How to fix ‘Unchecked runtime.lastError: The message port closed before a response was received’ chrome issue?

How to fix ‘Unchecked runtime.lastError: The message port closed before a response was received’ chrome issue? :

I disabled all installed extensions in Chrome – works for me. I have now clear console without errors.

In case you’re an extension developer who googled your way here trying to stop causing this error:

The issue isn’t CORB (as another answer here states) as blocked CORs manifest as warnings like –

Cross-Origin Read Blocking (CORB) blocked cross-origin response https://www.example.com/example.html with MIME type text/html. See https://www.chromestatus.com/feature/5629709824032768 for more details.

The issue is most likely a mishandled async response to runtime.sendMessage. As MDN says:

To send an asynchronous response, there are two options:

  • return true from the event listener. This keeps the sendResponse function valid after the listener returns, so you can call it later.
  • return a Promise from the event listener, and resolve when you have the response (or reject it in case of an error).

When you send an async response but fail to use either of these mechanisms, the supplied sendResponse argument to sendMessage goes out of scope and the result is exactly as the error message says: your message port (the message-passing apparatus) is closed before the response was received.

Webextension-polyfill authors have already written about it in June 2018.

So bottom line, if you see your extension causing these errors – inspect closely all your onMessage listeners. Some of them probably need to start returning promises (marking them as async should be enough)


If you go to chrome://extensions/, you can just toggle each extension one at a time and see which one is actually triggering the issue.

Once you toggle the extension off, refresh the page where you are seeing the error and wiggle the mouse around, or click. Mouse actions are the things that are throwing errors.

So I was able to pinpoint which extension was actually causing the issue and disable it.


Post is rather old and not closely related to Chrome extensions development, but let it be here.

I had same problem when responding on message in callback. The solution is to return true in background message listener.

Here is simple example of background.js. It responses to any message from popup.js.

chrome.runtime.onMessage.addListener(function(rq, sender, sendResponse) {
    // setTimeout to simulate any callback (even from storage.sync)
    setTimeout(function() {
        sendResponse({status: true});
    }, 1);
    // return true;  // uncomment this line to fix error
});

Here is popup.js, which sends message on popup. You’ll get exceptions until you un-comment “return true” line in background.js file.

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", () => {
    chrome.extension.sendMessage({action: "ping"}, function(resp) {
        console.log(JSON.stringify(resp));
    });
});

manifest.json, just in case 🙂 Pay attention on alarm permissions section!

{
  "name": "TestMessages",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "manifest_version": 2,
  "browser_action": {
    "default_popup": "src/popup.html"
  },
  "background": {
    "scripts": ["src/background.js"],
    "persistent": false
  },
  "permissions": [
    "alarms"
  ]
}

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