The Difference between Google Chrome and Chromium on Linux

Chromium on Linux has two general flavors: You can either get Google Chrome or chromium-browser (see Linux Chromium Packages). This page tries to describe the differences between the two.

In short, Google Chrome is the Chromium open source project built, packaged, and distributed by Google. This table lists what Google adds to the Google Chrome builds on Linux.

Google Chrome

  • Colorful logo
  • Reports crashes only if turned on. Please include symbolized backtraces in bug reports if you don't have crash reporting turned on.
  • User metrics only if turned on
  • Video and Audio codecs (may vary by distribution)
    • H.264, AV1, VP8, and VP9 video codecs.
    • AAC, MP3, Opus, Theora, Vorbis, FLAC, and WAV audio codecs.
  • Code is tested by Chrome developers
  • Sandbox is always on
  • Single deb/rpm package
  • Profile is kept in ~/.config/google-chrome
  • Cache is kept in ~/.cache/google-chrome
  • New releases are tested before being sent to users
  • Google API keys are added by Google