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Google Chrome Portable

February 12th, 2009 · 30 Comments · PortableApps, Programming

Google Chrome’s dev branch is finally looking a bit more stable so it’s time for an update to Google Chrome Portable.

Updates are minor, except for one new feature: The disk cache will now always be stored on the user’s hard drive, thanks to a new Chrome command switch.  However it will only work with and onward… earlier versions won’t benefit any from it.  It should significantly speed up Chrome usage when not run locally.  You can set the INI setting CacheInTemp  to false to turn this new feature off if you want.

Oh yeah, and Aero Glass is finally not broken if you use custom border/title bar sizes.  Hooray.


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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Someone // Feb 16, 2009 at 3:37 am

    For some reason the download/app doesn’t work for me…

  • 2 Robin // Mar 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    My Igoogle widgets no longer work. Is it me or is this to be expected?

  • 3 Ion // Apr 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    as i said on your PortableApps thread, what is the best way to send you bug reports ? For now I can say that running it from my 8GB SanDisk Cruzer (w/o U3 thingy) gets really sluggish… don’t hesitate to contact me, i’ll do my best to help!

  • 4 Jack // May 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hi & thanks for the portable Google Chrome. Really appreciate the program. I wanted to know, if there is a way to sync and keep the portable version updated as Google updates the desktop version.
    Thanks for your help

  • 5 Kirby K. Leader // Jun 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Hey, I have a problem when installing it at my school (I know this is probably why, but wanted to point it out.) The installer runs fine, and when I watch the “Show Details” while it’s installing, everything seems dandy, but when I try to launch the actual program from my flashdrive, it says that chrome.exe is missing. Any idea/more in-depth description as to why this might be?

  • 6 neo // Jul 2, 2009 at 12:26 am

    can you make a option in the installer that

    1]install from local/downloaded google chrome installer

  • 7 Joseph // Jul 20, 2009 at 2:41 am

    The option to install portable from local is very nice. Will there be such option for ur future build?

  • 8 Dan Bugglin // Aug 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hi, unfortunately the new Installer I am using, though very nice, is rather inflexible. However the next release will have a text-based guide you can follow to use a local Google Chrome Portable. It is not very difficult to do by hand. 🙂

  • 9 Dan Bugglin // Aug 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, what are the contents of the GoogleChromePortable\App\Chrome-bin folder? You should see chrome.exe, wow_helper.exe, and several folders.

  • 10 Dan Bugglin // Aug 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Unfortunately it seems that the update feature is broken when it is run portably. However you can update it by hand; see the instructions here on installing a local Chrome or an arbitrary version Chrome:

  • 11 Dan Bugglin // Aug 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Recent releases use the local hard disk for Cache so it should run a bit better. Unfortunately the speed will still be limited by the speed of your drive. There is another option to copy the entire profile locally though (see GoogleChromePortable.ini in Other\Source) which should be a bit faster.

  • 12 Julian Smith // Aug 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I followed your install instructions and the latest version of Chrome beta runs fine from my PortableApps menu. However, Chrome will not load any web pages. I eventually just get the message about stopping the page.

    Any ideas?



  • 13 Dan Bugglin // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    For some reason I thought WordPress would actually insert my replies under the comments I was replying to. Oh well.

    I suggest you use for testing to see if Chrome really won’t load pages, since Google has excellent load speed and uptime.

    Also Google Chrome may do what you describe if you try to run it from a network drive on newer Windows OSs. Other than that I have no clue what the problem might be. I just released new versions of Google Chrome Portable today so you could try one of them.

  • 14 Julian Smith // Aug 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    No luck.

    I’ve installed your latest version but that didn’t improve anything. Neither did re-unpacking the chrome-bin with 7-zip portable (into the App folder).

    As I type a URL, the Chrome parser recognizes the possible names and forms the list under the address bar, so at that point at least the program is working. However, when I press enter on the address bar (any url), the app does nothing and then after a while tells me that the page has become unresponsive.

    Ah well….

    Thanks anyway.


  • 15 Julian Smith // Aug 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Although not really related to the issue I have been posting about above, I seem to have fixed the problem by following the instructions here and amending the sysplant registry key:



  • 16 Dan Bugglin // Aug 29, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Ah so it was a conflict with another application (Synaptic-made, doesn’t surprise me). Good to know, thanks for telling me. 🙂

  • 17 wguru // Nov 23, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Absolutely stupifying that nowhere does anyone say specificallyu how to install chrome portable. If any site did, the instructions would disclose if it matters where the user runs the installer from (likely not, but not mentioned), secondly and most important, nowhere does any site disclose where the user should choose to install the file 9as prompted it defaults to My Documents folder). To me, installing a program on a flash drive, means the pc probably doesn’t or shouldn’t need any of the installation files stored on the pc. So, assumedly a truely portable chrome is installed entirely onto the users flash drive, but why does the installer default to installing program files into the user’s ‘My Documents’ or ‘Documents’ folder!? At that point, I change the default location to the flash drive, but I notice quite a difference in how long the browser takes to load (noticeably faster if the default storage location is used). I’m fairly certain one or both of these unmentioned aspects of installing chrome, can make a difference, so why isn’t anyone disclosing specific details about how to run the installer and where to store the program files that the installer prompts users to choose a storage location??

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