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How to install Chrome Ubuntu

Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser. If you’re an Ubuntu user, chances are, you’ve likely wondered to yourself, “how do I get Chrome installed?” Well, wonder no longer! In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Chrome on Ubuntu!

Before we begin

Before we begin, there’s something we need to go over. In this guide, we’ll focus on the various ways that Ubuntu users can get the Google Chrome browser up and running. However, this guide isn’t just for Ubuntu users.

If you’re using an operating system like Elementary OS, Zorin OS, Peppermint, Linux Mint, or other Ubuntu derivatives, the instructions covered in this guide will also apply to you. 

So, if you’re interested in installing Google Chrome on your Linux PC and you use an operating system based on Ubuntu, this tutorial is for you. Please do follow along below!

Method 1 – Install Chrome Ubuntu version Ubuntu Software Center

Most Ubuntu users rely on the Ubuntu software center to install software, as the command-line, while useful, is intimidating. If you want to get Chrome on your Ubuntu PC and want to do it through the Ubuntu Software Center, here’s how to do it.

First, head over to the Google Chrome download page. On this page, you’ll see several different download options available for Linux users. Look for the blue “Download Chrome” button and select it with your mouse.

After selecting the blue “Download Chrome” button, a pop-up window will appear. In this pop-up menu, you’ll see “Get Chrome for Linux,” followed by two download options. As an Ubuntu user, you must select “64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu).”

Once you’ve selected “64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” with your mouse, a DEB package will begin to download to your computer. Allow it to download. It should only take a few seconds to complete.

When the download process is done, open up the Linux file manager, and click on your “Downloads” directory. Then, right-click on the Google Chrome DEB package with the mouse.

In the right-click menu for the Google Chrome DEB package, select the “Open With” menu, and choose “Software Install.” By choosing “Software Install,” Ubuntu will open up the Google Chrome DEB package into Ubuntu Software Center.

Once the Google Chrome DEB package is open in Ubuntu Software Center, select the app’s install button to install Google Chrome!

Method 2 – Install Chrome Ubuntu terminal

If you’re on Ubuntu and want to get Google Chrome working but prefer the command-line to the Ubuntu Software Center, you’re in luck! Google has an official Google Chrome software repository for Ubuntu.

The repo is pretty useful. It provides continuous updates to the browser and also makes it very easy to install Chrome. Here’s how to get it working.

First, open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the Ubuntu app menu to get it open. Once the terminal is ready to use, execute the wget command, and download the Google Chrome repo key file.

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

After downloading the Google Chrome repo key onto your computer, you will need to add it to your system. This key tells Ubuntu it is safe to install software from the Chrome repo, so this step is essential! Please do not skip it!

sudo apt-key add linux_signing_key.pub

Once the repo key is added to your Ubuntu Linux PC, you’ll need to use the touch command to create a new file in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory. This folder is where users are instructed to add custom repos on Ubuntu.

Using the touch command, create a new google-chrome.list file in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ folder.

sudo touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

After creating the new file, open it up in the Nano text editor for editing purposes. To open up the new google-chrome.list file, execute the command below in a terminal.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

With the file open for editing purposes, paste in this line of code at the text file’s top. 

## Google Chrome Official Ubuntu Software Repo ##

Next, press the Enter key on the keyboard to create a new line under the code you’ve just put in the file. Then, paste in this second line of code into the file.

deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

After both lines of code are in the google-chrome.list file, it should look exactly like the example below. If it does not, you must re-enter both lines.

## Google Chrome Official Ubuntu Software Repo ##

deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Once both code lines have been added, save the edits in Nano by pressing Ctrl + O. Then, exit Nano with Ctrl + X. When out of Nano, run the apt update command to refresh Ubuntu’s software sources.

sudo apt update

Finally, install Google Chrome on your Ubuntu PC from the terminal by executing the apt install command below.

sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

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