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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
Methods for installing Chrome on Linux
2.1.
Method 1: Using Terminal
2.2.
Method 2: Using GUI
3.
Installing Chrome on Linux using the Terminal
3.1.
Step 1: Installing wget utility
3.1.1.
Command
3.1.2.
Output
3.1.3.
Command
3.2.
Step 2: Downloading the Chrome Package
3.2.1.
Command
3.2.2.
Output
3.3.
Step 3: Installing Chrome
3.3.1.
Command
3.3.2.
Output
3.4.
Step 4: Launching Chrome
3.4.1.
Command
3.4.2.
Output
4.
Installing Chrome on Linux using the GUI
4.1.
Step 1: Open Chrome Download Page
4.1.1.
URL
4.1.2.
Output
4.2.
Step 2: Download the Chrome Package
4.2.1.
Output
4.3.
Step 3: Installing Chrome
4.4.
Step 4: Launching Chrome
4.4.1.
Command
4.4.2.
Output
5.
Frequently Asked Questions
5.1.
What is open-source software?
5.2.
What is a Linux distribution?
5.3.
What is a Kernel?
6.
Conclusion
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024
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How to Install Chrome on Linux

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Introduction

Linux is an open-source operating system kernel based on Unix. Some commonly used Linux distributions are Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, etc.

how to install chrome on linux

In this article, you will learn how to install Chrome on Linux, specifically on the Ubuntu distribution.

Methods for installing Chrome on Linux

There are the following two ways of installing Chrome on Linux:-

Method 1: Using Terminal

This method requires the least amount of user interaction. You can use this to install Chrome using just a few terminal commands.

Method 2: Using GUI

This method is similar to installing Chrome on other operating systems, and it simply involves using the default browser for downloading and installing Chrome.

Let us see both the ways to install Chrome: 

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Installing Chrome on Linux using the Terminal

For users familiar with the Terminal installing Chrome is a straightforward process. It only involves a few commands and minimal user interaction.

Following are the steps to install Chrome on Ubuntu using the terminal:-

Step 1: Installing wget utility

wget is a command line utility used for downloading files without user intervention. The latest Ubuntu version comes with wget pre-installed. 

Use the following command to check if you have wget or not:-

Command

wget –version

 

Output

command output

If you don’t see something similar to the output above, you should install wget using the following command:-

Command

sudo apt install wget

 

Once it is installed, you can move to the next step.

Step 2: Downloading the Chrome Package

We will now use the wget utility to download the latest .deb package of Chrome.

Command

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

 

Output

command output

Step 3: Installing Chrome

Now, using the dpkg command, we will install Chrome using the package downloaded in the previous step.

Command

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

 

Output

command output

Step 4: Launching Chrome

Use the following command to launch the freshly installed version of Google Chrome.

Command

google-chrome

 

Output

chrome window open

The next section will teach you how to install Chrome on Ubuntu Linux using the GUI.

Installing Chrome on Linux using the GUI

Using the GUI to install Chrome is recommended for beginners as the installation experience is similar to other operating systems.

Following are the steps to install Chrome using the GUI:-

Step 1: Open Chrome Download Page

Open the default browser (Firefox) and visit the following URL.

URL

https://www.google.com/chrome/

Output

chrome downloader page

Step 2: Download the Chrome Package

Click on the “Download Chrome” button to download the .deb package.

Output

chrome downloaded

Step 3: Installing Chrome

Open the downloads folder, double-click on the downloaded package, and open it with “Software Install”.

The installer window will appear, simply click on the install button and wait for it to install.

open with modal
installer

Step 4: Launching Chrome

Use the following command to launch the freshly installed version of Google Chrome.

Command

google-chrome

 

Output

chrome window opened

Frequently Asked Questions

What is open-source software?

Open-source software is a type of computer software whose source code is available for everyone to use, modify and distribute. It is usually used for developing software collaboratively with a community of developers. Some examples of open-source software are GIMP, KiCAD, Mozilla Firefox, LibreOffice, etc.

What is a Linux distribution?

A Linux distribution is a complete operating system based on the Linux kernel. It combines various software packages with the Linux kernel, such as desktop environments, system utilities, and package management tools.

What is a Kernel?

A Kernel is the core component of an operating system. It is an intermediary between the computer hardware and the software application in the user space.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to install Chrome on Linux using the terminal and the GUI.

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