When comparing Mozilla Firefox vs Chromium, the Slant community recommends Mozilla Firefox for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop web browsers?” Mozilla Firefox is ranked 1st while Chromium is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Mozilla Firefox is:
Firefox [scores strongly on HTML5 feature support](http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Strong HTML5 feature support
Pro Free, open source and community driven
Firefox is available as a free download. All Mozilla software is licensed under the Mozilla Public License. Instructions on how to obtain the source code can be found here.
Pro Syncs between devices
Firefox Sync is an optional feature in Firefox that allows syncing bookmarks, passwords, and add-ons between devices.
Pro Awesome customizability
Pro Automatically updated
Firefox is automatically updated on the platforms where it makes sense.
Pro Strong developer tool
The built-in developer tools have been merged with the popular FireBug extension since FF57
Pro Reader View
Reader View in Firefox allows users to read an article without any distractions by removing ads, unrelated elements and other distractive objects (similar to Microsoft Edge's Reading Mode and Safari's reader mode).
Pro Good font rasterizing
Font rasterizing on Windows is much better than in competitors. Even smaller text is clear and contrast.
Pro Ethical and pragmatic company mission
The Mozilla Manifesto outlines the company's mission and principles. Paraphrasing, they want the Internet to be a free and open resource, and to enable individuals to get the best use of that resource. They do this by creating open source software to which anyone may contribute, so long as such contributions fit with their principles (both ethical and technical).
Pro Fast bookmark management
In order to add an open page to the bookmark bar, the tab can be dragged down and is added immediately.
Pro Tagging bookmarks
Firefox is one of the few browsers that you can tag your bookmarks. You can view a list of tags and can search your bookmarks in the address bar with tags.
Pro Lower memory fingerprint than competitors
Firefox used to be a trailer in memory usage, but as of 2017 it's less hungry for memory than competitors like Edge, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
Pro High performance
The Firefox Quantum update (FF57) greatly increases the render speed and general performance of the browser, by taking better advantage of the user's hardware.
Pro Integration with Pocket
Firefox comes with build-in Pocket integration that can allow users to quickly save the article for a read it later function to easily find any articles saved in Pocket from various sources and devices.
Pro Use Less Resource
Firefox 57 (Quantum) and newer uses less resources than ever. It is proven with benchmark done by AppleInsider.
Pro Easy screenshots without extensions
Within the browser itself, you can easily take screenshots and save them to your computer.
Pro Text-to-speech (with adjustable speed) without add-ons
Firefox Reader Mode includes Narrate, a feature that adds text-to-speech functionality to the browser.
Pro Completely open source
Unlike Google Chrome, Chromium is completely open source.
Pro Supports all of Google Chrome features
As Chrome is based on Chromium they overlap in supported features. Chromium syncs between devices, automatically updates, has great built-in developer tools, installs extensions without a restart, includes a combined text bar for entering URLs and searching and has excellent HTML5 compatibility just like Chrome.
Chrome and Chromium are available on almost every device nowadays
Pro Access to Chrome's extensions
Chromium can access the Chrome Web Store and all the extensions hosted there can be installed and used on Chromium.
Every tab and plugin runs in its own subprocess so they will never affect the whole browser ,however that consumes more memory than other browsers
Pro Backed by Google
Chromium was first released as a large portion of Chrome's source code as an open source project by Google in september 2008. The idea was to encourage developers to review the underlying code and to contribute in making Chrome cross platform and port it to Mac and Linux as well.
Nowadays Chromium is a large project with a huge community that's standing behind it but still Google continues to take an extremely active role in Chromium development. This ensures the longevity and constant development and improvement of the browser.
Con Unstable add-ons
E10s has already caused many extensions to not work properly. Also, in November, only add-ons with WebExtension API can be installed.
Con Installing some extensions still requires restarting the browser
While some of the developers already allow users to install their extensions without the need to restart the browser, not all of the extensions have been updated to support non-restart installation yet, as some developers have yet to add special code to do so.
Con Slow performance in OS X
Uses a lot of resources and feels slower than the Linux and Windows versions.
Con No support for ALSA since version 52
You must use PulseAudio if you need sound in Firefox.
Con Heavy and consumes a lot of memory
Mozilla developers should think on this as the new Microsoft Edge browser steals less memory and it just pops up the moment you open it. In the case of Mozilla, you have to wait for after clicking it for opening it.
Con It's bloated
Just remember that Firefox was created to create a simple and fast browser that would focus on web browsing. However, nowadays Mozilla is adding more and more extensions like pocket or screenshots to the browser(that could easily be done as optional add-ons) that will bloat it just like the old Mozilla Suite (nowadays Seamonkey).
Con Sometimes stop working for few seconds
Sometimes stop working for 10/15 seconds, then starts working again. Inconvenient when looking streaming video on youtube or twitch
Con Uses GTK on Linux/BSD
thus make the integration on non-GTK Desktop Environemnts very hard
Con Poor enterprise support
Does not use standard management tools such as GPO or Profile management. No MSI.
Con Styles HTML-forms with the OS/Desktop theme
At least on X11/Unix that leads to terrible issues, that makes some websites simply unusable for example: If you use a dark GTK theme that uses white text and come to a webpage that forces black text on html-forms buttons you will get black buttons with unreadable black text.
Con Updates not in sync with updates of (key) extensions
A key extension can suddenly becomes useless because extension updates tend to fall behind the updates of Firefox.
Con High RAM usage
Just like Chrome, Chromium also eats a lot of RAM, which can be a problem for machines with smaller RAM.
Con Lacks support for certain common media formats
As Chromium avoids bundling any proprietary software, media that requires proprietary codecs or formats such as AAC, H.264, MP3 and Flash will not play by default on Chromium.