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Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.

What's New

Version 36.0.1985.125:

Fixes and Improvements:

  • Rich Notifications Improvements
  • An Updated Incognito / Guest NTP design
  • The addition of a Browser crash recovery bubble
  • Chrome App Launcher for Linux
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance
Security Fixes:
  • Includes 26 security fixes
  • more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Google Chrome with Adblock Plus, DoNotTrack Me and the Auto update feature disabled is about the best browser that I have tried on Mac. Great speed and security is what I want when on the web.

6 people found this review helpful
Version 26.0.1410.63
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from Wedderhoff

Slow. 32-bit.

11 people found this review helpful
Version 24.0.1312.56
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Volcanus Member IconComment+4
Volcanus
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Unfortunately the automatic update of all Google applications doesn't work. Chrome reports to be up to date but in fact isn't. Just to bad.

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Version 36.0.1985.125
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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This review is for the new version of MacUpdate's web site. I cannot download Chrome without signing up for 1-click. This place is getting more like CNet every day - and that's not a good thing.

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Version 36.0.1985.125
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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P.S.: They fixed it - for the time being, anyway.

Jakov Member IconComment+6
Jakov
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36.0 is out...

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Version 35.0.1916.153
Umaromc
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Dev builds (ver 38.x) are now 64-bit, btw

Macinman Member IconComment+92
Macinman
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I wanted to get some feedback I 've noticed in recent versions of chrome it starts up on system boot regardless of whether reopen windows is checked or not, which I don't use. Now i did find out removing the startup item fixes this, however I can't find any official documentation from google on this, or a browser setting. Also one thing i noticed is when starting up it puts a notification icon in the menu bar as well. The question is, does it just take removing the startup item to fix this or do i need to do something else to mae sure it carries past chrome updates? thanks.

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Version 35.0.1916.114
mrmrz5892
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Tomq Member IconReview+34
Tomq
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Right. Very fast!!
Too bad Safari has a well-known wicked bug that often slows my whole MacPro down to a crawl due to the Safari Web Content going crazy too often with extreme processor usage. It is quite surprising to me that Apple has allowed this long-time bug to continue. I preferred Safari, but I am forced to use Chrome 99% of the time now.
Anyway Chrome is surprisingly fast on my MacPro.

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Version 35.0.1916.114
JoelSilbert8709 Member IconReview+2
JoelSilbert8709
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Fast!

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Version 34.0.1847.131
Harristype Member IconReview+731
Harristype
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An unforgivable resource hog. Since when does a browser need nearly 3 gigs of RAM with just a few add-ons loaded? At any given time, it's using more RAM than Photoshop CC. That is just stupid.

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Version 34.0.1847.131
Mikael B
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Huh? Chrome uses about 400 MB on my machine with 6GB. Are you sure you don't have a massive amount of tabs open? Like more than a hundred? The data does add up you know.

tjekov37
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Hahahaha :-) Chrome used 390 MB on my machine with 8GB RAM when are opened 2 windows , and used- 600MB RAM when play on youtube movie ....! And 3- add-ons ! Fast and stable .

Steven Goodheart
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Same experience *when* I have 40 or more tabs open at once -- Chrome just sucks up all the memory available and my whole machine slows down. This isn't subjective -- I can watch in iStats Menu as my RAM is eaten up in big chunks as each Chrome tab loads. (Looking in Activity Monitor, on my machine, each open Chrome tab uses app. 150-180 MB. Each Extension uses anywhere from 15 to 30 MB -- you can see how it adds up!) And yes, I do have several dozen extensions installed, but out of curiousity, I've disabled them all and then opened 40-60 tabs at once (my god, does opening *that* many tabs take a long time, compared to Firefox, Safari, or OmniWeb) and Chrome will still gobble up every bit of memory available, yes, 3 GB, if it's available. Firefox will open those very same 40-60 tabs and use maybe 650-850 MB.

So, if I don't have a lot of tabs open, Chrome can be swift -- but only whenI have less than 10 tabs open -- then moves along as quickly as any of my other browsers. Have 40 or more tabs open at once, and it is a dog. (2008 iMac - 3.06 Intel Core 2 Duo, and 6 GB SDRAM)

Mikael B
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@Steven Goodheart, When I open 50+ tabs it takes 1-2 minutes during which my machine is very responsive in other apps (at the end while loading a little bit slower in Chrome itself). The total memory used is 2.3 GB (including the Helper apps) — of course this depends on content and should be SIMILAR for the same bookmarks in other browsers as data is data. Extensions take about 70-80 MB each.

CPU use while loading is massive even as machine is responsive and after loading it's about 10% idle and 30% while I write this. I can switch tabs instantly and write in dialogs like this one without delay. I can watch full screen video (Flash) as usual* and the other 10 apps open works as expected.

I use the Flashcontrol extension to control Flash. If you don't use that, "Click to play" (in Chrome settings) or something similar then there's your explanation.

Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153 on Macbook Pro 6GB, 1TB SSD/Hybrid with Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3.
(You missed mentioning what OS you're on)

Mikael B
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@Steven Goodheart, in Safari 7.0.4 the same 66 pages loads seemingly quickly, but that's only because they're not really loaded yet — during which after clicking a new tab and waiting 2-3 seconds instead of instantly I have to wait while the page loads as it wasn't loaded — and uses maximum CPU while loading and about 10% idle and not a lot more while using the the browser. While pages are still loading typing is close to impossible as it's slow as molasses, unlike Chrome which doesn't let usage be affected by other pages.

After pages have loaded switching tabs is quicker again, but I don't need that then. I prefer to load a page and then get back to another already loaded page and read that while the new loads. In Safari this takes so long that the new page is loaded before it switches to the already loaded one.

I can watch full screen Flash video in Safari just as well* as in Chrome. In Safari I use still ClickToFlash and Safaris own controls.

Now when pages are all loaded typing this is as fast as expected, but i had to wait for all pages to load before this.

Same hardware and Safari 7.0.4 with 10 extension. I use Adblock both in Chrome and Safari.

* for both posts: in Chrome I use the latest Flash which is less effective than the 12 version used in Safari. I'm not sure of this is specifically because Flash version but this is more likely as Chrome used to be the most effective Flash host for netcast TV.

Steven Goodheart
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Michael B,

Thanks for the feedback. I don't have any explanation for the big differences in our experiences, but can only report what I'm seeing. (I'm using Mavericks 10.9.4, btw, and have 6 GB RAM (I did a 2 GB upgrade on my original 4GB iMac - alas, couldn't double, only to 6GB, but his has made a HUGE difference for my machine.)

Here's further info to consider, from my side:

When I do a restart, I see these stats in iStats Menu:

kernal_task - 534 mb
com.apple.iconService - 376 mb
ocspd - 155 mb
mds_stores - 151 mb
Dock - 139 mb

Wired: 617 mb
Active: 1.99 GB
Inactive 562 mb
Free: 2.86 GB

That's my typical starting point before I load any programs. Then, I always load these programs, which I use all day:

Skype - 93 mb
Mail - 72 mb
iTriumph (PIM) 55 mb
Omnifocus - 62 mb
DevonThink Pro - 560 mb
MacJournal - 34 mb
Circus Ponies Notebook: 23 mb
iTunes - 331 mb

Typically, at this point, after loading my daily programs, and before loading any browser, iStats Menu says I have about 1.00 GB free.

For my test, I loaded Firefox with 23 tabs, and the browser loaded in about half a minute, using 637 mb. My machine is (relatively) snappy and there are no slow downs.

Now, I go to to the same place, with a fresh restart, with that 1 GB of "Free" RAM, and load Google Chrome with the exact same tabs. It takes Chrome 1:45 secs to load (as compared to Firefox's 30 secs) and when I add up all the Chrome Helpers in Activity Monitor, the RAM total is about 2.32 GB. iStats menu shows 80 mb of "Free Ram."

At this point, my machine turns into a pig, and iStats tells me a whole lot of virtual memory thrashing is going on that simply doesn't happen with Firefox.

I'm not tech geek, and I doubt if I can tell you the techical difference between Active, Inactive, and Free ram, but it seems to me that these stats I've shared are *probably* a good explanation of why Chrome is such a dog on my particular set up.

What's more, if I open up more programs on top of what I've just described -- GraphicConverter, Scrivener, and OmniOutliner, typically, the slow down and memory thrashing only gets worse. If I dare open iPhoto -- which with the size of my photo libraries typically wants 800 to 900 mb all on it's own -- faggitaboutit! LOL!

So, that's my experience. Oh, there's one "cheat" on the Firefox side that might explain why it's so thrifty, which I apologize that I forgot to mention, and that's that I do use the unLoadTab extension, which does *hugely* affect in a good way a) load times and b) how much memory Firefox uses.

When I do feel inspired to use Chrome, because there are many things I like about it, the way I get around the memory hog issues that I experience is to use OneTab and to unload and store open tabs as soon as things get really pokey.

I'll be interested in your take on all of this, and hope the stats I've given on my machine give are useful.

Steve

Osos10
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Looking at the recent posts here it looks as if Mikael B is a promoter for google-big-brother. I wouldn't be surprise if their browser consumes a lot of resources when you open many tabs as it needs to supply google with all the information about you ...

Mikael B
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@Osos10, obviously you have no real arguments as you resort to ad hominem errors on default.

Osos10
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Mikael B - fancy Latin won't help your false arguments in favor of google-big-brother browser. My claim is not emotional ispo facto that your name appears almost in each and every review that claims against g-b-b browser, where you repeatedly claim that g-b-b browser doesn't have the shortcoming mentioned. At the same time, your name keep on popping at the rival Firefox page where you give this excellent product low grades. Your tactics nicely fits g-b-b methodology. Moreover, I read that people complain that g-b-b browser launch itself at login - I suppose you've been instructed by g-b-b how to answer this claim too - my guess is: "on my MabBookPro 6GB ... this never happened ... ".

Mikael B
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@Osos10, you still feel inclined to type unsubstantiated personal attacks, wild claims and complaints about language, instead of arguing your case. It would seem you don't believe in what you type yourself. So far you've come up with nothing but blabber.

I've only said what is true on my Mavericks machine with the latest Chrome, Firefox and Safari-. Unlike you, I never say that other peoples experiences must be false just because mine is different or accuse them of hidden agendas willy-nilly. Your conduct here is laughable. Go ahead and continue to make a fool of your self.

By not invalidating others and instead engaging in conversations I learn from the experiences of others, like I found out about the tab plugins from @Steven Goodheart above. This was both for Chrome as well as Firefox, which was very useful and helpful. Both personal qualities that seem to be unknown territory to you..

Osos10
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Mikael B. - my claim is very simple and I said it upfront in my first post. Since, unlike yourself, I'm not being paid by google-big-brother to waste my time here, I won't bother to answer you anymore.

Mikael B
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@Osos10 is again taking what is true lightly and is quick to fabricate lies as an opening statement and unlike other people adding nothing substantial to the discussion. It couldn't be more clear that not even @Osos10 believes in the drivel he/she/it chooses to spit out here.
Anyone here that can read will know that just saying so doesn't make it so.

And for the record: The only reason I use Chrome is because the Firefox team willingly sacrificed Firefox performance on the Mac. I still use it daily as my development browser. The development tools in Firefox are the best.

Mikael B
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Using OneTab, my 67 page test dropped memory use to around 300 megabytes (from 2.3 gb), which is hardly surprising as the content isn't in memory anymore.

OneTab is handy if Chrome slows to a crawl because of memory use and you want to take care of the tabs without removing them comepltely, yet not bookmark them and keeping them in the OneTab list instead. This is more of a workaround that kinda works than a proper solution. Sometimes this is acceptable I guess.

Djefis Member IconReview+155
Djefis
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Too many resources. It is not the right solution for your laptop if you use the battery. These make so much noise, but they have only so much money and the search engine.

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Version 33.0.1750.149
Mikael B
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What resources? My Chrome with helpers uses 0.2% in idle mode. about 15 to 30% while loading. My machine is 7 years old.

Mikael B
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I have noticed that the current Flash 13 is a bit more resource hungry than version 12. It's possible to downgrade the Flash version if you need to. So far I haven't had to but I did downgrade Flash in the past.

SingleEye Member IconReview+4
SingleEye
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Still no 64 bit version?!?

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Version 33.0.1750.117
Paulcoholic
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Perhaps soon. I just reinstalled Chrome on my 32 bit iMac and got a warning that it will soon no longer be supported. Got redirected to this site: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/4660488?p=ui_mac_32bit_support&rd=1

Mikael B
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No 64bit is lame as it makes Chrome slower I'm sure.

Quiiick Member IconComment+34
Quiiick
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Those annoying "most visited websites" badges on Chrome's "new tab" which were introduced a couple of versions ago seem to be gone. Thanks!

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Version 33.0.1750.117
Quiiick
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Unfortunately they are still here ... :(
Just don't show up when all slots are empty.

BadBadger
+1

Well, unfortunately. I use this: (another extension occupying RAM)
Empty New Tab Page for Chrome.

PaulA2283
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Hover over them and there's a close "X" in top right corner. That disappears them. Not sure for how long though.

Quiiick
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@PaulA2283
Yes, that's what I often do.
But it's a chore having to do this manually.

@Google
Some folks might like these "most visited websites" badges, so how about just having an option in the preferences to turn them on/off.

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Version 35.0.1916.153
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Version 34.0.1847.137
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