Google has recently announced to stop support for all Chrome Apps which will soon lead to the end of Betaflight configurator and a few other multirotor related apps on the platform. In this article I will show you the solution to this, where and how to download the standalone configurators for our flight controller firmware.
Betaflight Configurator has been on Chrome Extension App since the very beginning (following Baseflight and Cleanflight). We prefer the Chrome App platform because it’s compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
Apart from Betaflight Configurator, many other relevant apps such as BLHeli Configurator and Blackbox Explorer will also be affected. Fortunately the developers have come up with a solution and offer users standalone apps they can run independent of Google Chrome. These apps are also compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
If you still have these apps installed in your Chrome browser, they will continue to work for a while. But as you can see, you can no longer search for these apps in the Chrome Web Store as part of Google’s effort in disabling the whole platform, it’s probably a good idea to move over to the new apps as soon as you can.
Where to download Betaflight Configurator and Blackbox Explorer?
|App Logo||App Name||Download Link|
|Betaflight Configurator||Executable: https://github.com/betaflight/betaflight-configurator/releases|
|Blackbox Explorer||App Installer: https://github.com/betaflight/blackbox-log-viewer-ng/tree/master/dist|
|BLHeli Configurator||Executable: https://github.com/blheli-configurator/blheli-configurator/releases|
|Cleanflight Configurator||Executable: https://github.com/cleanflight/cleanflight-configurator/releases|
|iNav Configurator||Executable: https://github.com/iNavFlight/inav-configurator/releases|
Once you’ve downloaded the package, unzip it to your computer, and you should find the executable file “betaflight-configurator.exe“. You can run it directly without any installation.
If you are prompted about a security question, just select “Run Anyway”.
The same procedure applies to other configurators, except Blackbox Explorer which currently comes as an installer that you need to install first on your computer before running it.
Note that the standalone applications do not update to newer version atomically, and you will have to do this manually. For the convenience of the users, a popup will appear on startup of the configurator when there is a new version available, and you will be directed to download page.
Can’t install, or getting malware warning?
If you can’t install and run Betaflight configurator as a standalone app, you can also try installing it manually in Google Chrome Browser.
Firstly, clone the repo, downloading as a zip on Github.
Then unzip the file, open Chrome, go to Extensions, make sure Developer mode is turned on.
Click Load unpacked extensions, browse to the folder you unzipped, click OK, and that’s it! The configurator will require the unzipped files to run so you can’t delete it.
This is not a standalone version, and it still relies on Google Chrome, but at least it gets you going and won’t require installation, or giving you malware warnings.