What’s the Difference between Chromium and Chrome?

by Raja Habib on December 29, 2014

A lot of people get confused about Chromium and Chrome. And we receive a bunch of queries, asking “What’s the difference between Chromium and Chrome?” Chrome and Chromium sound quite similar to each other and both have same logos with only a slight difference in colors, but actually they are two different Google projects, and they have some key differences between them.

What’s the Difference between Chromium and Chrome?

Firstly, Chrome is a proprietary Google product, while Chromium is open source. To put it in simpler terms, Google Chrome is a re-branded, refined or revitalized version of Chromium. However, both Chrome and Chromium fully function in Linux, Windows, Mac, and other platforms.

Chromium comprises of three parts: the browser, Blink and Chrome OS. Chromium is more apt option for tech-savvies, developers and those who love to try new things with Chrome-related features. Chromium browser supports all the extensions that can be installed in Google Chrome. However, what is the most interesting aspect of Chromium is that it is updated daily. This is something great. Chromium is great for Linux and Ubuntu users because it allows Linux distributions that require open-source software to package up a web browser that’s almost identical to Chrome and ship it to their users.

But, you have to update it manually. Unlike Google Chrome, Chromium doesn’t update automatically and it doesn’t come with Adobe Flash and Adobe PDF reader. They have to be added in the form of plug-ins. Chromium consumers complain that it is less user-friendly, but they enjoy more privacy and a safe, stable and fast browsing experience. So, definitely, it is worth a try.

On the other hand, Google Chrome is a commercial, closed-source product. Chrome is not available in the default Ubuntu repositories as it is not open source, however Google makes Chrome available through their own 3rd party repository. With Google Chrome as your browser, you don’t need the hassle of updating your browser after every few days. Chrome does it automatically, saving you a lot of time, and hence, making sure you always stay with the latest version of Chrome.

Chrome also comes with an integrated flash player, built-in PDF viewer, built-in print preview and print system, and an opt-in option for users to send Google their usage statistics and crash reports. Plus, Chrome includes licensed codecs for AAC, H.264, MP3 and other proprietary media formats, giving you access to a wider range of media content.

This and other features that lack in Chromium make Google Chrome a more feasible choice for Windows and Mac users. However, if you are a Linux or Ubuntu user, then you might like Chromium better.

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