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Chromium


The free and open-source project behind Google Chrome

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): 43.0.2357.81 (323860) • Monday, 25 May 2015

1. Chromium for 64-bit Windows only

Good build • 744

Chromium Installer (64-bit)
mini_installer.exe • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 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!

Info:
Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build • 744

Chromium Package (64-bit)
chrome-win32.zip • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 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!

Info:
Info: show directly the Google repository about this build.

Good build

Chromium Portable (64-bit) (PortableApps.com build)
ChromiumPortable.paf.exe • 44.0.2383.0 • Friday, 1 May 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

Chromium Portable (64-bit) (Muhammer Ayes build) NEW PORTABLE VERSION
Cr2Go.exe • 45.0.2404.0 • Saturday, 16 May 2015

Packaged by Muhammer Ayes, this build can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it. Note you can add custom command-line parameters by editing the file Parameters.ini in the main folder of chromium-to-go.

Info: show directly the SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

Chromium (64-bit) (Chocolatey website)
45.0.2418.0 • Saturday, 30 May 2015

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

To install it:
cinst chromium

Info: this official package uses my #api for updates: chromium::chocolatey.core.team.packages

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

Good build • 624

Chromium Installer (32-bit)
mini_installer.exe • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 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 • 624

Chromium Package (32-bit)
chrome-win32.zip • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 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

Chromium Portable (32-bit) (PortableApps.com build)
ChromiumPortable.paf.exe • 44.0.2383.0 • Friday, 1 May 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

Chromium Portable (32-bit) (Muhammer Ayes build) NEW PORTABLE VERSION
Cr2Go.exe • 45.0.2404.0 • Saturday, 16 May 2015

Packaged by Muhammer Ayes, this build can work as standalone software.
Follow the same instructions as above to install and update it. Note you can add custom command-line parameters by editing the file Parameters.ini in the main folder of chromium-to-go.

Info: show directly the SourceForge directory about this build.

Good build

Chromium Portable (32-bit) (winPenPack build) OLD ALTERNATIVE UPDATE SYSTEM
X-Chromium.zip • 43.0.2324.0 • Saturday, 7 Mar 2015

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

How to update it with the alternative update system?
Use the simple free and open-source cpf-update-win batch script to automatically update both Chromium and PepperFlash. The Chromium version will be 45.0.2418.0 because this update system (based on my #api) uses the #windows-32-bit-package ^^

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

Good build

Chromium Portable (32-bit) (LiberKey website)
chromium.lks • 44.0.2372.0 (325287) • Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015

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

Info: show directly the official website about this build.

Good build

Chromium (32-bit) (Chocolatey website)
45.0.2418.0 • Saturday, 30 May 2015

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

To install it:
cinst chromium

Info: this official package uses my #api for updates: chromium::chocolatey.core.team.packages

Mac OS X

Reference: Current stable version (Google Chrome): 43.0.2357.81 (323860) • Monday, 25 May 2015

1. Chromium for 64-bit Mac OS X only

Stable version

Chromium Installer (64-bit) (FreeSMUG build)
Chromium_OSX.dmg • 43.0.2357.81 (323860) • Tuesday, 26 May 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 "Chromium → Check for Updates..." command.

Info:
  • PepperFlash is integrated. ^^

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

Good build • 509

Chromium Package (64-bit)
chrome-mac.zip • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 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 ?
Check the #updater part.

Info:
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): 43.0.2357.81 (323860) • Monday, 25 May 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): 43.0.2357.81 (323860) • Monday, 25 May 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): 43.0.2357.78 (323860) • Friday, 29 May 2015

There is absolutely no Chromium stable version for Android: chromium::google.play

Good build • 1038

Chromium Package (32-bit)
chrome-android.zip • 45.0.2418.0 (332122, bacaa10ef065) • Saturday, 30 May 2015

This ZIP archive contains the ChromePublic.apk package (= Chromium code + open-source Google Chrome code).

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): 42.0.2311.47 • Thursday, 16 Apr 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 43.0.2357.81. There are 81 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 (43.0.2357.81) 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, there is no downloadable build with "failure" or other bad result on this website. My engine get directly results from the Buildbot. It does not read LAST_CHANGE text files.

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 • 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! ;)

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.

Great news!
Now, on Windows, Chomium find PPAPI Flash (.dll file) without command-line flags.
I tested on Win7 (64-bit) and WinXP (32-bit) with Chromium (32/64-bit) + Adobe's Flash installers → It works!

Now the tutorial is simpler:
  1. Install PepperFlash (PPAPI) from Adobe
  2. Check chrome://plugins
  3. Enjoy!

Jerry • Saturday, 7 Mar 2015

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

1. Get PepperFlash (PPAPI)

This plugin is a non-free (proprietary) software developed by Adobe, and distributed bundled with Google Chrome. So 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.
Use theses #command-line-flags:
  • --ppapi-flash-path=[plugin path]
  • --ppapi-flash-version=[plugin version]
  • And optionally --allow-outdated-plugins to disable browser notifications about outdated plugins

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="17.0.0.188" --allow-outdated-plugins

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=17.0.0.188&
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/MP4) 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.

Extension:
  • Name: Patch HTML5 Media
  • Version: 2.2
  • Content: 3 files
  • Installation type: manual
  • Authors: Rocco, Jerry

The manifest.json file:
{
   "manifest_version": 2,
   "name": "Patch HTML5 Media",
   "version": "2.2",
   "description": "Patch HTML5 Media",
   "permissions": ["tabs", "http://*/*", "https://*/*", "file://*/*"],
   "content_scripts" : [{
      "run_at": "document_start",
      "matches": ["http://*/*", "https://*/*", "file://*/*"],
      "js": ["can-play-type.js"]},
      {
      "run_at": "document_end",
      "matches": ["http://*/*", "https://*/*", "file://*/*"],
      "js": ["no-mime.js"]}
   ],
   "homepage_url": "http://chromium.woolyss.com/#html5-audio-video"
}

The can-play-type.js file:
It will override the "canPlayType" method
var script = document.createElement("script");
script.textContent = 'HTMLMediaElement.prototype.canPlayType=function(fileType){return "maybe";};';
(document.head||document.documentElement).appendChild(script);

The no-mime.js file:
It will delete MIME type in HTML <audio> and <video> elements
bw = document.body;
if(typeof bw!=="undefined"){
   var script = document.createElement("script");
   script.textContent = 'var ew=document.querySelectorAll("source[type]"),lw=ew.length,iw,pw=new RegExp("^(audio|video)","i");if(lw!==0){for(iw=0;iw<lw;iw++){if(pw.test(ew[iw].type)===true){ew[iw].removeAttribute("type");}}}';
   bw.appendChild(script);
}

  1. Place manifest.json, can-play-type.js and no-mime.js in a folder... or unzip my archive: patch-html5-media.7z
  2. Go to chrome://extensions
  3. Drag and drop the folder on the page... or click on Developer mode then Load unpacked extension...
  4. Do not delete the folder. Enjoy!

For info, you can also use the #flag: --load-extension=[path to extension directory]

About YouTube site:

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?
Enable 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 accept in order to enable particular features or modify otherwise default functionality.
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 you can use #command-line-flags: --disable-plugins, --disable-extensions, --disable-accelerated-video-decode...
Note that 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... Read my #notes.

Please, do not use this API to build other websites. To prevent abuse, the site can audit each API request.

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:
Proprietary browsers:
  • Opera (Chromium based • Opera team has created some browser features like tabs, speed-dial, internal proxy... • It exists since 1994)
  • Vivaldi (Chromium based • Founded by former co-founder and CEO of Opera Software)
  • Google Chrome (Chromium based • 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)

Note 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. But... Google is famous. Its private policy and marketing strategy are well known. So you have to ask you some questions. Do you trust in an unknown team more than Google? Is an outdated Chromium fork? Google warms! (Archive: 1)

Few free and open-source Chromium forks:

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)
  • Prevent any plug-ins from running automatically (chrome://settings/content → Plug-ins → Let me choose when to run plugin content)

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:
Note: µBlock Origin is pattern-based filtering, while µMatrix is matrix-based filtering which gives you more control over the filtering process. They are not specifically made to run together, but if they are, unchecking malware-related hosts files in µBlock Origin is suggested to avoid unneeded overlap.

6. Tools

  • Firewall
  • 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:
Advice:
  • Make sure you download Chromium from official servers (like on this site ^^)
  • Prefer an open-source #updater

Free tools to check your system:
Free online services to check your file:
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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Hello!
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Please, DO NOT report bugs by a review. Use the official issue tracker or chromium-discuss/dev topics:
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/list
https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!forum/chromium-discuss
https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!forum/chromium-dev

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Ok not sure what you are talking about.
Version 45.0.2413.0 seems to be fixed. Great work. Big Thanks & Greetings from Germany.
Ok figured out what you were talking about all the host files are 127.0.0.1. See additional screenshots:
http://www.imagebam.com/image/e63779411922846
http://www.imagebam.com/image/abc7e0411922859
http://www.imagebam.com/image/40b765411922870
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Anonymous (518)
is there any way to get ffmpegsumo.dll without installing Canary in my system
Anonymous
Anonymous (519)
You can use "sandboxie".
Since version 45.0.2413.0 I can highlight and mark text and websites in Chromium, but now I can't print the highlighted and marked text and content of websites no more. Only possible to print the whole content of websites. Any solution?
ADMIN
@John, On the 32-bit version, there is no issue like yours. I use it on my 64-bit OS.
Highlight your text. Then try:
• Shortcuts (CTRL+P) → The print page is now opened → [More settings] → Options → Selection only
• 'Print Selection' add-on https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/print-selection/gbkdpdnociibpkkpjgmcmdlnjlebpajk
Thanks for the tip. But that's all well known and doesn't fit the problem. Don't need and didn't need a plugin to print. Other browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, MS IT-Explorer) don't have this problem. Chromium 45.0.2409.0 didn't had this problem. I know exactly cause I'm printing out the weather and some news every morning. I use Chromium x86 on Win 7 x64 and got this case since the text mark problem. Well, guess I'll have to wait and see...Thank you very much.
ADMIN
@John, "Don't need a plugin to print". Sure, I agree with you! ;)
But I use Chromium x86 on Win 7 x64 too. I see no print issue on 32-bit Chromium (332091) in the ZIP version. I never use EXE version.
I´m using EXE with Chromium Updater. Think I'll try the ZIP version. Thank you.

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