I use Google Chrome as my main browser, and I wanted to know what things I can do with it from command line - especially commands that you can't do with the GUI.
Google Chrome has these stable options. There are other non stable ones, but they can be added and removed whenever the developers want, so I haven't included them, to keep this up to date.
I have written the option, then example, then explanation.
--user-data-dir=DIR google-chrome --user-data-dir=/home/tim/chromedatadir
This is used to tell google chrome where to save your data (bookmarks, history, anything peronalised to you). This is the way to create a new session - just running
google-chrome simply opens a new tab. Use a directory you have just created. The default is
--app=URL google-chrome --app=http://google.co.uk
This creates a new window with no tool bars - e.g. No bookmarks bar, or tab bar or omnibar. See the screenshot below (that is Google, I just have a custom background 1).
--incognito google-chrome --incognito
Opens an incognito window.
Pages that you view in incognito tabs won’t stick around in your browser’s history, cookie store or search history after you've closed all of your incognito tabs. Any files that you download or bookmarks that you create will be kept.
As you can see (top right) all my extensions (except ad block, because I have enabled that) are disabled in incognito.
--proxy-server=host:port google-chrome --proxy-server="socks5://foobar:66"
This specifies the HTTP/SOCKS4/SOCKS5 proxy server to use for requests. It overrides any environment variables or settings picked via the options dialog, via the GUI settings. An individual proxy server is specified using the format:
<proxy-scheme> is the protocol of the proxy server, and is one of the following 4:
"http", "socks", "socks4", "socks5"
--no-proxy-server google-chrome --no-proxy-server
Disables the proxy server. Overrides any environment variables or settings picked via the GUI settings.
--proxy-auto-detect google-chrome --proxy-auto-detect
Autodetect proxy configuration. Overrides any environment variables or settings picked via the GUI settings.
--proxy-pac-url=URL google-chrome --proxy-pac-url=URL
Specify proxy auto configuration URL. Overrides any environment variables or settings picked via the GUI settings.
--password-store=<basic|gnome|kwallet> google-chrome --password-store=gnome
Set the password store to use. The default is to automatically detect based on the desktop environment.
basic selects the built in, unencrypted password store.
gnome selects Gnome keyring.
kwallet selects (KDE)
KWallet. (Note that
KWallet may not work reliably outside KDE.)
--version google-chrome --version
Google Chrome 36.0.1985.143)
Shows version information.
Perhaps more useful is
echo 'google-chrome --version' | sed -nre "s/.* ([0-9.]+)/\1/p"
As that returns just the version number, without
Google Chrome at the beginning.
There is more information here about ways of manipulating the