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
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.
What’s new in version 5.0.375.127
Now includes Browser Extensions, Browser Themes, and new Privacy Features.
Date Added February 22, 2009 Version 5.0.375.127
Additional Requirements None
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