Chrome and Chromium are more than two similar names. Although almost everyone knows Chrome, very few know Chromium.
There are still a majority of people wondering between the differences, the pros & cons, and which one is the right browser for them. Often, the situation is straightforward.
Why? Because Chrome is the king in the world of browsers and 65.47% of users worldwide use Google Chrome.
It’s a Google product, in-built with most Android phones, and carries the sync features. The share of Chromium in the market is in fractions.
What is Chromium?
The Chromium Project was initiated in 2008 by Google when a large part of Chrome’s source code was released for review of underlying code for the use of developers. It allowed the browser Chrome to be ported to Mac and Linux.
Chromium is an open-source browser. It provides you with the freedom to build upon those source codes, modify them, run scripts, etc. You may also get involved as a developer and/or debug on various platforms.
Chromium can be downloaded from Chromium Download Link. The download page will more likely than not detect the OS and get you to the correct build of Chromium. If not, you can select your OS and architecture from the dropdown and select the correct version.
It is an easier process to download on Linux by visiting the software repository of your Linux OS distributor’s. Ubuntu Software Center is the one for Ubuntu Linux and you can search for Chromium to download.
What is Chrome?
Google Chrome is the web browser with the largest market share in the world. It is Google’s browser and made an entry in 2008. When the Chromium source code was released, it was released as a part of the release of Google Chrome.
While Chromium became part of the Chromium Project (which is now also having Chromium OS), Google Chrome continued to be developed by Google to take it to the world leader position.
Google Chrome can be downloaded from Google Chrome’s Download Page on its website. It is a very simple installation process.
Google Chrome and Chromium have virtually the same logo. Both of them appear like a wheel in motion, with three spikes around a circular center. The difference is that Chromium’s logo is blue-toned with different shades of blue everywhere except in between the concentric circles at the center, which is white.
Google Chrome is more colorful, with only the white portion being the same. The center is blue, but has more saturation. The three spikes around are red, yellow, and green. This is the primary way of differentiating between the two browsers.
What’s The Difference Between Chromium And Chrome?
The Major Talking Points
Google Chrome’s Canary channel is where unstable versions can make way. Canary builds, as per Google on its website, are the untested and unused version of Chrome. These are made available as soon as they are ready.
Canary versions carry all the features of Chrome including ones that will come in future stable versions but have been released in the Canary version currently.
Here is a link to download Google Chrome’s Canary Version.
User Data Tracking
Chrome Web Store vs Other Extensions
Adobe Flash Plugin
Media Codec Support
Chromium and Chrome Sync Features
Using Both the Browsers
Other Browsers that are Based on Chromium’s Source Code
Is Chromium a Virus?
Chromium is not a virus. Although, there have been instances when Chromium was found to be installed in devices without the knowledge of the user or admin. It is an open-source platform and is used by coders. However, this is one reason why one needs to be careful.
There have been several instances of Chromium being bundled with malware on various installations of the browser. Also, the attack code may be named as Chromium as a coder can write codes in the script.
What if you find Malware?
Anti-malware needs to be used to scan and delete or quarantine the malware. Thereby, Chromium needs to be removed.
In Windows, you can do so in ‘Add or Remove Programs’ in Settings/Control Panel (depending on the version). In Mac OS, you need to go to Finder, locate Chromium, and ‘move to trash’ on right-click. Empty trash thereafter (making sure there’s nothing important in it).
The Choice of Browser?
For most users, Google Chrome will be a matter of choice because of its versatility in handling media files as well as in-built flash, updates, and stability.
For coders, it will be Chromium due to the ability to code, test, debug, etc. For advanced users, and for most of the people, there’s no harm in installing both the browsers on the system if you think there’s ever going to be a requirement for Chromium. If not, stick with Google Chrome browser.