Google Chrome

Google Chrome 56.0.2924.79

Google's superfast browser for Mac

Google Chrome for Mac is Google's high speed web browser for Macs. Since coming onto the scene less then a decade ago, Chrome has grabbed a huge portion of the browser market to become one of the most widely used internet browsers available alongside Mozilla Firefox.
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PROS

  • Very lightweight - no Firefox memory leaks
  • Page loads are very quick
  • Elegant and streamlined interface
  • Handles JavaScript very well
  • Loads of extensions
  • Instant Pages for super fast browsing

CONS

  • Intel Macs only
  • No support for some plugins
  • Not as many extensions as Firefox
  • Flash not included by default still
  • No sandboxing of Flash on Mac version

Excellent
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Google Chrome for Mac is Google's high speed web browser for Macs. Since coming onto the scene less then a decade ago, Chrome has grabbed a huge portion of the browser market to become one of the most widely used internet browsers available alongside Mozilla Firefox.

Very fast and lightweight

The first thing we noticed about Google Chrome for Mac is that it's unbelievably lightweight. While Firefoxwas consuming anything from an average of 20-30% of a Mac's CPU, Chrome for Mac barely registered on the scale, occasionally touching 1%. For anyone plagued with Firefox memory leaks and crashes, this alone is surely going to be a compelling reason to give Chrome a go.

As you'd expect, Google Chrome for Mac also features tabbed browsing, which visually, is more attractive than Firefox which tends to cram them together somewhat. Extensions and bookmarking (including syncing across machines) are included, as is Adobe Flash. Chrome for Mac only works on Intel Macs and you might find that some add-ons that you used with previous browsers aren't available for it yet. This is rapidly changing however and most popular add-ons are now available on Chrome.

Perhaps most importantly, Google Chrome for Mac is extremely quick. Surfing the Softonic site, page-loads took less then a second and all images were loaded very quickly. YouTube in particular loaded with lightening speed.

Very stable with independent tabs

Overall, the handling of sites using JavaScript in particular is mightily impressive and this has been made even better with the implementation of a V8 Crankshaft. Its also nice to know that with Chrome for Mac, even if there is a problem with one of your tabs, that it won't crash the whole browser - just the tab itself.

The final version ensures that you'll be able to synchronize not only bookmarks across multiple computers, but also browser preferences - including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, preferred languages, and even page zoom settings. Meanwhile, you can also enable each extension to work in incognito mode through the extensions manager.

An excellent, reliable browser

With thousands of extensions, super fast browsing and all the intelligence and slickness you expect from a Google product, Chrome for Mac delivers an excellent browsing experience.

Changes

  • This update includes 25 security fixes. Below, we highlight fixes that were either contributed by external researchers or particularly interesting. Please see the Chromium security page for more information.

Get a fast, free web browser

Search instantly

Search and navigate from the same box. Choose from results and suggestions that appear as you type, including your recent searches and visited websites, so you can get to what you want in a snap.

Type less

Tired of filling out web forms with the same information time and time again? Autofill lets you complete forms with just one click. And it works across devices too — so you can skip all that small-screen typing.

Pick up where you left off

Chrome brings your open tabs, bookmarks and recent searches from your computer to your phone or tablet, and vice versa. That way you have your web on all of your devices. Just sign in on your other devices to start syncing.

Experience a smarter web

Get the best of Google when you browse with Chrome. Chrome and Google work together to bring you more relevant suggestions and features across Google products including Voice Search and Google Now.

Make Chrome yours

Browse just the way you'd like with Chrome themes, apps and extentions. Get straight to your favorite web destinations with bookmarks and start pages. Once you've set up Chrome, your customizations will be kept in sync across all of your devices.

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User reviews about Google Chrome

  • William Maxson

    by William Maxson

    "I don't know what to think yet."

    I use it and I like how it works on my computers that run Windows applications I am not sure what to think about it on t... More.

    reviewed on February 10, 2017

  • Jake Myles

    by Jake Myles

    "Decent browser for everyday use, even for older machines."

    I haven't used Google Chrome in a while, however, last week I downloaded it on my late-2010 MacBook Air. The browser wor... More.

    reviewed on March 15, 2016

  • damnsalvation

    by damnsalvation

    "Oops, I meant all cons."

    Sorry, comment system was unclear. There is malware bundled in. That is a big con. . More.

    reviewed on May 19, 2015

  • damnsalvation

    by damnsalvation

    "Get it directly from Google"

    Chrome is great, but a Mac user I support downloaded it from this site and got a boatload of malware along with it. . More.

    reviewed on May 19, 2015

  • harrythunder

    by harrythunder

    "Fast and easy to use browser"

    All Mac users are familiar with Safari browser. But this is not the only option for fast and easy Net surfing. Google C... More.

    reviewed on May 12, 2015

  • eeshita201125

    by eeshita201125

    "doesn't work"

    when i downloaded this it wasn't working. when i clicked the icon it said that it was archiving and then another icon ap... More.

    reviewed on July 20, 2011