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Ubuntu + Google Chrome

Quickly learn how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and up, step-by-step, with this handy tutorial.

You might have tried to install Chrome in Ubuntu by searching for it in the Ubuntu Software app, only to find that, sadly, the famed web browser isn’t listed.

This isn’t an error; most major desktop Linux distributions are built around software repositories with many well-known apps like Firefox, LibreOffice and others are available there, but Google’s flagship browser is not.

Good news: it is easy to download a Google Chrome installer and use that to install Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and up. You can also install Chrome on Linux Mint and other 64-bit Linux distros using the exact same installer.

Note that while this simple tutorial shows you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu it does not cover reasons why you might want to do use it. That’s up for you to decide!

How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu

google chrome in ubuntu

You already have everything need to install Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and later versions.

Just pop open Mozilla Firefox (Ubuntu’s default web browser) and load the official Google Chrome download page in a new browser tab:

Download Google Chrome

This is the Chrome download page, and before you can download an installer you’ll be asked to “accept” the Google Chrome Terms of Service.

If you’re happy with it says (do give it a read over) proceed to click the “Accept & Install” button:

how to download google chrome for linux in ubuntu

If that link doesn’t work use this one instead:

Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu (64-bit)

A few seconds after you click the download button the following pop-up will appear. Select the “save file” option, followed by “OK”:-

save-download file

The Chrome installer will now proceed to download to your ~/Downloads folder by default (unless you choose a different location).

Once the download is complete open the file manager and go to your downloads folder.

To begin to install Chrome click twice on the installer package icon:

screenshot of the nautilus file manager downloads folder with files in

The Software app will open. Click the ‘install’ button:

install Google Chrome using ubuntu software app

Enter your password when/if prompted:

Onscreen dialog asking for the root passwords

The progress bar will shuffle along for a few seconds.

Once the Chrome install is complete you can go ahead and launch Google Chrome in one of two ways: 1) clicking the ‘launch’ button in the Software app; 2) search and open it from your desktop’s application launcher of app menu:-

google chrome app launcher in gnome applications overview

Set Up Google Chrome

The first time you run Google Chrome you will see a prompt asking you whether you want to ‘make Google Chrome the default browser’ and whether you want to ‘automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google’:

dialog prompt to make chrome default browser

Check/uncheck the boxes per your wishes and then click “OK” to proceed.

If you don’t want to make Chrome the default browser in Ubuntu right now, but you think you might want to do so in the future, consider bookmarking our “How to change default web browser in Ubuntu” article for future reference.

Google Chrome will open and you’ll see a (mostly empty) browser window.

google chrome start page for new installs

Sign-in with your Google Account to sync your synced bookmarks, passwords and extensions (if you have any).

Stay up to date

When you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu using the official installer the official Google repository will be added to your system. This step ensures that you get all future Google Chrome updates automatically, as they’re released, via your desktop’s standard Software Update tool.

Btw, there’s no 32 bit Linux build

Google Chrome for Linux is only available for 64 bit systems.

Google axed Chrome for 32 bit Ubuntu in 2016. You can not install Google Chrome on 32 bit Ubuntu systems.

If you encounter a compatibility error after following this tutorial it’s likely that you’re using a 32-bit system.

You’re not out of luck; you can install Chromium, an open-source version of Chrome. This is available from the Ubuntu Software (or equivalent) app. Just search for ‘Chromium’ (minus the quote marks) or hit this button:

Install Chromium on Ubuntu

This article is part of our Ubuntu Basics series aimed at new users.

H/T Toby

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