Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beta Channel Update

Google Chrome 5.0.375.29 has been released to the Beta channel on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Some key features from this release include:
  • HTML5 Features: Geolocation, App Cache, web sockets, file drag-and-drop.
  • Integrated Flash Player Plugin
  • V8 performance improvements
  • Preferences synchronization
  • NaCl behind a flag
The changes in Google Chrome 5.0 Beta are explained in more detail on the Google Chrome Blog.

To get on the Beta channel, you can download Google Chrome from
If you find issues, please let us know: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Team



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will be done about Adobe Flash on 64-bit Linux? I mean, most people use 64-bit OS nowadays and chances are Chrome OS will be, too.

9:46 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

also added:
- Automatic Integrated Windows Authentication
- tabbed bookmark manager
- download progress on win7 superbar
- Pinned tabs persistent across sessions
- Extension can work in incognito (if allowed in the extension tab)

10:01 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger sam said...

you said 64bit chrome would be out "soon" in august 2009, its may 2010 now, when will it be out?

10:02 AM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My latest Dev (Mac) got the same version number. (?)

10:20 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Jesse Ball said...

This is pure awesome. My browser is on crack! I LOVE IT!!!!

10:30 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

Is there a difference between the 5.0.375.29 for Mac labelled "dev" versus the one labelled "beta" with the same #?

Is there an advantage to move to the beta version?

11:18 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Bughunter85 said...

You done a greate work, but could you change the "session permanent" pinned tabs to real permanent pinned tabs. Most of the time I work with two windows snap with aero snap on both sides of the screen, in this case the tabs are not pinned permant ;(

11:37 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Jonas N said...

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11:50 AM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Steffen Weber said...

Font rendering on Linux has changed for me since the last beta release, Chrome no longer obeys my Gnome font settings. How can I get the old behaviour back?

11:56 AM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should I first uninstall Flash 10.1 RC2? I don't want to have two Flash players/versions.

12:02 PM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nevermind. I just went ahead and uninstalled Flash 10.1 RC2

12:53 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger cmm said...

I'm also a bit confused with the version numbers. I have been on the dev channel which has now updated to 5.0.375.29 - now you're saying that this is beta rather than dev? If you look at the chrome releases page the beta is now ahead of the dev release. Really don't understand...

1:01 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Berkay said...

Wow! Beta channel kept up with the Dev.

1:27 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger ElasticThreads said...

Bookmark toolbar favicons are still blank.

Please bring them back. Having my bookmark toolbar with icons and no names was really efficient.

1:28 PM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a UI bug? It just started happening with the latest beta release.

Screenshot: http://yfrog.com/7420100504164816j

The issue is corrected when I restore/maximize the window or when I open a new tab.

2:00 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

@EVERYONE wondering about number versions and beta/dev:

this is how it works:
when a new major (stable channel) release is close, then dev channel start to stabilize a branch of code (in this case .375). you can see than since a bit of time dev is at .375.x
that is the branch candidate for the major release. this means that no new feature are added, but just crash fixes, in order to make the branch stable enough for the majority of users. Than the dev, when enough stable, pass to the beta channel, for other test and fix. and, at the end, the .375 branch will pass to stable. So now we are in a point in which the .375 branch has just passed for dev to beta, so the version is the same for beta/dev! in a couple of weeks dev will move on from .375 branch and start to get in chrome 6 branches, while .375 branch will be promoted to the stable channel (and then, stable and beta will have the same version for a bit of time, while a new branch of chrome 6 will be ready for a beta release).

2:13 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Alex said...

Great work Chrome team! The Mac version looks great! Keep it up!

2:34 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Greg A. said...

I sure am getting very tired of having to disable Flash again every time a new version comes along. This is geting stupid. Why does it seem you're trying to force Flash down our throats whether we want it or not?

2:49 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

@Fabio thanks for the explanation. Chrome is my primary and favorite brpwser

3:11 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Jolyon Smith said...

ERR_UNSAFE_PORT.... accessing an internal site on port 6665 that worked flawlessly prior to this beta version. I noticed a lot of traffic about this error from 2008/2009... has something been inadvertently regressed? Or is there some additional config now required to allow Chrome to work with ports that it was previously OK with?

3:34 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger 犬神イッキ小 said...

always close abnormally on my ubuntu D:

5:10 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger BionicTenshi96 said...

I have too an issue with the fonts... I have the same problem of Steffen Weber. This release don't respect the font settings...

5:53 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Greg Bray said...

Right now Geolocation only support the Google Network Location Provider (See http://goo.gl/eL19). You can test it by going to http://plebeosaur.us/etc/map/location.html but if you are on a LAN connection it will usually only get City level resolution (mine had accuracy = 43000).

It would be great to see this use the Windows 7 Location API, which lets you set a default location or use GPS and other location sensors.

5:53 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Felipe said...

Chrome x64 would be just $@*&% AWESOME!

6:31 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger slippytoad said...

On Mac the built-in flash plugin ( doesn't have GPU acceleration support. I tested one youtube video and this release shows 40% CPU but if I disable the built-in and enable Flash ( CPU drops to about 15%.

8:00 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Dr. Motte said...

I have the same problem that @Steffen Weber . Font rendering, the fonts see so ugly, and some extensions don't work properly


8:25 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger nikbackm said...

How come Chrome can be installed and started directly after a single button click without any "File Save2 or "File Open" confirmation dialog by the browser? (I used Firefox)

Seems like security risk. Not Chrome's "fault" in this case, but Firefox's though :)

I thought only ActiveX could do such things.

9:34 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Such a nice update by Chrome Team, go ahead Chrome and gain 100% market share. I have a question why don`t google by Tonec Inc. of Internet Download Manager an d use its Download speedup techniques in Chrome and Free Download Manager which has GNU License.

10:13 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger James said...

I'll send you a kitten if you release a 64-bit version.

10:29 PM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will chrome switch to webkit2 ??

11:14 PM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the "--omnibox-popup-count=0" bugs still have NOT been fixed even after all this time, Firefox stays my default browser for a little while longer.

11:17 PM, May 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add a Sidebar and optional Temp directory and Size

11:33 PM, May 04, 2010  
Blogger François said...

Is there an easy way to switch back to the previous version? Like some others, my fonts are now so ugly that Chrome is barely useable...

1:00 AM, May 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The flash player ver 10.1 start to support HW acceleration of GPU. Will chrome support GPU HW acceleration for HTML5 such as tage? If so, which API will be adopted in Linux? VAAPI? VDPAU? When will it happen?

1:00 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger tuxplorer said...

Please puhlease add "Match case" and "Whole word only" to "Find on this page" feature.

2:46 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Michael said...

Ребята, а когда появиться возможность из-под Google Chrome печатать выделенный фрагмент веб-страницы? Пока что, можно печатать только всю страницу целиком.

3:45 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Илья said...

Under ubuntu 10.04, the is no integrated flash in this beta :(

4:14 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger marrrkk said...

You can't drag the star any more! I found this easier to bookmark with than selecting a folder from a drop-down list. Why is this feature removed?

Also Chrome now starts up with the home page, even if that option is not selected.

4:26 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Ermeson said...

Xmarks Bookmarks Sync bug ;( nao sync

5:05 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Mark said...

Still no fix for the garbled font issue when using Mac os 10.6. My fonts just appear as an 'A' symbol on many sites. I can open the same page in Safari or Firefox with no problems. Wont be using Chrome until this bug can be fixed which is a shame because otherwise it's great.

5:09 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger M said...

Hi all,

Thanx Chrome team for a great browser!
Can anybody tell me if I can use the native client feature while sustaining the sandbox structure? If not, when will this feature be available? Thanx. Marko.

6:54 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger masoud said...

All major browsers support for wysiwyg editor except Chrome ..

When we wait to support this strong html editor (WYSIWYG) ?

Pls add this feature .


7:11 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger David said...

I have a font problem similar to @Mark in 10.6 - all fonts are either copyright symbols or question marks.

9:16 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

for who has a mac 10.6 with issues on displaying text, please file a new bug here http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry
and report to this blog the link to that bug so everyone who is facing this problem can provide more info there and 'star' the issue so it will be solved soon..

10:22 AM, May 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Brazil

O Google Chrome é o único navegador à altura do FireFox para mim. no momento existe um empate técnico entre os dois. Mas será que o Chrome será capaz de ganhar do FireFox quando for lançada a versão 3.7 e mais tarde a 4.0 do mesmo? A versão 4.0 do FireFox promete muito, porém, gosto do FireFox e do Chrome, uso ambos.

10:34 AM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Viet-Trung Luu said...

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3:32 PM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Viet-Trung Luu said...

(Trying again, with an actual URL.)

Mark-- could you take a look at http://crbug.com/11269 ? Is the screenshot similar to what you see? (Also, see the comment at comment 37. Do those steps help for you? Warning: proceed with caution if you follow those steps.) Thanks.

4:06 PM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Tyrone said...

Im using Google Chrome Beta on my Netbook running Ubuntu 9.04 32bit and the latest upgrade has caused my flash performance to drop to an unusable level. While I've now disabled the Goggle supplied flash plug-in that was causing my tabs in chrome to lock-up, I'm still disappoint that problems like these weren't picked up in the unstable version and somehow made it to beta.

7:07 PM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Alex said...

Chrome's built-in Flash should be disabled if there is already a more recent version of Flash! I've been using the 10.1 beta, which is far and away much more responsive on my machine, but after installing the new Chrome it ignored the 10.1 beta and CPU usage went up again. I had to manually disable Chrome's built-in Flash. This shouldn't happen, even for those of us who want to use beta versions.

7:41 PM, May 05, 2010  
Blogger zulali khan said...

I want my old external bookmark app, as there is no functionality in the tabbed bookmarks as compare to the external bookmark app... i cant fucking drag and drop & arrange, multiple selections... i cant fucking view the URLs... i cant fucking use Home and End keys... i left firefox which i used since alpha days for chrome and using it since 0.2 but if i cant find my old external bookmark app i fucking drop it for something else ! FUCKHEADS ...

10:20 PM, May 05, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


When I am in a bookmarks folder and I press a letter in my keyboard ("d", for exemple)
Chrome doesn't go to my favorites that start with the letter "d".

Detail: I have 700 bookmarks!

12:02 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger karthik said...

Sometimes in Chrome when multiple tabs , not necessarily that many, maybe 4 or 5, are open

when I switch to the next tab the page just isn't there(white screen), even if it loaded minutes ago, it

seems to take Chrome a while to make sense of it and display it, the tabs are just blank

white until the browser catches up and remembers what it's doing.

if it's only a few seconds then that is acceptable but if it took say 45+ seconds then that
i would consider a problem.


open chrome 5 latest dev channel(Google Chrome 5.0.375.23) and goto
2.open two orkut videos in two new tabs and open 8 other orkut user's profile
tabs(total ten)and make sure all of them are loaded fully
3.now switch to the tab containing video

it displays white screen and slowly loads from top of screen takes 50 sec+
otherwise "Aw snap" or "irresponsive tab and opens task manager"

the main prob is u cant close the browser and restore all tabs at next
start because there are lot of chrome.exe in task manager..even if u manage
to close it makes my win xp sp3 to cry the same way as tat tab did for 5 to 10 min.

12:27 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger karthik said...

hey pls look into my prob before modding it

12:28 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger nhnl said...

I installed Flash 10.1 RC4 (
But bundled (older than RC4) will be used.
Checked at http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

12:35 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger Mark said...

Hi Viet-Trung Luu,

Yes, your screenshot is exactly what I am getting. The same page however loads fine in other browsers. What OS are you on? I'm pretty sure it's a Snow Leopard issue on the mac (I'm on 10.6.3). I will post it on the link that Fabio_Rulez suggests and see if anyone can find a fix.

12:47 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

@Mark: since there is just a bug open
http://crbug.com/11269 update the thread there.. first of all make sure you are on the beta channel (wrench menu -> about google chrome -> 5.0.375.29 beta) because this bug is not solved yet on stable. so if you are in beta channel and you still see that issue update that bug with your version and your steps to repro, so they will reopen that bug that they think is fixed

1:56 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger b_d said...


> But bundled (older than RC4) will be used.

1. Uninstall Flash Player.

2. Delete file gcswf32.dll from C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\5.0.375.29 folder.

3. Run installer again...


1:58 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

since there is ''just'' a bug open

I mean already, not just. ;)

1:59 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger Thiago Gutenberg said...


First, I uninstalled the older version (

Then, I disabled Google Chrome Shockwave Flash (gcswf32.dll) in about:plugins
that current version is [I don't know why not updated automatically]

Finally, I downloaded and installed version RC4

6:39 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger itsnotvalid said...

Is dev channel still updated?
Now dev channel has the same version as beta channel.

9:31 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger Alisa Koza said...

I've been using Google Chrome for several months and yes it's fast, it's nice, and the only problem was that I had to clean cookies every few days which I never did before so often, because it started working slower. Yesterday I downloaded new Chrome for Windows, and I must tell there's SOMETHING WRONG, because when I open few windows, even just two, the second doesn't show full page, there appears a frame (you know there's web-design can be made of frames), so in that frame which is like half page size and the page goes in there, the rest of the window is white, so there's some mistake I think. If to fix this it will be still a very good nice browser, I liked using it.

9:51 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger saurabh113 said...

Google Chrome 5 Beta is really the fastest Browser around. I have listed some cool features and tests to show comparative speeds of various browsers on my Blog as well- Techchai.com

Check it out.

11:50 AM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger saurabh113 said...

Google Chrome 5 Beta is really the fastest Browser around. I have listed some cool features and tests to show comparative speeds of various browsers on my Blog as well- Techchai.com

Check it out.

12:04 PM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger ouss said...

I love this browser, but it's a shame we can't choose the version of Flash we want to use.

I'm using Flash GALA pre-release on OSX, and I had to put Flash into the Application folder in order to have this specific version of Flash.

Should I do this every time Chrome will update the bundled plug-in ?

For those wondering why i want this version, it's because the video hardware acceleration is enabled on this version.

1:09 PM, May 06, 2010  
Blogger marco said...

Same font problem here.

Ugly fonts on Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. Chrome no more follow gnome settings

12:46 AM, May 07, 2010  
Blogger marco said...

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6:43 AM, May 07, 2010  
Blogger marco said...

I've founded a workaround to ugly fonts rendering on ubuntu. Remove ttf-liberation package. It seems that removing this package, Arial will be mapped to sexier fonts ;)

6:45 AM, May 07, 2010  
Blogger REO said...

These changes are good.

6:48 AM, May 07, 2010  
Blogger slippytoad said...

@ouss you can choose between versions. Type about:plugins and enable/disable the plugin as needed.

11:58 AM, May 07, 2010  
Blogger shai noy.com said...

I don't like the new silver UI color... The old blue looks much better.

What is the new "show bookmarks" key? I'm loosing my mind because of that change...

6:34 AM, August 19, 2010  
Blogger kk said...

I am on an intranet; on Inernet Explorer I set "Detect proxy automatically"; it works.

On Chrome it does not work.

How to troubleshoot this?

9:35 AM, August 26, 2010  
Blogger Dave said...

Add me to the list of Linux users (Fedora 13 here) who are having font-rendering issues with Chrome 6. Chrome 5 was much better here. Seems like either antialiasing or hinting is not being respected.

How can one download the last release until this is fixed?

6:13 PM, September 02, 2010  

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