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Full list of Google Chrome about: pages

September 11, 2008 04:55 PDT

Posted by Andrew.

Like most other browsers, Google Chrome can be fine-tuned by typing "about:command" to show information about version number, memory usage, cached files, plug-ins and more details. Here's the full list:

  1. about:cache - A list of all the web pages cached by Google Chrome
  2. about:dns - Prefetching DNS records produced benefits
  3. about:histograms - A list of histograms for Google Chrome's internal metrics
  4. about:internets - Google Chrome's humorous Easter egg
  5. about:memory - Measuring memory usage in a multi-process browser
  6. about:network - Used for I/O tracking
  7. about:plugins - The list of plug-ins that are available in Google Chrome
  8. about:stats - A list of internal counters and timers
  9. about:version - Shows the version number the browser, WebKit and JavaScript V8 engine
  10. view-cache:[URL] - Shows you some under-the-hood cache details
  11. view-source:[URL] - Shows the source code.

Here are some about: page screehshots from my Windows Vista:

1. Google Chrome Page - about:cache

Shows A list of all the web pages cached by Google Chrome.

Google About Page - about:cache

Google Chrome Page - about:dns

Google Chrome prefetches the DNS records for 10 frequently visited hostnames. This feature can be disabled in Options > Under the Hood by unchecking "Use DNS pre-fetching to improve page load performance".

Google About Page - abount:dns

Google Chrome Page - about:histograms

A list of histograms for Google Chrome's internal metrics

Google About Page - about:histograms

Google Chrome Page - about:internets

This is a Google Chrome's Easter egg. It embeds the 3D Pipes screensaver from Windows, so you'll see it only if you have the file sspipes.scr in C:WindowsSystem32.

Google About Page - about:internets

Google Chrome Page - about:memory

Summary of memory used by currently active browsers and details of memory usage of each of Chrome's processes.

Google About Page - about:

Google Chrome Page - about:network

This page could be used for I/O tracking and it's a partial replacement for the Live HTTP Headers extension. Click on "Start I/O tracking", open a web page in a new tab and you'll get a list of all the images, scripts and objects loaded from that web page.

Google About Page - about:network

Google Chrome Page - about:plugins

The list of plug-ins that are available in Google Chrome

Google About Page - about:plugins

Google Chrome Page - about:stats

A list of internal counters and timers that has a funny subtitle "Shhh! This page is secret!".

Google About Page - about:stats

Google Chrome Page - about:version

This page shows the version number of Google Chrome, WebKit and JavaScript V8 engine. You can also find the user-agent used by Google Chrome:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/525.13

Google About Page - about:version

Google Chrome Page - view-cache:[URL]

Shows you some under-the-hood cache details

Google About Page - view-cache:URL

Google Chrome Page - view-source:[URL]

Shows the source code. it's same as right-clicking on a page and choosing "View page source".

Google About Page - view-source:[URL]

#1  posted on November 11, 2008 16:16 PST
I can't figure out how to run or apply the theme I downloaded for Chrome.
replied on November 11, 2008 17:23 PST:
Hello Robert, could you tell me the version of your Chrome and Windows?

#2  posted on October 01, 2009 10:40 PDT
Any idea what has happened to about:network? That was a GODSEND for pages that would load, but I could tell elements were missing, but it appears to not work in Google chrome

Is this option available in one of the dev/beta releases? Any ideas?

Or is my Chrome just b0rked?

#3  posted on November 05, 2009 07:14 PST
i've tried installing chrome extensions like adblock, aniweather, chrometouch, chromedial, chrometray, &c. all work the first time. but when i restart chrome, all the extensions are gone!

i've to reinstall them all over again. i'd expected a trendy browser as chrome to have extension management as breezy as firefox.

so i've decided to continue firefox because of:
1. foremost, its unbeatable safety and security,
2. speed, yes, not as fast as chrome, but way faster than ie7/8,
3. ease of addon and theme management, chrome has to take even the first step.

#4  posted on November 15, 2009 19:38 PST
i tried typing in "chrome:newtab" on the address bar and it opens the new tab page in the current tab. is this the documented way of doing what it does and is this already documented somewhere?

#5  posted on March 07, 2010 23:33 PST
I've created a list which includes some more of these special google chrome urls:

#6  posted on August 10, 2010 23:31 PDT
please update chrome://... commands, like chrome://extensions

#7  posted on February 16, 2011 23:24 PST
google chrome is very nice browser.

#8  posted on March 20, 2011 07:41 PDT
Why there's no mention of the about:flags ?
Thats the page people more likely need to tweak.

#9  posted on April 18, 2011 07:50 PDT
why you don't listed about:flags to enable/disable some beta features?;)

#10  posted on August 11, 2011 17:34 PDT

#11  posted on October 06, 2011 06:51 PDT

#12  posted on October 12, 2011 22:45 PDT
Check out chrome://chrome-urls
[text]This dumps a list of all usable behind-the-scenes techki hidden configuration options
-- Nagesh

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