README v0.1 / 10 March 2018
Private Internet Access
Private Internet Access is the world's leading consumer VPN service. At Private Internet Access we believe in unfettered access for all, and as a firm supporter of the open source ecosystem we have made the decision to open source our VPN clients. For more information about the PIA service, please visit our website privateinternetaccess.com.
Chrome Web Extension
This repo contains all the code needed to build and run the Private Internet Access Chrome Web Extension. This extension allows a user to access our network of proxies across the world from their web browser. Users can choose a proxy server location and connect to it directly from the extension. Additional privacy and security features include disabling microphone and camera, blocking flash and ip discovery through WebRTC, and can automatically block ads and tracking through PIA MACE™.
Please be advised that connecting to a proxy through our extension only protects traffic from that particular browser and not on applications that may be installed on the operating system itself.
This client allows a user to sign-in to their PIA account and choose a particular proxy server to route all their browser traffic through. The client itself is has additional features such as:
- Block Adobe flash
- Block WebRTC IP Detection
- Block Camera access
- Block Microphone Access
- Block Location access
- Disable Network Prediction
- Disable SafeBrowsing
- Disable Third Party Cookies
- Disable Website Referrer
- Disable Hyperlink Auditing
- Remove UTM Parameters
- PIA MACE™ (block ads, trackers, and malicious content)
- Allow direct connections for whitelisted sites
Please start by ensuring that all the requirements in the Requirements section of this README is installed.
Building the client is as simple as running the build command:
browser=chrome build=debug grunt
The unpacked extension can be installed from the following url in chrome:
For detailed instructions please refer to the Installation section.
- Git (latest)
- Ruby 2.4.1
- NodeJS 8.1.0 or greater
- Chrome Web Browser (support for the latest two versions)
Please use these instructions to install Git on your computer if it is not already installed: Installing Git
Using the terminal:
git clone https://github.com/pia-foss/extension-chrome.git
or use a graphical interface like Git Desktop to download this repository into a directory of your choosing.
The extension uses Ruby and NodeJS to build itself and run automated tests. Yarn is used instead of the npm client when managing npm packages.
To install all dependencies the extension needs to build run:
To build the extension, run one of the commands below. When the build is finished
./builds/<build name> will have been created, and it can be loaded as an unpacked extension in Chrome.
$ browser=chrome build=debug grunt # option 1 (a build that makes debugging easier) $ browser=chrome build=webstore grunt # option 2 (a production build, that targets the webstore)
A build can be configured to include the git branch and commit SHA it is being built from by including gitinfo=yes at command line:
$ browser=chrome build=webstore gitinfo=yes grunt
The git information is shown on the extension settings page if the build was configured to include it. By default this feature is turned off but enabled when publishing a QA build to the webstore.
- Enter "chrome://extensions" into Chrome's address bar.
- Tick "Developer Mode" if it isn't already.
- Click "Load unpacked extension", and choose the path to the build directory.
Ensure that the following environment variables are set before running tests EXTENSION_ID TEST_USERNAME TEST_PASSWORD
There are feature specs written in Ruby ("./spec/features"). To run these specs, "chromedriver" needs to be installed and available on $PATH. On OSX this can be done with:
$ brew install chromedriver
And then running all the specs:
Or just one spec file:
$ rspec spec/features/extension_settings_page_spec.rb
By default the specs target the
webstore build but you can set $build to change that:
$ build=debug rake $ build=debug rspec spec/features/...
Ensure that a
config/oneskyauthfile.json exist before uploading translations. This file should contain the public and secret keys for your 1sky account Ensure that the ONESKY_PROJECT_ID environment variable is set
The extension supports all locales found in
src/_locales. The translations are translated by the 1sky service.
src/_locales/en/messages.json can be uploaded to 1sky using the following grunt task:
$ grunt oneskyImport
Translations for all locales can be downloaded with the following task:
$ grunt oneskyExport
Deploying to the Chrome Webstore
webstore.pem file exists. Ensure the following environment variables are set before uploading to the webstore. WEBSTORE_CLIENT_ID WEBSTORE_CLIENT_SECRET WEBSTORE_REFRESH_TOKEN WEBSTORE_PUBLIC_ID WEBSTORE_INTERNAL_ID SLACK_HOOK
To publish the extension onto the webstore from the command line for either internal users(eg QA) or the general public, you can run one of the following:
# For internal users only browser=chrome audience=internal build=webstore grunt release # For all users browser=chrome audience=public build=webstore grunt release
By contributing to this project you are agreeing to the terms stated in the Contributor License Agreement (CLA) here. For more details please see CONTRIBUTING.md. Issues and Pull Requests should use these templates: ISSUES and PULL REQUESTS
- Robert Gleeson
- Edward Kim
- Amir Malik
- Manish Jethani