Download Google Chrome for Mac OS X & Linux

Written by Amit Agarwal on Dec 8, 2009

Google Chrome release for Mac and Linux

google chrome macWhile the world is still waiting* for Google to officially release a Mac and Linux version of Google Chrome, the good folks at CodeWeavers have already created a Linux and Mac port of Google Chrome.

Update: Google has just released official builds of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac OS X. If you are looking to install Chrome on a USB stick, check out Portable Google Chrome.

The Google Browser port, known as Crossover Chromium, is available for download on Mac OS X as a native Mac .dmg file or on Ubuntu, RedHat, Suse, etc. as standard Linux packages. These are no longer required as an official version of Chrome for Mac is now available.

Google Chrome for Mac OS X- Screenshot

screenshot - chrome for mac

Google Chrome on Linux – Screenshot

screenshot - google chrome for linux

Google Chrome is built with open source code from Chromium.

How to Install Google Browser on Mac / Linux

Mac users can simply drag the Chromium .dmg file into their Applications folder. Linux users should use the appropriate tools for their respective Linux distributions to unpack the installer package. Google Chrome on Linux is available for both 32bit and 64bit versions.

If you installed Google Chrome on Linux using the .deb package, you can uninstall the Google Browser using the Synaptic package manager or via the following command – sudo aptitude purge cxchromium

Google Chrome for Mac & Linux – Official Builds

Update: The official builds of Google Chromium are now available for Linux and Mac at The interface and features of Chromium for Mac OS X are similar to that of Chrome for Windows but it’s a developer release and not very stable yet. No longer required since an official release of Chrome for Mac has just been released by Google.

Google Chrome – Tips and Tricks

Update 1: Google is more or less ready with the initial prototype of Chromium on Mac OS X – you can create windows and tabs just like the Windows version of Chrome but the mac version uses a Cocoa UI layer on top. Will updates this page when the official mac release of Google Chrome is out.

Jeremy also shares his experience about how the CodeWeavers team managed to bring a modern Windows application called Google Chrome browser across to Mac and Linux in just 11 days. [via]

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