Google Releases Chrome Canary for Mac OS X, No Linux Support Yet

Google has finally released a Mac version of the Google Chrome Canary browser. The Chrome Canary build is essentially the latest beta version of the browser which was first released for Windows last year. Find out more about Canary after the break with instructions to install it on your Mac side by side with your regular Chrome release.

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What is Google Chrome Canary?

If you aren’t a Developer or an Open Source software enthusiast, it is possible you might not have heard about the Chrome Canary concept before. Let me briefly describe what it actually is.

Apart from the regular public release version of Chrome, Google maintains three other pre-release versions which are as follows.

  • Beta – Slightly newer than the stable version. Can be tested by everyone
  • Developer build – Beta version meant for developers and advanced users only
  • Canary Build – Latest version of Chrome updated automatically without prior testing. Therefore most advanced but also most unstable.

As of date, the latest public release of Chrome is at Version 11 while the latest Canary Build is at version 13. Google thinks that Windows users have helped a lot in the past year with the Canary concept and that they will similarly benefit by bringing it to Mac users.

How to Download and Install Chrome Canary Build?

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1. Download Chrome Canary for Mac OS X from here.

2. Launch the .DMG file and then drag the Google Chrome Canary file to your Applications folder.

Since, Chrome canary is a beta version and a highly unstable one at that, Google allows you to maintain a regular build of Chrome alongside Canary and does not overwrite it.

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Since the canary builds are not tested before release, its quite possible that sometimes it may become very unstable or unusable. So you will still have a working copy of the regular build of Chrome 11 along with access to your bookmarks, saved passwords etc.

You can read more about this release on Google’s Official Chromium Blog.

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