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Chromium Portable

Application: Chromium Portable
Category: Internet
Description: Chromium Portable is a custom-built version of the dev channel of the Chromium web browser, optimized for portable use and packaged in the PortableApps.com Format, so you can run it from an iPod, USB flash drive, portable hard drive, CD or any other portable media. You can take your bookmarks, extensions, themes and plugins with you, and Chromium Portable will leave no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.

Download Chromium Portable 21.0.1180.15 [~25MiB download / ~75MiB installed]
(MD5: abdadaa02830de7db96ccfec7c82e7f5)

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What?

What are you testing/wanting tested?

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The usual

Portablization issues, missing dependencies, i.e. the same as normal development tests, with the difference this is not going to be released officially.

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=Development Test.

=Development Test. Wink

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Official Release - Advanced

As we now have the ability to label specific apps as "Advanced" and not show them by default in the app store, I'd like to work on making this official if you're agreeable, kAlug. As long as we explain it to folks, I see no issue in making this available and letting people be able to upgrade it easily. If you're building it once a week, I'm fine with pushing it out that often. You can keep it on your own SF project if you'd like as well to keep things humming. Do you still need the settings exe in it, though?

BTW - I didn't see portable password support in your launcher setup. Were you going to add it from the Chrome/Iron source?

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Answered here:

  • I still have some licensing issues to handle and some coding to do. I hope to put it in a releasable state until the end of the year.
  • Chromium Portable is usually released a few hours after Google Chrome's dev channel, what means between 8:00 and 12:00 GMT on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • I'm going to release the Settings Manager together with some other tools separately, then dropping it from the main package.
  • I can try to add Portable Passwords in the next week.

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Some questions from a tester

I'd love to see Chromium Portable officially available & was tickled to run across your app! My only caveat is that it has to be kept current - not with every snapshot of course but at least weekly or so...

I'm unclear why you've customized the actual Chromium app, though, especially since the FF & Chrome Portable apps themselves aren't customized. Can't you just download the latest zip version from https://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-snapshots/inde... & unzip it to the Chromium Portable .\App\Chromium directory or is there a reason you have to customize & create the Chromium build yourself? If a simple dl/unzip were possible, impatient users would even be able to update Chromium versions themselves & it wouldn't be quite as much work for you.

I used the same trick for copying profiles as is suggested for Firefox Portable; I ran it once so it would create its profile directory structure then copied my profile into it. I did not erase your settings.ini, though, since it had directory info in it. Everything seemed to work okay doing it that way. Is there anything else I should have or not done?

I then tried replacing your App\Chromium directory with the latest zipped version from the site above. Unfortunately, that ended up reverting to my non-portable data directory! I think it's because I didn't erase the FirstRun file from the unzipped app but don't know for sure. Would it have worked if I had deleted that FirstRun file? I did see that the zipped Chromium directory has ~13 more files in it than your version does & I'm not clear on what all of those do or why they weren't included in your build. I think some of the extras are related to Google Cloud Print so I really don't understand why the snapshot includes those! Would you please educate me on the difference in number of files?

Your Settings Manager comment went over my head but maybe it's not something I need to understand! I won't be able to help test Portable Passwords since I use LastPass for that across all my browsers, portable or not, & have never saved PWs in a browser.

Besides hopefully answering my questions, please let me know what else you need in the way of feedback. I've never been a PA tester before, other than the new platform, so I'm not quite sure how to help! Other than that I'm pretty savvy, having worked in IT for my entire adult career.

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When I started working on Chromium Portable (because I wasn't aware of Chrome Portable at that time), I wasn't thinking on making it an official app.

As I need to download and build Chromium myself (because the snapshots don't usually match the dev channel), I eventually decided to customize it in order to make it more portable. Recently I also have added support for things like the Do Not Track specification and I'm considering porting sidetabs for happiness of an angry mob.

If you prefer to use Chromium snapshots, just use Iron Portable's launcher. As I said, Chromium Portable has some exclusive modifications related to portability.

I don't know why the snapshots have more files than my build. They were supposed to be the same.

I use LastPass too Smile This is why Portable Password weren't implemented 'till now.

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Newer Version?

Do you have a newer version available yet? My Chrome beta is already updated past this Chromium version. Thanks!

Also, I don't understand why you say to use Iron Portable's launcher. Does it work out of the box with the Chromium w32 snapshot zips? I gave Iron Portable itself a try & it seems like a strange beast indeed! Please enlighten me on why to use its launcher.

As of yet, I don't know enough about the differences between your version & the snapshots to choose which to use. I thought I'd play with both & see which I prefer. Clearly, it would be easier to let you do all the heavy lifting; I also like to keep all my apps as current as possible so it might be worth it for me to make the snapshots work.

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Invisible text issue

For everybody else using this, is Chromium Portable sometimes making parts of text invisible?
EDIT: It's WebKit fault.

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Hey Kalug

Are you still working on this? If so, do you have a newer version to test? Thanks!

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Download it again

from the above link and you'll get the latest version.
EDIT: release notes

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Crashes on launch

FWIW, I think it's Chromium itself, not your packaging. I was having the same problem with the Chromium snapshots for a week or so until I got 19.0.1061.0 (build 124899?) this weekend. I'll keep an eye out for another version from you & try it again.

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Regular updates planned?

kAlug, do you plan to post updates regularly or should I just keep it updated on my own? Chromium Dev is already at 20.0.x & even Chrome Beta is beyond this version of Chromium Portable.

Although I'm sure I could take care of my own needs, I'm not confident that I could provide updated PAF versions to the community. If someone could look at the Chromium snapshots & tell me what it would take to use them directly for a PAc version, I might be willing to do the work if it's simple enough. I'm no coder (doesn't suit me) but I'm comfortable manipulating files & such. John, Pyro or Chris, can you maybe help me with this? Shoot kAlug, maybe you can even tell me what's required & I could take it from there!

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7 Days

He just built the current version 7 days ago, so it's not like this is suddenly unmaintained. It's not even an official (on PA.c) release yet. Give him a bit Smile

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Huh?

John, I've had the version listed above for a lot more than 7 days! If there's a newer version available, where do I find it? The only place I really keep up with is this thread. Should I be watching somewhere else, too?

I know it's not official & I was thrilled when I ran across it way back in December! As I commented then, I was hoping that it would replace my use of Chromium snapshots since I typically download the latest build weekly, which is what I understood from his comments that kAlug planned to do here. Maybe he's building & posting it somewhere that often but it's definitely not here!

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Chromium Portable homepage

Check the Chromium Portable homepage, listed above. KAlug just hasn't had the chance to update this thread, that's all.

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RSS

This RSS feed is updated automatically when the main site is updated: http://crportable.sourceforge.net/services/feed/

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Semiregularly

From a recent email I've sent:

Well, the idea is to be in sync with Google Chrome dev channel's releases, (one or two by week) but I usually don't have enough time to do it. So, likely twice a month.

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Latest in testing

20.0.1105.0 is in testing now. In case it shows no problems, I hope to release it in ~5 hours.

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20.0.1105.0 instability

kAlug, I've been experiencing real instability with the subject build. To clarify, I don't have the same problem with the regular Chromium snapshots of the same version nor do I have any trouble with Chrome Beta, both portable & non.

I also tried starting from scratch without my existing profile to be sure that wasn't causing the problem...

Often, on start, Chromium will hang at 2 processes, doesn't load my extensions or pages, just sits & spins. If I close it, then reopen, it may or may not work correctly. Once it opens right & I use it a while, it may or may not close completely. To compound things, there's no pattern to it that I can tell! It's unstable enough, though, that I've resorted to using Chrome Portable (Beta).

Should I even be bothering with reporting this &, if so, is here where you want it? In my mind, this is where the dev testing for PAF happens so it's the right place but others may think differently.

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Odd

Interesting as it works fine here. What's your OS and can you try on other computers?

I'd prefer bug reports to go on the bug tracker (you'll need an SourceForge.net account) or on the mailing list, but for me, here is fine too (I think it's better to keep this specific problem here).

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XP Pro SP3+

All the other computers around are too, although I could try one of them to make sure it's not just my specific machine. I doubt it but I could at least rule that out...

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Please do

My home computer has the same OS, but an older Chromium Portable. I'll try on it once I get back home.

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Tried it

on 2nd XP SP3+ system &, on first try, it never finished closing at exit. Haven't had time to go back & run it on that system any more yet. Unfortunately, once it doesn't complete closing, you have to do Windows Shutdown-Restart since it won't let you just kill the process. What a PITA!

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21.0.1180.11 released - Testing Needed

Chromium Portable 21.0.1180.11 has been released. This release marks a new period on its history, and I'd like to request everyone who can to test it for the usual stuff (working features, leftover traces), as well as its translations (just check if everything is translated correctly), ASAP.

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Tested

I tested by running a regshot after it ran and after I installed a theme, an addon, and linked it to my google account. This is my regshot result(XP Virtual Machine Admin Privileges):

Regshot 1.8.3-beta2
Comments:
Datetime:2012/6/27 01:18:04  ,  2012/6/27 01:26:36
Computer:***** , *****
Username:**** , ****

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Values added:1
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HKU\S-1-5-21-3716899999-3333837442-2960915868-1009\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\E:\PortableApps\ChromiumPortable\App\Chromium\Chrome.exe: "Chromium Portable"

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Values modified:0
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Files added:2
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C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\CHROMIUMPORTABLE.EXE-12A144EF.pf
C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\CHROMIUMPORTABLE_21.0.1180.11-2CDDAC16.pf

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Files deleted:0
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Files [attributes?] modified:0
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Folders added:0
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Total changes:3
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It seems to be clean to me. Beings this is a development test, and not an official release, then it should sport the Development Splash Screen, at least until the application is officially released.

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Thanks; not a Dev Test

Thank for your report.

This is not a development test. Consider it more like a publisher-released version, except that the publisher is actually a 3rd-party making the app portable. This makes PortableApps.com, uh, the 4th-party?

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Updates

the website that has the app has updates for it a couple times a month ive had version 21.x.xxxx for a long time then yesterday i checked the website again and its now in version 24 but i havent gotten any updates from here. you think at some point you can make it part of the portableapps directory?

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Stable schedule

I and John have already started to discuss this possibility; however, I want to wait until I have more time to make releases on a regular basis.

PS: there's an RSS feed updated automatically at http://crportable.sourceforge.net/services/feed

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thank you

i hope you get to doing it. as far as the rss feed goes, i dont do that because i dont know how and even if i did know how it would be useless unless i have my laptop constantly connected to internet which i rarely do.

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I am willing to bet that you

I am willing to bet that you are connected to the internet every time you use Chromium Wink Why not install a RSS feed reader extension in Chromium. Then when you do use Chromium you can see the latest feed easily.

It amazes me that on the internet you can be anything you want, and yet so many people still choose to be idiots.

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obviously

obviously i am connected to the internet when im using chromium which is actually not as often as you think because i have comodo dragon on my hard drive so i usually use that but i mean my laptop isnt always connected to wifi or hardwired in to a modem so if i had a rss feed reader i wouldnt get updates as soon as they happen id still have to wait until i am connected to see the updates. speaking of comodo dragon there is an option when you download the installer to make it portable so you can install it on a flash drive safely do you think you can get permission to make it a .paf and add it to the portable apps directory?

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What's different?

What's different about/between the releases you regularly put on SourceForge versus the releases you would put here on PAc?

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Ease of updating

If updates are put up here then it would be easier for those that use the platform to update it regularly instead of having to check the sourceforge

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True that!

My point exactly...

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When i downloaded it from

When i downloaded it from sourceforge i expected updates in the platform but then i forgot about it and a few weeks ago when i checked sourceforge i found that i was way out of date

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I was hoping we'd get an

I was hoping we'd get an answer from "the dev previously known as kAlug."

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Regular schedule

I'm waiting until I get a more stable schedule before allowing it to be released to a wider audience. Just that.

I tried to build the current dev release (1337.0) but something went wrong with the source code download so I'll have to download it all over again.

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That's cuz it's the "leet"

That's cuz it's the "leet" release!

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