Record with Chrome using Packed Extension

This solution is obsolete. For a better solution, consider our latest extension: Katalon Compact Utility.


In some environments, unpacked extensions are disabled as a security feature. In that case, using the Record utility with Chrome prompts this error: "Loading the unpacked extension is disabled by the administrators."

It is possible to use the packed extension Katalon Record Utility as an alternative. The extension is available on Chrome Web Store.

This article will show you how to install the extension, configure your Profile, and use this alternative to Record in Katalon Studio.

Notes: This utility is associated with your Chrome Profile, which means you can only have one active session at any given time.

Installing Katalon Record Utility

  1. Open Chrome. Make sure you are using the Profile you want to Record with.

  2. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store page for this extension: Katalon Record Utility.

  3. Download and install Katalon Record Utility.

  4. Make sure the extension is now active. You can find instructions to manage your Chrome extensions in this guide: Install and Manage Extensions.

Configuring and Using the Record Utility with Chrome Profile

The next steps will help you associate your Chrome Profile with the Record Chrome (with Profile) function in Katalon Studio.

Finding your Chrome Profile in the User Data Directory

There are multiple Profiles in a given User Data Directory. This section will help you find the path to the correct one.

  1. Open Chrome with the Profile you previously used to install Katalon Record Utility. In the address bar, type chrome://version and press Enter.

  2. The line "Profile Path:" now displays the path to your active Profile. For example: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.

  3. Copy the path.

  4. Close Chrome.

Configuring and using Katalon Record Utility with Chrome Profile

  1. Open Katalon Studio, then:

    • As a Windows user: Click on Window > Katalon Studio Preferences > Katalon > Recorder.
    • As a macOS user: Click on Katalon Studio > Preferences > Katalon > Recorder.
  2. Next to Chrome profile, click on the text box and paste your Profile Path. Click on Apply and Close.

    You can also click on Browse and navigate to the folder you wish to use. Find out more information about user data directory paths here: User Data Directory.

  3. Click on Record Web. The Web Recorder window displays.

  4. Input the URL of the website under test.

  5. Click on the dropdown menu. Under the New Browsers section, select Chrome (with Profile).

Katalon Studio now launches the Katalon Record Utility with your associated Chrome profile. You can now record your test script.

You can find more information about the record function here: Creating test cases using Record & Playback.