Google Chrome now has themes!

on August 5th, 2009 by Matt | 1 Comment »

WARNING: If you do choose to actually use themes, Chrome might start crashing. You will then need to delete all extensions in the Chrome directory.

As I said in my previous post, I now have news on my blog. This is my first news post, so please cut me some slack. 😛

Google Chrome, as you know, is one of the newest (and in my opinion the best) web browsers on the market. It’s free, lightweight, and very fast. It has only existed for a short time, and is publicly at v2. Some may not know, but as well as the Public Channel (or the Stable Channel) for new Google Chrome builds, there are two others. They are: the Dev Channel, and the Beta Channel. Here’s just a short overview of the three:

  • Stable channel. Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been thoroughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don’t need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
  • Beta channel. People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product.
  • Dev channel. This developer preview channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome. If you’re writing extensions, you need to use the Windows Dev channel.
  • Now, in one of the v3 Dev builds a new section appeared in the “Personal Stuff” section of the Chrome Options panel labeled “Themes.” It came with two buttons that didn’t do anything, called “Reset to default theme” and “Get themes.”

    Well in Build 3.0.196.2 both buttons now do something. The “Reset to default theme” of course resets the theme on your browser. The “Get themes” button actually takes you to a nice screen with a list of downloadable themes (link).

    Chrome Themes (Thumb)

    All themes are in the .crx format. If you’d like to download the newest Dev build of Google Chrome, select below.

    Download: Stable Google Chrome
    Download: Beta Google Chrome
    Download: Dev Google Chrome
    Page: Google Chrome Themes