my chrome extension popup opens after a few seconds, it's slow compared to other extensions

When we click on the extension button, listed beside the address bar (where the URL appears), popup.html of the corresponding extension shows up. (of course, according to manifest.json)

When I click on lastPass, the popup appears instantly, but when I click on my custom-extension (contains nothing but popup.html), the mouse icon changes to loading for 1-2 seconds & then the popup opens up.

Did some digging on why my popup is so slow, the google-groups had something like


Unable to find any related documentation, or working sample.

Please help in figuring out why my extension popup is so slow, though the code contains nothing just the popup (beginner in chrome-extensions development).



  "manifest_version": 2,

  "name": "Sample Name",
  "description": "Sample Descriptoin",
  "version": "1.0",

  "browser_action": {
    "default_icon": "icon.png",
    "default_popup": "popup.html"
  "permissions": [


<!doctype html>
            <label>Enter HR Password</label>
            <input type='password' id='passwd'/>
            <button id='evaluateResults'>Evaluate</button>
            <ul id='results' style='width:100px;'>

        <script src='popup.js'></script>


var totalCorrect=0, totalWrong=0;

    var passwd=document.getElementById('passwd').value;
        var strCode="var scriptOptions = {role:'blank'};";
        chrome.tabs.executeScript(null, {code: strCode,allFrames:true}, function(){
            chrome.tabs.executeScript(null, {file: "content_script_evaluate.js",allFrames:true});       
        alert("Incorrect Password");

chrome.runtime.onMessage.addListener(function(request, sender, sendResponse) {
    var ul=document.getElementById('results');
    var li=document.createElement('li');
    li.innerHTML=request.testName+" - "+(request.testResult?"Correct":"Wrong");


What worked for was to add an empty background page. This is not explained in the Google Documentation (or at least I did not find it), so it was more of a fluke, but seems to work.

The idea is that the plugin is loaded once when you come to the page (so before you even click), as opposed to being reloaded over and over again on each click.

In the manifest add something like:

  "background": {
    "page": "bg.html"

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