Installing the Extension from source

How do I install the Extension from Source?

Install the Leather extension from source

Download source code, by getting the .zip asset from the latest release:

Leather is an entirely open-source project since we believe it's essential that users can verify the code they run for entrusting their digital assets and identity. Check out our repository on GitHub.

You can install the latest version of the Leather browser extension from source using the following instructions.

First download the source code from GitHub using the "Download source code" button above and unzip.

Then move the unzipped folder to somewhere on your computer where you can keep it safe from deletion (e.g. your home folder).

For Chrome, Brave or Edge:

  1. Go to: chrome://extensions

  2. Toggle: "developer mode" on.

  3. Click on: "Load unpacked"

  4. Select the new directory, that was unzipped from

Alternatively, for Firefox:

  1. Go to: about:debugging

  2. Click on "This Firefox"

  3. Click on: "Load Temporary Add-on…"

  4. Navigate inside the new directory, that was unzipped from

  5. Select the manifest.json file.

Important: Installations from source do not update automatically to newer versions, unlike those installed from the Chrome Web Store.

As such, we recommend installing from source only if you have a particular need, such as verifying the code you run on a version-by-version basis or accessing a newer version that isn't yet available in the Chrome stores given review queues. Note: Since November 2023 Leather hasn't been in the Firefox store. The store was serving an outdated version from 2 years ago before that, which made 6.5.1 version of the extension on Firefox the last automatically updated. Manually updating to the latest version, by installing from source is recommended.

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