Unable to check runtime.lastError during browserAction.setBadgeText

chrome.browserAction.setBadgeText(object details) is used to set the badge text for a chrome extension. However, if the tabId doesn't exist, Chrome produces the following error using console.error():

Unchecked runtime.lastError while running browserAction.setBadgeText: No tab with id: ####.

This becomes a problem when the badge text is set during a page load. If the tab originally exists but is closed by the user, setBadgeText ends up being called using a non-existent tabId.

Normally, this can just be prevented by checking chrome.runtime.lastError in the callback argument of the problematic function as was answered in another question. However, since browserAction.setBadgeText() has no callback parameter, there seems to be no way to prevent the error.

When tabId is an integer not representing any tab, the following code still produces the error even though it attempts to...

  • catch the error with try...catch (which doesn't work since console.error() is not thrown).
  • check lastError after calling setBadgeText (which doesn't work since the function is asynchronous).
  • use various setTimeout intervals to check lastError after calling setBadgeText (which doesn't work and probably wouldn't be reliable).
  • add a callback argument to setBadgeText (which has been commented out since chrome produces another error when using it since there is no second argument).
var tabId = 5000;
function clearError () {
try {
        text: 'text',
        tabId: tabId
    }/*, clearError*/);
    setTimeout(clearError, 0);
    setTimeout(clearError, 50);
    setTimeout(clearError, 500);
catch (e) {
    console.log('Caught', e);

Would there be any way to properly check chrome.runtime.lastError to prevent this error from occurring?


An option would be to call chrome.tabs.get first and if no error is called assume that the tab will exist for the next few milliseconds.

var tabId = 5000;
function callback(tab) {
    if (chrome.runtime.lastError) {
    } else {
            text: 'text',
            tabId: tabId
chrome.tabs.get(tabId, callback);

There is of course always a chance the tab could get closed between tabs.get finishing and setBadgeText getting called but it's very unlikely.

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