RECAP chrome extension

Version: 2.0.1
RECAP improves the experience of using PACER, the online public access system for the U.S. federal courts.
4.75 Based on 40 user rates

What is RECAP?

RECAP is a productivity chrome extension. it's a free extension and is featured in Productivity, it has 20,000+ active users since released its first version, it earns an average rating of 4.75 from 40 rated user, last update is 134 days ago.

What’s new in version 2.0.1?

                Key points:

 - This extension was created in 2009 at Princeton and is now run by Free Law Project, a non-profit that's working to improve the American legal system. Please join us in our mission of making the legal system more equitable and competitive.

 - If you use PACER, this free extension will save you money. Every document you purchase will be uploaded to the "RECAP Archive" and every document others have purchased since 2009 will be available to you for free as you use PACER.

 - You can use RECAP to create email alerts for federal dockets.

 - This extension has already added millions of federal filings to the Internet Archive and to a searchable archive at 

 - As of 2021, we have nearly 500 tons of filings, if they were all printed on single-sided paper.

 - The more people that use this extension, the more money we all save. Help your friends by uploading content and tell them to install RECAP for you too.

RECAP has three main features. First, when you purchase an item on PACER, RECAP anonymously uploads that item to the RECAP Archive hosted at where it can be searched or downloaded for free by others. 

Second, before you purchase an item that is in our collection, a link will be provided for you — right inside PACER — to get it for free. Any of the millions of items that have been uploaded so far are already available to you for free.

Third, as you're looking at dockets on PACER, you'll see links to get alerts for those dockets via our website,

The benefit of this system is that the dockets and documents in the PACER system should only need to be purchased once. After that, you can get them for free by clicking a link that's right inside the PACER website. What's even better is that the more people using RECAP, the more items are free and the more money you'll save.

All of the items that you purchase are uploaded to the Internet Archive for historical preservation. We are not creating a walled garden.

RECAP is compatible with ECF logins and will not upload documents from sealed cases.

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How to install RECAP?

You could download the latest version crx file or older version files and install it.

Preview of RECAP

Technical Features:

  • Latest Version: 2.0.1
  • Requirements: Windows Chrome, Mac Chrome
  • License: Free
  • Latest update: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
  • Author: Free Law Project

RECAP Available languages:

English (United States).


  • What about others talk about recap chrome extension?

    81% user give 5-star rating, 13% user give 4-star rating, 6% user give 1-star rating. Read reviews of recap

  • How could i get help if there is something wrong with recap chrome extension?

    You could find more help information from recap support page.

  • How could i contact the developer of recap chrome extension?

    You could send emails to publisher, or check publisher's website.

  • What privacy data recap chrome extension collect?

    • Website content

  • What are the required permissions for extensions?

    • *://*
    • notifications
    • storage
    • unlimitedStorage
    • tabs
    • cookies

    More about manifest_file of recap.

  • How could i report abuse of recap chrome extension?

    You could click to report abuse of recap.

Reviews of recap:

Michael Goode January 26th, 2023
Michael Goode

A must for any PACER user! This extension works great and is lightweight (doesn't slow down Chrome). It makes it easier to get PACER documents and I love it (and the Free Law Project)!

Alexander Tin June 7th, 2021
Alexander Tin

Lightweight and easy to use, with nice bonus features that integrate with CourtListener (i.e. easily saving a local copy of the PDF with a neat name) beyond just passively contributing the docs you are buying. Also invaluable for the rare times PACER is acting up or you need to quickly share a link to a doc with somebody else.

Paul Weich December 25th, 2019
Paul Weich

Recap is an important extension, and I love that it is community-supported. I've been using this for years, and have contributed, too.

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