If you’re wondering how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, read on: in this post we show you how.
Since most Linux distros built around “repositories” those looking to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu first head to the Ubuntu Software app.
But after a quick search they find that Chrome is not there. In fact, it’s not in the archives of any major Linux distribution — nope, not even Ubuntu.
The good news is that it is easy to download Google Chrome and install it on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later, as well as on Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based distros that are 64-bit.
Before we go on do note inn this post we’re only showing you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, not why you might want to do it.
How to Install Google Chrome in Ubuntu & Linux Mint
It really is easy to get going, as you already have everything need to install Chrome on Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
Just pop open Mozilla Firefox (the default web browser on Ubuntu) and go to the official Google Chrome download page:
On this page you’ll be asked to “accept” the Google Chrome Terms of Service.
If you’re happy with what it says go ahead and click the “Accept & Install” button:
If that doesn’t work you can use this link:
When you click “download” you’ll see the following box appear. Make sure you select the “save file” option:
The installer package will download to your
~/Downloads folder by default (unless you choose a different location).
Once the Chrome download completes you can open your file manager and find it. To begin installation just click twice on the installer package icon:
The Software app will open. Click the ‘install’ button:
Enter your password when/if prompted:
The progress bar will shuffle along for a few seconds.
When the install is complete you can open Google Chrome by a) clicking the ‘launch’ button in the Software app, or b) search and open it from the app menu.
How to Set Up Google Chrome on Ubuntu
On first run you may see a prompt asking if you want to make Google Chrome your default browser on Ubuntu:
If you do, check the box and click “Ok” to proceed.
If you don’t want to make Chrome the default browser 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.
Google Chrome will open and you’ll see a (mostly empty) browser window.
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.
Google Chrome and 32 bit Linux
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:
This article is part of our Ubuntu Basics series aimed at new users.