Google Chrome for Mac

Google Chrome for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 128 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    38.0.2125.104
  • Total Downloads:
    648,545
  • Date Added:
    October 14, 2014
  • File Size:
    51.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    947
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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Chrome is the lightweight flagship browser that originated from an open source project by Google called Chromium and Chromium OS. It is now one of the more widely used browsers thanks to a vast ecosystem of extensions and add-ons, a robust Javascript engine, and a rapid-release development cycle that keeps it on the competitive end of the curve.

Installation

Chrome's installation process is both straight-forward and self-sustaining. After downloading the installer, Chrome's installation process will launch with the standard practices of confirming system directories and a few click throughs. Google will also ask for your permission to anonymously collect usage stats, which can be opted out of.

The self sustenance comes from 'channels' ; Once you install the Chrome browser, Google will automatically roll out updates silently in the background and keep your software updated with the latest versions.

Interface

Chrome's overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), 3 browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and settings icon. Users coming from older browsers might have to get used to not having a dedicated File menu layout but we found ourselves getting quickly adjusted.

As you install extensions, active icons will appear to the right of the address bar, but beyond that Google maintains strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which at one point was a widespread standard practice. Despite the limited customiseable options, Chrome is minimalist for a reason, and that results in a clean browsing experience with maximum use of screen estate for websites.

Features and Support

In addition to tabbed browsing, Chrome can be used as simply or as complex as you want, thanks to an impressive number of built-in tools, modes, hotkey functions, and more.

One popular feature is, of course, Incognito mode: Chrome's response to Mozilla's Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording, tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs from your usage. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean you can freely browse the web for illegal use as your ISP can still see your traffic activity... so stay out of trouble.

Under the hood, Chrome has some awesome features that make it very developer friendly: hardware acceleration for rendering 3D CSS effects, Google's own NaCl (Native Client) that allows secure execution of C and C++ codes within the browser, and an in house JavaScript engine that improves load times with every release.

Pressing F12 will open a dev console that allows you to view web code and quickly identify elements simply by highlighting the mouse over each line. You can also add your own HTML and CSS codes to render a page with custom styling.

Chrome also allows Google users to sync their accounts, which comes with added benefits like restoring saved bookmarks and extensions in the cloud no matter what device you're on.

Performance

Chrome is fast. Really fast. As of version 27, Chrome is powered by Google's own V8 JavaScript engine that renders pages at speeds that have been setting a standard for modern browsers. In addition, Google has been on the forefront of implementing best practices for HTML5 standards and though it's also currently running the widely used open-source Webkit engine, Google has also announced plans to move to Blink in the near future.

Wrap up

Google has relentlessly set the standard for speed, stability and security and Chrome's numerous version updates, as many as there are, have continued to complement its minimalist friendly design. It's no surprise that its market share continues to rise, especially when combined with its mobile cousin on Android. Regardless of who's faster, whether its user adoption or Chrome's own development team, Google's internet browser is one for the masses: casual user and developer alike.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Pretty good software"

September 01, 2014  |  By richardwesley

 |  Version: Google Chrome 37.0.2062.94

Pros

It's pretty fast and works with most web sites. The search window allows some customization so that you are not stuck with using Yahoo, Bing, or Google Search

Cons

I can't login some profiles using Chrome

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5 stars

"Chrome is always more stable than Safari"

February 26, 2014  |  By Rage SW

 |  Version: Google Chrome 33.0.1750.117

Pros

I find Chrome to be a lot more stable than Safari especially, not surprisingly, for Google services which I use a lot of (gmail, youtube, etc...)

I like how Private browser is per browser window rather than for the entire app (like in Safari) as this resets cookie data for websites that are currently opened in browser windows.

Cons

Still like the UI of Safari better. Of all the web browsers, Safari just feels more like a Mac app.

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1 stars

"STILL NO 64-BIT VERSION (MAC)"

November 07, 2013  |  By JCPayne

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69

Pros

Liked it. Has nice feel to it.

Cons

Plugins constantly scream that Chrome for mac isn't 64-bit yet. Surprising that with the billions Google has and the amount of time which has passed that they can't create a 64-bit version for MAC.

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4 stars

"Chrome not supporting Java 7.0 on Macs"

October 12, 2013  |  By hjhaveri

 |  Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69

Pros

Great browser. It is fast.

Cons

Unstable on Macs. Does not support Java 7.0

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3 stars

"I like it so much!"

August 29, 2013  |  By land11230

 |  Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

Pros

It's very helpful for me.

Cons

No cons in my opinion.

Summary

it's such a good browser.

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5 stars

"Very fast and very simple"

July 16, 2013  |  By Lucygaffney

 |  Version: Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71

Pros

The speed is faster than other browser, also it is very simple and you can read more contents in a friendly way.Also, you can easily install a add-on at its application store.

Cons

When I have some bookmarks on it, it keep cracking.

Summary

Chrome is the best browser that I have ever used.But for some experience, it is still need to be improved.

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3 stars

"Good browser, unwanted additions."

June 16, 2013

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110

Pros

Very fast web page access.
Good use of book marks when it registers them (see below).

Cons

There are many programs and applications installed that I don't trust and don't want to use. I spent a good amount of time cleaning out 'added' programs.
I re-installed Chrome, and there were still some add-ons that I don't want, and haven't figured out how to remove.
If this continues, I'm going over to Opera. I've had similar experiences with Mozilla Firefox.
Another point: Chrome did not add a bookmark to my Bookmark Tool Bar after three attempts.
I am very frustrated.

Summary

Too many unwanted additions.

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3 stars

"A little bit disappointed"

June 07, 2013  |  By piusag

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110

Pros

It's relatively fast, solid, and easy to use. It's great to open HTML5 websites (better than Safari).

Cons

Chrome is kinda slow on my macbook pro when I use Google search from the address bar. On many occasions, it's just freeze for couple seconds before it displays the search results.

Summary

Well I'm not sure if I'm the only one who experiences this laggy performance with Chrome, otherwise it's a solid browser. Many people say it takes a lot of RAM; it's true. But shouldn't really affects your mac if you have 4GB+ memory.

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2 stars

"No good for Mac users - unless you've got lots of RAM"

June 06, 2013  |  By ntpipgras

 |  Version: Google Chrome 24.0.1312.57

Pros

Tabs, bookmarks, easy linkage with other stuff.

Cons

Chrome renderer sucks up RAM. Tired of my Macbook Pro running hot and having to check my monitor all the time. I'm back to Firefox.

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1 stars

"Crashes all the time...Mac users AVOID"

May 25, 2013  |  By Smoorf

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

Pros

Fast...but it crashes all the time so what's the point?

Cons

See title. I'm on 10.7.5 and it crashes all the time for no reason. Thought it was Flash but Flash is the latest version.

Summary

Apparently Google is doing nothing about this. See thread below: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/8VisL1VI3lg%5B1-25-false%5D

Going back to Firefox.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 38.0.2125.104
This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 14, 2014
Date Added October 14, 2014
Version 38.0.2125.104
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.28MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 648,545
Downloads Last Week 947
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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