I'm using Chrome version 48.0.2564.23 beta-m (64-bit) and I wanted to disable tab discarding. Elsewhere on the internet people say there is a flag for this (chrome://flags/#enable-tab-discarding) but I cannot find it. Has this option been disabled, renamed? Is it still possible to disable tab discarding?

  • It's there for me and disabled by default in version 47.0.2526.80. My only suggestion is you downgrade if it's causing issues for you :/ Dec 9, 2015 at 16:14
  • As stated in the answer, it can be disabled, but using a command line option. I prefer not to downgrade
    – DVHeld
    Dec 14, 2015 at 19:55

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I had the same problem and finally found a flag named “automatic-tab-discarding” (chrome://flags/#automatic-tab-discarding). So I think the previous flag “enable-tab-discarding” has simply been renamed once the tab discarding behavior was made the default. Which makes sense.

I'd really prefer it to be a regular Chrome option though, instead of an unguaranteed-to-remain-functional flag.


Use --force-fieldtrials=AutomaticTabDiscarding/Disabled as a commandline switch, following these instructions.

  • How can I check if tab discarding has been disabled, other than opening tons of tabs to try and trigger discards?
    – DVHeld
    Dec 14, 2015 at 1:53
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    Use Chrome as your normally do, and at some point view the bottom of the chrome://discards/ page and hope it has '0 discards this session'. Dec 14, 2015 at 2:02

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