The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender is a lightweight Chrome extension that automatically suspends tabs to free up memory and CPU. It improves performance, detects audio playing tabs, and allows customization of suspension behavior.

A lightweight extension to reduce Chrome's memory footprint. Perfect if you have a lot of tabs open at the same time. Tabs that have not been viewed after a configurable length of time will be automagically suspended in the background, freeing up the memory and CPU being consumed by that tab.

➤ Whitelist specific URLs or domains that you do not want to suspend

➤ Optionally show a screen capture of the tab before it was suspended

➤ Vastly improves performance when restarting Chrome with a large number of open tabs

➤ Detects tabs playing audio and can prevent them from suspending

➤ Detects tabs that contain forms with user input and can prevent them from suspending

➤ Configurable behavior when browsing offline or on battery power

➤ Built from open source code for full transparency

Install from ZIP file

Extension Installation

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots (menu) in the top-right corner of the browser.
  3. Select "More tools" and then "Extensions" from the dropdown menu. Open Extensions Page
  4. Enable Developer Mode by toggling the switch in the top-right corner of the Extensions page. Enable Developer Mode
  5. Click on "Load unpacked" and select the extracted folder from the ZIP file you downloaded.
  6. The extension should now be installed and active.