Chromium

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Key Details of Chromium

  • Experience the Web with the browser whose source code served the base for Google Chrome
  • Last updated on 02/22/09
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 8, 2009

Chromium is a sleek, lightweight browser that provides an efficient browsing experience with no unnecessary clutter. We've always been Firefox loyalists ourselves, but Chromium impressed us quite a bit.

To the uninitiated, Chromium's interface may seem rather sparse. There aren't a lot of buttons, and we were momentarily confused by its lack of a search box. With a bit of exploration, though, we soon caught on. We easily imported our bookmarks and other settings from Firefox, allowing us to make a pretty seamless transition. We loved that the search box and address bar are combined into one space; they worked surprisingly well that way. The fact that opening a new tab or window shows a grid of the user's most-visited Web sites is ingenious; getting to your favorite Web destinations has never been faster or easier. In fact, everything about Chromium is fast, from its start-up to the way it handles Web pages. The program's Help file directs users to Google's Chrome Web site, which is fine, as the programs are virtually identical.

Transitioning to a new browser always requires an adjustment period, but overall, we found Chromium to be quite intuitive and pleasurable to use. We didn't have to do a lot of searching for the features that we wanted and, even though it's relatively no-frills, we didn't find ourselves missing anything. Chromium is free. It comes as a zip file and runs after extraction with no need to install. We highly recommend this program to all users.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0.375.127

Now includes Browser Extensions, Browser Themes, and new Privacy Features.

General

Date Added February 22, 2009
Version 5.0.375.127

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 270,569
Downloads Last Week 91
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Developer's Description

Chromium is an open-source browser project that provides a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Google's browser Chrome, is built from the Chromium source code, so Chromium has many of the features that make Google Chrome so great, separate processes for each window, the omnibar, the Task Manager, and incognito browsing but none of the hassles like Google's Update Utility or an EULA.

Chromium is in the Web Browsers category of the Browsers section.