Chrome for iOS is Now Open Source

iOS and Chrome developers are in for a treat as Google has announced that the iOS version of Google’s browser is now open source.

Chrome for iOS has always been an oddity among other versions of browsers as it was never made open source at the very beginning. The reason behind this is due to the nature of the iOS platform that demands that all browsers be built on top of the WebKit engine.

The complexity of supporting both WebKit and Chrome’s own Blink engine has led to the team to keep Chrome for iOS separate from the rest of the Chromium project.

Over the past few years, the Chromium team has worked on various changes that are required to upstream the code for Chrome for iOS into Chromium. With the changes now complete, developers can now compile the iOS version of Chromium just like its any other version. All the necessary resources that a developer needs to begin their work can be found in this open-source repository.

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