linux, how to

Most users who want to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu tend to use an App Store or go through Ubuntu Software. What they don’t know is that Google Chrome isn’t available in any major Linux distribution archives, so it can’t be installed directly from the Software Center. Here we show you how to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu.

Content

  • Download and Install Google Chrome
  • Install Chrome Using Flatpak Library
  • Manually Update the Chrome Browser on Ubuntu
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Download and Install Google Chrome

Since Google Chrome is not found in the Software Center, we need to download the installer from its website.

  1. Go to the official Google Chrome download page and click “Download Chrome.”

linux, how to

  1. Select the package for your Linux platform. This may be the 64-bit .deb (for Debian/Ubuntu), 64-bit .rpm (for Fedora/openSUSE), or, if you don’t use either of those, you can get a community-supported version.

Note: if you are using Arch Linux, Google Chrome is found in the AUR. You can install it with any of these AUR helpers.

linux, how to

  1. On the same page, read the Google Chrome Terms of Service, then click the blue “Accept & Install” button if you’re happy with what they have to offer (or don’t care what is written on it). The installer file should start to download.

linux, how to

  1. If this didn’t work for you, try a direct download of Google Chrome for Linux.
  2. Once the download is completed, open your file manager and double-click on the installer package to begin the installation.

linux, how to

  1. Click the “Install” button once the software app opens.

linux, how to

  1. If prompted, enter your password.
  2. Wait until the Software Installer installs the Chrome browser.

linux, how to

  1. Click “Launch” once the install is complete to open Google Chrome.

linux, how to

  1. Customize your options.

linux, how to

Enjoy the Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu.

linux, how to

Install Chrome Using Flatpak Library

If you prefer a more direct method of obtaining Chrome, try using Flatpak. Chrome browser is available on Flathub; however, Google doesn’t support or manage the application on the platform, so you will be installing the package at your own risk. (You can learn how to install Flatpak on Ubuntu and other distributions.)

  1. Open the Terminal and type the following command:
flatpak install flathub com.google.Chrome

linux, how to

  1. Press Y , then Enter.

linux, how to

Let the Terminal download packages and install the browser.

linux, how to

Chrome will be installed successfully on Linux PC.

linux, how to

Open the menu and search for the browser.

Manually Update the Chrome Browser on Ubuntu

There are a few ways to update Google Chrome on your Ubuntu machine. By default, on a regular update, the system will update Google Chrome, too. But if it fails to update on its own, you can use any of the following methods to manually update Google Chrome on your machine.

Use Software Center

  1. Search and open “Software Center” from the menu.

linux, how to

  1. Click on “Updates” from the top menu.

linux, how to

  1. Click “Install” or “Install All” to update the packages.

linux, how to

Note: if your Ubuntu Software center is not working, we have fixes here.

Use Command Line

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Run the sudo apt update command in the Terminal.
  3. Type sudo apt --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable command to upgrade Google Chrome only.

linux, how to

Use Software Updater

  1. Open “Software Updater” from the menu.

linux, how to

  1. Click on the “Settings & Livepatch” button.

linux, how to

  1. Select “Other Software” from the top menu.
  2. Check the box beside the APT Line of the Google repository and close the window.

linux, how to

The Software Updater will notify you of new software updates when they are available for your computer.

Tip: not keen on using Ubuntu? Check out other Debian-based Linux distributions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Google Chrome package for 32-bit Ubuntu?

No, Google axed the Chrome 32-bit version in 2016.

Is Flatpak Google Chrome safe?

While Flatpak is an open-source project, the Chrome package on the platform isn’t monitored or managed by Google. You have to install it at your own risk.

Do I need to add the Google Chrome repository separately?

The Chrome DEB or RPM package has the repository info and saves it in the computer after installation. You don’t have to register the repository separately.

Do I have to update the Flatpak packages separately?

Flatpak updates appear along with the system updates. You don’t have to add the Flathub repository or download additional tools to receive or update the applications. Use the universal command sudo apt update and install Flatpak app updates.

All screenshots by Krishna Kumar Silvery.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Xiaomi phone with Samsung E6 OLED breaks Android display brightness record

Samsung recently showcased its newest OLED panel—E6 Super AMOLED—for smartphones that can reach up to 2,000 nits of peak brightness. It is the same panel used in the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Now, Android smartphone makers have started using the same panel, and Xiaomi’s ...

View more: Xiaomi phone with Samsung E6 OLED breaks Android display brightness record

Pixel 7 bug causes phone to freeze while watching YouTube and YouTube TV

Despite being one of the best Android smartphones on the market, Google’s Pixel 7 suffers from several annoying bugs and problems that users have to contend with. One such bug has actually been plaguing users since the phone launched, but complaints continue to spring up. 9to5Google reports that the ...

View more: Pixel 7 bug causes phone to freeze while watching YouTube and YouTube TV

How to Install Any Add-on in Firefox for Android

When Mozilla launched a re-designed version of Firefox for Android a few years back, it only came with support for a few add-ons – just for the sake of compatibility. Fast forward to present day and the restoration of full add-on support is not yet complete. The good news, ...

View more: How to Install Any Add-on in Firefox for Android

Newest Android version installed on a mere 5% of devices

Android 13 is out of the reach of most users. In contrast, virtually all iPhone owners can install iOS 16. Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac It’s considered somewhat controversial that iOS 16 has been installed on only about 70% of iPhones four months after its release. But that’s a ...

View more: Newest Android version installed on a mere 5% of devices

Just How Popular Is Mobile Gaming on Android Devices?

Mobile gaming exceeded any expectations regarding its profitability and popularity. Today is considered one of the fastest-growing entertainment sectors. It continues to attract new mobile gamers and expand the demographic of the gaming sector. In fact, it is one of the main reasons why gaming has become globally popular. ...

View more: Just How Popular Is Mobile Gaming on Android Devices?

Malware is Sneaking Into Google Search Ads

Malware and viruses always, always, find a way. You need to be extra careful while browsing online, but sometimes, malware can still pop up in the places you least expect it — including in Google Search ads. Hackers and malware developers have set up fake websites for popular pieces ...

View more: Malware is Sneaking Into Google Search Ads

Five months after launching, Android 13 is running on 5.2% of devices

In the past five months we’ve seen smartphone brands update their handsets to Android 13 as well as launch new models running this latest version of Android out of the box. While the likes of Samsung are leading the charge when it comes to issuing OS updates, there are ...

View more: Five months after launching, Android 13 is running on 5.2% of devices

You can now sign up for Twitter Blue on Android for $11 a month

Ahh, Twitter. Gone are the days of applying for and failing to get verification for unspecified reasons, with Musk’s vision of Twitter Blue you can now sign up and pay your way to a verified tick. And from today onwards, you can even do so via the official Twitter ...

View more: You can now sign up for Twitter Blue on Android for $11 a month

Amazon, Meta and Google are actually spending big on clean energy

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020) gets Android 13 One UI 5.0 update

10 Best Android Travel Apps To Plan Your Next Trip

First post-Android 13 update to Galaxy A72 brings January 2023 security patch

Galaxy A02 gets a new update but it’s not Android 12

Google is testing way to measure distance between devices via Bluetooth

Only 5.2% of devices running Android 13 five months after launch

Galaxy S10 Lite Android 13 (One UI 5) update reaches the USA

Everything you need to know on how to unlock Bluetooth support on the Stadia Controller

How to back up and delete your Gmail so you don’t have to pay for storage

Google’s rumored AirTag rival could be an Android moment for Bluetooth trackers

US unlocked Galaxy S20 is finally getting Android 13 One UI 5

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News