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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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:
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).
brew tap domt4/chromium
brew cask install mac-chromium
brew tap buo/cask-upgrade(click here for cask-upgrade info/source)
To upgrade Chromium, run:
brew cu -y -a
brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
brew cask install chromium
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), and provides updates:
brew tap domt4/chromium
brew install domt4/chromium/chromium
brew linkapps chromium
updating is as simple as:
brew update; brew upgrade
If you want to automatically upgrade daily in the background you can use this (note that this also upgrades your other HomeBrew packages if you have any):
brew tap domt4/autoupdate
brew autoupdate --start --upgrade
Stable build from FreeSMUG (Free Software Mac User Group are here: http://www.freesmug.org/chromium
Nice and easy, just download.
The proper way is kind of convoluted and unnecessarily difficult. However, in my recent struggles to find the answer myself, I want to let everyone here know what I did to arrive where I am at now.
In steps 4 and 5, the file that you will need to download is
From what I can tell, the install requirements for mac are
OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later taken from https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7100626?hl=en
All this information was found from going to https://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/download-chromium in the section titled "Downloading old builds of Chrome / Chromium"
Get on the bleeding edge of the web with Google Chrome's nightly builds called Chrome Canary. This should work for you. Good luck!
You can install it with Homebrew. The cask is included by default.
brew install --cask chromium
In case you don't have Homebrew installed already, you can install it with this command.
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"