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Chrome version 86

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on Chrome 86 is beta as of September 3, 2020.

These are just a few of the highlights of this release, for more details please refer to the Chromium Blog.

Native File System

The new Native File System API enables developers to build powerful web apps that interact with files on the user’s local device such as IDEs, photo and video editors, text editors, and more. After a user grants access, this API allows web apps to read or save changes directly to files and folders on the user’s device. It does all this by invoking the platform’s own open and save dialog boxes. The image below shows a web page invoked using the open dialog box on Mac.

A Well-Known URL for Changing Passwords

Websites can set a well-known URL for changing passwords (for example, /.well-known/change-password). This URL’s purpose is to redirect users to the change password page in order for them to modify their passwords quickly. Chrome leverages this URL to help users change their passwords when it detects a saved, compromised password. You may notices some changes to the saves passwords interface as a result.

Deprecate FTP Support

Chrome is deprecating and removing support for FTP URLs. The current FTP implementation in Google Chrome has no support for encrypted connections (FTPS), or proxies. Usage of FTP in the browser is sufficiently low that it is no longer viable to invest in improving the existing FTP client. In addition, more capable FTP clients are available on all affected platforms.

Chrome 72 and later removed support for fetching document subresources over FTP and rendering of top level FTP resources. Currently navigating to FTP URLs results in showing a directory listing or a download depending on the type of resource. A bug in Google Chrome 74 and later resulted in dropping support for accessing FTP URLs over HTTP proxies. Proxy support for FTP was removed entirely in Google Chrome 76.

The remaining capabilities of Google Chrome’s FTP implementation are restricted to either displaying a directory listing or downloading a resource over unencrypted connections.

FTP support is due to be completely disabled in Chrome version 88.

About the author

Gareth Bult

Gareth is a long time Linux User and enthusiast and currently works for Mad Penguin Consulting Ltd as a Full-stack / Python developer.