Friday, May 20, 2011

Chromium Browser [ Mac ]

Google's Chromium browser for OS X is the only other browser, other than Safari, that I use sometimes. Its open source, which is what I love about it. You can download it from here. I prefer it to Chrome.

The only problem is that it doesn't have an update client, so it won't notify you when newer versions or builds come out. You have to go check, download and install them yourself. Now its not the end of the world, I know. But doing so irritates me. Chromium devs come out with a new build basically every hour, its impossible to keep up.

So I wrote this bash script  that will automate the process. It checks for the currently installed build, checks the latest build, and if its newer downloads and installs it. So whenever you want to update your version of Chromium just run the script. You can edit the first line of the script to change the default installation directory. Just change the path to your Chromium installation DIRECTORY. Very simple, by default it installs to your Applications folder.
You will still have all your history, bookmarks...etc after installation.

If you have any questions post them in the comments section.

Chromium Updater Script on "Useful Stuff" page.