Where Can I Download The Different Google Chrome Builds?

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 2, 2011
Updated • Feb 2, 2011
Google Chrome

Did you know that Google alone is releasing four different versions of the Google Chrome browser regularly? And that is not even counting the Chromium releases that make up the core of the browser. This guide describes the differences between those releases. It also links to the official download pages where each build can be downloaded.

Google Chrome Stable: As the name suggests, a stable release of the web browser that has been tested extensively. Aimed at the end user and computing environments where only stable releases are used.

Google Chrome Beta: The beta releases often contain features that need to be tested by a wider audience. They are not stable yet but more thoroughly tested than the developer releases.

Google Chrome Dev: Google Chrome developer releases have been the cutting edge releases for some time. They get updated often, may contain new features but also bugs that need to be sorted out before the features are added to the beta channel.

Google Chrome Canary: The new cutting edge version of the Chrome browser. Canary releases are not as often releases as Chromium snapshots but more often than dev releases. These builds get the new features first before they are added to dev builds, providing they cause no problems.

Chromium: Chromium is the Open Source part of the Google browser. Chromium may get updated several times a day. The browser does not contain Google browser specific features.

Which Google Chrome browser is right for you?

That question is not that easy to answer. If you like to test new features you may want to consider downloading the dev or canary versions of the browser. Users who do not want to experience bugs may prefer the beta or stable releases.

Download Google Chrome

Google Chrome Stable: http://www.google.com/chrome
Google Chrome Beta: http://www.google.com/landing/chrome/beta/
Google Chrome Dev: http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?extra=devchannel
Google Chrome Canary: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/chromesxs
Chromium: http://build.chromium.org/f/chromium/snapshots/

Which version of Google Chrome are you running on your system? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. hb860 said on February 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    ^ this is thing what never understand
    why they disable updates for offline installer?
    whats the trouble?

  2. Mushaf said on February 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I was with the beta build even a month ago but now I’ve switched to the stable build, because these channels don’t make any huge difference to me nowadays. Just a couple of bug fixes or a flag feature is enabled by default and you get a new build on a channel. Now I feel more comfortable to use the less buggy one – the stable build. Also it gets updates less frequently compared to dev (which gets update every week) or beta channel (every two or three weeks). I don’t like to download the ~23 MB of chrome installer everytime it updates. Its just a waste of bandwidth. Firefox has a more convenient way of updating the browser to minor builds. For this reason I don’t even install Chrome from the online installer. I use a link pattern for offline installer of Chrome for every build available out there:

    http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/{version id}/chrome_installer.exe

    The {version id} is to be filled with the last two part of a Chrome version number. For example, if the version number is 8.0.552.237 the version id will be 552.237 and the link for its offline installer will be:


    Chrome installed from an offline installer will never check for updates. I’m subscribed to official google chrome releases blog (http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/) via feeds and whenever a new build is available I update it manually.

    1. rahul said on March 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      thanks buddy for downloading tips.i really loved it..anyway does stable version solve the problem of chrome crash..

  3. Dan said on February 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I started with Stable, then Beta, then Dev, then Chromium (bleeding edge), and finally back to Beta. I’ll stick with it for the foreseeable future.

  4. Umut said on February 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I run developer version. I like to test new features.

  5. hb860 said on February 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I always run stable version

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