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What is the proper way to install Chromium (not chrome!) on Mac OS X?

Stable builds are a must, beta builds or nightlies are nice to have.

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

The Chromium Project1 does not seem to provide compiled builds for the OS X or Windows platform. If you run Ubuntu, you can use the Software Center to install Chromium just like you would with the Mac App Store.

Therefore, under OS X you would have to download the source code and build the application yourself which requires the use of the free Development Software Xcode2.

You can follow the official Mac build instructions to help you get started:

Ewh! I don't want to go through all this trouble...

The Free OpenSource Mac User Group hosts a site that has the latest3 compiled build. According to their website:

  1. ...the download is compiled following the official Mac Build Instructions (link above).
  2. ...they integrated the Sparkle4 update framework to offer a simple update procedure since Chromium does not have the auto-update feature of Google Chrome.

Their download is a simple .dmg which you install via drag-and-drop, just like Chrome.

While they do provide a MD5 hash, the Chromium Project does not provide MD5 hashes of the compiled builds. So you have to trust this website's integrity when using their downloads.

Other than no auto-update integration, Chromium has some more differences from Google Chrome which you can read in the following Wikipedia article on Chromium (web browser).

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I can build Chromium (thx for the thorough steps, I already have an environment :)), but I'm looking for precompiled builds that are easy to distribute. – Yuval Adam Jan 14 '13 at 15:13
The FreeSMUG builds show as unsigned on my computer, does anybody else see this? – lupincho Jan 27 '13 at 18:47
@lupincho No, I had no problem executing the current download in 10.8.2. No warning or anything like that. – gentmatt Jan 28 '13 at 7:26
What's with the links formatted like footnotes? Why not just make the relevant word or phrase a link? – Kenny Evitt Nov 7 '15 at 16:29
  • Install HomeBrew
  • Install HomeBrew Casks: brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask <- this is now obsolete
  • Install Chromium: brew cask install chromium

Or, an alternative is this method which uses this script, and has a more up to date version as the one above (and also verifies the Chromium checksum):

  • Install HomeBrew
  • brew tap domt4/chromium
  • brew install domt4/chromium/chromium
  • brew linkapps chromium
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Thanks. Small update: brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask is no longer valid. But other than that, this totally works. – Neel Apr 15 at 6:52


Nice and easy, just download.

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Be aware that the download on this page is not ideal for most users. It grabs the Chromium build directly from the Chromium SVN build server which is not always stable. It's roughly equivalent to Chrome Canary, which Google says is "designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely." so be aware of this before downloading. – Dan Herbert Mar 5 '13 at 0:49

Get on the bleeding edge of the web with Google Chrome's nightly builds called Chrome Canary. This should work for you. Good luck!

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Canary is not chromium, but the second link seems legit, thx. – Yuval Adam Jan 14 '13 at 15:11

Stable build from FreeSMUG (Free Software Mac User Group are here:

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