How to get the currently opened tab's URL in my page action popup?

I want to create an extension for automatically logging into my servers. So I created a background page to check the current URL and if it conforms to my URL regex, I'll display the page action icon. On click of the page action I'm opening a popup with some fields. I need to get the currently opened URL and fill it in one of the fields in the popup(like when we click the standard bookmark page action, the URL gets automatically filled in the popup that opens). How can I do something like this in chrome extensions? I tried Message Passing from the background page to the popup html but it is not working. Is it possible to send messages like that? Also I tried setting onload for the popup html file but i noticed that it is not triggering. Please suggest a suitable method to deal with this scenario.


Use chrome.tabs.query with the following parameters:

  • queryInfo object:
    • active: true - To get the active tab
    • lastFocusedWindow: true - To select the active window
  • callback function: This function receives one argument: An array of matched tabs. Since only one window can be active, and one tab within this window, the array has only one element. This element is an object with the Tab signature.

Code snippet:

// Do NOT forget that the method is ASYNCHRONOUS
    active: true,               // Select active tabs
    lastFocusedWindow: true     // In the current window
}, function(array_of_Tabs) {
    // Since there can only be one active tab in one active window, 
    //  the array has only one element
    var tab = array_of_Tabs[0];
    // Example:
    var url = tab.url;
    // ... do something with url variable

The activeTab permission is sufficient for this to work.

You can also use promises for a cleaner way of retrieving a tab:

    // Do something w/tab

  function getCurrentTab(){
    return new Promise(function(resolve, reject){
        active: true,               // Select active tabs
        lastFocusedWindow: true     // In the current window
      }, function(tabs) {

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