Difference Between Chrome and Chromium


Main Difference

Chrome and Chromium are two different browsers of Google. Both are used for browsing and have some different features. What are the basic differences between them and how they performs there functions will be revealed after reading this complete article.

What is Chrome?

Chrome or Google Chrome is a freeware web browser of the Google. It was released in September 2, 2008. According to recent report of StatCounter, 52% worldwide web browsing is made by Google Chrome. It is available in 53 international languages for Windows, Linux, Android and iOS. Google Chrome is written in C++ language. Internet users mostly uses the Google Chrome due to its secure, fast, stable, greater JavaScript processing speed and performance. Before 2008, many new features were announced by other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Safar and Internet Explorer but Google Chrome was the first browser who implemented and released that features.


What is Chromium?

Chromium is also a web browser of Google but it is open source and Google Chrome draws its source code from Chromium. It was also released in 2008 and is written in five languages, C, C++, Java, JavaScript and Python. It is available for Windows OS, Android and Linux. It is mostly used in Linux OS. The main theme behind Google Chromium is that by this open source software, Google makes able to the developer to check and understand the work and features of Google Chrome. It is an ongoing project of the Google and daily updates are available for it. Latest version of Google Chromium is Chromium 41.0, which was released on November 7, 2014.


Key Differences

  1. First there is different logo of both. Chrome has colorful logo consists of red, green, blue and yellow color. While Chromium logo has one blue color.
  2. Chrome is a freeware web browser while Chromium is an open source web browser.
  3. Crash reporting option is available in Chrome and you can turn it on or off. While there is no option of crash reporting in Chromium.
  4. PDF viewer and flash player or already built in Chrome and you can enable or disable the same. While Chromium requires a plug-in for both PDF viewer and flash player.
  5. Chromium supports three media codes, Vorbis, WebM and Theora. Chrome supports six media Vorbis, WebM, Theora, AAC, MP3 and H.264.
  6. Print preview system is available by Chrome but not by Chromium.
  7. Automatic updates option is available in Chrome while in Chromium users are required to manually install any updates.
  8. Chromium is an open source software so frequently updates are available by Chromium while updates of Chrome are launched after sometime.
  9. Chrome has been written in language C++. While Chromium is written in five languages, C, C++, Java, JavaScript and Python.
  10. Chromium is most popular on Linux OS while Chrome is most popular on Windows OS and mobiles.
  11. Chrome is available for iOS also while Chromium is not available for iOS.
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