Google Chrome May Stop Showing HTTP in the Address Bar

chromium-logo One of the most recent builds of the Chromium web browser is drawing some criticism. As you may know, Chromium is the open source browser project that Google’s Chrome web browser is based on. In the Chromium version 5.0.375.3, something new showed up. The address bar was not displaying the normal http://in front of addresses. It was reported in the issues at Chromium’s code site as a possible bug.


However, it turns out that this is an intentional move, and it’s started a fairly heated debate there. Some of the people posting there do not want to have the http prefix removed. Some people argue that it’s a feature that everyone will eventually want.

Apparently, if you need to copy and paste the address from the Chromium address bar, it will automatically add the httpprefix, even though you don’t see it. This will need to happen in order to use copied URLs in other applications.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem as long as the feature works as they say it will. I sometimes wonder why we even need to type the wwwin the address. It’s a waste of time and I’ll be happy if it goes away for good.

What do you think? Be sure to comment below.

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  • Maryann

    Http can be used to personally add an "S" to the end, making it an Https link, which is more secure than your run of the mill http link. The "S" stands for secure.

    If we aren't able to post an http link before hand, how do we know – or how can we assure the websites we are going to are completely secure? This is why Https is an important function in a browser.

    The WWW prefix I wasn't so sure about, but apparently wiki shows it as this:

    "The use of such subdomain names is not required by any technical or policy standard; indeed, the first ever web server was called, and many web sites exist without a www subdomain prefix, or with some other prefix such as "www2", "secure", etc. These subdomain prefixes have no consequence; they are simply chosen names. Many web servers are set up such that both the domain by itself (e.g., and the www subdomain (e.g., refer to the same site, others require one form or the other, or they may map to different web sites."

    If you're trying to go to a www2 website, and it automatically and undoubtedly directs you to a www website, you might not get the right one, I'm guessing.

  • Saleem

    How user can recognize that whether the page is http:// or https:// after this change in chrome.

    I usually see http or https when I go for online banking and credit card transaction. For me it is basic to do transactions only on https page.

  • As has been stated it's already a place to spot the difference between HTTP and HTTPS. Don't forget that these are only two examples of possible protocol connections. I'd much prefer to have that information displayed so I know how I'm connected to a server.

    As for dropping "www", you can do so for many domains but only if the site has bothered to forward things correctly.

    It actually annoys me with the very few sites I go to where omitting the "www" results in a "site not found" error. However, "www" is simply another subdomain. Omitting it makes no sense as it is genuinely useful information.

  • krish

    I have never typed Http and www in the address bar of a browser even .com fot that matter. I use ctrl+enter. So, yes
    removing http will make the address bar look less cumbersome.


    That was easy!
    I also agree about eliminating 'www' but we already don't need to type that,
    Now that I've read the other comments..DITTO almost everyone except KRISH.

    • phramus

      Not all web addresses begin with “www” .. many, many, many do not. Also, “http” is not the only Internet protocol.

  • Re: https.

    Check the icon. Modern browsers all have them, and a couple show the address box a different color, too.

    That said, it sounds pointless to me. An unnecessary solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Why mess with the way things are done by everyone else?

  • sajaki

    It sucks, stupid google…

  • Very much a bug, and a ridiculous one, given that it was apparently introduced intentionally.

    I want to be able to see exactly which URL I’m facing. I don’t want my browser rewriting it for me as though I’m a moron who needs things dumbed down.

    If there was a way to disable this behaviour in the preferences pane, it wouldn’t be quite so bad, but this is a change that’s being forced upon users.

    Bye bye, Chrome.

    • Hi Sampablokuper – FYI, this article was posted in May. If you hadn’t noticed the address bar change they made in 6 months ago, why would you be mad about it now?

      • Wendell Dryden

        It’s now Dec of 2011, and I’m just noticing (perhaps because I usually use Firefox). Googling about about the missing http, I found this post. Of course, if you feel your post is too out-of-date for people to respond to, well… just ignore this, I guess.


  • phramus

    Poor idea. Why don’t they just remove all information, since eventually everyone will want that. It’s the real minimalist approach. Hope they’re not re removing https:// also.

    BTW, I’ve encountered another address bar issue … with Google Chrome, not Chromium. If I click on a link in my journaling software, which reads like, Chrome prepends another “www.”, invalidating the address, then fails miserably at loading the page.

  • Shohag

    i dont think it is a good idea

  • Yannic


    you are right. I hate it to type “www” in front of every fifth homepage.
    Sometimes it works sometimes not. Time to ease the procedure and erase www for ever…