TabMemFree Unloads Old Chrome Tabs

TabMemFree Unloads Old Chrome Tabs
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Open Chrome tabs can eat up a lot of RAM, even when not in use. TabMemFree unloads tabs after a specific amount of time to free up memory when you aren’t using them.

If, like many of us, you keep tabs open in your browser because you want to check on them later, TabMemFree is a good way to keep them from taking up all your computer’s resources. Just install it, give it a timeout value (like 15 minutes), and it will unload any tabs that have been inactive for that amount of time.

Unfortunately, the extension is a little hacky, which means it isn’t perfect. When you unload tabs, you can’t see what they used to be, they just have the extension’s icon on them. Furthermore, since it unloads them, you’ll lose any media playing in those tabs (like if you use Google Music) or any form-filled text you’ve entered. We’d like to see an option to ignore tabs from a specific domain, but hopefully the developer continues to add to the extension.

While it isn’t quite as good as BarTab, the Firefox extension that inspired it, it’ll still free up memory for you — and that’s more than enough to get us interested.

TabMemFree [Chrome Web Store via AddictiveTips]


  • This is a truly stupid idea. If you are using an Operating System that’s been designed in the last decade or two, you already have a virtual memory/pagefile manager that will do a better job of managing your memory than this stupid hack. The thing everyone seems to misunderstand about RAM is that the more of it you’re using, the better. If you’re out of it, your OS will *automatically* move the least frequently used bits to a pagefile, and if it turns out you do need it, it will swap it back in to memory for you.
    This extension will just make your browser slower.

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