Chromium


The free and open-source project behind Google Chrome

Windows 10, 8, 7

How to install, update and remove Chromium, on Windows?
About updates: your settings, bookmarks, extensions, history, passwords, cookies... will be saved. Do not worry!
For automated updates, use a Chromium #updater

Installer
  1. Download the EXE executable file (This is a 7-zip archive file. So you can unzip it to see its content)
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Execute this EXE file
  4. Wait for 2 or 3 seconds (Installation is silent)
  5. Open Chromium browser. It is updated!
  6. To remove it definitively: use the standard way or a software like CCleaner.

Archive
  1. Download the ZIP archive file
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Unzip this ZIP file
  4. Delete all the files from your installation directory
  5. Move the files from the unzipped directory to your installation directory
  6. Open Chromium browser. It is updated!
  7. To remove it definitively: delete your installation directory

Portable
Note: Chromium has #secure-preferences feature based on the machine SID. So extensions, certificates and passwords are not portable. The best way to migrate your data is to synchronize them.
  1. Download and unzip "chrlauncher-xxxxxxx.zip"
  2. Execute chrlauncher.exe (chrlauncher is a free and open-source Chromium launcher/updater)
  3. Close Chromium browser if a notification displays a new version
  4. Click on the "Download" button
  5. Wait for download and automatic installation
  6. Open Chromium browser. It is updated!
  7. To remove it definitively: delete the chrlauncher folder

Package
  1. Install Chocolatey (A free and open-source package manager) in command-line
  2. Chromium will be automatically updated via Chocolatey
  3. To remove it definitively: use the "uninstall" command-line via Chocolatey
Windows XP, Vista
Since version 50, Chromium is not available on XP and Vista. For help, version 49 works fine.
In addition, if you have an old CPU without SSE2 support, version 34 is the last one (portable, builds before 253860).

Chromium for 64-bit Windows

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

NikEditor
Nik
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
widevinewidevine
Chromium compiled with the enabled Widevine plugin. It is able to play DRM content (on Netflix, for example).
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine
• Test: https://shaka-player-demo.appspot.com/demo/
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Info:
  • sha1: 46c94d2b378fa68a4ffffcdf76facf3359747bcf.- chromium-sync.exe
  • sha1: dad61409399288750d8d65599629ef74509697b7.- chromium-sync.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • List of changes
  • #source-code: follow the Nik guide
  • Source: Github repository

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
ungoogledungoogled
Chromium without Google integration and enhanced privacy, based on the "ungoogled-chromium" project of Eloston.
• Info: https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/
• FAQ: https://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
widevinewidevine
Chromium compiled with the enabled Widevine plugin. It is able to play DRM content (on Netflix, for example).
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine
• Test: https://shaka-player-demo.appspot.com/demo/
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchive
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Standard build of Eloston's ungoogled-chromium. All patches applied, apart from "Safe Browser". Linking failed due to safe browsing being removed, so I decided not to remove any element of safe browsing.

I can actually get Ungoogled to build with the "Safe Browser" patch; but, Chromium fails to launch. I amended the Windows specific (Safe Browser) patch, but feel that the problem is with the generic patches.

Anyway, it's Eloston's build process that I like, and suggest that someone helps out and solves the Windows Safe Browser problem.

Info:
  • sha1: 1614ee17a4b121e13656b37bc2f1293912a12e0e.- ungoogled-chromium-71.0.3578.98-1_windows.7z
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • Source: Github repository

RobRichEditor
RobRich
pgopgo
Chromium compiled with PGO (Profile-guided optimization)
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profile-guided_optimization
fullLTOfullLTO
Chromium compiled with whole-program analysis and cross-module optimization using "full" link time optimization.
• Info: https://llvm.org/docs/LinkTimeOptimization.html
pollypolly
Chromium compiled using the Polly "high-level loop and data-locality optimizer" for LLVM.
• Info: https://polly.llvm.org/
modifiedmodified
Features compiler optimizations via build configuration modifications.
• Note: Requires a processor with AVX support
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
73.0.3667.0 (621140) • Thursday, 10 Jan 2019
Info:
  • sha1: 375e957ff4f834455a5fac0c327181109fe7a849.- mini_installer.exe
  • sha1: 2eb9da70a6497857ed0d1c97205ebb53819cc4e4.- chrome.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • Previous versions (win64)
  • #source-code
  • Source: Github repository

NikEditor
Nik
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
73.0.3654.0 (619063) • Friday, 28 Dec 2018
Info:
  • sha1: 142e6565b9d5be006867d5e068fda2e605544802.- chromium-sync.exe
  • sha1: f871ca5af6167081c9e5979fd00806c64d1d71b3.- chromium-sync.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • Previous versions (win64)
  • #source-code: follow the Nik guide
  • Source: Github repository

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
thinLTOthinLTO
Chromium compiled with whole-program analysis and cross-module optimization via thinLTO (Link time optimization).
• Info: https://clang.llvm.org/docs/ThinLTO.html
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchive
73.0.3657.0 (619264) • Sunday, 30 Dec 2018
Info:

ThumbAppsEditor
ThumbApps
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

Portable
73.0.3637.0 • Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
This is an open-source and custom-built version of Chromium optimized for portable use. So, you can run it from an USB flash drive, portable hard drive, CD or any other portable media. You can take your bookmarks, extensions, themes and plugins with you. This portable version will leave no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.

Packaged in the PortableApps.com format by Versatile Apps, it can work as standalone software.

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:

The Chromium AuthorsEditor
The Chromium Authors
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win64win64
Chromium for 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstallerPackage
73.0.3676.0 (624009) • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
Info

Chromium for 32-bit Windows

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

NikEditor
Nik
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
widevinewidevine
Chromium compiled with the enabled Widevine plugin. It is able to play DRM content (on Netflix, for example).
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine
• Test: https://shaka-player-demo.appspot.com/demo/
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win32win32
Chromium for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Info:
  • sha1: a051ac3a7e8ef326e5ed72503260b8f937441819.- chromium-sync.exe
  • sha1: 4b04172626414a6cc681bdb8edb6e9dc9a6da2bd.- chromium-sync.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • List of changes
  • #source-code: follow the Nik guide
  • Source: Github repository

RobRichEditor
RobRich
thinLTOthinLTO
Chromium compiled with whole-program analysis and cross-module optimization via thinLTO (Link time optimization).
• Info: https://clang.llvm.org/docs/ThinLTO.html
modifiedmodified
Features compiler optimizations via build configuration modifications.
• Note: Requires a processor with AVX support
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win32win32
Chromium for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
73.0.3660.0 (619562) • Thursday, 3 Jan 2019
Info:
  • sha1: cc8b2c39959429a3cf0e0cc6f68b13b7aa3cc64a.- mini_installer.exe
  • sha1: cca01eaa1bdd45f9c2a619155fe56103d5b66a26.- chrome.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • Previous versions (win32)
  • #source-code
  • Source: Github repository

NikEditor
Nik
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win32win32
Chromium for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstaller
73.0.3654.0 (619063) • Friday, 28 Dec 2018
Info:
  • sha1: df1110f2f3dacef59dac8a504b2ed5a7a9fa2431.- chromium-sync.exe
  • sha1: de5ef5d489ad1efd02a15f3549d5f38c7b1ef37f.- chromium-sync.zip
  • The Portable version uses the free and open-source chrlauncher to install, update and launch Chromium.
  • Previous versions (win32)
  • #source-code: follow the Nik guide
  • Source: Github repository

ThumbAppsEditor
ThumbApps
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win32win32
Chromium for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

Portable
73.0.3637.0 • Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
This is an open-source and custom-built version of Chromium optimized for portable use. So, you can run it from an USB flash drive, portable hard drive, CD or any other portable media. You can take your bookmarks, extensions, themes and plugins with you. This portable version will leave no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.

Packaged in the PortableApps.com format by Versatile Apps, it can work as standalone software.

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:

The Chromium AuthorsEditor
The Chromium Authors
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
win32win32
Chromium for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows

PortableArchiveInstallerPackage
73.0.3676.0 (624009) • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
Info

macOS 10.10+

How to install, update and remove Chromium, on macOS?
About updates: your settings, bookmarks, extensions, history, passwords, cookies... will be saved. Do not worry!
For automated updates, use a Chromium #updater

Installer
  1. Download the DMG file
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Execute this DMG file
  4. Drag its icon on Applications folder
  5. You may then "Eject" and throw away this disk image
  6. To remove it definitively: drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash.

Archive
  1. Download the ZIP archive file
  2. Close Chromium browser if opened
  3. Unzip this ZIP file
  4. Double click on the unzipped folder to open it
  5. Drag its icon on Applications folder
  6. To remove it definitively: drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash

Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

FreeSMUGEditor
FreeSMUG
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Installer
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Info:

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
widevinewidevine
Chromium compiled with the enabled Widevine plugin. It is able to play DRM content (on Netflix, for example).
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine
• Test: https://shaka-player-demo.appspot.com/demo/
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Info:

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Info:

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
up-to-dateup-to-date
Chromium is up-to-date. It means Chromium browser and Google Chrome are based on the same latest stable version of Chromium.
• Info: #stable-chromium-version
ungoogledungoogled
Chromium without Google integration and enhanced privacy, based on the "ungoogled-chromium" project of Eloston.
• Info: https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/
• FAQ: https://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
widevinewidevine
Chromium compiled with the enabled Widevine plugin. It is able to play DRM content (on Netflix, for example).
• Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widevine
• Test: https://shaka-player-demo.appspot.com/demo/
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Friday, 14 Dec 2018
Standard build of Eloston's ungoogled-chromium. All patches applied, apart from "Safe Browser". Linking failed due to safe browsing being removed, so I decided not to remove any element of safe browsing.

I can actually get Ungoogled to build with the "Safe Browser" patch; but, Chromium fails to launch. I amended the Windows specific (Safe Browser) patch, but feel that the problem is with the generic patches.

Anyway, it's Eloston's build process that I like, and suggest that someone helps out and solves the Windows Safe Browser problem.

Info:

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
syncsync
Chromium with defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) work. You will be able to log in with your Google account and synchronize your data.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
73.0.3637.0 (615361) • Monday, 10 Dec 2018
Feedback appreciated - if demand will update once a month. Do no hesitate to write #comments ;)

Info:

MarmadukeEditor
Marmaduke
all-codecsall-codecs
Chromium compiled with all audio/video codecs (av1, h.265, h.264, mpeg4, mp3, flac, aac, amr...).
• Flag for av1: chrome://flags/#enable-av1-decoder
• Test: https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
73.0.3637.0 (615361) • Monday, 10 Dec 2018
Feedback appreciated - if demand will update once a month. Do no hesitate to write #comments ;)

Info:

The Chromium AuthorsEditor
The Chromium Authors
no-syncno-sync
Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
macmac
Chromium for 64-bit macOS

Archive
73.0.3675.0 (623989) • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
Info

Chromium for 32-bit macOS

Since version 39, Chromium and Google Chrome are not available in 32-bit version for macOS.

Linux

How to install, update and remove Chromium, on Linux distributions?
In most cases, Chromium is directly available in the official repository of each Linux distribution. So it is easy to install, update and remove it via the integrated software/package manager or in command-lines.

There are other ways like Snappy (chromium::snap-package). For more, check a list of software package management systems.

Chromium for 64-bit and 32-bit Linux

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Arch Linux

Available in the official repository
Info:

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Debian

Available in the official repository
To install the stable Chromium version:
  • use the integrated software/package manager
  • or type these commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install chromium chromium-l10n
(chromium-l10n is only used for localization and is optional)

Info:

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Fedora

Available in the official repository (since Chromium v52)
Info:

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Gentoo Linux

Available in the official repository
Info:

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Linux Mint

Available in the official repository
To install the stable Chromium version:
  • use the integrated software/package manager
  • or type commands (#ubuntu)

Info:

linuxlinux
Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Mageia

Available in the official repository
Info:

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Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Manjaro

Available in the official #arch-linux repository
Info:

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Chromium for a Linux ditribution

openSUSE

Available in the official repository
Info:

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Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Puppy Linux

Unavailable in the official repository but you can install it!
Follow the main discussion on the Puppy Linux forum.

Info:

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Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Slackware

Unavailable in the official repository but you can install it!
Follow the blog post of Eric Hameleers (developer of Chromium packages)

Slackware is an independent distribution

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Chromium for a Linux ditribution

Solus

Unavailable in the official repository but you can install it!
Install Snappy on Solus (if not installed). Then type this command: sudo snap install chromium
Info:

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Ubuntu

Available in the official repository
To install the stable Chromium version:
  • use the integrated software/package manager
  • or type these commands about this PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-chromium-builds/stage
sudo apt update
sudo apt install chromium-browser

To add language packages: sudo apt install chromium-browser-l10n
To add only the patent-free (ogg, vorbis, theora and av1) codecs: sudo apt install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg

To add the patent-free codecs + mp3, aac, ac3, mpeg4 (audio/h264), mov: sudo apt install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

Info:

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Chromium OS

Info
Chromium OS is the open-source OS designed by Google that primarily runs web applications. Based on Gentoo, it exists since 2009. Chromium is its default web browser. Google Chrome OS (closed-source) is based on Chromium OS.

Free and open-source releases:

BSD

Chromium for 64-bit and 32-bit BSD

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 (599034) • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

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Chromium for a BSD distribution

FreeBSD

Available in the official repository
Info:

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Chromium for a BSD distribution

OpenBSD

Available in the official repository
Info:

Android

Chromium for 64-bit and 32-bit Android

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.99 (599034) • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

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Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
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Chromium for Android

Package
71.0.3578.123 • Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019
Info:

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Chromium without defined Google API keys. So Google services (like Sync, Hotword, Translate, Now, Hangout...) do not work. You will not be able to synchronize your data (except if you create your own Google API keys). However, you will be able to sign-in to your Google account after a simple setting : Disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (screenshot) and go to google.com to sign-in.
• Info: #google-api-keys
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Chromium for Android

Archive
73.0.3675.0 (623998) • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
This ZIP archive contains 2 packages:
Info:

iOS

Reference: Google Chrome 71.0.3578.89 • Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
Chromium on iOS is a big fake!
Check the official blog post and build instructions to understand that Chromium cannot use the existing content/implementation, which is based on V8/Blink. It is just a skin on top of Safari. Go your way!

Notes

Obviously, you know this site is not the Chromium official website. As a regular user (not an expert), I created it in 2013 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-hand side).

In short:
  • The official website is development oriented. Users are invited to download Google Chrome.
  • The official download page gives to users only ZIP archives of development builds (also known as "Snapshot", "Nightly" or "Raw" builds) which can be very unstable.
  • This site gives to users a choice of builds: development (also on its simplest download page), stable and portable builds.

All downloads are only from reliable sources:

1. Project

Chromium exists since 2008. It is the free and open-source project (#features) behind the famous Google Chrome browser. There are many advantages for an enterprise to work on an open-source project. Intrinsically, Chromium is a Google project maintained by many authors (developers, engineers, graphic designers, security researchers...) from Google, Adobe, Cloudflare, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nike, Nvidia, Samsung, Vivaldi, Yandex... and external contributors.

Chromium is not only a web browser. It is a blend of different open-source projects:
  • ANGLE (a graphics engine abstraction layer)
  • Blink (a rendering/layout engine)
  • Native Client (a sandbox for running native code)
  • PDFium (a PDF generation and rendering library)
  • Sandbox (a security mechanism for separating running programs)
  • Skia (a graphics library)
  • V8 (a JavaScript engine)
  • and others...

These projects are used in Chromium browser (obviously!) and other software like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, MS Edge, Skype, Spotify, Steam, Minecraft, TeamViewer, WhatsApp, Twitch, Android WebView, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Adobe Acrobat, Electron, CEF, QtWebEngine... For example, Firefox uses some stuff of Chromium (Sandbox, ANGLE, Skia, Google Safe browsing) on Windows. MS Edge uses currently ANGLE on Windows and Blink on Android. Since December 2018, Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium.

Chromium is not fully designed by Google! However, as a primary investor, Google gives a consistent guidance and provides all free tools and services related to this project.

Chromium is the project then Google Chrome is the product.

2. Stable Chromium version

Officially, Chromium does not have a stable release. The official developers (aka The Chromium Authors) do not release it to end users. So 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 on #linux is 71.0.3578.98. In this version, there are 98 patches which correct many issues (bugs, feature requests, enhancements...). Because Chromium is open-source (#source-code), anybody can compile it. You must be a developer to do this. Just get the current stable version (71.0.3578.98) from the official Git repository and compile it!

All stable versions of Chromium on #windows, #mac, #linux... are always made by third-party developers.

The stable version of Chromium is compiled by:

3. Development

The development builds (also known as "snapshot", "nightly" or "raw" builds) are built automatically several times a day by the Chromium Buildbot (buildbot console) and made available as binary code releases.

Snapshot

Once a snapshot has been built, it is placed in a directory in the chromium-browser-snapshots root directory of Google Storage and it is automatically tested. This build is really just development tool for checking whether issues are fixed in the latest Chromium code. It can be buggy and unstable. They are downloadable on the official site, my alternative webpage and this site (Check The Chromium Authors tag).

LKGR

If that snapshot build successfully passes the automated tests, it is considered as a good build (known as LKGR meaning "Last Known Good Revision") and can become potentially a stable build. For info, LKGR builds were stored in the chromium-browser-continuous root directory until Friday, 18 Mar 2016. The Chromium team has removed few LKGR builders (407399, 576253 and chromium-dev) but other ones still work (latest commit). Finally, there is no LKGR binary shared by the Chromium team... but any developer can re-compile it! ^^

Stable

Finally, a stable build is a development build tested by the Buildbot then improved by the Chromium team and all contributors.

4. Thanks

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

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

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. It is a FOSS project. A full list of software developed by third-parties is available within the browser at chrome://credits (similar to this online page)
  • a blue-colored logo
  • the similar system requirements as Google Chrome
  • the similar user interface and settings as Google Chrome
  • the similar sandbox as Google Chrome (For info, Firefox also uses it)
  • the similar support for extensions and themes as Google Chrome
  • the similar user agent as Google Chrome
  • the similar experiments Field Trials (viewable as a list in "Variations" at chrome://version) as Google Chrome (and similar as Firefox studies)
  • the built-in Chrome PDF Viewer (known as PDFium), on Windows
  • the built-in Chromoting Viewer (To use it, you need to first install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension)
  • the built-in Google Native Client
  • the built-in Print preview and print system
  • no stable version offered by the official team (aka The Chromium Authors)
  • no digital signature
  • no auto-update system (Solution: Use an #updater • On #linux, use the integrated software/package manager, even a PPA)
  • no Google API keys (Solution: Check #google-api-keys)
  • no built-in Flash player (Solution: Check #flash)
  • no unwanted software protection (known as Chrome Cleanup and "software_reporter_tool.exe"), on Windows
  • no support of proprietary codecs (AAC, H.264/MP4) (Solution: Check #html5-audio-video)
  • 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.

Some developers maintain #chromium-forks 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 the Chromium Evangelist at Google

Secure Preferences

Chromium has "Secure Preferences" feature which protect user data against #malware. On Windows, the user profile is encrypted based on the machine SID. So extensions, certificates and passwords are not portable. It works for all #chromium-forks like Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave, ungoogled-chromium... (except Cent Browser which is closed-source and therefore can be easily corrupted)

Info relative to this feature:
How to migrate user data from one computer to another?
The best way to migrate your data is to synchronize them.

There are also unstable ways:

Google API keys

To use Google services (Sync, Translate, Contacts, Hotword...), Chromium needs Google API keys.

Chromium can display a top message if the Google API keys are needed for Google services:
Google API keys are missing. Some functionality of Chromium will be disabled. Learn More
How to create your own Google API keys?
With your own Google API keys, many Google services (Sync, Translate, Contacts, Hotword...) will work. Follow the official API Keys page to get them. Other info at Github Gist. Then set three environment variables.

On Windows

Launch Command Prompt (cmd.exe) and enter the following commands:
setx GOOGLE_API_KEY yourkey
setx GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID yourclientid
setx GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET yourclientsecret
(setx = set environment variables permanently)

On macOS

This tutorial was written by Aargl on december 7, 2018 (#comment-4078). Thanks to him. There are 2 methods:

1. Method with ChromiumSyncEnabler

ChromiumSyncEnabler (Archive: ZIP)
  • Put Chromium_template and ChromiumSyncEnabler.py at the root of the current user (~/)
  • Put Chromium.app in ~/Applications
  • In Terminal, type: python /Users/your_user_name/ChromiumSyncEnabler.py
  • Enter your API keys
N.B.: if you want to activate for all users, do the same procedure putting the files respectively in / and /Applications (I haven't tried, but I can't see why it wouldn't work...)

2. Method with a plist file

Creation of a ~/Library/LaunchAgents/setenv.ChromiumSync.plist containing: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd ">
<plist version="1.0">
   <dict>
      <key>Label</key>
      <string>setenv.ChromiumSync</string>
      <key>ProgramArguments</key>
      <array>
         <string>/bin/launchctl</string>
         <string>setenv</string>
         <string>GOOGLE_API_KEY</string>
         <string>your_key</string>
         <string>/bin/launchctl</string>
         <string>setenv</string>
         <string>GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID</string>
         <string>your_key</string>
         <string>/bin/launchctl</string>
         <string>setenv</string>
         <string>GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET</string>
         <string>your_key</string>
      </array>
      <key>RunAtLoad</key>
      <true/>
      <key>ServiceIPC</key>
      <false/>
   </dict>
</plist>
(with "your_key" being the corresponding Google API key)

N.B.: I don't know if the ServiceIPC part is needed or not, but it works like that. :-)
Of course, you can name the LaunchAgent setenv.ChromiumSync or anything you want.
  • This is perfectly working in 10.11
  • In 10.9, you must create 3 separate LaunchAgent files instead (one for each key)
  • I couldn't test more recent OSes, but I think it should work as in 10.11
The choice between method 1 or 2 depends on wether you want to enter your API keys each time or not... ;-)
Now launch Chromium.
How to disable Google API keys?
Without Google API keys, many Google services (Sync, Translate, Contacts, Hotword...) will not work.

On Windows

Launch Command Prompt (cmd.exe) and enter the following commands:
setx GOOGLE_API_KEY "false"
setx GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "false"
setx GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "false"
(setx = set environment variables permanently)

Now launch Chromium.

Flash plugin

Flash is a deprecated multimedia software platform. Since 2015, the Flash #npapi plugin is discontinued. So, PepperFlash (PPAPI) is the unique plugin for Chromium. For info, PepperFlash is secure because it works in a sandbox. In short, it executes in its own process, separate from the browser's rendering engine.
How to quickly install the Flash plugin?
On Windows and macOS, Chomium find PepperFlash itself (= without #command-line-flags)

  1. Install PepperFlash (PPAPI) from Adobe website.
  2. Check chrome://flash
  3. Disable "Ask first" in the chrome://settings/content/flash page. (screenshot)
  4. Test if animation works on the Flash Player versions page.
  5. Enjoy!
How to manually install the Flash plugin?
This is a full manual installation tutorial.
(If Google Chrome is already installed, go directly to "3. Add command-line flags"

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:

1.3 From an unofficial source

(Use an online service to prevent #malware)
  1. Search "PepperFlash" or "PPAPI" at [RU] effect8.ru or patheticcockroach.com
  2. Download and open the .7z archive
  3. Get "pepflashplayer.dll" (rename it, if needed) and "manifest.json" files.

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 → Details, 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

Use these #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="32.0.0.114" --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=32.0.0.114& 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). Also see the #comment-566 and #comment-344.

4. Restart the browser

Relaunch it to apply changes.

5. Check the installation

6. Enjoy!

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

NPAPI plugin

NPAPI is a deprecated API that allows browser extensions to be developed. Chromium 45.0.2416.0 (331982) is the last version which still has NPAPI plugin support enabled via chrome://flags or group policy registry. (sourceNPAPI deprecation)
How to still use a NPAPI plugin?
Few ways:
More info on site archives:

HTML5 audio/video

By default, Chromium does not support proprietary codecs (AAC, H.264/MP4) in the HTML <audio> and <video> elements.
How to use Chromium with all audio/video codecs?
Few ways:
  • On #windows, use Nik or Marmaduke builds. On #mac, use Marmaduke builds. All codecs are enabled ^^
  • or compile Chromium from #source-code with proprietary codecs
  • or install an older version having ffmpegsumo file (Ex: 333350, 333334, 333283, 333258...)
  • or choose other #browsers
  • On #linux, you can use Chromium with proprietary codecs

Before 4 June 2015, we used an alternative with the Google Chrome ffmpegsumo file and our Patch HTML5 Media extension. More info on site archives:

Check HTML5 audio/video support at https://tools.woolyss.com/html5-audio-video-tester/

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

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

Few internal pages:
About browser plugins
Since version 57, the chrome://plugins page no longer exists. (official source)

Info:

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. Command-line flags

There are command-line flags (or "switches") that Chromium accept in order to enable particular features or modify otherwise default functionality. Note flags often contain experimental or obsolete code, so they tend not to stick around for long.
How to start Chromium directly in incognito (or private) mode, on Windows?
Add the "--incognito" flag at the end of the Chromium shortcut and restart the browser. (screenshot)
"C:\{...}\Chromium\Application\chrome.exe" --incognito

4. User data directory

About your profile (history, bookmarks...), it is important to know where is stored your user data.
How to change the user data directory?
Add the "--user-data-dir" flag at the end of the Chromium shortcut and restart the browser. (screenshot)
"C:\{...}\Chromium\Application\chrome.exe" --user-data-dir=..\my-profile-path

5. External extension installation

How to install an external browser add-on?
Get the .crx source file of any extension directly from the Chrome Web Store via CRX Viewer, Get CRX or via a site like Chrome Extension Downloader, Crx4Chrome.
  1. Go to chrome://extensions
  2. Drag and drop the .crx file on chrome://extensions

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:
Interesting info:

7. Older version

Never update your browser with a very old version. It even does not start.

To downgrade Chromium installed with the Installer (.exe):
  1. Open Chromium and check its actual version at chrome://version
  2. Close Chromium.
  3. Uninstall Chromium WITHOUT to delete your #user-data-directory. It is an option of its uninstaller. (screenshot)
  4. Get the Installer (.exe) of an older version (from the → download/ page or Snapshots repository about "official" builds)
  5. Execute it to install Chromium.
  6. Open Chromium and check the new installed version at chrome://version

8. Browser crash

You have encountered a browser crash or issue :/

Few ways to help you:

Also you can use #command-line-flags: --disable-gpu, --disable-accelerated-video-decode...

API

This is a free and simple API for developers to update Chromium to the latest good build via a bash (shell) script, a browser extension... Read my #notes. Please, do not use this API to build other websites. To prevent abuse, the site can audit each API request.
API details
GET request parameters:
  • os(required) windows or mac or android
  • bit(optional • 64 by default) 64 or 32
  • out(optional • json by default) json or string or xml or revision

Response:
chromiumwindows or mac or android
  • architecture(string) 64-bit or 32-bit
  • timestamp(integer) Unix time of this release built on the Chromium Buildbot server
  • editor(string) The Chromium Authors
  • channel(string) dev
  • repository(string) snapshots
  • version(string) (like xx.x.xxxx.x)
  • revision(integer) Git revision's commit position
  • commit(string) Git revision's commit hash

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

Browsers

1. Chromium forks

In simple words, a fork of Chromium means Chromium engine is used to create another web browser.

Proprietary browsers:
(developed by official contributors of the Chromium #project)
I do not recommend:
Why not recommended?
Because all of these browsers are closed-source, outdated, based on Chromium like Google Chrome... and most of the features they remove don't even exist in Chromium, in the first place. Control your personal info and #privacy yourself ^^

Colin (InsanityBit) explains this very well on his blog: SRWare Iron Browser – A private alternative to Chrome? (2012 • 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 privacy 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?
Few free and open-source Chromium forks

2. Other open-source browsers

Privacy

For a better privacy protection, use open-source #browsers like Chromium, Firefox and even Tor browser. Do not forget: It is open-source does not mean it is secure and respects user privacy. Moreover, security ≠ privacy. If your browser is fully "open-source", it means that somebody with the capability can review the #source-code. It is easier for developers to find malicious code with versioning tools like SVN or Git. (Ex: Chromium downloads a Chrome extension as a binary without source code → corrected 7 days after the report). Only an open-source code allows such defense. This is better for secure browsing and user privacy. The security of Chromium is very solid. While I recommend Firefox as the most reliable browser for privacy enthusiasts in a standard web browsing (cf. about:config settings, containers system, better content-filtering, easier way to stop browser automatic connections), Chromium is probably a reasonable alternative for everyday web browsing.

My way (but do as you like ^^):
  1. Modify your #hosts-file to stop "natively" domains who serve ads, spyware and malware
  2. Use a VPN with strong encryption for your whole OS or router (It is better than browser VPN/proxy #extensions)
  3. Use an up-to-date web browser
  4. Change few #browser-settings
  5. Install few #extensions

You cannot be anonymous on the Web even using a VPN, proxy or TOR network. It is a myth that you cannot be tracked online. If you exist, you are findable. There a lot of technologies to get user data. Check the #guides and #tests for more information. However, you can protect your privacy against tracking and profiling tools. These tracking tools are everywhere today: on Internet (website, app...), at home (computer, phone, router, smart TV, smart home speaker, smart bulb, smart grid...), in your car (GPS system, connected car...), in the street (video surveillance camera...), at your ISP and other. You can find them in firmware (hardware) and software (operating system, app, website, extension...). Few examples of proprietary and exploit-friendly firmware that users have no access in Intel processors (ME/Minix), in AMD processors (PSP), in Raspberry Pi (proprietary Broadcom processor). Proprietary software is often malware.

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 expose user to a number of security holes and privacy issues. Browsers are far more subject to hacking than other software.

2. Browser settings

Adjust all settings and advanced settings in chrome://settings:

3. Hosts file

Modify your hosts file to prevent your OS from connecting to domains who serve ads, spyware and malware. This will increase your OS security and save bandwidth.

Note:

4. DNS services

By default you are using the DNS servers of your ISP but you do not have to stick with them. Before to choose one, compare DNS performance. Free alternative Internet DNS services for personal use:

5. Web search engines

Note: Few #extensions exist to protect user privacy on search engines.

Search engines


Metasearch engine


If you are a web developer, use your own metasearch engine yourself ^^

6. Extensions

Note: Extensions hosted on Chrome Web Store are updated via the Chrome update mechanism (cf. Chromium source code) which developers and users do not control. For a manual installation, read the #external-extension-installation part.

Priority to open-source (no code obfuscation) extensions for Chromium and Firefox:

Block ads, trackers, scripts and popups

uBlock Origin + uBO-Extra

Force to use secure connection of websites (https://)

HTTPS Everywhere

Stop link redirection in Google, DuckDuckGo and Yandex search pages

Google search link fix

Control the HTTP Referer on a per-site basis

Referer Control

Prevent canvas fingerprint

Canvas Defender

Emule locally CDN

Decentraleyes

Prevent WebRTC IP leak

WebRTC Leak Prevent

Prevent CSS Exfil attack

CSS Exfil Protection new

Unblock websites with a browser VPN/proxy

Browsec
  • Download: store, amo
  • Alternatives: anonymoX, HidemanVPN, TunnelloVPN, TouchVPN, Hotspot Shield
  • My advice: Prefer to pay for a safe and secure VPN provider protecting your whole OS ; or use a free VPN service without registration. Do not use Hola!, ZenMate or Betternet in their free version. Hola! is a botnet. Betternet shares/sells user data to third-parties. In its free version, ZenMate needs a registration.

Display sites quality

WOT (Web of Trust)
  • Download: store, amo
  • My advice: Do not share your data. (WOT settings → Real-time protection → Set to off)

7. Tools

8. Guides

9. Tests

Reputable and reliable sites to show or prevent user data tracking:

Malware

Your antivirus has detected a malicious software in Chromium files.

False positive?

You have downloaded Chromium from a reliable source (#notes) and maybe also used an open-source #updater. In this case, it is surely 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. You will get a similar result if you compile Chromium yourself.

Note a specific thing to Chromium browser:
  1. Chromium has no digital signature (unlike Google Chrome).
  2. Antivirus use generic detection and database of malware signatures.
  3. VirusTotal which aggregates many antivirus is a Google service using its Trusted Source project to limit false positives for software like Google Chrome (because it is digitally signed), not for Chromium.
  4. So, unsigned Chromium + any antivirus or VirusTotal service = More chance to get an antivirus alert.

False positive reports known for few years ago:

Authentic malware?

Yes. Obviously, it is also possible.
  • The common entry methods for Chromium virus are freeware downloads as bundled software (bundleware) and spam e-mails. It means Chromium has been silently installed via another software. Do not forget Chromium is free and open-source. So malware writers use Chromium to push malicious code on to your system. Remove this "fake" or suspicious Chromium web browser (like BeagleBrowser, BoBrowser, BrowserAir, Chedot, eFast Browser, Fusion Browser, Mustang Browser, MyBrowser, Olcinium Browser, Palikan, Qword Browser, Torch, Tortuga Browser...).
  • The other way is about a compromised Chromium repository on a reliable source (#notes).

Check files on your OS

Free tools to scan your system:
Free online services (without registration) to check your file:
If you find an issue:
  • Contact your anti-virus or anti-malware support
  • Report it on the official Chromium supports. For links, see my #comment-1 below.

Chromium updaters

To update Chromium automatically.

As always, never install a closed-source software especially if you have never heard it before! GitHub (and its Gist service), GitLab and SearchCode are good places to find good stuff. So, try these open-source Chromium updaters:

Updater on Windows

Updater on macOS

Updater on Android

Discontinued updaters


Thanks a lot for all developers!
I do not support these tools. Please, contact the developers for thanks, issue, help...

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Anon4202
Tbh v73 is just plain stupid.
Hi! Question for Nik for Chromium version v73.0.3654.0 32-bit. Where is the "Enable tab audio muting UI control" under chrome://flags section? I need that. Thanks.
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@Anon4199+, @RobRich: I tested. I can sign-in to my Chrome account on the RobRich's 73.0.3667.0. I use absolutely no flags. Like RobRich said before, disable "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options (https://i.imgur.com/P0Q83Oe.png) and go to https://www.google.com/ to sign-in.

@Milos: You can only mute a whole site (https://i.imgur.com/dkHhAzB.png). Nothing to do under chrome://flags. You cannot disable sound per tab. Maybe an extension exists for that.
Anon4205
@Robrich @Jerry
Woah, you're right. Thanks a lot.
@Jerry, where is that 73.0.3667.0 build of Rob ? I can't find it on Github.
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@Evan: I made a mistake. It is the 73.0.3660.0 of RobRich. Sorry!
@Jerry: Thanks, I appreciated that. Apparently, this flag has been removed as of v71, but existed before as you can see on this page: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/112920-enable-disable-tab-audio-muting-google-chrome.html and this comment says it all: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/112920-enable-disable-tab-audio-muting-google-chrome.html#post1540597 ;)
My Win64 r621140 build features compiler optimizations, linker optimizations, FullLTO link-time optimizations, PGO profile-guided optimizations of performance-optimized paths, Polly optimizations, autovectorization, and AVX support enabled across optimized code paths.

It is mostly a "get it working" build, though performance looks acceptable for general use IMO. There appears to be a mild JS regression in Octane 2.0 and maybe Basemark Web 3.0 scores. Not sure if build or revision related right now. Will take a look.
I will be honest, I gave up.

My main browser is now ➜
 https://github.com/henrypp/chromium/releases/tag/v71.0.3555.0-r591690-win64 

What drove me nuts is here 😠 ➜
 https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=892045#c6 

This 71.0.3555.0 version is :
★ The latest compatible with chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md ,
★ Which allows me to have a shit tons of favorites in the bookmarks’bar ,
★ Which allows me to have fine, angular, discreet and racy tabs ,
★ Which allows me to mute sound with only one click on tabs ,
★ Which is perfectly secure thus far and compatible with most codecs (Thank to Nik) ,
★ Which run with Google accounts, Youtube accounts and so on ,
★ Which since 4 months of use almost 24 hours a day, has never presented a single bugs or slowdown!
★ Etc.


I am now part of users who unfortunately do not update anymore ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because updates either brings more ads and/or spywares (Android), or either break something!

So, Rob’s versions, UnGoogled’s version, etc. are now my secondary browsers. (Thanks to Henry++ which makes them 1oo% portable so therefore they can run side by side at the same time)

Good luck to those who are with versions 72 or 73!

Oh! And last but not least : I agree that there is a slight difference in benchmarks (JS) between Rob’s 621140 version and this 591690’s version for example ; but it’s totally indistinguishable in real-world usage!

As like our old Rob would say : « YMMV! » 😉
Updated Clang (built with Polly) monorepo build parameters:

https://pastebin.com/e8rgritt

Basically changing -O3 to /O2, enabling the new pass manager and newgvn, and tweaking a few compiler+linker options.

Change "-march=" according to your system's processor architecture, or remove completely for a more generic x86-64 SSE2 build. If going the generic route, alternatively consider adding "-mavx" or "-mavx2" to enable those instruction sets if desired.
Anon4212
@RobRich, latest build is working well so far.
Mullip the Elder.
I like the monorepo build parameters. But monorepo is not Git! The (desired) monorepo build directory can be created thus:

cd /d c:\whatever

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/llvm/trunk llvm

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/cfe/trunk clang

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/clang-tools-extra/trunk clang-tools-extra

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/lld/trunk lld

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/polly/trunk polly

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/compiler-rt/trunk compiler-rt

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/libcxx/trunk libcxx

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/libcxxabi/trunk libcxxabi

svn co http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/libunwind/trunk libunwind

and updated by:

cd /d c:\whatever

svn update llvm && svn update clang && svn update clang-tools-extra && svn update lld && svn update polly && svn update compiler-rt && svn update libcxx && svn update libcxxabi && svn update libunwind

Just update util the revision is consistent.

For a particular revision use .../trunk@XXXXXX
Prepare for a migration IMO. LLVM intends to eventually migrate from their own host subversion repo to GitHub hosting.

https://llvm.org/docs/Proposals/GitHubMove.html

https://github.com/llvm-project/llvm-project-20170507 was created during development of a monorepo as imported from the http://llvm.org/git repository.

Alternatively, it appears the more official https://github.com/llvm/llvm-project monorepo now is available as well.
TheGoddessInari.
With the stable chromium build (with widevine), I'm getting NO microphone audio via WebRTC (digits, FB messenger, etc).
The same version of stable chrome works on exact same settings.
To be clear, websites can use microphone, but WebRTC doesn't pass along the microphone input for some reason.
It used to work on some previous version (possibly 69). This isn't related to the AutoPlay changes, as it's the same even with those disabled via chrome:flags.
Anon4217
Newer Chromium display only a "lock" icon regardless of if it's a EV certificate?
Anon4219
@Mumu Thanks! That helps!
After basically giving up trying to locally optimize the difference away, I finally found the V8 performance regression in Octane 2.0 and potentially similar benchmarks, especially those using the MandreelLatency test.

https://chromium.googlesource.com/v8/v8.git/+/69e36a95be5ced4dc4c6a640d3c70ba24e8db860

I could revert the code, but the V8 devs claim the previous code does not do much (if anything?) for most real-world usage scenarios anyway.

Those into benchmark testing should set a new baseline regarding current dev releases IMO.
Anon4221
Thank you Marmaduke for your ungoogled chromium builds. I've been looking for how to get the latest builds, as contributor binaries from eloston's GitHub haven't been updated for Windows. Thanks a lot.
Anon4222
An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who was
conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought
me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
Anon4223
Disabling "Allow Chromium sign-in" in the chrome://settings options works for me too. No need to change anything in flags.
Hi @RobRich, @Marmaduke & @Nik,

as you guys (possibly RobRich) might remember, I am using your great builds to generate Forex trading strategies via https://forexsb.com/expert-advisor-studio and until recently have been using the excellent Lawlietfox, as it outperformed all Chromium builds on my TR 1950X CPU that I´ve previously tested (although always been using your Chromium builds for my private surfing). However, I am repeating these benchmark tests from time to time and did so again today. I thought it might be interesting to create a video of that benchmark for you guys/builders, comparing the trading-system generating/validating between Lawlietfox and the three latest excellent Chromium builds by RobRich (73.0.3667.0 (621140)), Marmaduke (73.0.3657.0 (619264)) and Nik (73.0.3654.0 (619063)) from this site.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT I`VE LABELED THE INSTANCES WRONGLY, SORRY ABOUT THAT! So the lower left side is NIK and the lower right side is ROBRICH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gFQchCtKtY

The observations from the video are interesting:

- Lawlietfox (Firefox) does not seem to do any parallel processing for Javascript while Chromium does it extensively as we can see by the CPU usage spikes (most likely serial vs parallel garbage collection because not much more could be run in parallel with that kind of task that I am running).

- If forcing every browser to just one CPU core (to make comparing to Firefox fair), all the Chromium builds still do better than Firefox, but interestingly RobRichs build is absolutely killing it on one core, leaving the others behind by a good margin (that was very interesting to see and I wonder why that is such a huge difference).

- If allowing the usage of all cores, all the Chromium builds are much closer, but RobRichs build is still making a slow but steady front-run the longer they run. Nice!

- Overall Chromium seems to use a lot more memory (almost double at certain places) for Javascript than Lawlietfox / Firefox does (not a problem though if speed is that much better).

Hope there is something interesting to take away from that test for our great builders here - big thanks again for all your ongoing efforts, it really pays off!

Cheers,

Lorenz
@Lorenz

Interesting viewing. My builds tend to be generic x86-64 SSE2 (the lowest common denominator), thinlto and /02 optimised. RobRich is known for his performance builds.

You have the computing power, I suggest that you build Chromium specifically for the TR 1950X CPU (-march=znver1), and use optimisation strategies such as Polly.
Anon4226
Thanks @marmaduke for your ungoogled chromium builds.
@Marmaduke,

hi and thanks for the feedback and all your efforts with your builds - amazing work throughout and for all these years already! Thanks :-)

Yes, I thought something like that already but still wanted to test things in-depth to see if the real world results (for my case) show the same outcome. I would have guessed that RobRichs builds are the fastest for me, but who knows, better test! :-)

Your idea about building Chromium specifically for my CPU is something I´ve been thinking about too - squeezing out the best performance/watt is what I am always looking for, given the high electricity prices in Germany. But honestly, I have no idea how to build it on my own. Yes, I am a sys-admin and Windows fanatic, but I have only once compiled Diskcryptor in VS 2015, but that was about it already. OK, I can code in Javascript and Java and!.... Q-Basic!!! :-) Haha...
If you feel like it and have a spare minute or a tutorial, I would surely like to know how I would go about building Chromium especially for my CPU and possible also run Polly (whatever that is) and PGO/profiling for that specific forex app only to speed it up further? That would surely be very great.

Thanks so much,

Lorenz
@Lorenz

It's best to create a virtual machine ~200Gb

https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/docs/windows_build_instructions.md

https://github.com/henrypp/chromium/blob/master/building_chromium_gn.md (set GYP_MSVS_VERSION=2017)

Once the infrastructure is in place, and you've done your initial Chromium build then you can do a bespoke build: LLVM\clang will have to be compiled from source. Initially, concentrate on getting a functioning build system.

If you are willing to make the effort, assistance will be available. I started from scratch and have been assisted by Nik and particularly RobRich in the fields of program optimisation and compiler specification. You should also consult Mumu.

I would encourage others to build Chromium.
Thanks @marmaduke, a VM seems to make sense for this mess, haha :-) Thanks for the tutorials, I will report how it goes if I ever get around to it.

Thanks so much once again.
@Jerry, happy to report the CF issue regarding your domain has been fixed. I purged domain related cache at https://1.1.1.1/purge-cache/ and today it started working as normally.
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@Lorenz: Interesting comparisons. Thanks.
@Evan: Good news. Thank you for your feedback! ;)

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