Difference Between Chromium and Firefox

Main Difference

Chromium and Firefox both are the internet browsers that are open sourced. Both are popular and have competition as both have extensive features. Both are efficient at their own places having mobile versions as well. Both of the Chromium and Firefox have the useful dashboard start-page. There are many differences between the two. Firefox is far more extensible as compare to Chromium. Google is default search engine of Chromium everywhere but Firefox uses Yahoo as default engine in North America and some other search engines in other parts of the worlds. Chromium does not allow the non-tabbed mode but Firefox allows the non-tabbed mode. Start-up of Chromium is faster than the start-up of Firefox.

What is Chromium?

Chromium is an open sourced web browser. Chromium name is taken from the chromium metal. Google Chrome draws its source code from Chromium. In Chrome and Chromium there are some minor differences with different licensing. It was first released in 2008 developed by the Google. It supports operating system of BSD, Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It has BSD License, MIT License and MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-licensed. Although the memory consumption of Chromium is high but its start-up is comparatively faster and quick. Multicore systems are better used and managed by Chromium as it uses separate process for each of its tab. Chromium supports the latest HTML feature sooner. Some blockage is lacked by Ghostery on Chromium. It supports private sessions where no history is saved.

What is Firefox?

Mozilla Firefox is a open source web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation. It was first launched in September 23, 2002. It is a freeware browser. It supports many media codes including WebM, Ogg Theora Vorbis, Ogg Opus, WAVE PCM, AAC and MP3. Its auto updates are available. Google is its default search engine. Firefox is far more extensible. Firefox offers an advanced customized mode for changing the placement of the things on the screen. Firefox generally supports the latest JavaScript feature sooner. Firefox Sync can be hosted on your own server using zero-knowledge architecture. Shumway, a Flash replacement is being developed by the Firefox. It does not send private or usage data. It has a Download bar. It also has save library for reading PDFs which is based on JavaScript. It supports private sessions where no history is saved.

Key Differences

  1. If both are compared on the basis of memory consumption then it is found that Chromium consumes more memory than Firefox.
  2. Start-up of Chromium is faster than the start-up of Firefox.
  3. Multicore systems are better used and managed by Chromium as it uses separate process for each of its tab while in Firefox the feature for separate tab for each process is in development phase. So in this feature Chromium is dominant.
  4. JavaScript for its newest features has far better support to Firefox as compare to that of Chromium.
  5. Firefox generally supports the latest JavaScript feature sooner while Chromium supports the latest HTML feature sooner.
  6. Firefox is far more extensible as compare to Chromium.
  7. Firefox contains much more extensions and themes when compared with Chromium.
  8. In contrast to Chromium, Firefox offers an advanced customized mode for changing the placement of the things on the screen.
  9. User Profile System of Firefox is advanced as compare to that of Chromium.
  10. Backup of User Profile System in Firefox is quite easy as compare to that of Chromium.
  11. Chromium does not allow the non-tabbed mode but Firefox allows the non-tabbed mode.
  12. Traditional style mode is allowed in Firefox but in Chromium it is not allowed.
  13. API extension of the Firefox is more powerful than Chromium’s customization of each part of browser.
  14. Google is default search engine of Chromium everywhere but Firefox uses Yahoo as default engine in North America and some other search engines in other parts of the worlds.
  15. Firefox Sync can be hosted on your own server using zero-knowledge architecture while Chrome Sync can only syncs to Google.

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