Google Chrome Will Support Dark Mode in macOS Mojave by Early 2019

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google released Chrome 71 earlier this week, but the latest version of the web browser still lacks support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave. Fortunately, it appears that will change by early next year.

    Dark Mode in Canary, a developer build of Chrome

    As mentioned on Reddit, a Google developer recently submitted a code change that implements system-level Dark Mode in Chromium, the open source web browser that serves as the foundation of Chrome. The code change passed the review process and will make its way into a future release of Chrome.

    For those unaware, there are several different builds of Chrome that Google uses to slowly test and roll out new features. All code changes begin in Chromium and then work their way from Canary to Chrome Dev to Chrome Beta to Chrome, the stable version released to all users roughly every six weeks.

    Dark Mode in Canary, a developer build of Chrome

    Dark Mode in Chromium remains hidden behind feature flags, which are essentially code-level toggle switches, but we were able to run a Terminal command to force the darker appearance into action and took screenshots.

    The system-level Dark Mode applies a dark appearance to much of the Chrome interface, including the omnibox, tabs, menus, bookmark bar, status bar, and dialog boxes. The startup page with Google search and shortcuts will also have a black background when the Dark appearance is enabled in System Preferences.

    Most of the current Dark Mode colors in Chromium are placeholders, according to one developer working on the project, so there may be slight changes to come. One challenge the developers face is ensuring that the Dark Mode is distinguishable from Chrome's private-browsing Incognito Mode, which is also dark.

    Incognito Mode in Canary, a developer build of Chrome

    We're not entirely sure if Dark Mode will make the cut for Chrome 72, which has already been branched and will likely be released in mid-to-late January. Chrome 73 will likely follow in March, so it looks like early 2019 either way.

    In the meantime, a variety of third-party dark themes are available for Chrome, but the omnibox always remains white since it is not allowed to be themed. Third-party dark themes are also available for websites such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Gmail, Reddit, and Twitter to complete the experience.

    Article Link: Google Chrome Will Support Dark Mode in macOS Mojave by Early 2019
  2. Tsuius macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    The question is why would anyone install google's browser (regular or dark) on their computer to allow even more tracking?
  3. TheLarkShark macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2015
  4. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    #4 where the hell is dark mode for MR????
  5. CrysisDeu macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2018
    Anyone know how to differentiate incognito mode in safari when using dark mode?
  6. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Dark mode could have been available since the launch of OS X 10.0 with skins extension. I remember the beta had the System 9 skins and was going to have the ability to customize OS X with skins and then they killed it off.
    macOS still doesn't have that ability without modifying the system files or waiting for Apple to decide to do so in some future OS.
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Ewww google chrome has no place on my macs (or my PC for that matter).
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    In my opinion, Google should be treated as malware, even though it will / is enticing to many luring them to the dark side.
  9. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    Why would anyone want to use Chrome on Mac? Genuinely curious. It's non-native so it's slower. But it used the same engine (WebKit). So what would be the advantage? I could understand on Windows it's an alternative to Explorer, but on Mac we have Safari and of course there's always Firefox as well. Really don't get it.
  10. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Think you got your tinfoil hat on too tight. Besides, I use it cause it “just works”. Can’t say the same about Safari.
  11. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    A true tinfoil hat wearer would line the inside with something that doesn't hurt. When you mold tinfoil it gets sharp edges and can really hurt. Now the wifi waves can't penetrate my brain! Government will never know what I'm thinking. Ehehe :)

    Chrome works but it is resource heavy. That and it's run by a company that makes $ off of what you do. I'm personally tired of companies that sell my personal data for $ so I've quit social media, Google, etc... Now, I do use Bing and Microsoft with Adguard - but not Cortana.

    Do I think Google and Facebook are pure evil? Ok ok, not 100%. But close. :p
  12. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    If you want privacy and security, Firefox or Tor browser, without added extensions.
  13. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Hoping Apple trickles this to iOS in ‘19 and apps support it. Also hoping Apple lets it switch based on time of day like night shift.

    Currently using flux to toggle it for me in Mojave
  14. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    It was painful enough to use Edge on Windows but I stuck with it for 8 months now. Safari on Mac is actually doable. But yeah, I think I'll give Firefox a try. Thanks! :)
  15. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
  16. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I use an extension called 'ChangeColors' on Chromium that when enabled lets me choose the background and text colors. For some odd reason, it no longer works in Chrome as of a few months ago, but it worked for the longest time.

    I don't understand why it's such a foreign concept to so many UI/UX designers to not want to stare into a stark white screen all day and night.

    Brave may be what you're looking for if you're after privacy. It's open-source and was founded by the former CEO of Mozilla.

    Firefox has been losing the plot in terms of freedom as of late.
  17. imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    It also doesn't play nice with HBOGO, unfortunately.
  18. FishyFish macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2015
    West Coast
  19. zakarhino macrumors demi-god


    Sep 13, 2014
    Bay Area, CA.
    The search bar is darker when using a private window:

    Normal window:

    Private window:
    --- Post Merged, Dec 9, 2018 ---
    Like I mentioned in another thread on here: Use Firefox and support Mozilla's efforts to build an open source and free browser. Firefox is as fast as Chrome and wayyyyy more secure. Whatever you do, don't install the Chrome botnet.
  20. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Speed is one thing, rendering websites correctly is another.
  21. iSayuSay, Dec 9, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018

    iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    Most people were dealing with "cheap PCs" in their childhood or as young adults. They didn't have the experience of what good PC was. Your not-so-geeky dad bought you a $500 Windows PC to do your homework and school assignment, it did its job, but you were complaining that your PC wasn't fast enough because it couldn't play the latest game. Duh.

    Out of college you find a work, start making your own money and have freedom to choose things. Then you buy your first Mac for $1K and find it faster and sleeker than the old, crap PC dad gave you. Your childhood memory tells your brain "Windows sucks big time" so you close the door and swear to only use Mac computers from then on. But then again, were you comparing fairly?

    You might wanna compare $2K PC vs. $2K Mac and you'll find out so much more. After all, Mac is still a computer, it's not magical mainboard fall off from Asgard.
    I have to say that Mac is a nice looking computer. But when it comes to repairability and upgradeability, it's one of the worst. If you're using computer for business and works, you might wanna use it for as long as it could for efficiency. Replace only what's necessary, not the whole assembly. And most PC could do that.

    Have you watched a movie called "Searching"? Yeah beside the unique style of storytelling, I find the choice of computer props in the movie is interesting and spot on. Maybe a part of Apple's propaganda? Possibly.
  22. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Ha, I ran it for about a week when Mojave first came out and then turned it off and literally forgot it existed. Not something I want to use regularly.
  23. ghostface147, Dec 9, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018

    ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    I’d go dark mode if MS ever brings it to their RDP client and Office 2019 - The Perpetual edition. Trillion supports it and all other apps I use are Apple ones. Fusion dark mode would be icing on the cake.
  24. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Because Safari is a joke?
  25. crossb8 macrumors newbie


    Jun 11, 2018
    Lake Worth, FL

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