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How to make Chrome Canary your default browser

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As developers, we always try to keep up to date with the latest technologies and features of the tools we use. If you’re a web developer, chances are you already use the nightly versions of the most popular browsers, like Firefox or Chrome.

I’ve personally leaned over Firefox Developer Edition over the last few months but was a chrome-heavy user until then. I used Chrome Canary for a long time, and I remember my first struggle when I tried to set it as my default browser:

An error message preventing us to set Chrome Canary as our default browser.
An error message preventing us to set Chrome Canary as our default browser.

The Solution

If you are using a Mac, don’t panic! There’s a simple solution to this. First of all, we need to head up to our system preferences folder:

A screenshot of the System Preferences panel.
A screenshot of the System Preferences panel.

And in the “General” tab, change your default browser from here:

A screenshot of the General tab on the System Preferences panel, showing a 'Default' Web Browser option.
A screenshot of the General tab on the System Preferences panel, showing a 'Default' Web Browser option.

Wrapping up

That’s all you need to get Chrome Canary up and running as your default browser in OS X. Hope this little piece of advice saves you a headache, as it saved mine when I discovered it! And if you like it, feel free to share it with your fellow developers!