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Xero on Chrome

Posted 10 years ago in Xero news by Craig Walker
Posted by Craig Walker

Is Xero the first accounting system in the world to work on Google’s new Chrome browser? We think/hope so:)

As Google Chrome is based on Webkit, the core engine under Safari, it seems to work fine. The browser detection objects we used haven’t been updated yet so we had to do some tweaking to allow users to log in from Chrome. We’ve updated BrowserHawk settings to pass Chrome through as Safari 3.1.  (You can check your browser here:

We thought that some of our geek fans would be all over Chrome today and want to test it with an application that uses ajax and javascript heavily.  Let us know what you think of performance and any issues you find. 


September 3, 2008 at 11.58 am

I’m reading this Blog using Chrome. Its working fine, indeed, it is very fast.

Great work Xero! at
September 3, 2008 at 12.27 pm

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Ben Kepes
September 3, 2008 at 12.28 pm

Great work guys – but no you’re not the first – I’d logged into Saasu as well

Julian Stone
September 3, 2008 at 1.12 pm

So far today I’ve uses BNZ, Westpac and 2Checkout online banking as well as many other apps.

Checked our project management software as well and that worked all fine.

So as far as I can see, nearly everything should work fine on it – It’s just another browser – just a bit quicker.

Cary Thomson
September 3, 2008 at 1.20 pm

iPayroll works well in Chrome too (we had to tidy up a couple of minor glitches), so between both of us there is an integrated Payroll/Accounting solution working on Chrome too.

Peter McCaffrey
September 4, 2008 at 2.24 am

It’s nice, but i’m still hanging out for Opera support.

Xero is the only website I use that doesn’t support Opera.

Craig Walker Xero
September 4, 2008 at 8.06 am

@Peter: we only officially support browsers that have been completely signed off by our quality assurance team. Reliability, performance and security are very important to us (which is why we’d like to see everyone on IE6 upgrade as soon as possible) and if a browser does not complete our test suite with a 100% pass mark then we block it by default. Opera is a great browser however in our testing of it so far we’ve come across some issues and so cannot say we support it.

We do actually have some people using it (by masking the user agent) however we cannot guarantee the user experience we can with the likes of Safari or Firefox (the only reason we can support Chrome is because it’s a WebKit-based browser and so is essentially a Safari clone).

A lot of development and QA time is spent testing on all our supported browsers. We do actually have some testers that test with Opera – we’re just not completely there yet. (IE8 is another to add to the mix: Beta 2 of IE8 has just been released and will require some work).

Daniel Mettler
September 7, 2008 at 3.43 pm

Craig, I think I could quickly login a couple of days ago using Chrome, but know it says:

“Sorry. Before you can login to Xero…
You will need to access Xero in a supported web browser. Please login to Xero using one of the following standard browsers.” etc.

Did you find any incompatibilities?

Craig Walker Xero
September 7, 2008 at 4.14 pm

Sorry about that – our browser detection system gets updates regularly and has blown away my changes to allow Chrome. Fortunately I’m releasing a new version of our login tomorrow that fully supports Chrome so you’ll be able to access it then without any further problems. However for the next 12 hours you’ll have to use Safari 🙂

Daniel Mettler
September 8, 2008 at 9.29 am

OK, looking forward to testing it tomorrow! Thanks for notifying me through Twitter!

January 28, 2012 at 11.43 pm

Another request for Opera. I just started to trial xero and so far the first and only disappointment is this.

I prefer it over the other browsers, both for its feature set, useability and speed. I find opera on balance to be the fastest of the browsers, and its built in email capability and multi machine sync makes it perfect for mobile platforms like netbooks.

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