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Chrome for Ubuntu: A Step-by-Step Guide to Install Google Chrome on Your Linux Machine

Chrome is the most popular browser today by a huge margin. And unlike Microsoft, or Apple, Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, don’t have their own web-browser to ship with their OS. Therefore, Ubuntu ships with Firefox instead, like most Linux distributions. Why not Chrome? Because Linux, and Ubuntu, are free and open-source, and so is Firefox. Chrome is free, but not open-source, and uses proprietary code. But you can install Google Chrome on Ubuntu.

Chrome is indeed available on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions as well. You will not find it in Ubuntu Software, or any other Linux app stores, however. You will have to get the executable package file from Chrome’s website, as you do on Windows.

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu

Chrome provides a .deb as well as a .rpm package file for Linux distributions. Since we’re concerned with Ubuntu, we just need the .deb package, which can be installed on Debian and all debian-based distros such as Ubuntu. For those who don’t know, .deb files, called Debian packages, are the equivalent of a .exe file on Windows or a .apk file on Android.

download Google Chrome on Linux
  1. Visit google.com/chrome.
  2. Click on the Download Chrome button.
  3. With the 64-bit .deb option selected, click Accept and Install.

Once the file is downloaded, you can proceed to install it like you would install a .exe file on Windows.

Install chrome on Linux
  1. Open the Files app and go to the Downloads folder, or wherever you’ve downloaded the file.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded .deb file to open it in Ubuntu Software. Typically, it is named google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb.
  3. Alternatively, or in case double-clicking does not open the file in Ubuntu Software, right-click on it and select Open with Software Install.
  4. Click the Install button.
  5. Enter your password when prompted.
install google chrome on Ubuntu

Ubuntu Software will unpack the package file and install Google Chrome on Ubuntu. In case you’re having issues installing a .deb package with Ubuntu Software, there are other ways to install the downloaded file as well. You can install GDebi Package Installer from Ubuntu Software or use the command below to install it.

sudo apt install gdebi
GDebi package installer

Then, right-click on the downloaded .deb file, click Open with… and select GDebi Package Installer instead. GDebi is generally just a great tool to have if you install a lot of Debian packages. It’s faster than Ubuntu Software, and the window size is smaller as well. It just seems more convenient.

Google Chrome in app launcher

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu using Terminal

Another way you can install the downloaded Google Chrome package is through the Terminal. In fact, you can even download the package from the terminal. So, instead of using a browser to download, then the file manager to locate the file and then yet another app to install it, you can do everything in one app.

The Terminal is often the most convenient way of doing things on Linux. However, it’s not the most user-friendly way and many people find typing commands complicated. If you’re not scared of the Terminal, though, you can install Google Chrome on Ubuntu using Terminal. Ignore the several steps above, requiring several clicks, and just copy and paste the commands below.

First, download Google Chrome using this command.

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
install google chrome on ubuntu using terminal

Now, you can install the downloaded package with this command.

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

You can also use the apt command to install, instead, if you prefer.

sudo apt install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Regardless, either command will require your password, and then you will have installed Google Chrome on Ubuntu using Terminal. If you’ve already downloaded the Google Chrome package file using a web browser, you can still install Google Chrome on Ubuntu using Terminal.

  1. Open the Terminal. On Ubuntu, you can press Ctrl + Alt + T to do so.
  2. Locate the downloaded Google Chrome package using the Files app.
  3. Type or copy and paste the following command in the Terminal, and press space instead of Enter.
  4. Drag and drop the Google Chrome package into the Terminal to add its location and file name.
  5. So, your complete command is going to look something like this: sudo dpkg -i '/home/username/Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb'
  6. Press Enter and enter your password when prompted.

As you can see, the Terminal is quite flexible, and you can install apps using the Terminal at pretty much any stage of the whole process. For many Linux apps, you can even compile the app yourself using Terminal. Chrome is only available as an executable package, however.

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