Google Chrome is a web browser released by Google in 2008. This relatively new browser competes with other major browsers such as Microsoft Edge and open-source solutions such as Firefox.
Regarding usability, Chrome has become the most popular web browser available, surpassing Microsoft and macOS products and the legendary Firefox. This gives us an idea of how powerful and versatile it is.
With Google Chrome, you can expect synchronization through a Google account, many extensions that will make your browser your ideal workspace and a web console aimed at developers. In short, Google Chrome is the most used browser for a reason.
The fact that it is the most used, makes many novice users wonder how to install it on Linux. The process is simple and you will see.
Install Google Chrome on Manjaro Linux (GUI Method)
Manjaro is characterized by having graphical tools to facilitate its use among novices. One of these tools is the package manager, with which you can install many applications in a few clicks.
First open it from the main system menu.
As you can imagine, Google Chrome is not present in the official Manjaro repositories, but you can activate AUR to get more programs. To achieve this, go to the main menu (the three dots) and go to Preferences.
When you open it, immediately go to the Third Party tab and in the AUR section enable support.
Then, you will have to refresh the package list from the main menu in the Refresh Databases option.
Thereafter, you can use the search field to search for google-chrome and in the result list, choose the google-chrome package.
As soon as you click on the download button, you will be shown a summary of the changes to be made. Click on Apply to start the process.
When everything is finished, start it from the main menu.
Install Google Chrome on Manjaro Linux Using the terminal
Again, Google Chrome is not present in the official Manjaro repositories, but it doesn’t make the process complex. Let’s go for it.
First, open a terminal and update the whole system.
sudo pacman -Syu
After this, you have to install some packages needed to install packages using the
sudo pacman -S base-devel git
The next step is to download the
`yay file, which contains all the formula and steps for installing Google Chrome.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/google-chrome.git Cloning into 'google-chrome'... remote: Enumerating objects: 1089, done. remote: Counting objects: 100% (1089/1089), done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (554/554), done. remote: Total 1089 (delta 577), reused 1044 (delta 535), pack-reused 0 Receiving objects: 100% (1089/1089), 253.30 KiB | 10.00 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (577/577), done.
This will generate a folder called
google-chrome that you need to access. Optionally, you can move it to another location, such as
And create and install the package with the following command
During the process, the package will also be installed. If not, you can run
sudo pacman -U google-chrome-101.0.4951.64-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst
Just run it from the main menu and start using it.
Starting Google Chrome
No matter what the installation method is, once finished, you can launch Google Chrome from the main menu.
When you do, you will see a popup window where you have to create a password for the new keyring.
It can be whatever you want, but it should be simple, unless you share your system.
When you create it, the main Google Chrome screen will pop up.
The first suggestion before using it is to add your Google account, to synchronize bookmarks, passwords, history and so on. To achieve this, click on the login button and log in using the Turn on sync button.
There you will be taken to the Google login screen. Enter your credentials and once logged in, the synchronization will start.
Now you can use Google Chrome and surf the web in a fast and stable way.
Uninstalling Google Chrome
If you no longer want to use Google Chrome, you can remove it from the system. To achieve this, we just need to run the following command.
sudo pacman -R d
And you will no longer have it on your system.
Manjaro is widely used on Linux, and that is why we have to learn how to install Google Chrome on that system. As you can see, the process is simple, and you can apply it without too many problems.
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