I am trying to launch a Google Chrome extension in AppleScript or Terminal. By "launch," I mean replicate the act of clicking on the extension icon found in Chrome's toolbar.
The Chrome extension in question is Google Hangouts. Clicking on the extension icon creates a new pseudo-window in Chrome that houses the Hangouts dialer.
Here is what I've considered:
I uncovered the physical location of this extension on my hard drive:
/Users/Me/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Extensions/ nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd/2018.123.418.2_0
However, I didn't find anything of significance.
chrome-extension://nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd/in Chrome's address bar, which led to a "Your file was not found" message.
I do not know of a way to associate a keyboard-shortcut with the Hangouts extension. The Options item in the context menu of the Hangouts extension is not selectable (i.e., it is greyed out).
The Hangouts extension has a second shortcut, found in the systemwide, top menu bar. I tried programmatically clicking on the menu-bar icon with code like this (source):
tell application "System Events" to tell process "SystemUIServer" to tell (menu bar item 1 of menu bar 1) to click
But, I am unable to get AppleScript to click on any icon that falls to the left of the wifi symbol.
I am aware that Hangouts has a web interface (https://hangouts.google.com). However, any phone number that is given to the web interface is dialed by the extension (not by the web interface itself). So, interacting with the extension directly is more ideal.
Is the dreaded mouse-click simulation the only way to accomplish what I want?