🔧 Mastering Chrome Preferences: A Comprehensive Guide for IT Professionals 🔧

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In today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape, efficient management of browser preferences is paramount for IT professionals. Chrome, being a widely used browser, often demands tailored configurations to meet organizational needs. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the process of managing Chrome preferences using Mobileconfig files, MDM, and open-source tools. By the end of this journey, you’ll have a profound understanding of how to streamline Chrome settings effortlessly across multiple devices.


  • Basic knowledge of Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems.
  • Familiarity with macOS terminal and Python.

Tools and Resources:

Step 1: Disabling Chrome’s Password Manager

Chrome’s password manager can be disabled organization-wide to promote the use of alternative password management solutions. Follow these steps: Open your text editor and create a new file. Enter the following information:

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> 
<plist version="1.0"> 
<false /> 

Step 2: Converting Plist to Mobileconfig

Using the MCX to Profile Python tool, convert the configured plist file into a Mobileconfig file for deployment via MDM. Save the file as a property list (.plist) for the browser you want to manage. For example:

  • Chrome: com.google.Chrome.plist
  • Firefox: com.mozilla.Firefox.plist
  • Edge: com.microsoft.Edge.plist

Convert the property list file to a configuration profile using your preferred conversion tool, such as mcxToProfile , and deploy the profile using MDM.

Step 3: Deploying the Configuration via MDM

Upload the generated Mobileconfig file to your MDM platform and deploy it to target devices.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • Python Version Compatibility: Ensure you’re using the correct Python version compatible with the MCX to Profile Python tool.
  • Script Modification: Modify the Python script to point to the correct Python version installed via MacAdmins Python.
  • Replace ‘python’ with the path to the MacAdmins Python installation.
  • Example: /usr/local/ma-python3.9/bin/python3
  • Original Line: #!/usr/bin/python
  • Modified Line: #!/usr/local/ma-python3.9/bin/python3

By following these steps and leveraging the mentioned tools, you can efficiently manage Chrome preferences across your organization, ensuring a consistent user experience while promoting cybersecurity best practices.

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