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Simulated Click in Chrome Extension

I am making a Chrome extension. One part of this extension needs to be able to simulate a click in order to activate the onClick events on the page. Here is the code from the background script:

function checkForValidUrl(tabId, changeInfo, tab) {
  // If the letter 'g' is found in the tab's URL...
  if (tab.url.indexOf('maps') > -1 && tab.url.indexOf('google') > -1) {
    // ... show the page action.;


// Listen for any changes to the URL of any tab.

chrome.pageAction.onClicked.addListener(function() {

Here is the error message that I am getting from Chrome’s JavaScript debugging:

Error in event handler for 'pageAction.onClicked': Cannot call method 'click' of null TypeError: Cannot call method 'click' of null
    at chrome-extension://deogcaeekneeagffbhdlflichjlodlem/js/main.js:26:42
    at chrome.Event.dispatchToListener (event_bindings:387:21)
    at chrome.Event.dispatch_ (event_bindings:373:27)
    at dispatchArgs (event_bindings:249:22)
    at Object.chromeHidden.Event.dispatchEvent (event_bindings:257:7) event_bindings:377
chrome.Event.dispatch_ event_bindings:377
dispatchArgs event_bindings:249
chromeHidden.Event.dispatchEvent event_bindings:257

I am guessing that it is something to do with the permissions in the manifest file… Right now I only have permissions to “tabs”. Is there some other permissions I need to activate in order to simulate the click and not get an error? Oh and I am trying to make this capable with version 2 manifest protocol.



Script execution environments are different for extension and page.

Use chrome.tabs.executeScript

For example, to paste some text to Google search field

File: manifest.json

    "name": "My Test",
    "version": "1",
    "manifest_version": 2,
    "background": {
        "scripts": ["background.js"]
    "page_action": {
        "default_icon": "icon.png"
    "permissions": ["tabs", "http://*/*", "https://*/*"]

File: background.js

function checkForValidUrl(tabId, changeInfo, tab) {
    if (tab.url.indexOf("g") > -1) {;


chrome.pageAction.onClicked.addListener(function(tab) {
    chrome.tabs.executeScript(, {code: "document.getElementById('gbqfq').value = 'Hello World!';"});

In manifest file there is need permission to host ("http://*/*").

But if question was strictly on JavaScript click event, look here How to simulate a click with JavaScript?