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Chromium


The free and open-source project behind the famous Google Chrome browser

Version

Here, you see your Chromium version.
Works only if your browser is based on Chromium like Google Chrome, Chromium browser, Opera...

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 41.0.2272.76 (310958) • Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

1. Chromium for 64-bit Windows only

Good build • 4033

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Chromium Installer (64-bit)
mini_installer.exe • 43.0.2322.0 (319056, bb881706c423) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Install it! Installation is silent. After 2 or 3 seconds, a shortcut will be automatically created on your desktop.

How to update it ?
All of your settings, bookmarks, extensions, history, cookies will be saved. Do not worry !

  1. Download mini_installer.exe
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Execute mini_installer.exe
  4. Wait for 2 or 3 seconds (Installation is silent)
  5. Open Chromium browser. It is updated!

How to add the Flash plugin and HTML5 audio/video support?
Check the #flash and #html5-audio-video parts.

Differences with Google Chrome
Check the #features part.

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build • 4033

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Chromium Package (64-bit)
chrome-win32.zip • 43.0.2322.0 (319056, bb881706c423) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

The name of this archive is "chrome-win32.zip" but do not worry, it is really the 64-bit version!
Unzip it on your computer... into C:\Program_Files\Chromium, for example. Create this directory if needed.

How to update it ?
As Chromium gets updated quite a lot you may want to upgrade it. As the extensions get stored outside the main Chromium installation directory you can delete all the files in the installation directory and replace them with the contents of the latest zip file.

  1. Download chrome-win32.zip
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Unzip chrome-win32.zip
  4. Delete all the files from your installation directory
  5. Move the files from the unzipped chrome-win32 directory to your installation directory
  6. Open Chromium browser. It is updated!

How to add the Flash plugin and HTML5 audio/video support?
Check the #flash and #html5-audio-video parts.

Differences with Google Chrome
Check the #features part.

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (64-bit) (PortableApps.com build)
ChromiumPortable.paf.exe • 42.0.2298.0 • Saturday, 14 Feb 2015

This is an open-source and custom-built version of Chromium optimized for portable use. So, you can run it from an iPod, USB flash drive, portable hard drive, CD or any other portable media. You can take your bookmarks, extensions, themes and plugins with you. Chromium Portable will leave no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.

Packaged in the PortableApps.com format, it can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it.

How to update it ?
Nothing is written to the Windows registry. This version uses a specific subfolder (named "Data") directly in the main folder, for all user data. So, take care when you update it!

Info: show directly the official website or SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (64-bit) (Muhammer Ayes build)
CrPort.exe • 43.0.2312.0 • Saturday, 21 Feb 2015

Packaged by Muhammer Ayes, this build can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it.

Info: show directly the SourceForge directory about this build.

2. Chromium for 64-bit and 32-bit Windows

Good build • 9730

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Chromium Installer (32-bit)
mini_installer.exe • 43.0.2322.0 (319051, 1e74b372f951) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Follow the same instructions as #windows-64-bit-installer to install and update it.

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build • 9730

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Chromium Package (32-bit)
chrome-win32.zip • 43.0.2322.0 (319051, 1e74b372f951) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Follow the same instructions as #windows-64-bit-package to install and update it.

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (32-bit) (PortableApps.com build)
ChromiumPortable.paf.exe • 42.0.2298.0 • Saturday, 14 Feb 2015

Packaged in the PortableApps.com format, it can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it.

Info: show directly the official website or SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (32-bit) (Muhammer Ayes build)
CrPort.exe • 43.0.2312.0 • Saturday, 21 Feb 2015

Packaged by Muhammer Ayes, this build can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it.

Info: show directly the SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (32-bit) (winPenPack build)OLD NEW UPDATE SYSTEM
X-Chromium.zip • 40.0.2192.0 • Thursday, 23 Oct 2014

Packaged in the winPenPack format, it can work as standalone software.

How to update it ?
Use simple open-source and free shell script cpf-update-win from JustOff to automatically update both Chromium and PepperFlash or follow the same instructions as above to do it manually.

Info: show directly the official website or SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

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Chromium Portable (32-bit) (LiberKey build)
chromium.lks • 42.0.2294.0 (314193) • Thursday, 5 Feb 2015

Packaged in the LiberKey format, it does not work as standalone software.

Info: show directly the official website about this build.

Good build

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Chromium (32-bit) (Chocolatey website)OLD
41.0.2255.0 • Friday, 19 Dec 2014

Install and update Chromium with the open-source package manager: Chocolatey. It works like apt-get or yum on Linux.

Install it with this command line or from Windows PowerShell:
c:\> choco install chromium

Mac OS X

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 41.0.2272.76 (310958) • Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

1. Chromium for 64-bit Mac OS X only

Stable version

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Chromium Installer (64-bit) (FreeSMUG build)
Chromium_OSX.dmg • 41.0.2272.76 (310958) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

It requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later, Intel only. To install it, double click on ChromiumOSX.dmg file you have downloaded. Then drag its icon on Applications folder. You may then "Eject" and throw away this disk image. For info, this build has a digital signature and uses the Sparkle update framework.

How to update it ?
This build hasn't command "Chromium → Check for Updates..."

How to add the Flash plugin?
Nothing to do. PepperFlash is integrated. ^^

Info: show directly the official website or SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build • 9335

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Chromium Package (64-bit)
chrome-mac.zip • 43.0.2322.0 (319006, 668cf5cd39d4) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Unzip it on your computer. Double click on the unzipped folder to open it. Drag its icon on Applications folder.

How to update it ?
I search a good #updater ;) The best way is probably a bash (shell) script or an add-on.

Differences with Google Chrome
Check the #features part.

How to add the Flash plugin and HTML5 audio/video support?
Check the #flash and #html5-audio-video parts.

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

2. Chromium for 64-bit and 32-bit Mac OS X

Since the version 39, Chromium and Google Chrome are not available in 32-bit version for MAC OS X. (Official source)
(Coming into force: Thursday, 18 Dec 2014)

I made a site archive if you need it: chromium::wayback.machine

Linux

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 41.0.2272.76 (310958) • Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

Chromium OS


Chromium OS is the open-source operating system designed by Google that primarily runs web applications, using Gentoo as its foundation. It exists since 2009. Chromium is the default browser. Google Chrome OS (closed-source) is based on it.

Free and open-source releases:

Stable version

Ubuntu


There are different ways to install the stable Chromium version.

1. via the Ubuntu Software Center
2. via these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-chromium-builds/stage
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
Info: show directly the PPA description about the Chromium auto-updater.

Stable version

Debian


To install and auto-update Chromium on Debian distribution, use these commands:
apt-get update
apt-get install chromium chromium-l10n
(chromium-l10n is only used for localization and is optional)

Info: show directly Chromium on Debian wiki and Debian packages

Stable version

Mageia


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on Mageia Application Database

Stable version

Linux Mint


There are different ways to install the stable Chromium version.

Based on Ubuntu:
Based on Debian (LMDE):

Stable version

Fedora


Unavailable in the official repository. But you can install it! ^^

Info: show directly Chromium on Fedora Project wiki

Stable version

openSUSE


Chromium Installer
chromium.ymp

Info: show directly Chromium on openSUSE wiki

Stable version

Arch Linux


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on Arch Linux wiki

Stable version

Gentoo


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on Gentoo packages

Stable version

ALT Linux


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on ALT Linux wiki (Use MS Translator to translate it online)

Stable version

PuppyLinux


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on PuppyLinux wiki

Stable version

Slackware


Unavailable in the official repository. But you can install it! ^^
Check this post of Eric Hameleers to download and install the stable Chromium version.

BSD

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 41.0.2272.76 (310958) • Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015

Stable version

FreeBSD


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on FreeBSD wiki

Stable version

OpenBSD


Available in the official repository.

Info: show directly Chromium on OpenBSD ports

Android

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 40.0.2214.109 (303346) • Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015

Opera browser for Android (Google Play website)

What is that? It is Opera browser, not Chromium browser. :/

Yes, I know. There is absolutely no Chromium stable version for Android. And Opera for Android is based on Chromium. So, I recommend to use Opera because it uses less RAM than Google Chrome and it is an excellent mobile browser.

Info: show directly Opera mobile on the official Opera website

Good build • 6010

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Chromium Package (32-bit)
chrome-android.zip • 43.0.2322.0 (319056, bb881706c423) • Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015

Honestly, I have never tested Chromium on Android. A few people have asked me to add it. So, I hope this will be helpful for you! ;)

Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

iOS

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 40.0.2214.73 • Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015

Chromium on iOS is a big fake!

Check the official build instructions to understand that Chromium cannot use the existing content/implementation, which is based on V8/Blink and is multiprocess. Go your way! ^^

Notes

Obviously, you know that this site is not the Chromium official website. As a regular user (not an expert), I created it because I did not find a simple way to download good releases. I try to keep it as safe and fast as possible! ;) This is absolutely a non-profit site. Please, read the #privacy-policy (on the right side).

In short:
  • The official website is development oriented. Users are invited to download Google Chrome
  • The official download page gives to users only Nightly builds (using the official Snapshots repository)
  • This site (and especially its other page) give to users the best builds (using the official Continuous repository)

All downloads are from official sources only:
Explanation...

1. Project

Chromium exists since 2008. It is the free and open-source project (#features) behind the famous Google Chrome browser. Intrinsically, Chromium is a Google project maintained by many authors (developers, graphic designers...) from Google, Opera, Yandex, Samsung, Intel, Nvidia...

2. Stable Chromium version

Officially, Chromium does not have a stable release. It is continually in development. Google Chrome is the stable release... but is not open-source.

In fact, Chromium has a stable version. ^^
Example: The current stable version number on #linux is 41.0.2272.76. There are 76 patches which correct many issues. Because Chromium is open-source (#source-code), anybody can build it. You must be a developer to do this. Just get the current stable version (41.0.2272.76) from the official Git repository and build it! Add new features, correct bugs...

The stable version is used in:

3. Development

Basically, Chromium has few versions every day, but you can stick with a version for about a month before you need to upgrade.

Snapshots builds are compiles of the Chromium code whenever there are submitted code changes. A snapshot build will be created as long as the code compiles successfully. Each snapshot build is then run through the automated tests (unit, browser and layout tests). If that snapshot build successfully passes the automated tests, it is copied to the Continuous builds.

In resume:
  • Snapshots: Untested and may be unstable versions (known as Nightly builds). Official download page
  • Continuous: Tested and more stable versions (known as LKGR builds). Also used by Google Chrome channels: Canary, Dev, Beta and Stable.

4. Finally

This site uses the official Continuous repository.

Moreover, you will not find downloadable builds with "failure" or other bad result (like this one) on this website. It excludes them.

So, I give you the opportunity to download only nice Chromium releases.
If you want, check the multilingual page: → download/

This entire website (#news and #api included) is auto-updated each hour by the server itself.

Thanks for your attention.
Have a good time! ;)

Features

Chromium vs Google Chrome.

Chromium browser has:
  • only open-source licenses (BSD license, MIT license, LGPL, MS-PL and MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-licensed code) plus unlicensed files
  • a blue-colored logo
  • the similar sandboxed processes as Google Chrome
  • the similar UI and settings as Google Chrome
  • the built-in Chrome PDF Viewer (known as PDFium)
  • the built-in Chromoting Viewer (To use it, you need to first install the Chrome Remote Desktop app)
  • the built-in Google Native Client
  • the built-in Print preview and print system
  • no stable version offered by the Google team (aka The Chromium Authors)
  • no digital signature
  • no auto-update system (Solutions: Use an #updater • Sometimes it is integrated like in the FreeSMUG build on #mac • Use PPA on #linux)
  • no built-in Flash player (Solution: Check the #flash part)
  • no support of proprietary codecs (AAC, MP3, H.264) (Solution: Check the #html5-audio-video part)
  • no user RLZ identifier
  • no user metrics (usage statistics) (opt-in option)
  • no crash report (opt-in option)
  • More details on the official site, focused on Linux.

More information about Google Chrome plugins

Some developers maintain forks of Chromium that offer more features and enhancements. Thanks a lot for developers! ;)

Free online HTML5 tests:
And if you want to follow new Chromium features, check the Google+ posts of an official Chromium developer

Flash

There are 2 types of Flash plugin for Chromium:
PepperFlash is more secure because it works in sandboxed processes.

Now, the installation tutorial...
(If Google Chrome is already installed, go directly to the step 3)

1. Get PepperFlash (PPAPI)

Because this plugin is a non-free (proprietary) software, get it from the official sources: Adobe or Google.

1.1 From Adobe

Different official ways:
After install, the plugin path will be:
- On a 64-bit #windows:
  • C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\pepflashplayer64_[VERSION].dll (64-bit version)
  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\pepflashplayer32_[VERSION].dll (32-bit version)
- On a 32-bit #windows:
  • C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\pepflashplayer32_[VERSION].dll (32-bit version)

1.2 From Google Chrome

Canary channel:
Optionally, get the Flash version number:
(If you want to see the correct version number on Chromium internal pages)
  • On all platforms, open the manifest.json text file in the PepperFlash folder.
  • On Windows, you can do a right-click → Properties → Version, on the .dll file

2. Change the plugin directory

If you want, prefer a short path for the plugin. It will be easier for the next step. ^^
Example on Windows: Put this .dll file in a path like C:\PepperFlash\ (Create the directory if needed)

3. Add command line flags

By default, Chromium does not know PepperFlash exists.
Theses #command-line-flags are required: --ppapi-flash-path (and optionally --ppapi-flash-version)

On #windows, create a Chromium shortcut. Then go to its properties and edit the target field:
--ppapi-flash-path="C:\PepperFlash\pepflashplayer.dll" --ppapi-flash-version="16.0.0.305"

On #mac, you will need to launch it from the command line (in the Terminal):
/Applications/Chromium.app/Contents/MacOS/Chromium --ppapi-flash-path=/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/PepperFlashPlayer/PepperFlashPlayer.plugin --ppapi-flash-version=16.0.0.305&
The "&" at the end is not a typo. It is there to make sure Chromium is launched in a separate thread. Without the "&", Chromium would exit as soon as you quit the Terminal. Moreover, to simplify the Chromium launch, check How to create simple Mac apps from shell scripts (Archive: 1). See the #comment-344 too!

4. Restart the browser

Relaunch it to apply changes.

5. Check the installation

6. Enjoy!

Now, even after browser updates, Chromium uses PepperFlash. ^^

Get Flash Player (NPAPI)

Note: If PepperFlash is still installed, you needn't to install this following plugin!

Different official ways:
By default, NPAPI plugins are disabled. So enable the option on chrome://flags/#enable-npapi (Screenshot)

For info, Flash Player is labeled Shockwave Flash in IE and Firefox.

HTML5 audio/video

By default, Chromium does not support proprietary codecs (AAC, MP3, H.264) in the HTML <audio> and <video> elements... but you can do it!

1. Get HTML5 audio/video support library

Get the library (supporting free and proprietary formats) from the official source: Google.
(If Google Chrome is already installed, go directly to the step 2)

Canary channel:

2. Replace the library

Copy the ffmpegsumo.dll (or .so, on Mac) file from Google Chrome installation to Chromium. In other words, replace the existing .dll (or .so) file by this new bigger one.

NOTE: After browser update, Chromium version will create a new folder with its own library. Repeat the step 2.

3. Restart the browser

Relaunch it to apply changes

4. Check the installation


If there is a video issue, disable hardware acceleration (see #browser-crash).

If this is not sufficient, you must also tell Chromium that it supports these formats. The solution is to write a simple extension to override the "canPlayType" method. This is a quick test. It works but can be extended more.

The manifest.json file:
{
   "manifest_version": 2,
   "name": "Patch HTML5 Media",
   "version": "1.0",
   "description": "Patch HTML5 Media",
   "permissions": ["tabs", "http://*/*", "https://*/*", "file://*/*"],
   "content_scripts" : [{
      "run_at": "document_start",
      "matches" : ["http://*/*", "https://*/*", "file://*/*"],
      "js" : ["script.js"]
   }]
}

The script.js file:
var jsCode = ['HTMLMediaElement.prototype.canPlayType = function(fileType){return \'maybe\';};'].join('\n');
var script = document.createElement('script');
script.textContent = jsCode;
(document.head||document.documentElement).appendChild(script);

Place both manifest.json and script.js in a folder (for example html5mediapatch) and import it in Chromium using extensions in developer mode (add an extension from a folder) on chrome://extensions.

Advanced

1. Internal pages

To access to all internal pages, use chrome://about. Copy and paste this special URL directly into the address bar (omnibox).
Obviously, this special URL works only in Chromium and Google Chrome.

Few internal pages:
Note: About configuration settings, there is nothing similar to Firefox's about:config in Chromium.

Example: How to change the font rendering system?
Disable chrome://flags/#disable-direct-write

Example: How to clear the DNS cache?
Open chrome://net-internals/#dns and click on the Clear host cache button.

2. Keyboard shortcuts

To use keyboard shortcuts (on Windows, Mac and Linux), check this full list of official shortcuts... and this one if you are developer. Most of the shortcuts are similar to IE, Firefox or any other browser.

3. User data directory

About your bookmarks, profile... it is important to know where is stored your user data

4. Command line flags

There are command line flags (or "switches") that Chromium and Google Chrome accept in order to enable particular features or modify otherwise default functionality. Check the official page explaining how to use these flags (and the other page for testers). See the auto-updated big list of current command line flags.

Example: How to start Chromium directly in incognito (or private) mode on Windows?
Add flag at the end of the Chromium shortcut and restart the browser. (screenshot)
"C:\{...}\Chromium\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito

5. External extension installation

How to install an external extension?
  1. Get source .crx extension file of any Chrome extension directly from the Chrome Web Store via Give Me CRX or this online tool
  2. Go to chrome://extensions
  3. Drag and drop the .crx file on the page

If it does not work...
  1. Unzip the .crx file
  2. Go to chrome://extensions
  3. Drag and drop the unzipped folder on the page... or click on Developer mode then Load unpacked extension...

About updates:
  • You have to update manually
  • You can update when you want! ^^
  • If ever a new version sucks, just re-install the previous one

6. Source code

Before all, check the official guide for developers

Official links to easily get or see the full Chromium source code:
Few interesting information:

7. Older version

Never update your browser with an older version. It even does not start.

If you need to install an older Chromium version:
  1. Uninstall your actual version
  2. Destroy the main folder, the #user-data-directory (and the registry keys, on Windows)
  3. Get your older version from the Continuous repository, and install it. Enjoy!

8. Browser crash

You have encountered a browser crash or issue. :/

Few ways to help you:
- To disable hardware acceleration: - To disable/enable a browser feature: chrome://flags
- To disable plugins: chrome://plugins
- To check for conflicting software: chrome://conflicts
- To disable extensions/add-ons: chrome://extensions

Also use #command-line-flags. Note that the incognito mode disables all extensions by default.

API

This is a free and simple API for developers to update Chromium to the latest good build via a bash (shell) script, an add-on... Please, do not use this API in other websites! Read my #notes...

GET request parameters:
  • os(required) windows or mac or android
  • bit(optional • 64 by default) 32 or 64
  • out(optional • json by default) json or string or xml or revision

Response:
chromiumwindows or mac or android
  • architecture(string) 32-bit or 64-bit
  • timestamp(integer) Unix time of this release built on the Chromium Buildbot server
  • editor(string) The Chromium Authors
  • channel(string) dev
  • repository(string) continuous
  • folder(string) Folder name to download this release
  • revision(integer)
  • commit(string) Git revision's commit hash
  • version(string) (like xx.x.xxxx.x)
  • build(integer)
  • result(string) success
  • bug(string) n/a or none or bugs list corrected in this release (separated by commas)

Basic examples:
Example to get the latest build with the outrevision parameter:

Browsers

This is my personal recommendation for desktop and mobile web browsers.

Open-source browsers:
  • Firefox (Modular browser with its famous extensions system and powerful settings)
  • Chromium
  • Midori (It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ interface)
  • QupZilla (It is multi-platform and uses the WebKit rendering engine)
  • Pale Moon (Optimized browser based on Firefox, for Windows, Linux and Android)
  • Waterfox (Based on Firefox, for Windows 64-bit)
  • Cyberfox (Based on Firefox, for Windows 32/64bit)
  • Tor Browser Bundle (Based on Firefox's layout engine • Use Tor, an anonymity network)
  • Dooble (Designed and implemented in order to improve privacy and usability)
  • Otter Browser (It recreates classic Opera 12.x UI using Qt5)
  • or all other open-source browser in general.

Proprietary browsers:
  • Opera (Based on Chromium • Opera team has created some browser features like tabs, speed-dial, internal proxy... • Exists since 1994)
  • Vivaldi (Based on Chromium • Founded by former co-founder and CEO of Opera)
  • Google Chrome (Based on Chromium • Google is the official hoster of Chromium project)
  • Dolphin (Mobile browser for Android and iOS)
  • Safari on Mac

I do not recommend:
Why not recommended?
Because all of these browsers are closed-source, outdated and based on Chromium like Google Chrome and Opera! ^^ and you can do it all by yourself. More on #privacy...

Moreover, InsanityBit explains this very well on his blog: SRWare Iron Browser – A private alternative to Chrome? (Archives: 1, 2)

Finally, if a new browser with "better privacy" than Google Chrome is based on Chromium and is fully open-source, it should be ok for me! ;) Maybe Superbird Browser or Aviator Browser ? Actually, there are not enough reviews and feedback. Google warns ! (Archive: 1)

Privacy

For a better privacy protection, use open-source #browsers like Chromium or Firefox. Do not forget: It is open-source does not mean it is secure and respects user privacy (secure ≠ private). But, if your browser is fully "open-source", it means that somebody with the capability can review the #source-code. And with versioning tools like SVN or Git, it is easy for developers to find malicious code. This is better for secure browsing and user privacy! ^^

1. Browser update

The reason for updating to the latest version is security. As security threats are found, they are fixed. Using an old version may expose you to a number of security issues. Browsers are far more subject to hacking than other software.

2. Browser settings

  • Do not log in with a Google account
  • Do not save passwords in the browser (Prefer a free and open-source password manager like KeePass or Password Safe)
  • Enable incognito (or private) mode (Ctrl+Shift+N shortcut • Use a #flag to start Chromium in this mode)
  • Disable all options in the "Privacy" section because most of them uses an external Google service. Example: Google Safe Browsing about the phishing and malware protection (chrome://settings → [Show advanced settings...] → Privacy)
  • Enable Click to play plugins (chrome://settings/content → Plug-ins → Click to play)

3. Hosts file

Modify your hosts file to protect your OS from many types of spyware and malware:

4. Search engines

Choose a web search/metasearch engine which respect your privacy:
If you are a web developer, do it yourself ^^
Other metasearch engines: Ecosia, Unbubble, Privatelee, Mamma...

5. Extensions

Note: Extensions hosted on the Chrome Web Store are updated via the Chrome update mechanism (cf. Chromium source code) which developers and users do not control. Also, check #external-extension-installation if you want! ^^

Free add-ons:

6. Tools

  • VPN
  • Anonymous proxy
  • Tor
  • Freenet
  • I2P

Also, read the official Chromium privacy

Just a last thing: If you disable sandbox in Chromium (with the --no-sandbox #flag), the Google team says to use another browser like Firefox because Chromium without sandbox is very vulnerable and insecure. This setting must be used only by developers.

Malware

You have downloaded Chromium and your antivirus detect a malicious software like a virus or trojan. It is a false positive. The detection is generic (heuristic). There is absolutely no backdoor or other malware inside. Remember that the full #source-code is available! More on #privacy...

These reports are known for few years ago:
My recommendation:
  • Make sure you download Chromium from official servers... like via this site ;)
  • Prefer an open-source #updater.

Test your file online:
If you find an issue:
  • Contact your antivirus support
  • Report it on the official Chromium supports. For links, see my #comment-1 below.

Chromium updater

To update Chromium automatically.

As always, never install a closed-source software especially if you have never heard it before! So, try these open-source Chromium updaters.

For Windows:
For Mac OS X:
Extension:
Discontinued project:
Thanks a lot for developers!
I do not support these tools. Please, contact the developers for thank, issue, help...

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@Liam, Anon
There are no problems with latest PepperFlash & 64-bit Chromium, but make shure that your Flash is 64-bit too. Alternatively you can try my experimental 64-bit portable package based on winPenPack - https://github.com/JustOff/cpf-update-win/releases - it keep Chromium & Flash synced & updated properly.
Let's be real here. Google is about to kill NPAPI in a couple of months. So, simply installing an NPAPI plugin will not work in a few months. Add to that that Chromium still does not support H.264, but instead, the useless garbage called webm, which has little mainstream support, you will basically be stuck with a gimped browser soon. If I was in charge of this site, I would not even post a version of Chromium that was incompatible with H.264, or for that matter, PepperFlash. This should be vetted first, because simply having the latest version of a soon to be gimped browser isn't going to mean much practically.
@ _M_ yes, I tried the 32 bit builds as well...same exact issue. It recognizes the plugin but flash content still does not load.

I have another machine which has a different version of both Chromium and Flash working seamlessly. So, the only way I got it to work, was to install that combination on this machine, Chromium 41.0.2227.0 Dev build, and Flash 16.0.0.235.

This works without issue. Problem now is that firefox doesn't like that version of Flash, and keeps trying to update it. I use FF as well, but mainly for work stuff.

@Justoff, I'll give that a try, thank you. The flash was definitely the 64-bit version, although I tested the 32-bit as well just to see if I could make it work. But, of course, it didn't.

I love Chromium as a browser, and cringe at the thought of installing Google Chrome or any other bloated version just for the sake of continuity. Even if it means taking a few extra steps listed above.

But over the years I can't think of another program causing more issues or headaches for me than Flash.
@Liam

I'm confused about a few things. You have "pepflashplayer.dll". This is a Google Chrome specific Flash player program. Now, I know there is another person building a version of Chrome on the net that this .dll can be retrieved from, however...

I use Flash player beta http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer.html and it works flawlessly. Can you post your complete Chromium target shortcut command line? I have found that when I started using Chromium the Flash player problems were always linked to an incorrect command line.
If you were so curious about privacy just using Chromium won't work. As you are on this site, you are - first off - a Windows user. Spyware #1.
Second you are using the Adobe Flash Player. Spyware #2.

If you want privacy, install Slackware or Gentoo with hardened Linux-Kernel (or even FreeBSD or similar...). Only communicate via PGP and use completely OpenSource products. No proprietary firmware or drivers.

This will do much more than just using Chromium instead of Chrome.
The PepperFlash method works fine. I'm using it with Chromium but the HTML5 video part doesn't work at all, tried several ffmpegsumo.dll files, even from other sources other than the Google Chrome browser but it won't work. Someone trustworthy should just compile Chromium with x264 support in Windows and release builds to the public.
@Jerry,

As you can detect CPU architecture, could you by any chance make the boxes dynamically? i.e. if a 32-bit system is detected, it would rather show the x86 version rather than 64-bit first, as it is now. just a suggestion. Thanks for running this page!
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Thank you all for your feedback!

@mihau, Done! ^^
Your OS (Windows or Mac) and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) is dynamically highlighted if detected.
I also tested your Otter Updater. Nice shell scripts! ;)

@Nyx and Pörö,

Tested with Chromium 43.0.2320.0 (318624):

• WinXP + Chromium + PepperFlash + ffmpegsumo.dll
→ Flash and video H.264/MP4 work well if all is in 32-bit version.

• Win7 + Chromium + PepperFlash + ffmpegsumo.dll
→ Flash and video H.264/MP4 work well if all is in 64-bit version.

• Win7 (64-bit) + Chromium + PepperFlash + ffmpegsumo.dll
→ Flash and video H.264/MP4 work well if all is in 32-bit version on a 64-bit OS.

• Win8 and Win8.1
→ Sorry, I do not use these OS
Same here about Flash issue. For example: http://www.okgoals.com/match-highlights-1425078363---41 doesn't work with PPAPI plugin.
I've been having a problem with opening external links from a program (TeamSpeak seems to be the only one so far). When I click the link, nothing happens. I did some searching and found a solution, but the problem comes back each time I update.
I can fix the problem by deleting the registry value:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromiumHTM.<<A_LONG_STRING>>\shell\open\command\]
"DelegateExecute"="{<<ANOTHER_LONG_STRING>>}"

Why does this keep happening? And is there a more permanent fix?

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