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]Google Chrome keeps older versions of its web browser causing it to balloon in size. I noticed that the Google Chrome App on my Mac was 1.2 GB. That seemed a bit portly for a web browser. Upon looking into the app's bundle, by right-clicking and choosing Show Package Contents, I found multiple old versions of the app, all which appeared to be nearly identical. I removed all but the most recent version and everything appears to run correctly and the app size is now a much more slim 113 MB.

[kirkmc adds: Interesting. On my Mac, in the bundle, in Contents > Versions, there are, indeed, two versions of Chrome. This presumably has something to do with Chrome's silent updating. (Queries on Twitter suggest that this is the norm; a number of people replied that theirs was around 220 MB, as was mine.) Make sure you keep the one with the highest version number. You could also, of course, just download a new copy.

If you want to turn off this automatic updating, see this hint from 2010.]
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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 27, '12 07:57:31AM

Or use Chromium, which uses Sparkle and avoids all of this custom silent unremovable Google Updater nonsense.



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: schutt on Apr 27, '12 08:55:19PM

I second the "use Chromium". It feels slightly cleaner, and doesn't have Flash. I keep Chrome around for when I need Flash, but prefer Chromium.



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: penguirl on May 01, '12 08:53:59PM

That is a common misconception. If you right click on Chromium, select Show Package Contents, go to Contents/Versions/version number/Chromium Framework.framework/Internet Plug-Ins you will find Flash Player Plugin for Chrome.plugin.



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: petesopete on Apr 27, '12 08:23:22AM

Thanks! I had about 12 versions, all over from 16.xxx to 17.xxx



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Authored by: DougAdams on Apr 27, '12 09:17:11AM

I noticed a slight speed boost at launch as well.

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Authored by: leamanc on Apr 27, '12 07:13:22PM

On two of my Macs, there were only two versions of Chrome present, so I didn't bother performing the hint here. On a third, however, there were 14 total versions and I deleted all but the most recent one.

I, too, saw a noticeable improvement in Chrome launch time after dumping all the old versions.



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: ravedog on Apr 27, '12 09:43:44AM

I would delete your copy and download it again... I have nightly builds option and my copy is only 220MB (and only 2 versions in the package)....



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: BlackjackJoe on Apr 27, '12 05:38:52PM

My copy had hit 14 versions and was over 950MB. I deleted all but the two newest versions and for some odd reason, the size actually increased to 1.4GB. I'm going to delete, download, and install a new copy.



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Authored by: BMarsh on Apr 30, '12 04:23:05PM

I have been running chrome for quite a while now, and mine only has the current version, and the previous version - total 220 MB

interesting that some keep more copies than others...



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Reduce the size of Google Chrome
Authored by: crisss1205 on May 03, '12 06:51:13PM

Thanks! Mine was at 2.2 GB



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