Vanadium - A replacement for Google Chrome's broken "-remote" feature
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Vanadium - A replacement for Google Chrome's broken "-remote" feature

When I click on a link in another application, it's supposed to open in one of my existing browser windows. But Google Chrome has a bug (on Linux), where it sometimes starts a new copy. This is annoying, because it causes lots of problems next time I restart Chrome. This project is a replacement for that feature.

Although the primary goal of the project is to work around Chrome's broken "-remote" feature (by reimplementing it), the concept could be extended to add new features:

  • Open links in a browser running on another computer
  • Customize the behavior, e.g. open some links in Chrome and others in Firefox
  • Adjust the browser's handling, e.g. opening the links in a new window instead of a new tab or opening them all in a dedicated window, rather than the most recently used window.

Don't expect too much, since it's just something I threw together in an evening. Although even without trying it's noticably faster than the Chrome "-remote" feature.


Vanadium is only tested on Linux.

First, run the Vanadium daemon:

./ --daemon

Then load the extension in your browser (currently only Chrome is supported):

  1. Go to Menu > Tools > Extensions
  2. Check the box for Developer mode
  3. Click Load Unpacked Extension and choose Vanadium''s crx subdirectory

Now, try opening a page:


The client,, could be set as your system's default web browser.

Known issues

  • Vanadium will not open the link if communication with the browser fails (e.g. if the browser is not running or has not loaded the extension)
  • Vanadium does not convert relative pathnames to file: URLs
  • No security is implemented


Vanadium - A replacement for Google Chrome's broken "-remote" feature
Copyright (C) 2013 nandhp <>

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