10 December

Sometimes Chrome developers are too autocratic for me

Starting with Chrome 64, it seem that Chrome will no longer allow videos to auto-play on web sites that you visit. This is not the first time that Chrome has changed in a manner that does not suit my needs and I wanted to stop it from auto-updating.

Colin Witkamp at Stack Overflow observed that on OS X you can open the Info.plist file inside the app (using "Show Package Contents") and disable auto-update by altering the KSUpdateURL string which provides the URL used to check for updates. Unfortunately, this may stop Chrome from running at all due to code signing (i.e. Chrome can determine that it has been modified). To get around this too, you then need to also delete the folder inside Contents called _CodeSignature.

A cleaner way to disable auto-update is possible using the Mac OS X Terminal to enter
"defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0"
which should stop the auto-update process. I chose to do both since I have previously discovered that some applications are very determined to update themselves even when you try and stop them.

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