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Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.

FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command.

What's New

Version 35.0.1916.153:
  • This update includes 4 security fixes
  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 14.0.0.125

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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This is currently... above and beyond... the fastest browser on the Mac... and without all the bloatware that comes with Chrome.

The only downside is STILL the piss-poor bookmark management. I don't see why Google doesn't more...

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Version 25.0.1364.152
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Tester_x Member IconReview+25
Tester_x
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It still crashes after every update.

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Version 35.0.1916.153
Crgand
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Yes, this is a know bug due to Sparkle update framework and the way it force "close/quit" the open app. It is just annoying but has no consequences.

MisterE Member IconComment+529
MisterE
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I recommend using the newer 37.0.2006.0 build here: http://chromium.woolyss.com/#mac than the SMUG build, which is the one linked here at MU, and it's also linked on the woolyss page. There's even a 64-bit build there for the adventurous.

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Version 34.0.1847.137
Monkeyjunkey
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And why do you recommend the developer version instead of the stable build? I know those don't exist for chromium, but sructure is of course analogue x = stabel x+1 = beta x+2 = developer x+3 = canary x+4 nightly build iirc.

MisterE
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Well 37.0.2011.0 is marked as a "good build" with no known bugs so that is good enough for me. Also, it's 3 versions newer so that's what I choose. I guess instead of "recommending" it I should have just mentioned it as another option.

Monkeyjunkey
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FYI: there are over 58k "known issues" in the latest chromium. https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/list It's not newer or better, more like closer to the nightly build. While it may contain more fixes, it can also contain more untested changes. Just to keep that in mind.

Rtouris
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Talking about issues w/ Chrome - Chromium I'll just leave this here in case someone's interested showing the direction this is going over the last six months or so.. http://www.reddit.com/r/osx/comments/26ibjh/chrome_on_osx_increasing_cpu_usage_over_time/

Mcr
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Also important to note, the builds on Woolyss do NOT include Pepper Flash, the SMUG builds do. so if you rely on Chromium as your primary browser, be aware of this if you don't have the commercial Adobe plugin installed system wide. For people who have the commercial Flash plugin installed, it's probably not an issue. If like me, you avoid installing Flash system wide, and rely on Chromium for the rare times I need Flash, then the SMUG builds are the way to go. Now some people say that the commercial Flash plugin is sandboxed now so it doesn't matter, but I don't believe that means the full plugin is unloaded when the browser quits (such as when using FF). Conversely, when I quit Chromium (SMUG build), the Pepper Flash module is unloaded completely as I understand it. Each to their own...

Mcr
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By commercial Adobe plugin, I mean the NPAPI version that installs universally for Safari/Firefox and other browsers that support NPAPI. This is the plugin you download directly from Adobe.

Derekcurrie Member IconComment+708
Derekcurrie
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It's always good to have competition. I still keep Chromium around on my Macs. However, I personally don't recommend automatically logging into Google when using any form of Chromium. When you're logged into Google, you have their tracking cookie installed. That means Google is following you around the Internet whenever you visit a site that supports the Google tracking cookie, which is just about everywhere. Instead, use some sort of tool to DUMP the Google tracking cookie and any other tracking cookies you have installed. There are thousands of tracking cookies these days. Staying NOT logged into Google typically means any form of Chromium is going to NAG you to log in. Just ignore the nag. None of us are slaves of Google. With time, we'll all take control of tracking cookies. For now, I recommend doing so either within your web browser, or by using the shareware applications Cookie and/or Cookie Stumbler. I use both. I frustrate the hell out of Google and like it.

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Version 34.0.1847.137
Wickedsp1d3r
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I have ever had such an issue with Chromium, that the browser would ask me to log into Google. I would never use Chrome though. With it, I've got the darn nag several times. I love Cookie.app and I am considering to trying out Cookie Stumbler as well.

Derekcurrie
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I've heard 'I have never had such an issue…' before. From my experience, it means you're already logged into Google when you boot Chromium. If that's what you want, then… But I kill off the Google tracking cookie, which is the same as their login cookie, every time I quit my web browsers. I also use 'Cookie' to kill all tracking cookies ever minute whenever I don't want to stay logged into Google.

Wickedsp1d3r
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No, absolutely not. I try to avoid tracking cookies as much as possible. I think I will permanently switch to Safari. Recently I have rotated between two different browsers, Safari and Chromium. Do you know, is there any way to remove the Google tracking cookie immediately when starting Chromium?

MisterE
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Use NoScript and Disconnect extensions and if you really want a better browsing / www experience overall use one of the HOSTS files at: http://hosts-file.net/ If you don't use the HOSTS file might wantto add the DoNotTrackme extension. I prefer it over Ghostery.

BadBadger Member IconComment+38
BadBadger
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Problem: In Chromium does not work the speaker icon on the google translator. Solution: Install the extension "User-Agent Switcher for Chrome." When entering the site: translate.google.xx - select for example "as Firefox 15" (you can permanently change the options for a particular domain).

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Version 34.0.1847.131
Crgand
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Thanks for sharing.

Xenos Member IconComment+139
Xenos
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in addition to my yesterday's comment on Opera, i'd like to give a more precise tip regarding bookmarks, that is, i read it on http://superuser.com/questions/714480/how-to-import-bookmarks-from-chrome-or-safari-into-opera-19-for-os-x and it was posted by a member of the devs group: "The migration from other browsers to Opera is not ideal. This will hopefully improve soon, but in the meantime some manual work is required. To export from Safari, open the File: Export Bookmarks menu. The resulting HTML file can be opened directly in Opera as a kind of portal page with all your bookmarks. The same method can be used from Firefox and Chrome. You then have three options: Open the HTML page and drag each link from these HTML pages onto the bookmarks bar or Speed Dial Install the Bookmarks Manager extension and use it to manage your bookmarks. It can import directly from the exported HTML files. Import the HTML files into Chrome. Move all the bookmarks to the Bookmarks bar in Chrome using the Bookmarks Manager. Then manually copy the ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Bookmarks file to ~/Library/Application Support/com.operasoftware.Opera/Bookmarks (quit both apps first!) Not ideal, but all methods will get your bookmarks into Opera. Hope these methods can be an acceptable. I hope that by the time others find this post using a search-engine, there will be a more user-friendly approach available. Good luck! Disclaimer: I am an employee of Opera Software, however, this comment represents only my own views and whatnot." with this successfully executed, Opera is now unbeatable (imho).

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Version 34.0.1847.131
GianMarco-Tavazzani
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Thanks!

cmotdibbler Member IconReview+33
cmotdibbler
+1

I use the developer version of chromium on both mac and pc. My only complaint is the lack of autoupdate. Occasionally, it chokes on an extension but usually resolved with the next day's version. If you live on the edge make sure to keep a different browser installed just in case,

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Version 34.0.1847.131
Umaromc
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Chrome dev auto updates but that's because of the Google Software Update (via ksfetch) pre-installed and it happens in the background, but I'm sure you knew this. I'd prefer being given the option rather than Google's approach of hooking into the system to operate.

Dana Sutton Member IconReview+667
Dana Sutton
+2

Safari? They took away the Appearance preference panel, it no longer displays CSS styles with full accuracy, it has a very small library of extensions, and Top Sites is pretty to look at but is a lousy substitute for Speed Dialer 2. Firefox? Oog, clunky. That leave us looking at Chromium. Well, there's Chrome, which pretty much the same (it does handle a couple of extra video formats) but it comes flavored with a special dash of Google evil. That leaves Chromium as the only browser still standing. It's fast, it's stable, it's very customizable. I really don't see what more anyone could want.

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Version 34.0.1847.131
Xenos
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there is a new version of Opera, faster than Firefox, reliable on sites where all except Safari fail, suffering just from the lack of the usual bookmarks environment of all other browsers; though this is a certain time at the beginning that you'll detect how to manage this issue too; after that it's the browser you'll appreciate and enjoy.

Umaromc Member IconComment+719
Umaromc
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Experimental 64-bit Chrome Builds http://build.chromium.org/p/chromium.fyi/builders/Chromium%20Mac%2010.8%20x64%20%28experimental%29

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Version 34.0.1847.116
dushanm Member IconReview+1
dushanm
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I just downloaded version 1847.116, installed it (under Snow Leopard X.6.8) and it crashed immediately. Then it again crashed on trying to re-open it. So I can't supply a rating yet, but wonder if others have run into this wall and know how to get past it.

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Version 34.0.1847.116
M85 Member IconComment+63
M85
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Great app, but DON'T download 34.0.1847.116 version. Seems some basic functionality is broken. On two different computers with 34.0.1847.116 tried going to google images and right clicking an image to download it. Crashes the program every time. I don't know what else is broken, but the complications of downgrading if you run into trouble are enough of a headache for most people to probably want to stick with 33.xx for now

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Version 34.0.1847.116
M85
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... I can now add "quits on launch" to the basic functionality problems I was having.:(

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Monkeyjunkey
Version 35.0.1916.114
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 34.0.1847.137
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BadBadger
Version 34.0.1847.131
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Quiiick
Version 34.0.1847.131
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 34.0.1847.131
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Quiiick
Version 34.0.1847.116
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DavidV3337
Version 34.0.1847.116
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 34.0.1847.116
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Quiiick
Version 33.0.1750.152
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Quiiick
Version 33.0.1750.117

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Date 11 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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