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[Outdated] Google Chrome Portable 3.0 (Stable/Beta) 4.0.206.1 (Dev)

Well with the official release of Google Chrome 3.0 I decided I should get off my rear end and release a bug fix release. Stable and Beta are both 3.0.195.21, Dev is upgraded to 4.0.206.1

Java Portable integration has been removed, and Java plugin import has been disabled.

A bug which caused GoogleChromePortable.ini to not work has been fixed.

Help files have been tweaked some.

And that's about it.

Downloads are here: http://downloads.mzzt.net/GoogleChromePortable

I'm gonna start keeping all the older releases in there instead of deleting them.

Because numbers are confusing, here's direct links to the latest builds:

http://downloads.mzzt.net/GoogleChromePortable/GoogleChromePortable_3.0....
http://downloads.mzzt.net/GoogleChromePortable/GoogleChromePortable_4.0....

So anyway, John, thoughts/comments? Particularly with thoughts to official-PortableApp-ness? We gonna do this? Biggrin

[Edit: Oh yeah forgot to mention... current Chrome Dev channel occasionally crashes on startup, not my fault, you've been warned. :P]

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test

4.0 works on vista home premium 64bit
found bug the themes don't get saved when u close the boarder goes 2 the blue default boarder

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This does indeed appear to be

This does indeed appear to be a problem with Chrome Portable and not with regular Chrome. It may be something to do with the command line switches I use to launch Chrome, because the way themes work I can't see my launcher leaving out theme files or any such thing. Might end up being a bug in Chrome itself. I'll look into it.

(To make his problem more clear, it seems that if you take a fresh profile, install a theme, then restart Chrome Portable, the titlebar/border portion of the theme is gone. If you repeat the steps with a locally installed Chrome, the problem doesn't occur, and I have no idea why. BLEH.)

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i think its

when it downloads it just gets erased when you close it out

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No the theme itself still

No the theme itself still appears to be there. I'll do some more checking but the theme was definitely being applied to the rest of the UI, just not the title bar.

It may be easier to see with the "Glow" theme which turns the rest of the UI black. Smile

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Thanks, MAZZTer

Works great! About time you updated too, I've wanted to update my Chrome Portable to a current version for ages, but once your installer became PAF compliant I could no longer use it to copy my local install. Sad

Oh well, good things come to those who wait. Chrome 3.0 is really nice. Speedwise Chrome kicks Firefox's butt (even 3.5) any day.

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Cache

After trying many versions of chrome, portable and not portable, I have yet to find one that limits the cache (the one I'm using right now has 400MB of cache). I don't like to empty the cache manually as it is tiresome after n times, so is there a way to just set a limit (like 32MB) to the cache folder?

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By default the cache is

By default the cache is stored locally in %TEMP% and is not stored to your portable device (so the cache will be empty when you restart Chrome). There's no need to limit the size.

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Thanks Mazzter

Thanks Mazzter Smile

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[Bug] ini does not work

1. I installed the 3.0 launcher and everything and let it get set up.
2. I then deleted GoogleChromePortable\App\Chrome-bin and added GoogleChromePortable\App\Iron.
3. I copied GoogleChromePortable.ini from GoogleChromePortable\Other\Source to GoogleChromePortable
4. I edited the ini it is pasted below.
5. When I try to run GoogleChromePortable.exe I get an error which says: "Google Chrome, Portable Edition cannot be started. You may wish to re-install to fix this issue. (ERROR: chrome.exe could not be found)"

I looks like the launcher is not reading the ini or the path is hard coded into the launcher.

EDIT: I did some more testing with a fresh install. If I rename the Chrome-bin folder to Iron and update the ini, Chrome loads properly. But if I rename chrome.exe to iron.exe and update the ini, the launcher returns the error above. It seems like your launcher is not reading the ProgramExecutable properly.

EDIT 2: This is confirmed. I downloaded Iron from SR Ware and copied it to the GoogleChromePortable\App\ folder. If I use the ini below it does not work. If I rename iron.exe to chrome.exe and use the exact ini below it works. For some reason chrome.exe is hardcoded into the launcher.

EDIT 3: Line 161 of the launcher is looking for something that doesn't exist. It is looking for "Google ChromeExecutable=" and the ini has "PROGRAMEXECUTABLE=". So either you need to update the launcher or update the ini and re-release.

; This file contains the Google Chrome Portable default settings.
; You can copy this file to GoogleChromePortable\ and change settings in it.
; Any settings missing from that file will have their defaults (listed here) used.

[GoogleChromePortable]
Google ChromeDirectory=App\Iron
; The main app directory
ProfileDirectory=Data\profile
; The profile directory
SettingsDirectory=Data\settings
; The directory containing settings (unused)
AdditionalParameters=
; More parameters to pass to chrome.exe, use to enable experimental features.
ProgramExecutable=iron.exe
; The EXE name
WaitForProgram=true
; Waits for the program to run.  Don't set to false or else cleanup won't happen for
; RunLocally/CacheInTemp or running from CD.
DisableSplashScreen=false
; Disables the splash screen.
DisableIntelligentStart=false
; Umm... this doesn't seem to do anything. >_>;
RunLocally=false
; Forces the profile to be copied to the local computer, as the portable app is run from a CD.
; The profile will be copied back to the portable device afterwards (minus cache files).
CacheInTemp=true
; If this is true, the disk Cache will be set to use the local computer, and will be deleted on exit.

; Note that using either of the previous two options can represent a risk of other users of the same computer
; discovering your internet surfing activities on that computer.  Although Google Chrome Portable deletes the
; locally saved data when it is finished, it is possible this may not happen (Google Chrome Portable or the computer
; crashes) and even if it does, some of the data may be recoverable using disk recovery tools.  For this reason it is
; recommended you use Incognito mode for any browsing you don't want others to know about.  HTTPS browsing is never
; written to cache and thus not an issue.

ImportJava=false
; If true, it will import the Java plugin from a copy of Java Portable if you have it installed, and if
; you do not already have a Java plugin installed in Google Chrome Portable.
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Thanks, I'll fix the sample

Thanks, I'll fix the sample ini.

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not a standalone - possible?

Is there any chance that a portable
stand alone version of Google Chrome
could get packaged?

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Google does not permit the

Google does not permit the redistribution of Google Chrome, so no it's not. However they allow you to freely modify and redistribute Chromium, their name for Google Chrome without the Google branding.

I explored the option before but I could not get it to compile (par for the course with my other attempts at compiling others' code in Visual Studio. In Linux it's so easy, in Microsoft's world it's a nightmare).

If me or someone else can do it, ideally building the capabilities of the launcher into Chromium would also be helpful (no need to patch the registry, profile automatically goes on the portable drive where it belongs, minimize disk writes, no disk cache, etc).

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Folder for User Scripts?

Hi,

I am testing the dev version and would like to know if the launcher permits the creation of a directory of User Scripts and where in the directory structure must that directory be.

Thanks in advance.

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From what I'm reading on the

From what I'm reading on the web you need to do two things:

1) The User Scripts folder goes inside Data\profile\Default
2) Copy Other\Source\GoogleChromePortable.ini to the launcher's directory, and add --enable-user-scripts to the AdditionalParameters value in that copied file.

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upgraded

i upgraded to 3.0 went to use it and had all my bookmarks gone any reason why

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There shouldn't have been a

There shouldn't have been a problem upgrading, as long as you didn't touch the Data folder. It could have been a glitch with Google Chrome, unfortunately without more data it's impossible to say who's fault it is. Sad

Was your entire profile reset or just your bookmarks?

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upgraded

how much more data do you need i even tried 4.0 and did the same thing and why would i touch the data folder i went back to chrome 2.0 because of the problem

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similar problem

I had the same thing happen to me, only it wasn't due to an upgrade. I've been running your version of 3.0.195.21 (which says it's beta when it loads even tho you said it was stable) for weeks now, and today I had to reboot my machine at one point and when I launched Chrome my profile was . No bookmarks, no history...all gone.

Very strange.

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The beta marker is just to

The beta marker is just to comply with PortableApps.com standards... it's not officially released on the front page site (yet... I hope it will be!) I do my best to make sure my releases are stable enough.

If this problem happens to anyone else please check the following, it will be useful in me in finding the cause:

- Try closing Google Chrome, and then opening task manager. If there are "chrome.exe" or "GoogleChromePortable.exe"s running in the Process tab, kill them and then try restarting Google Chrome Portable. Does your profile come back?
- If not, check in Google Chrome Portable\Data\profile. There should be one folder called "Default". Do you see something different?
- Inside Default, there should be a ton of files. Specifically look for "History Index" files for every month, back until when you first ran Google Chrome Portable. Do you see files for your whole profile lifetime?
- Are you using the RunLocally=true setting in GoogleChromePortable.ini?
- Does the Google Chrome Portable launcher ask you if you want to copy your profile to the hard drive when you run it?

In the meantime I recommend keeping a backup of at least the Bookmarks file seen in the aforementioned "Default" folder so you can restore it later if you lose your profile. Or you can copy the entire profile if you want.

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Flash?

Is it possible to develop a Flash plugin isntaller like John did for Firefox Portable?

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Sure, let me know when you've

Sure, let me know when you've made it! Wink

OK OK... if you want to set it up manually, it's not hard. Just go to C:\Windows\system32\macromed\Flash on a machine that has non-IE Flash installed and copy NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt to Google Chrome Portable\App\Chrome-bin\plugins and voila! Instant portable Flash (it does create some settings stuff in the user's profile but I'm not sure if John did anything about that stuff in his Firefox launcher or not).

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Portable Flash

I was looking at the PAppZ site and noticed they have a flash plugin for Chrome now. It may be worth looking at this to get an idea how you can implement for your version in the future?

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(cough) Illegal Site (cough). They probably just take the plugin files and repackage them (illegal, i believe).

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Illegal for them yes

However one could look how they've implemented their plugin system and then see if we can modify the method to do it legally with a PAF Live installer. Much the same as plugin John created for Firefox.

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Scripts?

Is it possible to use scripts portable with this? If so where to put them?

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Hi, I have not tried it, but

Hi, I have not tried it, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work.

Open Google Chrome Portable\Data\profile\Default and make a directory called User Scripts in there. Put your scripts in that folder.

Next make a file called Google Chrome Portable\GoogleChromePortable.ini and put this in it:

[GoogleChromePortable]
AdditionalParameters=--enable-user-scripts

That should do it!

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works fine for me

Thanks for your great work,it works fine for me.I've updated it to 4.0.220.1.

hey.

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GoogleChromePortable 3.0.197 deletes Java entries in Registry

I tried GoogleChromePortable 3.0.197, and every time I close the program, the entries in the Registry that are related to the JavaRuntime disappear!!

I manage to solve it temporarily, reinstalling again Java, opening application "regedit" and exporting the tree of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft, so eveery time I close Chrome, I import again the exported entries.

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Hi, that is an old dev branch

Hi, that is an old dev branch build. If you want to use the stable 3.0 build use 3.0.195.21 instead. If you want dev use the 4.0 build.

For future releases I will link directly to the downloads to minimize confusion.

In the older build it only deleted the keys if it detected all of the following conditions:
- You were using Java Portable
- Google Chrome Portable had set the specific version of Java that Java Portable used to point to Java Portable
- There was no valid entry for a local Java for that same version that was overwritten, so rather than restoring the old value (which did not exist) it deleted the entire key since the entry was not valid (not valid in the sense that it didn't point to a Java directory on disk)

However this is moot now since Java Portable support has been removed from the new builds.

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Java Portable

Just out of curiosity, any plans to put Java Portable support back? I was under the impression that the registry didn't need to be modified at all as long as you set the correct environment variables--and those, thankfully, aren't global.

I guess if it's too much work, though, I certainly won't object to you leaving it out. Most sites seem to have realized that anything they can do in Java can be done just as well in Flash--and usually the Flash applet performs better! Amazing when you consider Flash can do all that with a single ~3.5 MB DLL (with no other dependencies!) and Java takes upwards of 100 MB...

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Registry

Like Firefox, Google Chrome uses the HKLM registry to check for Java. It requires admin rights to modify. The old launcher was doing that automatically.

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I *could* try and modify the

I *could* try and modify the chromium source to make it look for java portable and run some tests to see if it works correctly and try to use that if need be

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It's the Java plugin that

It's the Java plugin that looks for Java, not Chromium.

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doesn't mean I can patch

doesn't mean I can patch chrome to look for it specifically without a plugin Blum

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Bookmarks not always restored

Not sure why but Chrome doesn't always seem to retain bookmarks. All other settings seem to be maintained (I think) but bookmarks have dropped a few times Sad Can't isolate any specific cause. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Nope

Been using MAZZTer's launcher basically since it came out and I've never had it drop bookmarks. Maybe it's your machine or drive? Are you making sure it's exiting fully (Chrome can take a while to shut down on flash media since it's constantly updating the phishing filter, sort of like how canceling copying a large file takes a while) before shutting down the machine?

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I'm running from a portable

I'm running from a portable hard drive. I think it may still be the same issue however as I have been using Chrome at college where the pc's are too old to run Firefox at any decent rate. Because I'm using the MOD34 I guess there is the chance that when I quit Chrome and then click the eject button on the menu it's probably killing the process before my bookmarks are moved around.

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Don't Use Eject

I'm pretty sure that MOD just uses one of the eject utilities floating around that actually kills off processes. Those shouldn't be used.

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