How can I hide the address bar in Google Chrome? I found this article but I am unable to find a solution for macOS. Ideally, I would like all toolbars to disappear similar to how they do in QuickTime. see images:

With tool bar showing Hidden tool bar

Is there such a solution available?

  • Btw, the article that you found is out of date. Apparently Google did not like the way that experimental feature was turning out and disabled it. :( I have yet to find a way to do it either. – Jordan T. Cox Jun 7 '12 at 18:23
  • Did either of you find a way to solve this yet? I'm still using an ancient version of Chrome (~12.x), which is starting to break with all this new-fangled HTML5 stuff around. – Vidur Aug 23 '12 at 11:06
  • @bassplayer7 will do, I have been neglecting the OSX stackexchange a bit. – rudolph9 Nov 14 '12 at 17:34
  • Good. It benefits you and the answerer - the answerer not just with rep but also tags, I believe. – bassplayer7 Nov 15 '12 at 20:57
  • Out of curiosity: why do you want such a solution? – Saaru Lindestøkke Nov 18 '12 at 21:43

I'm not entirely sure I understand what you're asking, but I think you mean in full screen mode judging by the tags.

Simply uncheck View > Always Show Toolbar in Full Screen (⇧⌘F):

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    This does not answer my question, I looking for how to fill the entire content of a chrome window with html content without the necessity to be in full screen mode. – rudolph9 May 9 '12 at 1:49
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    @rudolph9 To be fair, there was a full screen tag. – Timothy Mueller-Harder May 9 '12 at 14:08
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    So you can see how there might be a vague possibility I'd think you were talking about being in full screen mode. – Timothy Mueller-Harder May 9 '12 at 14:10
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    So maybe some way to emulate fullscreen mode without actually going into fullscreen? – asmeurer Nov 16 '12 at 7:22
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    +1. While it did not answer OP's question, it did answer what I was looking for! – Lstor Jun 27 '13 at 17:04

As in other answers to this question, the best option I could find is by running chrome from a shell and passing in the --app (which runs google chrome in application mode or something of the sort) option as follows:

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome --app="http://www.google.com"

To get full screen w/o address bar in Chrome on OSX use Cmd-Shift-F

  • This does not answer the question. Please read more carefully. – rudolph9 Aug 25 '14 at 13:01
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    Well, I found this answer useful when Googling this precise issue! Seems harsh to downvote it. – dan8394 Jul 27 '15 at 16:01
  • Lol just look through the menu items – Jay Jun 3 '16 at 21:56

You cannot disable 100% the address bar in any browser anymore.

To do that, you need to recompile the sources of Chromium, Firefox etc. with the necessary changes.

This rule of mandatory address bar has been accepted because of scams and other critical issues caused by people that create fake evil things.


If you want a windowed Chrome app with no menus the steps are as follows:

navigate to


Enable the following two options:

  1. "The new bookmark app system"

  2. "Allow hosted apps to be opened in windows"

Restart Chrome to enable the options. Then navigate to the page you want to turn into an "app".

In the tools menu (three dots) click More Tools > Add to Applications

Finally, navigate to


and right click on the icon for the newly added Application. Enable the "Open as window" option.


go to chrome://flags and then search for Immersive Fullscreen Toolbar and set the value to Enabled, and that's it.

Or follow the following link to go directly to that setting.


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