#Realtalk, Chrome is killing me. Sure, it’s got excellent feature support and developer tools, but it can also crush a quad-core MacBook. You know what I mean, right? You right click to open a few dozen tabs and your Chrome — if not your whole machine — slows to a crawl and then freezes up.
And while you probably don’t need all 20 of those Amazon & Pinterest tabs, I know you’re going to open them anyway 😒 So, you might as well install kill-tabs, a node app from the prolific Sindre Sorhus.
kill-tabs intentionally crashes all of your Chrome tabs, freeing up RAM, reducing system load, and saving your battery. But, since it doesn’t close any of your tabs, you can reload them at any time to restore them. No harm, no foul. And it’s available for Windows, OSX, and Linux.
Is this overkill? Perhaps, but Chrome has become a victim of it’s own success. Extensions run amok, AJAX reloads continuously in the background, and even ad blockers are major resource hogs. If you want to enjoy the web again, you need to kill your tabs.