Getting
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How to install the Metro Chrome Extension

You need to install the Metro browser extension to generate and sell your data. To start contributing to a project, visit its page and enable the DataSources. The DataSources will automatically attach to your browser extension and begin working.


  1. First download the Metro extension from here.
  2. Navigate to the download folder and right click on the downloaded zip file, "metro_chrome_extension.zip" and unzip the file. This should create a new folder named "metro_chrome_extension".
  3. Open Chrome again and type or copy & paste "chrome://extensions" into the address bar and press enter. This will open the extensions settings page.
  4. When you have the extensions page open, enable the developer mode checkbox and click on Load Unpacked Extension.
  5. Navigate to the "metro_chrome_extension" folder (not the zip file), select it and press open. You're now ready to start using Metro!

You can open the settings for the Chrome Extension by clicking the little in the top right of Google Chrome. Metro is disabled by default so you'll have to turn it on first.

How to install the Metro Firefox Extension

You need to install the Metro browser extension to generate and sell your data. To start contributing to a project, visit its page and enable the DataSources. The DataSources will automatically attach to your browser extension and begin working.


  1. First download the Metro extension from here.
  2. Navigate to the folder you downloaded the file to and drag + drop the downloaded metro_firefox_extension.xpi file into your Firefox window.

You can open the settings for the Firefox Extension by clicking the little in the top right of Firefox. Metro is disabled by default so you'll have to turn it on manually!

A Project is the destination for data in Metro.

To gather data, you must create a project and then attach DataSources to it. When users enable the DataSources for your project, they'll start automatically contributing data to it.

How to get some Data via Metro

  1. All data is collected into a project. So the first step is to make a project here describing what you're working on! Data is very personal for people - naturally - so it's good to be transparent about what you're doing.
  2. Next you want to connect some DataSources to the project. You can do that by exploring the DataSources which the community has made so far. When you find one you like, click "Buy Metrics" in the top right corner of the DataSource's info page.
  3. If you can't find a DataSource which suits your needs or you have an idea for something new to contribute, then you can make your own DataSource and submit it for review. Check out how to do that here.
    We realize that sometimes there will be a DataSource that does what you want but it doesn't run on the website that you want. Hopefully we can fix that soon.
  4. The next step is to make your users aware of the Metro project. We want to be able to help here some day, but for now it's just a matter of spreading the word. You'll need users to make a Metro account, install our browser Extension, and then enable the DataSources for your project (by clicking "enable" on your project's page).
  5. When you want to collect your data, visit your project's page and open the "data" tab. Here, you can collect data for each DataSource by pressing the "Request Data" button.
  6. We'll compile your data into a json file and then email you a download link.