Previously, Google claimed that the use of the Manifest V2 extension in the Chrome browser will stop already in January 2023, after which the transition to Manifest V3 will be made. Now the engineers announce the postponement of the implementation of the third version of the manifesto to 2024. Moreover, the procedure will take place in stages using an experimental approach.
Hacker.ru writes that now from January 2023 in Chrome 112, developers will start experimenting with discontinuing support for Manifest V2 extensions in the Canary, Dev and Beta channels. Then in June 2023, Chrome 115 will likely begin experiments to disable Manifest V2 add-on support in all other channels, including stable.
The company recommends that all developers managing Manifest V2 extensions complete the transition to the third version in advance, as these extensions may stop working at any time after the above dates. You can track progress on a separate page. And the new schedule for the transition to Manifest V3 is as follows.
- In January 2023, using the version 3 manifest will be a prerequisite for the Chrome Web Store Featured badge.
- In June 2023, the Chrome Web Store will begin banning Manifest V2-based extensions from being published with the Public visibility setting. For existing applications, this option will be changed to Unlisted.
- In January 2024, the remaining extensions based on the second version of the manifest will be finally removed from the Chrome Web Store.
Previously, the Community wrote that the transition to the updated Manifest V3 platform will limit the work of existing extensions in Chrome, including ad blockers, antiviruses, parental control tools, etc.