Google Chrome Memory Usage

26 Apr
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I’ve been an avid Chrome user for a year now. There’s basically nothing wrong with Firefox as such, it is just a bit slower nowadays. But nowadays, Chrome has started to use more and more memory, making it virtually impossible to have Chrome windows open when making music with Cubase.

It took a while to try to Google something for this issue. Finally, I found three switches to add to the Chrome shortcut button.

  • –purge-memory-button adds a new button to the Chrome Task Manager. I’m actually not sure if it works in Chrome 20 as it often crashes the whole browser.
  • –enable-internal-flash makes Chrome use internal Flash player. I’m not sure if this works 100% either as watching a Youtube video crashed my Chrome this morning.
  • –memory-model=low is definitely the most interesting switch. There are three memory models: “high”, “medium” and “low”. I think this switch has something to do with Chrome releasing memory back to the operating system.

But Chrome seems to work more smoothly now that my shortcut looks like this:

C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –purge-memory-button –enable-internal-flash –memory-model=low


Posted by on 26.4.2012 in In English


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3 responses to “Google Chrome Memory Usage

  1. Don

    29.4.2012 at 20:58

    I just added these three items to the command line for my computer, which was choking on Chrome 18’s memory usage. So far, seems to be much improved. Thanks for the article.

  2. Gaurav

    16.10.2012 at 16:44

    Unable to add the buttons as suggested. After reading your and other posts, I realize that the target location for chrome.exe points at “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” instead of the location suggested. I’m using Vista. Should I reinstall chrome?
    Any suggestions?


    22.3.2018 at 03:05

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