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while you probably never can avoid 100% surveillance at least try to keep your BigData footprint as small as possible… (same for CO2 😀 and fossil-fuels)

SWare Iron Browser

Linux Systems:

Downloads: (32-Bit) (64-Bit)

Downloads für Debian-basierte Distributionen (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint etc.): (32-Bit) (64-Bit)

Downloads für Redhat-basierte Distributionen [BETA!] (Fedora, RHEL etc.): (32-Bit) (64-Bit)


You can install it from the Playstore:

Optinal APK-Download:


Download (OS X 10.9 or greater / Intel): (64-Bit)


SRWare Iron Download < (Installer for XP,Vista,7)

Download Installer: (32-Bit) (64-Bit)

Download Portable: (32-Bit) (64-Bit)

they should really publish sha256 checksums for all their binaries…

Extensions / Plugins / Erweiterungen:

it seems like you have to check the forum in order to get download links to the latest versions of osx.

We released the new Iron for MacOS today, which contains all features and updates known from Chromim 39. The current version is 39.0.2000.0.

Main improvements:

– new extension/apps APIs

– stability improvements

– Bug-/Securityfixes

Please turn off Gatekeeper for Installation and the first start:

Download (OS X 10.7 or greater / Intel): (32-Bit) [not longer supported, Download links to Version 37] (64-Bit)


convenience vs surveillance – break free!

SRWare Iron vs. Chrome differences

See also: Google Chrome user tracking

The following Google Chrome features are not present in Iron:[14][15]

  • RLZ identifier, an encoded string sent together with all queries to Google[16] or once every 24 hours.
  • Google search access on startup for users with Google as default search[16][17]
  • A unique ID („clientID“) for identifying the user in logs.
  • timestamp of when the browser was installed.
  • Google-hosted error pages when a server is not present
  • Google Updater automatic installation.
  • DNS pre-fetching,[18] because it could potentially be used by spammers.[19][20][21]
  • Automatic address bar search suggestions.
  • Bug tracking system, sends information about crashes or errors.


startseite ändern / change start page

sware iron startseite festlegen

duckduckgo as default search engine

With SWare Iron you CAN add duckduckgo – the google like search engine that respects your privacy as your default search engine in two easy steps:

1. go to right click into the search field.

SWare Iron Browser add duckduckgo default search1


2. go to settings -> make default

SWare Iron Browser add duckduckgo default search


Export Bookmarks form Firefox / Opera / Chrome

SWare Iron Browser import export bookmarks


SWare Iron not viewing PDFs

Disable the Adobe Chrome Plugin

SWare Iron Chrome display pdfs

and use the system’s default pdf viewer.

getting it to work under debian linux

i could not… not in 64bit linux.

there seem to be a problem… chrome 32bit only… but if you want to get this to run under 64bit linux… hm…

# installed the iron64.deb

dpkg -i iron64.deb

… errors…

# untared the iron-linux-64.tar.gz

# testrun via terminal to see what is wrong

user@debian7:~$ /Applications/iron64/iron

/Applications/iron64/iron: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

# search for package

apt-cache search libXss

libxss1 – X11 Screen Saver extension library

# install the missing packages

apt-get install libxss1

# next error message

/Applications/iron64/iron: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

# search for missing package

apt-cache search libudev

libudev0 – libudev shared library

apt-get install libudev0

SRWare Iron: the Browser of The future
Chrome vs Iron
FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What makes Iron different than Chrome?


Comparison of Chrome and Iron in the privacy policy:

Problem Chrome Iron
Installation ID A copy of Google Chrome includes a generated installation number which will be sent to Google when Chrome is first installed and used. The number will be deleted when Google Chrome automatically checks for Updates. If Chrome is downloaded as part of a promotional campaign it may generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google once Google Chrome is used for the first time. does not exist in Iron
Suggest The according to the configuration, each Time you put something in the address line of the tap, this Information transmitted to Google to be able to suggestions. does not exist in Iron
Alternate Error Pages Depending On The The configuration is sent, if you have a wrong address in the Browser to type this in Google and you get an error message from Google’s servers. does not exist in Iron
Error Reporting The According to the configuration, in the case of crashes or failures Information transmitted to the Google Server. does not exist in Iron
RLZ-Tracking This Chrome-function transmits information in encoded Form to Google, e.g. when and where Chrome has been downloaded.  does not exist in Iron
Google Updater Chrome installs a Updater, is loaded at each Windows Start in the Background. does not exist in Iron
URL-Tracker After calling the Configuration five seconds after launch the Google Homepage in the Background does not exist in Iron
Reverse Engineering The Google TOS do not allow Reverse Eng./Decompilation of the finished Product. Iron unlimited permitted



Iron is the Compile to 100% to speed (and not on File size, etc.) is optimized. The Compile Flags from Chrome we don’t know. In Browser Benchmarks, but the Tab for Iron of several percent. Click here, in order to the Benchmarks.

Other important differences:


Problem Chrome Iron
Adblocker Chrome contains no AdBlocker  In Iron is integrated with a Adblocker using a file is easy to configure
User-Agent The User Agent is fixed in Chrome, and can only be over a link or changing a parameter. In the case of a following normal Start-up of this Change, however, is not
The User-Agent in Iron on can be easily and permanently the file UA.ini taxes
Preview-Thumbs Chrome only has 8 preview thumbs on the „Newtab“-page  In Iron 12 of the most-visited pages will be displayed to the Place ideal to take advantage of


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SRWare Iron: Der Browser der Zukunft 
– Übersicht
– News
– Chrome vs Iron
– FAQ (häufig gestellte Fragen)
– DownloadWas macht Iron anders als Chrome?

Datenschutz:Gegenüberstellung von Chrome und Iron beim Datenschutz:

Problem Chrome Iron
Installations-ID Eine Kopie von Google Chrome enthält eine genierte Installationsnummer, die an Google gesendet wird, wenn Chrome erstmals installiert und verwendet wird. Die Nummer wird gelöscht, wenn Google Chrome automatisch nach Updates sucht. Wenn Chrome im Rahmen einer Werbekampagne heruntergeladen wird, wird unter Umständen eine eindeutige Werbenummer generiert und an Google gesendet, sobald Google Chrome erstmals verwendet wird. in Iron nicht vorhanden
Suggest Je nach Konfiguration wird jedes Mal, wenn Sie etwas in die Adresszeile tippen, diese Information an Google übermittelt, um Such-Vorschläge anzeigen zu können. in Iron nicht vorhanden
Alternate Error Pages Je Nach Konfiguration wird, wenn Sie eine falsche Adresse in den Browser eintippen, diese an Google übermittelt und Ihnen eine Fehlermeldung vom Google-Server angezeigt. in Iron nicht vorhanden
Error Reporting Je Nach Konfiguration werden bei Abstürzen oder Fehlern Informationen darüber an den Google-Server übermittelt. in Iron nicht vorhanden
RLZ-Tracking Diese Chrome-Funktion überträgt Informationen in encodierter Form an Google, z.B. wann und wo Chrome heruntergeladen wurde. in Iron nicht vorhanden
Google Updater Chrome installiert einen Updater, der bei jedem Windows-Start im Hintergrund geladen wird. in Iron nicht vorhanden
URL-Tracker Ruft je nach Konfiguration fünf Sekunden nach  Browserstart die Google Homepage im Hintergrund auf in Iron nicht vorhanden
Reverse Engineering Die Google TOS erlauben kein Reverse Eng./Decompilierung des fertigen Produkts. bei Iron unbeschränkt gestattet


Iron ist beim Compilieren zu 100% auf Geschwindigkeit (und nicht auf Dateigrösse o.ä.) optimiert. Die Compile-Flags von Chrome kennen wir nicht. In Browser-Benchmarks lässt sich jedoch ein Vorsprung für Iron von mehreren Prozent feststellen. Klicken Sie hier, um zu den Benchmarks zu gelangen.

Weitere wichtige Unterschiede:


Problem Chrome Iron
Adblocker Chrome enthält keinen AdBlocker In Iron ist von Haus aus ein Adblocker integriert, der sich mithilfe einer Datei leicht konfigurieren lässt
User-Agent Der User-Agent ist in Chrome quasi fixiert und lässt sich nur per Verknüpfung über einen Startparameter ändern. Bei einem folgenden normalen Start wird diese Änderung jedoch nicht übernommen. Der User-Agent in Iron lässt sich einfach und dauerhaft über die Datei UA.ini steuern
Preview-Thumbs Chrome bietet nur 8 Vorschau-Thumbnails auf der „NeuerTab“-Seite In Iron werde 12 der meistbesuchten Seiten angezeigt, um den Platz ideal auszunutzen

* Chrome und Google sind eingetragene Markenzeichen von Google Inc.

for Debian Linux Users… it’s a little bit of a pain in the ass to get SWare Iron to work… (i could not)

what i tried so far:

# what you will need
> libharfbuzz-bin - OpenType text shaping engine (utility)
> libudev-dev - libudev development files, This package contains the files needed for developing applications that use libudev.
> libxss1 - X11 Screen Saver extension library

echo "deb sid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

apt-get update

apt-get install libharfbuzz-bin libudev-dev libxss1;

# to build from source

apt-get install glib-2.0

apt-get build-dep gitg


bunzip2 harfbuzz-0.9.38.tar.bz2

tar fxv harfbuzz-0.9.38.tar

cd harfbuzz-0.9.38

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gobject && make

make install

i get the following error:

/usr/share/iron/iron: symbol lookup error: /usr/share/iron/iron: undefined symbol: g_type_class_adjust_private_offset