While Trello out of the box is an extremely useful and versatile application, it lacks some of the features a project manager — especially an Agile project manager — may want. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of Trello Chrome extensions and add-ons that fill the gaps, adding powerful capabilities to the tool.
The easiest way to find Chrome extensions for Trello is to visit the Chrome Web Store and simply search for what you want. Be warned, there are at last count over 300 Trello add-ons and Chrome extensions ranging from weekend projects to fully-scaled paid apps.
When browsing for Trello add-ons and extensions, always check the Reviews tab in the Google Chrome Store to get a sense of what people are currently saying about any particular one. And don’t go adding 30 extensions all at once. Add-ons can slow down your Chrome performance, so try to keep things to four or fewer.
Scrum extensions for Trello
If you’re a project manager using Scrum, you may find Trello a bit lacking. Thankfully, a lot of extensions have emerged to tackle certain Scrum needs, from story points to burndown charts. Here are some of our favorites.
With Scrum for Trello you can easily set and display points per card and per list. It’s up to you to decide what those points represent, but it’s extremely handy to have an extension that highlights points easily.
This Power-Up even has matching extensions for Firefox and Safari.
Very similar to Scrum for Trello, ScrummerTheodo adds story points, post-estimation points, and makes the record ID of each visible card. If capturing post-estimation points is part of your project management practice, you’re going to want to give this a shot.
While the above extensions look like quick attempts to fill in a Trello gap, Corrello is in a class of its own. It’s a very polished extension that includes burndown charts, release burnup charts, and bug card counts.
Price: Starts at $5/month per user
If you want burndown charts but are put off by Corrello’s pricing, take a look at Plus for Trello. The extension offers reports, timers, hashtags, offline support, burndown charts, spent vs estimate by card, and many other useful features. It’s also open source if you like to customize and, unlike a lot of other Trello add-ons and extensions, has plenty of documentation. Hardly a wonder that it was named a Chrome Store Editor’s Choice. Plus for Trello is a good example of just how useful a good extension can be.
Another Trello-enhancing extension worth considering is Agile SCRUM for Trello boards. It adds story points, time spent, projects, and unique progress bars to Trello. One benefit is that you can configure this extension to display how much of a card and how much of a list have been completed. And, you can create separator cards simply by adding 3 asterisks before and after a card’s title.
Changing Trello’s appearance
Our second group of Trello add-ons and Chrome extensions allow you to change or tweak the look and UX of Trello — including everything from the width of lists, to available backgrounds and slight — as well as the interface. If you’re going to be spending much of your day in a project management tool, it’s important for it to look the way you want.
Want proof that small visual changes can make a huge difference in how valuable an online tool is? Look at Trello labels. Many people to struggle to remember what the colored labels represent. Trelabels for Trello solves that problem by giving you four additional styles of labels, including a style that features label names on the label itself. Small change, huge impact.
This extension is for all you kanban practitioners who want to focus attention on the task at hand, while de-emphasizing other lists on your Trello board. It does so by detecting list names like “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done,” (or specific hashtags you apply to your lists) and actually visually highlighting your most important list while dimming the others.
Are you a visual person? Colored Hashtag for Trello let’s you color code your cards using up to ten different hashtags. Unfortunately, those 10 colors are hardcoded, but if you like the color scheme this extension uses, this can be very useful.
This extension lets you customize your Trello boards in a number of ways, including displaying label names, grouping cards, recognizing time entries, setting priorities, and more. If you really like to configure things a specific way, you can have loads of fun with this extension.
Do you like having lots of lists on your Trello boards? This extension can squeeze more lists on your screen by slimming them to about 50% of their original width.
If you have the opposite problem, and want fewer lists on your board, Trello List Resizer will widen your lists from the default of 270px to 400px.
A Kanban board is a great way to know the status of a project (or to-do list) at a glance. But time goes on and the cards pile in, that glance becomes more of an involved stare. With this extension, you can format your cards automatically, based on their titles and labels.
Time tracking extensions for Trello
Tracking time is a huge part of project management — especially for freelancers, consultants, and agencies — and may be an area where your Trello board needs a little help. From calculating timelines to figuring out dependencies between cards, there are several great Trello add-ons and Chrome extensions for people who need to bolster the time tracking functionality.
With Planyway you can add a number of time-related views to Trello. One of our favorites is the combined calendar/list view in the screenshot above. There’s also a team timeline view that can actually sync to different Google calendars.
Price: $5/month per user for multiboard view, recurring сards, 2-way Google Calendar Sync features.
Do you need a Gantt Chart for your Trello boards? This extension delivers. What’s more, you can export those charts as PDFs or .png static files. You can also export them to iCal, MS Project, or a spreadsheet. In addition to Gantt charts, this fully-featured extension lets you build out dashboard views of what your team is doing.
Price: Starts at $7.49/month per user
Finally, if you need to actually track your time on a per card basis, this Trello extension from Harvest is one of the best time tracking apps out there. It does have one important limitation — you can only track time on one card at a time.
Price: The extension is free, but Harvest costs $12/month per user for unlimited projects
An easy-to-use tool to keep track of time worked by people or departments in your team on tasks, this Trello time tracking tool is invaluable for consultants, teams that budget their time by the hour, or anyone looking to be a little more organized and productive.
Price: $9.99/month per user
Miscellaneous extensions for Trello
Since Trello tends to appeal to visual learners, Capture for Trello makes it extra easy to bring imagery from around the web to your Trello board. In just a few clicks you can take a screenshot of any webpage, annotate it, and send it to a Trello card. This is great for sharing examples or reporting bugs.
Want another way to see your Trello tasks without actually jumping into Trello? Taco is a pretty magical extension that gathers all of your pressing cards (as well as tasks from a number of other tools) into a Chrome browser tab. This allows you to consolidate your work and keep your to-do list front and center every time you jump into a new window.
Do you need to add a Gmail integration to your Trello board? This free tool adds a new button to Gmail which lets you turn emails into Trello cards. Text, links, and attachments all get added to your board, helping you skip a couple of busywork steps in your workflows.
One more thing
Any roundup of Chrome extensions for Trello would be remiss not to include Trello’s own extension. This handy add-on lets you create Trello cards directly from Chrome and search your existing boards — just type a “t” and a space, then start searching your cards.
Are you a Trello power-user looking to improve how you collaborate in the tool? Unito lets you sync Trello boards and cards, and even allows you to sync it with other project management tools.
Looking for add-ons and extensions for other tools? Here are our lists for other popular project management tools: