How to install Chrome on Ubuntu

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Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the procedure on how to install chrome on ubuntu, I think you might be interested in learning more about this possibility and its implications from the point of view of the open source "philosophy".

Let's start by saying that Ubuntu generally includes it as the default browser Firefox. The latter goes very well with philosophy . of the Canonical operating system and guarantees many interesting features combined with a wide range of extensions.



Of course, in reality over the years there have been various "discussions" regarding some restrictions related to the name and logo of Firefox, implemented by Mozilla (the community that develops the browser), but in 2016 it was decided to make the program logo license free, so the "problem" is essentially gone. However, this did not prevent the emergence of numerous forks and certainly interesting alternative projects, such as Iceweasel e GNU IceCat.

But now let's move on to what interests you more closely: Chrome. The latter is a browser developed by Google and is not open source. To be open source it is Chromium, the project on which Chrome (as well as many other browsers) is based. In practical terms, the Chromium browser is very similar to Google's solution, but it loses some features related to the Mountain View company (data synchronization and more). There are also no automatic updates and there is no support for certain standards.

In short, those who use Linux distributions generally tend to favor open source projects, so there are many who prefer Chromium to Chrome (also for privacy issues), but no one forbids using the Google browser which, indeed, is very easy to to install. If you want to find out how - and it seems obvious to me, since you are reading this tutorial - let me tell you how to achieve this.



Allow me just one more little clarification before we begin. There are several versions of Chrome available for Linux: that stable, which I will focus on in this tutorial and is recommended for most users; that beta, which allows you to preview some of the features coming in the stable version; and finally that Dev potentially very unstable and with some experimental functions that it is not known if they will then be ported to the stable version of the program (indicated for developers who must prepare for any browser news).

How to install Chrome on Ubuntu

After having illustrated the general situation, I would say that it is time to take action and explain how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, both from the graphical interface and from the Terminal.

How to install Chrome on Ubuntu from GUI

If you are a novice user, who is perhaps only now discovering the world of Linux distributions, you may not have much intention, at least initially, to go through the Terminal.

In any case, you do not have to worry: although the Terminal remains a tool that can prove to be particularly useful, the era in which you had to go "by force" from it is over. It is therefore possible to install Chrome from the graphical interface (GUI) but, being a "closed" software, it is not possible to obtain it fromUbuntu Software Center, or the digital store pre-installed in the famous distro.

If you try to search “chrome” within the latter, the system recommends installing the browser open source Chromium. I have already explained what it is in the preliminary chapter, so if you are interested you could try to check it out.


I also give you important information: if you are wondering how to install chrome on 32-bit Ubuntu, unfortunately you must know that it is not possible to do this, as the browser it is no longer distributed in that version. Put simply, you have to use Ubuntu a 64 bit (alternatively, on 32-bit systems you might think about trying to install the aforementioned Chromium).


For the rest, to proceed, just connect to the official Google Chrome website, click on the button Download Chrome, check the box 64 bit .deb e premere sul pulsating Accept and install.

If you are using the default Firefox browser, you will be prompted if you want open the file with Install Software or save it. I recommend that you check the option Save file e premere sul pulsating OK.

Once the download is complete, open the file google-chrome- [version] .deb obtained, which you can usually find in the folder Downloads, accessible fromicon della cartella present on the left.

After that, theUbuntu Software Center on screen. All you have to do is press the button Install, if necessary type the administration password And that's it.

You can then open Google Chrome using the appropriate icon. You can find the latter by clicking on the icon Menu, present at the bottom left, and looking for “chrome” into search bar.


At the first start you will be prompted if you want set Google Chrome as the default browser e Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google. Make your choices, press the button OK and you just have to enjoy the browser!

For completeness of information, you can find the Beta version of Chrome at this link and the Dev version at this other link. The installation procedures are similar to those seen above for the stable version of the browser.

How to install Chrome on Ubuntu from Terminal

How do you say? You're not going to go through the graphical interface and would like to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu from Terminal? No problem, I'll tell you how to do it right away. I can assure you that even in this case the procedure is not that complex.


In fact, just click on the icon Menu, located in the lower left corner, look for the "terminal" through the appropriate search bar and open the latter. After that, type the command sudo su and hit Submit. So write the administration password and press again Submit.

Perfect, in this way you have obtained the necessary privileges to proceed with the installation of the program on your computer. To proceed, type the command wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb and press Submit. By doing so, you will find the appropriate one directly from the Terminal file deb relative to Google Chrome.

To install it, you just have to use the command dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb and give Submit. Perfect, that's it: the system will proceed to install the Google browser on your computer.

For the Beta and Dev versions, the commands wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-beta_current_amd64.deb and wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google must be used -chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb (also changing the extract command accordingly).

Once the operation is finished, you can safely close the Terminal window, press the icon Menu, located in the lower left corner, look for “chrome” and click onbrowser icon.

Perfect, now you have achieved your goal: you can start using Chrome on Ubuntu!

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