I’m running google chrome on FreeBSD

Well kind of…

Since google chrome just recently launched and it unfortunatly only supports windows i felt a little bit dissapointed. But hey that doesn’t stop me so easy. So i decided to check out what wine (a windows api emulator for linux and FreeBSD) could do for me.

So i downloaded chrome and tried to run ChromeSetup.exe with wine. No success, wine whined about a windows sytem call regarding http not implemented. So i googled around a bit and noticed that that call was implemented in the latest wine… Did i run the latest wine? no…

After a quick portupgrade wine is upgraded to 1.1.3, but still no success. Since ChromeSetup.exe was so small i realized that there must be a bigger file out there with the real executable. strings didn’t get me far so i googled a bit more and found chrome_installer.exe approx 8 Mbyte large, this could be it.

Shure it was now i was able to install chrome and have a look at the nice tabs and look around in settings and preferences.

And things went fairly ok. Chrome looked nice but when i tried to go to google and some other pages it turned out that things wasn’t going so nice. The URL field is totally black. But since the nice suggestions beneath it where nice and clear is was mainly annoying at this point. But i’m sorry to say the only page i managed to get was a “sad page”. A graphic representation of a sad computer and the following text: “Aw, Snap! Something went wrong while displaying this web page. To continue, press Reload or go to another page.”

Well i guess that’s what you could expect from a product compiled for a totally different platform…

But i will keep on a bit more and keep you updated with my efforts on getting chrome running on FreeBSD.

But the chrome hysteria is huge. Already several Swedish newspapers are running articles about googles chrome. Some of them are here:


Dagens Nyheter

PS: If you find any hints or examples of people trying to run chrome under wine or FreeBSD, please let me know and comment on this article.

  1. 3 Responses to “I’m running google chrome on FreeBSD”

  2. Okay, first off Windows Is Not Emulated (WINE) :p

    So I’ve managed to get to the point where you can go to any site that doesn’t use HTTPS (ssl).

    To do this:
    (1) grab winetricks (http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks) and…
    (2) install the packages riched20 and riched32 and finally…
    (3) open a terminal, go to the chrome installation directory (windows/profiles/$USER/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application [by default])
    (4) “wine chrome.exe –new-http –in-process-plugins”

    Haven’t tried it under FreeBSD but it should work anyways.

    Good Luck!

    By Will on Sep 4, 2008

  3. those should be double dashes for –new-http and –in-process-plugins by the way.

    By Will on Sep 4, 2008

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