Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu
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Learn how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Linux distros in this easy-to-follow guide.

You may have tried to install Google Chrome by searching for it in the Ubuntu Software store only to find, alas, the world famous web browser isn’t available.

But don’t panic!

Although the Chrome browser is not available in the Ubuntu archives you can download Google Chrome manually and install it on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, or above. All you need is a working internet connection and a spare few minutes.

You can install Chrome on Linux Mint, elementary OS, Zorin OS, and other Ubuntu-based Linux distros by following the same steps below, though some of the screenshots will differ.

Installing Chrome in Ubuntu

Google Chrome installed in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

To install Chrome in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and above (or Linux Mint, etc) you first need to download the installer package. Open Mozilla Firefox (or another web browser) and go to the official Google Chrome download page:

Visit the ‘Google Chrome’ Webpage

Before you can download the Chrome installer you need to “accept” the Google Chrome Terms of Service. Assuming you’re happy to do so (give this a read over first) click the the “Accept & Install” button. The Chrome installer will begin to download:

Google Chrome download page

If the page above does not work you can download Google Chrome for Ubuntu using this link:

Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu (64-bit)

If you see a pop-up dialog asking “What should Firefox do with this file?” you need to check the “Save File” option followed by “OK”.

The Google Chrome download will start. The full installer is saved to your computer’s “Downloads” folder by default:

Save google chrome download dialog

When the download is complete open the ~/Downloads folder (unless you chose a different location in the previous step) in the file manager.

You’re now ready to install Chrome in Ubuntu using the Software app.

Double-click on the .deb installer package icon in the file manager (as shown below):

screenshot of the nautilus file manager downloads folder

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 as the browser is installed.

Once done, you’re ready to start using it. Search for ‘Chrome’ in the applications grid (or using your preferred Linux app launcher) to start browsing!

google chrome app launcher in gnome applications overview

Install Chrome from the Command Line

If you want to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu using the terminal run this command to download the installer:

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

Then run this command to install it:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

If you see errors about missing dependencies force install the missing packages using:

sudo apt -f install 

Set up Chrome for the best experience

The first time you run Google Chrome for Linux you will see a prompt asking if you want to ‘make Google Chrome the default browser’. If you want to do this (so that links you click in apps open a new tab in Chrome) go ahead and check the box.

You can always change default web browser in Ubuntu at a later date

You also get the choice to ‘automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google’. Its up to you whether you want to enable this or not, but doing so helps Chrome devs know what isn’t working.

Dialog asking to make chrome the default browser

Next, Google Chrome will open. You’ll see a (mostly empty) browser window welcoming you to the browser and asking if you want to sign in.

google chrome start page on ubuntu desktop

If you choose to sign-in using a Google Account (e.g., your Gmail) you will be able sync bookmarks, passwords and Chrome extensions between this version of the browser and versions you use on other systems.

Stay Updated

When you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu or a similar Linux distributions the official Google repository is added to your system. This means lets you install future Google Chrome updates automatically as they’re released using the Software Update tool.

Want Chrome 32-bit? It Doesn’t Exist

Google axed Chrome for 32 bit Ubuntu in 2016. This means you can not install Google Chrome on 32 bit Ubuntu systems as Google Chrome for Linux is only available for 64 bit 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 on Ubuntu. This is an open-source version of Chrome and 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

H/T Toby

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