The Difference between Google Chrome and Chromium on Linux

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Chromium on Linux has two general flavors: You can either get Google Chrome or chromium-browser (see Linux Chromium Packages.

In short, Google Chrome is the Chromium open source project built, packaged, and distributed by Google. This table lists what Google adds to the Google Chrome builds on Linux.

 

Google Chrome

Chromium

  • Colorful logo
  • Blue logo
  • Reports crashes only if turned on. Please include symbolized backtraces in bug reports if you don’t have crash reporting turned on.
  • Does not ever report crashes. Please include symbolized backtraces in bug reports.
  • User metrics only if turned on
  • User metrics are never reported.
Video and Audio codecs (may vary by distro)

  • AAC, H.264, MP3, Opus, Theora, Vorbis, VP8, VP9, and WAV
Video and Audio codecs (may vary by distro)

  • Opus, Theora, Vorbis, VP8, VP9, and WAV by default
  • Sandboxed PPAPI (non-free) Flash plugin included in release
  • Supports NPAPI (unsandboxed) Flash plugins, including the one from Adobe in Chrome 34 and below
  • Code is tested by Chrome developers
  • Code may be modified by distributions
  • Sandbox is always on
  • Sandbox depends on the distribution (navigate to about:sandbox to confirm)
  • Single deb/rpm package
  • Packaging depends on the distribution
  • Profile is kept in ~/.config/google-chrome
  • Profile is kept in ~/.config/chromium
  • Cache is kept in ~/.cache/google-chrome
  • Cache is kept in ~/.cache/chromium
  • New releases are tested before being sent to users
New release testing depends on the distribution

  • Distributions are encouraged to track stable channel releases
  • Google API keys are added by Google

  • Google API keys depend on the distribution.

 

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