When comparing Chromium vs Vivaldi, the Slant community recommends Vivaldi for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop web browsers?” Vivaldi is ranked 3rd while Chromium is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Vivaldi is:
Tabs can be grouped under a single tab to easily keep track of all open webpages.
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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.
Pro Tabs can be stacked
Tabs can be grouped under a single tab to easily keep track of all open webpages.
Pro Compatible with most Chrome extensions
Since Vivaldi is built on Chromium, the same base as Chrome (among other browsers) is built on, it was possible for Vivaldi developers to allow Chrome extensions to run in their browser.
Pro Built for power users
Vivaldi includes lots of niche functionality such as the ability to move tabs to any side of the screen, turn images on and off, or render pages with monospace fonts.
Pro Full of customizable keyboard shortcuts (can be completely keyboard-driven)
It's possible to change and add keyboard shortcuts for basically all commands. It also has single key shortcuts to execute actions with one click.
Pro Ability to search through settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks in one place
A feature called Quick Commands (accessed via Ctrl + Q) allows quickly getting to settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks with incremental search.
Vivaldi is available on Windows, Linux and OSX.
Pro The UI can be customized with ease
Pro Web Panels
Web Panels allow for easy access to any site from the side panel. They are useful for reading two websites side by side or for chatting (i.e. Facebook) and surfing at the same time. Panels can be hidden when not in use.
A notes panel allows leaving notes on webpages and can include screenshots for reference and have tags and organized in folders to help manage them.
Pro Mouse gestures
Integrated mouse gestures. Fully configurable as of Vivaldi 1.2 (snapshot available now). Allows for navigating the web, switching tabs, closing windows, opening settings etc. with a flick of the mouse.
Pro Reader mode
Vivaldi has a built-in reader mode so you can remove all the clutter in news pages and read only the content, you can also customise the reader mode, like font size, style and colours.
Pro Tab behaviour can be customised
The order you toggle, open, close or clone tabs can be modified to match a workflow that best works for you. For example you can choose tabs to toggle in recent order so you can go back and forth between the last most useful tabs without needing to change their position on the tab bar.
Pro Cross browser extensions with Opera and Chrome, Firefox web-ext's too
All Vivaldi, Opera and Chrome users can get extensions from all extension/addon sites, especially from Opera Addons and Chrome Store.
Pro Manage bookmarks very well
Vivaldi has an excellent bookmarks system. Bookmarks can be easily accessible via Speed Dial, side-bar, bookmarks bar, quick commands. No more messy bookmarks bar is needed and location bar suggestion is improved thus!
Pro Built-in page capture
Vivaldi can grab a picture of the whole webpage or part of it and saves it automatically inside a note or as a file in your disk.
Pro Custom search engines
You can add as many search engines as you like. For example you can set up one for YouTube, one for Wikipedia, or whatever you want: you need only the URL of the search and it can be used from the URL bar (by prefixing it's nickname,
yt for YouTube for example).
Pro Analytical history
View graphically the most visited pages on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis.
Everything can be synced with a Vivaldi account. Though there's still no mobile version you can sync between computers and OSes.
Pro Allows navigating to the next page without searching for the link
A feature called fast forward puts a dedicated button before the address bar that is designed to help you navigate to the next page of a multi-page article, forum thread or search results without having to hunt for the link.
Pro Non-closable fixed tabs
A setting lets you prevent closing fixed tabs so you don't close anything important by accident.
Pro Tab bar position can be changed
Users can change tab bar position to top, bottom left or right
Pro WebRTC IP leaking can be disabled
A built-in setting called "Broadcast IP" will stop the IP leaking with WebRTC when disabled.
Pro VPN is available by extension- also routing through Tor network
VPN and Tor encryption is possible through extensions. Tor is a free choice if one doesn't want to subscribe to a VPN service.
Pro Faster than Firefox and Safari
Pro Faster than Firefox or Chrome
Pro Updates via dialog box
Unlike most modern browsers (but like most browsers of yesteryear), Vivaldi gives you a dialog box when an new version comes out; it doesn't just update silently in the background. The dialog box tells you about the changes that have been made, and lets you chose when you want to update.
Pro Customizable UI
Vivaldi can change the colors across the browser and has the option to change the color automatically depending on the page.
Also, page loading animations are available in the address bar.
Pro Side panel and status bar
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 privacy options
Con Simple, dull, bare-boned
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.
Con Not possible to disable WebRTC
Con Misses some proprietary multimedia codecs
Unlike chrome, Chromium misses proprietary multimedia codecs per default. There might be some ways over ffmpeg and co but it is still a gray zone. Also by enabling, it also removes one of the core features of Chromium of being open source software
Con Doesn't read cookies properly
... and for this reason it only remembers the user logins only in the session. Once the browser is restarted for whatever reason, it forgets everything and the user has to login again everywhere which can become annoying very quickly.
Con No official builds
There are no official builds available so you have to rely on a third party distributor
Con Not available on your Phone/Tablet
Vivaldi is currently only available for desktop operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac). Though the developers have already said that they plan to release it.
Con No automatic page translation
Unlike Chrome, it doesn't automatically translate pages that are not in your language.
Con Comes with many Ads
After installation the first thing you have to do is to remove all the default bookmarks and quickdial links which is really annoying. There is more minor stuff like the default search provider or your start page things that could be easily managed with a wizard at the first startup.
Con No silent background updates
Unlike most modern browsers, Vivaldi doesn't have the option to update silently in the background. It gives you a dialog box when an update comes out. Worse, the box doesn't warn you that not updating the browser could lead to security risks. That could be pretty bad for your average joe, who doesn't know computers that well.
Con Can't protect pinned tabs from changing to another URL
Clicking on a page link, then another, easy to wind up far from the original pinned tab site. There is no chrome addon or native vivaldi function to stop this.
While Vivaldi is currently available gratis (without monetary charge), it is currently not fully libre (meaning that it does not allow users to view the source code used to create, to modify that code, or to redistribute modifications) and is therefore neither free nor open-source software.
The C++ source code however is open-source under a BSD license and can be downloaded and browsed from here.
The UI code though is not open-source, but it's easily readable as it's HTML, CSS & JS. Modifications can be shared as their forum even has a dedicated section.