SRWare Iron
SRWare Iron
81.0.4200.0

4.7

SRWare Iron free download for Mac

SRWare Iron81.0.4200.0

14 May 2020

Chromium Web browser without usage tracking.

Overview

SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source Web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in SRWare Iron

Version 81.0.4200.0:
  • Various minor improvements
  • Widevine CDM Updates for better Netflix & Amazon Video
  • Bug-/Securityfixes

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How would you rate SRWare Iron app?

43 Reviews of SRWare Iron

Helmo-Hass
28 April 2017
Version: 56.0.2950.0

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Sorry MU is this a typo? asking because i'm using it, and this version came out on 02/12/2017
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Helmo-Hass
28 April 2017
Version: 56.0.2950.0
Sorry MU is this a typo? asking because i'm using it, and this version came out on 02/12/2017
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3.5
ben-marko
16 May 2016
Version: 43.0.2300.0
I haven't had any problems with this browser at all. So far it doesn't seem to contain any malware of any type, no scan has turned up anything. The article posted by Cyril-Howard has some good points, but does go a bit overboard in describing this browser as some sort of end-of-the-world malware. But the one thing it doesn't do is offer up any evidence that SRWare Iron is going to lead to ruin. I say use either it, Chromium, or Chrome itself - it doesn't really matter. Google isn't going to be beating down your door or selling off your family photos as a result of using Chrome. Add Glimmer Blocker, Little Snitch, and Ghostery to the mix (AdBlock and AdBlock Plus are worthless, IMHO), and you should be fine. It is up to you.
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3.5
Jolyjumper
22 February 2014
Version: 31.0.1700.0
1. I don't care about cyrill-howard controversy and Chromium/Iron antagonism 2. SRWare Iron is a good stuff on Mac 3. SRWare Iron is too late for security updates and it's a serious fail for a browser Use with caution
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Cyril-Howard
12 July 2013
Version: 27.0.1500.0
People, please DON'T trust this browser! Iron is a scam! A scam by some greedy German who just regularly takes a Chromium source package, claims to remove 'spying' funcions, which is nothing more than changing a few settings (that you can change yourself - by going to ... the settings page) - and on top of that, he is apparently putting his own ad framework into it. Of course the versions are never up to date, so good luck with mainting browser security. If you search around a bit you will find enough links to articles and forums which elaborate on the nature of this scam, this source for example is pretty revealing: http://www.insanitybit.com/2012/06/23/srware-iron-browser-a-real-private-alternative-to-chrome-21/ Seems like the only reason Iron exists is to lure people on to his page so he can cash in several Google Ads and Analytics Bonuses. I invite you to give me hybris for this, flame away people. Or maybe save the time and read up for a minute on what disgusting piece of dodgy software you are raving about.
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5
trungpt
25 June 2013
Version: 27.0.1500.0
A great cross-platform browser. Should support 10.6.x also.
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5
Lumac52
24 December 2012
Version: 23.0.1300.0
Excellent! I love Chrome, but I uninstalled it recently because I was fed up the obligatory Auto-Update system that comes with it (among other factors). With SRWare Iron I get all the goodness of Chrome, including all my usual extensions, without the annoyances. On my system it appears to be running flawlessly. Thanks for providing this.
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Helmo-Hass
14 December 2012
Version: 23.0.1300.0
To macupdate : Just avoid any misunderstanding can you please modify the minimum sys requirements for this as 10.7 as till now even this newest release Do Not Work under Snow Leopard. Thanks
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Zampom
02 December 2012
Version: 22.0.1250.0
Heads up. As of 12/2/2012, version 23 is out ... BUT this one still crashes on start-up using Snow Leopard. So, if you are still using SL, stay with version 21.
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Helmo-Hass
12 November 2012
Version: 22.0.1250.0
working fine on Mlion but refuses to launch under 10.6.8
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Jyjon
14 April 2012
Version: 17.0.1000.0
Worked great until I did the OS X java update on 4/13/12. Now it takes 2 to 3 minutes to load webpages, if they load. Safari and other browsers I've tested run just fine.
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David-Evian
15 March 2012
Version: 17.0.1000.0
ugly garbage./ can't resume failed download
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0.5
David-Evian
15 March 2012
Version: 17.0.1000.0
ugly garbage. And can't' resume failed download to boot. Come on, this novel 'innovation' was conquered years ago.
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0.5
Psychos
08 March 2012
Version: 17.0.1000.0
It's still "Chromium.app" with 17.0, even though it shows up in the Finder as "SRWare Iron.app." (Get info on it or do an "ls" and you'll see "Chromium.") Still appears to use default Chromium folders in ~/Library and so forth, so even if you rename it, you're going to have issues if you did want to use both! Honestly, there's no reason to use this over Chromium; the links Popguru posted below are worth reading. While I'm all for more developers contributing to open-source, like Chrome derivatives, this particular one appears to be more of a marketing tool for the developer, providing pretty much nothing over Chromium, other than a different name. (And even that part isn't done right!)
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trungpt
25 December 2011
Version: 15.0.900.2
Srware Iron is in the Browser Choice list provided by Microsoft. There are Windows and Linux versions too.
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Thyx
13 December 2011
Version: 15.0.900.2
Just a quick comment on the rating: The search list has the overall stars (around 4), while this page uses the present rating for v15 – amounting to three ratings, one by monkeyjunkey [sic!] clicking the same rating for two versions.
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Popguru
12 November 2011
Version: 14.0.850.0
Even though the Finder reports the application name as "SRWare Iron", it's actually called "Chromium.app" on the filesystem by default. You have to rename it if you want to have Chromium and Iron both installed. The fact that that SRWare didn't bother to change the name of the application bundle made me wonder how different Iron actually is from Chromium. Several sources attest that Iron has little or no significant benefit over Chromium. It simply removes some features which can be turned off manually in Chromium. These are a bit old, but likely still relevant: http://chromium.hybridsource.org/the-iron-scam http://neugierig.org/software/chromium/notes/2009/12/iron.html I think I'll stick with the FreeSMUG Chromium build instead: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36244/chromium
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4.5
Commodityfetish
17 October 2011
Version: 14.0.850.0
This is just what I'm looking for, all the good stuff in Chrome without Google's spyware. Working great so far.
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Robotank
08 October 2011
Version: 14.0.850.0
Since this has come up a couple times, you can easily change keyboard shortcuts for any menu item in Iron (or any other app) like so: 1. Open System Preferences 2. Select "Keyboard" pane 3. Select "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab 4. Select "Application Shortcuts" in the left pane 5. Click the "+" button to add a new shortcut 6. Select the app you want to change from the application list, enter the exact name of the menu item (I.e., Select Next Tab), then enter the desired shortcut. That's it!
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PorkPieHat
07 October 2011
Version: 14.0.850.0
There is much I like about this, but in addition to the things others have mentioned here, like a one-handed shortcut for switching between tabs, the Bookmark Manager is extremely underpowered. It seems there’s no other storage category than the Bookmark Bar. That which cannot fit into the Bookmarks Bar goes into a folder called “Other Bookmarks” which, amazingly, cannot be renamed to something shorter, like “Others” or deleted, and it lives in....the Bookmarks Bar! I need more freedom than that. Its memory usage is good, though. On cursory evaluation, it’s using less than half the real memory and 2/3 the virtual memory of Safari, and that’s not trivial. However, I thought by now they’d have fixed all the other little things so major accomplishments like less memory use and usage tracking can shine. But, though I appreciate all its many developers have done to make the Chrome code less evil, these niggling problems still make it impossible to enjoy SRWare Iron for those strengths.
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GeogProf
07 October 2011
Version: 14.0.850.0
I love this new v. of Iron, but while setting it up I discovered that I need TWO hands just to switch to a different page or tab — can't use Command-Tilde (~), it's set up with Option-Command-Right/Left Arrow instead! How bizarre. Is there any way to change it? Also, is there really no way to customize the toolbar to my liking? How about at least moving toolbar buttons from one side of the URL box to the other — or am I just suffering from a misfiring cylinder today? Unfortunately, REALLY unfortunately, these problems (and the suspicion that I've only just begun to discover its deficiencies) are deal-breakers for me. Shame.
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5
trungpt
30 September 2011
Version: 13.0.800.0
No more worrying about your privacy. Clean and fast browser.
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5
Andree1897
18 September 2011
Version: 13.0.800.0
fast and secure
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FalstaffA
22 August 2011
Version: 11.0.700.2
Latest SRWare Iron Update: New Iron-Version: 13.0.800.0 Stable for MacOS von SRWare » Sa Aug 20, 2011 4:10 pm We released the new Iron 13 for MacOS today, which contains all features and updates known from Chromim 13. The current version is 13.0.800.0. Main improvements since Iron 11: - Better Performance - Instant Pages when enabled - Hardware accelerated 3D CSS - New Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files - Over 30 security fixes - Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Download: http://www.srware.net/downloads/iron-mac.zip (OS X 10.5 or greater / Intel) PS: We plan to publish future iron for mac versions contemporary with the equivalent windows release.
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4.5
Avinator
24 July 2011
Version: 11.0.700.2
Awesome browser ! Spyware free, works and it has one of he best interfaces ever. Clean and crisp. i just love the open source programs ! BTW 1password and many other ads on work just fine in this version.
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Fyreflye
11 June 2011
Version: 11.0.700.2
Does 1Password's hack for Chrome/Chromium work on SRWare Iron? Do Chrome's other extensions work on SRWare Iron?
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FalstaffA
02 June 2011
Version: 9.0.600.2
The current Iron build is 11.0.700.2 (83294) the download link posted here at MU will indeed lead to that particular iteration's download URL, for some reason this page states that the current version is 9.0.600.2 So far I like Iron very much, it reminds me of what Camino used to be, fast and lean.
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2ktz
31 May 2011
Version: 9.0.600.2
Does anyone know what sort of warning message you get if your mac get infected with a virus while using Iron?? I got a message saying something along those lines last night from something i was searching for using BING search engine i panicked i didn't click on the scan mac message that was in middle of screen as it said something about scanning my pc..so forced quit iron and scanned everything on my mac using up to date ClamX and Sophos home edition nothing was found but i am still on edge about the warning i got i wish i had taken a screen shot of it..all i remember was the URL started with 174. and that my home folder page was open in background with this message box in foreground My apologies if some of this doesn't make sense ( this is the first ever virus message i have seen so am still shaken)..the link i clicked on from bing list was NOT to any porn site it was for cat clubs in area where i live I am gonna try this new update as i like using iron a lot, but i would love to know if anyone else has had similar message about suspect/infected files or virus warnings or something along those lines telling you you have a virus can anyone help/advise please I may try and say same thing on irons forum if i can work out how to.. if anyone wants more info about this i will try my best to answer your questions
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Beamy
29 May 2011
Version: 9.0.600.2
Newest version of SRWare Iron is 11.0.700.2 stable and can be downloaded here: http://www.srware.net/downloads/iron-mac.zip Forum with info: http://www.srware.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2442 :-)
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Michaelthegeek
14 March 2011
Version: 9.0.600.2
The issue is you can't use it on the same hd as chromium.
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Gryffin
14 March 2011
Version: 9.0.600.2
What advantage is ther to this over the FreeSMUG Chromium builds? Chromium seems to stay up to date with the latest Chrome Stable releases.
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3.5
Micmacmo
17 February 2011
Version: 7.0.520.1
This is a trade-off. It doesn't include the latest features of the current Chrome release, but it avoids usage tracking by Google. And that's reason enough for me to use it. It supports every extension I've tried. On my machine it runs faster than (bloated) Firefox and without the glitches I find in Safari. It's my default browser.
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alas!
15 February 2011
Version: 7.0.520.1
On my machine, Firefox and Safari are definitely faster than Iron with Firefox(my default browser) offering far more useful add-ons. If you're using Chromium, though, you might be well advised to use Iron instead to circumvent Google's(that vile, private info vampire) propensity for scarfing up info about your browsing habits. But then, with Firefox's speed and wealth of functionality, I can't figure out why anyone would opt for Chrome or Chromium. But, whatever floats your boat.
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5
Salude
15 February 2011
Version: 5.0.381.0
MacUpdate is NOT listing the most recent version of this browser. I am running SRWare Iron 7.0.520.1 (64515) and I would give it 5 stars compared to Safari and FireFox. I was checking for an update, but my MacUpdate Desktop subscription does not even recognize recognize it as a separate application, but instead down loads Google Chrome, which I do NOT use. SRWare states: New Iron-Version: 7.0.520.1 Stable for MacOS‬ We finally released the new Iron 7 for Mac OS X today, which contains all features and updates known from Chromim 7. The current version is 7.0.520.1. Mainly this release contains bug- and securitypatches, but there is also GPU-suppoterted rendering included (beta). You can activate this with --enable-accelerated-compositing. Direct Mac Download: ‪http://www.srware.net/downloads/iron-mac.zip‬ Note the rating scale for ease of use and value would not allow me to give it a five star rating as they toped out at 4.5 stars.
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Rescuecreative
08 November 2010
Version: 5.0.381.0
Runs fine on Snow Leopard. Has the same great feel of Chrome but with a lot LESS of the usage tracking. What I mean is this: For me, the biggest problem with Chrome is the unique client ID that can be used to tie you personally to specific usage data. Iron removed the ID so even if there's still information being sent to Google, it can't be tied back to you personally. The biggest problem is that it's 2 versions behind at this point. SRWare has already released v7 for other platforms. Still waiting on the Mac release.
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Smudgy
29 October 2010
Version: 5.0.381.0
SRWare Iron Can't Be Trusted - At Least Not Yet! They've developed a so called privacy oriented browser that played on the paranoia of the general public for ad revenue as their prerogative all along. Did you know what the developer was quoted as saying? Google is Evil and the German people don't like Google, well cool I'm not bothered with that, that's all cool, I don't personally trust Google either. Then what else do they now do, run Google Adsense on their site and support running Google banners on their startpage site also. Look, you call Google evil then you are seen supporting Google, what is that telling us? I'll tell you, one big mixed bag of messages that should make you think real hard. So can this developer really be trusted and should we really support SRWare Iron. Well one thing is certain, until this developer starts flying right and shows us some of these true colors of mistrust towards Google, then it's looking really fishy and this is all the real truth around here about this SRWARE Iron! :( Go research it and see for yourself! PEACE Smudgy
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Fireglow
01 July 2010
Version: 5.0.381.0
I use the Chromium dev build, wanted to try SRWare Iron: It went and deleted all my Extensions from ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default/Extensions Your application shouldn't touch another apps data. Importing a profile is okay, but not deleting something from a directory that doesn't belong to your app. Not happy.
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Mrcham
29 June 2010
Version: 5.0.381.0
"improved speed" Would you mind getting into that a little more detailed?
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Pfackelmann
29 June 2010
Version: 5.0.381.0
"aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes." but if you forbid to connect (Little Snitch) to Google you are grounded. What kind of privacy is this?
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Felix01
25 February 2010
Version: 4.0.275.2
Tried it out on a MacPro running OS 10.6.2. Seems to work well, no speed complaints, imported Safari bookmarks OK.
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J. Comas
06 February 2010
Version: 4.0.275.2
Working on my first-generation MacBook (Duo) running 10.6.2.
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Echorob
06 February 2010
Version: 4.0.275.2
Won't run here either, just quits on launch
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Taskman
06 February 2010
Version: 4.0.275.2
Seems to be working as expected here…
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Rafdella
06 February 2010
Version: 4.0.275.2
Few words don't run.....
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