What is the difference between Google Chrome and Google Chrome Canary?

Sahil March 29, 2011
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I just want to know the difference between the two “different” products. Is the latter a Beta version?

  1. Shane Nelson
    April 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

     The Canary Build's name refers to the old practice
    of miners bringing a canary into a coal mine. If poisonous gasses were
    present, the canary would die before it would kill the miners, acting as
    an alarm system. That might give you some idea on just how unstable
    this build channel is expected to be.

    • Tina
      April 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you for the insight, Shane!

  2. otto clinton
    October 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

    thanks tina

  3. Tina
    March 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm


    as this blog explains, the Google Canary build is a type of beta or developer channel build, the difference being that it updates even more frequently, i.e. possibly daily as opposed to weekly.

    The advantage is that it's a standalone application and you don't have to jeopardize your regular Chrome build installation.