Google Chrome is a web browser available on desktop (Windows, ChromeOS, MacOS, Linux) and mobile (Android, iOS) platforms.
Web Developers should understand Chrome’s frequent release cycle, multiple version channels, developer tools, and extension apis.
Installation or Setup
Install Chrome by first considering which version to use, relevant if you are going to be doing Web Development:
Google Chrome releases major versions about every 6 weeks and provides access to multiple versions of the product as they are being stabilized. This process is done in a series of channels.
- Stable Channel is the version released to all users, it is the default installation experience. It receives security updates as needed.
- Beta Channel is where the next major version is stabilized for approximately 1 month before moving to Stable. It is updated roughly weekly.
- Dev Channel is very close to the latest code, with minimal testing. It is updated 1 or 2 times a week.
A desktop installation of chrome can be moved from Stable to Beta or Dev in Chrome’s preferences.
The Canary build undergoes minimal testing and is released daily. It provides access to the latest code and can be installed at the same time as a stable, beta, and dev versions of Chrome.
Steps to install:
Downloading Chrome For PC/Mac/Linux
Click “Download Chrome”. This will open the Terms of Service window.
Determine if you want Chrome as your default browser.
If you set it as the default browser, it will open whenever a link for a webpage is clicked in another program, such as email.
You can opt to send usage data back to Google by checking the box labeled “Help make Google Chrome better…” This will send back crash reports, preferences and button clicks. It does not send any personal information or track websites.
Click “Accept and Install” after reading the Terms of Service.
The installer will start and you will have Google Chrome installed when it has finished.
Google Chrome supports extensions that augment the way the browser works. They can add functionality to web pages or to the browser UI. Any developer can create an extension and list it in the Chrome Web Store.
See more on the extensions page.