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    Default How to create themes in crx format for Win, Mac & Linux

    Credit to VoyD for providing the information

    Creating a Theme in CRX format: http://dev.chromium.org/developers/d...cuments/themes
    List of images for CRX (only begins with IDR_THEME): http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrom..._resources.grd

    To begin:
    1. Create a folder, for example C:\MyTheme
    2. Create a sub folder and add your images to it C:\MyTheme\Image
    3. Create a file C:\MyTheme\manifest.json See example
    4. Close all instances of Chrome.
    5. Packaging an Extension http://dev.chromium.org/developers/d...ions/packaging
    (for example, chrome.exe --pack-extension="C:\MyTheme")
    6. It will creates 2 files: MyTheme.CRX and MyTheme.PEM

    For future modifications, edit CRX:
    chrome.exe --pack-extension="C:\MyTheme" --pack-extension-key="C:\MyTheme.pem"

    Additional info
    1. Resources for colors and tints
    http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrom...me_provider.cc

    NOTE:
    Presently not all buttons can be done in theme.crx
    This is possible when creating themes in default.dll
    See here
    http://code.google.com/p/chromium/is...etail?id=18065
    Last edited by sulasno; 10-01-2009 at 09:58 AM.

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    Really usefull info, thanks for that

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    Translation for those using Mac Os X or Linux:


    Creating a Theme in CRX format: http://dev.chromium.org/developers/d...cuments/themes
    List of images for CRX (only begins with IDR_THEME): http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrom..._resources.grd

    To begin:
    1. Create a folder, for example ~/MyTheme
    2. Create a sub folder and add your images to it ~/MyTheme/Image
    3. Create a file ~/MyTheme/manifest.json See example
    4. Packaging an Extension is done by the Chrome application on Chrome://extentions

    Additional info
    1. Resources for colors and tints
    http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrom...me_provider.cc

    NOTE:
    in Mac OS X all buttons can only be modified in the Chrome Application Package. They are pdf files found in /Applications/Chrome.app/Contents/Resources/

    In the finder right click on Chrome and select "show package contents"
    then open the Contents folder, followed by the resource folder.
    Last edited by idan; 10-01-2009 at 09:10 AM.

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    thanks for the additional info

    subject changed to include Mac & Linux

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    Here's some other info a theme maker might like.
    I fudged around to get these, so they might be wrong but I dont think so.

    Colours (some colours are determined by other colours)

    Status bar background = toolbar
    Status bar text = ~half way between the tab_text and toolbar
    Extension text (default) = bookmark text
    Download bar text = bookmark text
    Download bar background = toolbar
    Download bar item = lighter version of toolbar
    toolbar does the first line/frame around the page/bookmarks bar
    Seperator Lines (the one between extensions or the bookmarks and Other bookmarks) - I know that toolbar determines the bottom gradient.....now whats the other colour


    Toolbar Heights

    0-25 Tab
    26-60 Toolbar
    61-86 Bookmark bar - be aware that 61 is still visible when the bar is collapsed

    Extension bar seems to be getting its background from the toolbar image with 4.0.213.1, its so dam annoying....hopefully its just a bug.

    If anyone else has some info like this Id love to hear it, especially if you know how to change the colour of those dam seperators.

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    Hello. It's very good tutorial. I made it. But now, i don't know how run this theme on Chrome(Mac OS X).

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    You just drag the crx file onto your chrome browser and accept the installation on the bottom left

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