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How to install Google Chrome Dev edition on Linux

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser globally, so if you’re a web developer on Linux, you’ll want to test out the latest Chrome features. Here’s how you can get the Google Chrome Dev edition working on Linux.

Ubuntu installation instructions

Those on Ubuntu Linux can install Google Chrome DEV by downloading the official DEB package from Google. Head over to Google.com/chrome/dev/to grab the file.

Once on the page, scroll down and locate the “Download Chrome Dev” button, and click on it with the mouse. When you select this button, a pop-up window will appear. Next, select the “64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” option, and choose the “Accept and Install” button to begin the download.

When the download is complete, open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop. Then, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” folder where the DEB package is located.

cd ~/Downloads/

With the terminal window in the “Downloads” directory, you can install Google Chrome DEV using the following apt install command.

sudo apt install ./google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb

When you enter the command above, Ubuntu will ask you for a password. Using the keyboard, enter your user account password. Then, press the Y button to confirm you wish to install Google Chrome DEV on Ubuntu.

Debian installation instructions

Google supports Debian. To get the DEV release of Chrome working on your Debian computer, you’ll need to download it. To download it, head over to Google.com/chrome/dev/. Once there, select the “Download Chrome” button with the mouse.

A pop-up window will appear upon selecting the “Download Chrome Dev” button. Next, select the “64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” option, followed by “Accept and Install.” When you choose “Accept and Install,” your browser will download the latest Chrome DEV DEB package.

When the download is complete, open up a terminal window. Then, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads/

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, you can install the Google Chrome DEV package on your Debian system using the apt-get install command.

sudo apt-get install ./google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb

Arch Linux installation instructions

Arch Linux isn’t officially supported via the Google Dev website. However, there is an AUR package on the Arch Linux AUR. You’ll need to set up the Trizen AUR helper to install it on your system.

Trizen is a must, making setting up AUR packages much more accessible. To start installing the Trizen app, run the pacman -S command to install the “git” and “base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

With the two packages installed, run the git clone command down below to grab the Trizen package from the AUR.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

After downloading the Trizen AUR package, you can install it with the commands below.

cd trizen/
makepkg -sri

With the Trizen app installed, you can use the trizen -S command to install the “google-chrome-dev” package on your Arch Linux system.

trizen -S google-chrome-dev

Fedora installation instructions

To install Google Chrome DEV on your Fedora system, start by heading to the official Chrome DEV page. Once there, click on the blue “Download Chrome Dev” button.

When you select the download button, a pop-up window will appear on the screen. Next, find the “64 bit .rpm (For Fedora/openSUSE)” option and select it with the mouse. Finally, click on the “Accept and Install” button to download the package to your computer.

With the Google Chrome DEV package downloaded to your Fedora system, open up a terminal window. Then, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” folder where the RPM package is located.

cd ~/Downloads/

Inside the “Downloads” directory, use the dnf install command to set up the latest release of the Google Chrome DEV package to your Fedora Linux system.

sudo dnf install google-chrome-unstable_current_x86_64.rpm

OpenSUSE installation instructions

If you’re an OpenSUSE Linux user and wish to install the latest release of Google Chrome DEV on your system, you’re in luck. Google supports all versions of OpenSUSE.

To get your hands on the latest version of Google Chrome DEV, head over to the official Google Chrome DEV download page and select the “Download Chrome” button.

After selecting the “Download” button, a pop-up window will appear. Using the pop-up window, choose the “64 bit .rpm (For Fedora/openSUSE)” option. Then, select “Accept and Install” to download the package to your computer.

With the package downloaded, open up a terminal window and use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads/

Inside the “Downloads” folder, run the zypper install command to set up the latest version of Google Chrome DEV on your OpenSUSE Linux computer.

sudo zypper install google-chrome-unstable_current_x86_64.rpm

 

 

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