Work Offline

Work Offline

Brings work offline and online in the web page level to your browser

What is Work Offline?
'Work Offline' is a handy Chrome extension specifically designed to make the web browsing user experience more efficient. It provides the user with the ability to toggle between online and offline modes, with the offline mode preventing web requests from being sent or received by web pages. Notable features include the ability to still use web-based extensions while in offline mode, browsing local HTML files offline, and tab-specific offline settings. It also supports navigator.onLine, 'online' and 'offline' events, and respects global offline and online browser level events.
Stats
Rating: 3.43 (21)
Version: 0.2.1 (Last updated: 2021-10-04)
Creation date: 2019-07-21
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
Permissions:
  • storage
  • contextMenus
  • declarativeNetRequest
  • scripting
Host permissions:
  • *://*/*
Size: 55.84K
URLs: Website
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Not available on Firefox
Work Offline
Work Offline (v0.2.0)
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Summary

This extension brings "Work Offline" button to your browser. When the extension is in the offline mode, no web request can be sent or received by web pages. Note that still, your extension can use the internet. So let's say you have a web-based email client and an email notifier extension. The web-based one is disconnected, but the extension one is connected.

Notes:

  1. You can enable and disable the offline mode right from the toolbar button. This is a toggle button.
  2. If you have open tabs, those tabs cannot send and receive network requests in the offline mode
  3. You can still browse local HTML files while you are in the offline mode, though these pages cannot anything to any web servers

Change Log: version 0.1.2

  1. Offline mode per tab. You can now use the right-click context menu item for page action to make a single tab or multiple tabs go to the offline mode. It is still possible to use the toolbar button to make all tabs work in offline mode too. version 0.1.3
  2. supports navigator.onLine
  3. supports "online" and "offline" events
  4. respects global offline and online browser level events
User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
Pros
  • Useful for debugging with progressive web app (PWA) development
  • Works like a charm for some users
  • Useful for blocking AJAX calls
Cons
  • Unreliable, does not work 100% of the time
  • Does not work with websockets
  • No toggle button after installation for some users
  • Cannot load local files even in offline mode
  • Does not reload tabs automatically after switching back online
Most mentioned
  • Issues with AJAX calls
  • Problems with websockets functionality
  • Extension does not reliably trigger 'offline' and 'online' events
  • No automatic reload of tabs after going back online
  • Some users find it completely non-functional
Recent reviews
Thanks. I Like it so much. It's work like a charm
by Joni Pranata Joni Pranata, 2024-03-04

Basically useless for development. It won't load anything even if it's local. Closing the browser would be a good replacement for the functionality this extension offers since you can't do anything once you enable it.
by Ze webdev Ze webdev, 2023-05-19

It was quite useful for debugging with pwa development, but now its not showing the page when offline mode is activated
by Julian Julian, 2022-04-01
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Safety
Risk impact

Work Offline may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Work Offline has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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