How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu : Tutorial for Beginners

Chrome is a web browser from Google. It is based on an open-source Chromium Browser, but, Chrome itself is not open source. Google adds many propriety features and releases it as a free browser.

It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux Operating systems. This fast, secure browser has lots of features.

Features:-

  • Free, Fast, Smarter, and Secure
  • Simple, Minimal, and Elegant interface.
  • Extensions and Theme Support
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Pop-Up Blocking
  • Bookmarks Sync

Let’s go ahead and learn different methods to install Chrome on Ubuntu.

Install Chrome on Ubuntu

There are two methods using which you can add Chrome to Ubuntu. First, using a terminal and second using GUI. Both methods are easy and covered below in detail.

1. Install Chrome using Terminal(Commands)

Open the terminal and download the Chrome .deb package from the official Google distribution site.

 wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Next, run the apt install or dpkg -i command as

sudo apt install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

or

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

That’s it.

Installation is completed.

You can launch the Chrome browser using the command,

google-chrome

You can also create a desktop shortcut using the commands below,

cd /usr/share/applications/
cp google-chrome.desktop ~/Desktop/

Make launcher trusted using

cd ~/Desktop

chmod +x google-chrome.desktop

gio set google-chrome.desktop "metadata::trusted" yes

Your desktop shortcut is ready.

See it in action – 

install chrome on Ubuntu Terminal

Note:-

Chrome gets installed under the/opt directory.

Chrome installation path in Ubuntu
Chrome installation path in Ubuntu

Next, is a graphical installation method and is good for beginners.

2. Install Chrome using Software Center(Graphical Method)

Open the Firefox web browser and go to the Chrome home page.

download chrome from home page
Chrome Download Page

Click the Download Chrome button. This opens the below page where you need to choose either the .deb or .rpm package.

Download chrome .deb package for Ubuntu
Download chrome 64 bit .deb package( For Debian/Ubuntu)

Google Chrome is available for 64-bit Linux operating systems only. The .deb installer package is for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Debian-based distros while .rpm is for Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Redhat.

Choose the .deb package and click Accept and Install.

Next, you have the option to Save File or directly Open With Software Install.

Open Google Chrome Deb Package for installation
Save the google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb file

Do not use the open with option. Use the file to save the file on your local desktop computer.

Now, locate the file on a local disk. Right-click on the file and choose the option to install or use the apt command as mentioned above.

Click the Install button.

click install button to start Chrome installation
Install Chrome

It should complete the installation within a second and you will get the confirmation message as below.

chrome installation complete and ready to use
Chrome installation is complete and ready to use

Getting Started…

Navigate to Activities and search for Chrome as shown below. Click to launch it.

Launching chrome in Ubuntu
Launching Chrome in Ubuntu

Chrome asks if you want to Make Google Chrome as the default browser and Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google when you launch it the first time.

Select/unselect as per your preference and click OK.

make chrome default browser
Make Chrome the default browser

That’s it and you are ready to use the Chrome browser, install extensions, and configure settings to personalize your browsing experience. Here are some tips to help you get started with Google Chrome:

  • Sign in to your Google Account
  • Customize Chrome’s appearance
  • Install extensions
  • Configure privacy and security settings
  • Manage your downloads
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Set up your default search engine
  • Manage your passwords
  • Utilize Chrome’s Developer Tools
  • Create and manage multiple user profiles
  • Take advantage of Chrome’s built-in features

By exploring these additional features and settings, you can further customize Google Chrome to meet your specific needs and preferences, ensuring a smooth and efficient browsing experience.

Updating and removing Chrome

The installer adds an official Google repository (google-chrome.list) to your system. You will find this file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory.

cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
### THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ###
# You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

So you can easily update Chrome using a software update tool or by running the update and upgrade command. This updates it along with other packages if there is a newer version available.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Use the apt purge command to remove Chrome from Ubuntu.

sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 20.04, and 22.04 and that it will serve as a great resource for other beginners who are looking to set up their own web browser!

If you have any questions or need help with your installation process, please reach out to us in the comments below.

There is a lot you can do with the Chrome browser, just visit the official Google site to learn more about it.

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