How do I redirect to a URL using a Google Chrome Extension & Content Script?

I’m currently building a Google Chrome extension which tests for certain patterns and if found, redirects them to a new URL.

I’ve gotten the pattern checking done via a content script, and now I’m not sure how can I proceed with getting the redirect done. Any suggestions ?

Send redirect url from a content script to a background page:

chrome.runtime.sendMessage({redirect: "http://redirect"});

In a background page update tab’s url which would cause redirect:

chrome.runtime.onMessage.addListener(function(request, sender) {
    chrome.tabs.update(, {url: request.redirect});

If you want to access a file inside your WebExtension, you can add the file and its prerequisites to web_accessible_resources in manifest.json, as in

  "web_accessible_resources": [

Ive not worked with Google Chrome extensions… but you may be able to use one of these ways.

As I understand, these extension APIs allow you to inject javascript into the page… after that its simple manipulation of window.location …

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