Policy Templates

To ease your policy setup, several policy templates can guide you easily through the configurable options.

Templates can also be generated locally by building the policy_templates Chromium project.


There are two types of templates available, an ADM and an ADMX template. You will want to verify what template type you can use on your network.

ZIP file of ADM/ADMX/JSON templates and documentationBeta and Dev administrative templates are also available for testing them before a stable release.

Google Update (auto-update) has its own templates as well, in ADM and ADMX forms.

The recommended way to configure policy on Windows is Group Policy Object (GPO), however on machines that are joined to an Active Directory domain, policy settings may also be stored in the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE or HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the following paths:
  • Google Chrome: Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\
  • Chromium: Software\Policies\Chromium\

Policies are defined on a Mac in a plist (property list) file. The latest plist template is included in the Google Chrome/Chromium installer package. To find the plist:
  1. Download Google Chrome
  2. Open the bundle and find the Configuration folder
  3. Open a file called com.google.Chrome.manifest. This is the latest plist template.
  4. Review the plist template.
  5. Use the template to create your own plist file.
  6. Create your own plist file with appropriate policies based on the plist template. Use the property list editor of your choice.
  7. Use your system management tool to push the configuration file to client Macs.

To see an example of how to load this file into Profile Manager, see the Mac Quickstart guide
Note: Any other system management tool can be used instead of Profile Manager such as Jamf or Puppet.


For Linux, consult the HTML documentation contained in the ZIP file of ADM/ADMX templates and documentation for the JSON keys that correspond to each policy.

To see where to put this file, see the Linux Quickstart guide.

Google Chrome OS

  Google Chrome OS devices that are joined to an Active Directory domain can be managed via Group Policy.

  The ADMX templates containing all applicable Chrome OS user and device policies can be found in the 

  ZIP file of ADM/ADMX/JSON templates and documentationBeta and Dev administrative templates are also available for testing them before a stable release.