab, trigger a reload before using this method (might as well just count them manually) Sep 23, 2021 at 15:04
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While jsejcksn's answer led me in the right direction, it wasn't enough, since (on Chrome version 67) this page also contains embedded windows in pages, so the total count of inspect search results can be greater than the actual tab count.

The solution I found is the following:

  1. Go to chrome://inspect/#pages
  2. Run the following line of code in the javascript console:

    document.getElementById("pages-list").childElementCount
    

    The tabs count will be printed to the console.

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    This is also nice since it won't overcount by including any other strings that happen to have the word inspect in them.
    – davejagoda
    Sep 5, 2018 at 20:54
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    As Chrome loads tabs on demand after restart (at least with a high number of open tabs), the inspect page doesn't list those (and only the one's already loaded). If you want to count all, then you have to tab into every single tab and the lists in the inspect page is getting updated.
    – biolauri
    Oct 31, 2018 at 15:03
  • @biolauri I tried that now, restarted my computer and opened chrome, and I still get a high tab count, even though many tabs are barely loaded (naked html). (Chrome 70)
    – Yarin
    Dec 1, 2018 at 7:55
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    I am after restart and I only see some of the tabs on the inspect list
    – MarianP
    Jun 13, 2019 at 7:03
  • I see basically the same number (actually 2 less, guessing that's from this comment's observation: superuser.com/questions/967064/…)
    – Kyle Baker
    Oct 30, 2021 at 12:39
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Haven't seen this solution mentioned yet, but it is by far the easiest (one-click) solution that works for me:

If you have chrome sync enabled, simply navigate to chrome.google.com/sync

It should give you the count of open tabs, among other counts (e.g. bookmarks, extensions, etc)

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  • I think this includes tabs on mobile as well (across all devices).
    – Kyle Baker
    Oct 30, 2021 at 12:40
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Just close the window and open Chrome again to load the tabs into history (if you have history enabled). You can then click on the three little dots in the top right, go to History and there will be the full number of tabs (including inactive tabs after a restart, so no need to reload the tabs to get an accurate number). Of course, you also get the option to open the window with all the tabs again if you have History enabled properly.

Works in Google Chrome version 98.0.4758.82 (official build) (64-bit)

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You could utilise an existing extension's background script (Manifest V2) or service worker (MV3) and run a chrome.tabs.query() with a catch-all condition, for example

await chrome.tabs.query({ windowType: 'normal' })

In order to access an extension's background script or service worker, you'll need to

  1. Navigate to chrome://extensions in a new tab
  2. Turn on "Developer mode" from top-right
  3. Find an installed extension and click on the "background script" or "service worker" link at the bottom of the extension's description.

A new developer tools window opens up where you can run the tabs query right in the Console.

Note: the extension will have to have requested the tabs permission in order for this to work.

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