Regarding web browsers, Firefox comes pre-installed with all Linux distributions.

And yes it’s fast and reliable, and privacy-focused but we also can’t deny that there are some things that Chrome does better than Firefox, especially when we’re talking about extensions and if we use some other products from Google that also work better with Chrome.

So in this article, I am going to show you how you can easily install Chrome on Ubuntu Linux both graphically and with the help of the terminal (command line) so you can choose any option to install chrome on Ubuntu, whatever suits your needs to easily install Ubuntu on your Linux PC.

Install Chrome on Ubuntu

Install Chrome on Ubuntu using GUI

To install Google Chrome using the Graphical User Interface, you can follow the steps listed below –

Step 1 – Navigate to Google’s official Chrome Download Page

Click on the link below to navigate to Google’s official website to download the chrome .deb package.

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

Step 2 – Download Chrome .Deb File

You will see an option to download Chrome. You will need to click on it to download the file and it will give you a pop-up window that asks you to select your download package, the package list shown is 64-bit .deb for Debian and Ubuntu and 64bit .rpm for Fedora & Open Suse.

Step 3 – Save the .Deb File

If you are using Firefox to download the package, when you click on the Download Chrome button and accept install button on the pop-up window, Firefox will ask you what you want to do with the file that you’re downloading, and you will get two options, open with software install and save the file, you will have to select save the file.

Step 4 – Go to Downloads Folder

Now go to the downloads folder to access the chrome .deb package file that we just downloaded.

Step 5 – Double Click to Install Chrome

Double-click on the package file to run the installation. It will open a software installation page where you will see the option to install Google Chrome. Click Install and it will ask you for the admin password to be able to install. Now enter the password and hit enter to begin the installation of Google Chrome. 

Now it will start installing the application and after it’s installed you will see a “Remove” button instead of the “Install” button which indicates that Google Chrome has been successfully installed on your Ubuntu Computer.

Now to launch Google Chrome you need to hit the windows button to pull out the search menu and type in – Chrome.

You will see it listed as a program and when you click on it; it will launch Google Chrome.


Congratulations you’ve successful install Google Chrome in the Ubuntu Distribution using a graphical user interface method.

Install Chrome on Ubuntu using terminal

Most Linux Enthusiasts just turn to the terminal to get anything installed, and the good part is that it’s pretty easy to install any application through the terminal than using the graphical user interface method or software managers.

To Install google chrome on Ubuntu using the terminal follow the steps listed below.

Step 1 – Open Terminal

Open the terminal by hitting the windows key and searching for “terminal”.

Step 2 – Update and Upgrade the packages

Type in –

Sudo apt update && Sudo apt upgrade

to update the packages and archive.

Step 3 – Check if wget is installed

Type in

wget --version

And hit enter.

To check if wget is already installed in your system,  this is the tool that we will use to fetch that Chrome Debian package. If wget is already installed in your system you’ll see the version number else you’ll get an error, if wget is already installed you can directly skip step number 5.

Step 4 – Install wget

If it is not installed, then first we need to install wget in your system first. To install wget through the terminal you will have to type –

sudo apt install wget

And hit enter.

Step 5 – Fetch Chrome .deb Package

Type the following command in your terminal to fetch the 64-bit version of the chrome .deb package for installation since Google Chrome no longer supports 32 Bit, System architect.

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

Now hit enter.

Step 6 – Install the downloaded package

Now install the downloaded package and the following command in the terminal and hit enter – 

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

How to add chrome to favorites on Ubuntu

There’s a very simple 2 Step process to add your preferred and most used applications to your favorites.

Step 1 – Open App Menu

Hit the windows key to bring it to the application menu and start typing your preferred application name that you want to add to the favorites.

Step 2 – Right Click to Add to Favorites

When you see the application listed on the screen you can right click on the app icon and click on the option, “Add to Favorites”.

It would pin that certain app to the ubuntu Panel. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop that app icon from the app menu to the panel to pin it to the favorites.

How to update chrome on Ubuntu

According to Google, Chrome doesn’t get auto-updated on Linux but your package manager handles it.

So when you update the system through your package manager, in our Ubuntu case, say – apt, then it also updates google chrome stable to its latest versions.

There’s no other update manager to chrome like Windows and Mac so either it gets automatically updated to the latest version through system update or you can manually update it.

To manually update Google Chrome to its latest stable version follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Open the Terminal

Step 2 – Get Package Updates

Type

sudo apt-get update

To get the packages refreshed.

Step 3 – Upgrade Chrome to the latest version

Type

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable

To install the updated version of chrome.

Note – If you’re on Ubuntu 20 or above you don’t have to use apt-get necessarily alternatively you can just use the apt package manager to perform both of those tasks. The new command would look like this –

sudo apt update
sudo apt --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable

Conclusion

So it was pretty much how you can easily install Chrome on Ubuntu using both graphical and terminal methods and how can you add it to your favorite menu i.e. the Ubuntu panel and how to update google chrome using the terminal.

If you’re facing any issue in the midst of any of these processes and you’re not able to install chrome on Ubuntu or update it, feel free to comment down below, and I will try to help you to resolve the issue you’re facing.

FAQs Related to Google Chrome and Ubuntu

Here are some of the commonly asked questions about Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu or Ubuntu in general.

  1. Where is chrome installed on ubuntu?

    Chrome is installed on

    /usr/bin directory. If you’ve installed Chrome on Ubuntu you can find it by typing the following command into the terminal –

    whereis google-chrome

    It will give an output something like this –

    /usr/bin/google-chrome

    If this doesn’t give an output like this, it’s more likely Chrome is not installed and you need to install Chrome on Ubuntu again.

  2. Is there Chrome on Ubuntu?

    Chrome doesn’t come pre-installed on most Linux Distros. Majority of the popular Linux distros ship with Firefox as their default web browser. However, you can install Chrome on Ubuntu and pretty much all of the other popular Linux Distros out there.

  3. Can you install Chrome on Linux?

    Yes, You can install the Chrome web browser on almost all of the popular Linux distros out there. Chrome officially supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSuse, you can install chrome on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSuse directly but even on other distros than these you can always use unofficially ported versions of chrome. Otherwise, you can always use chromium which is what Chrome is based on. It’s available in the majority of the software stores.

  4. How do I open Chrome in Ubuntu?

    You can open Google Chrome on Ubuntu by pressing the windows or super key on your system and typing for “chrome”. You can right-click on the chrome app icon and click on “Add to Favorites” to pin it to your Ubuntu shelf for quick access.

    You can also open the terminal and type “google-chrome” to launch the chrome app in Linux from the terminal.

  5. Is Chromium and Google Chrome the same?

    The short answer is: No!

    Chromium is an open-source web browser, managed by Chromium Project. Opposite to that Chrome is a privately owned browser by Google.

    Although Chome is based on chromium but offers a lot more features and richness in browsing than chromium, it offers built-in support for media codecs to be able to play media on websites.

    There are many web browsers that are based on the chromium project. They take chromium as a base and make their browser on top of it. Many browsers like Chrome, Edge, Brave, and many others are based on Chromium. For me, the benefit is all chrome extensions work across all the chromium based browsers.

  6. How do I know if Chrome is installed on Linux?

    To check if Chome is installed on your Linux distro, you can open the terminal and type in –

    google-chrome –version

    It is the command to check what version of Chrome is installed on your computer. If it shows any version number that means chrome is installed on your Linux PC; otherwise this command will result in an error.

    Alternatively, you can also type the following command in the terminal to try to launch Chrome on your Linux Distro –

    google-chrome

    If this launches Google Chrome App that means, Chrome is installed on your Linux.

  7. How do I open Chrome from the terminal?

    To open chrome from your Linux terminal, you need to type in –

    google-chrome

    It will launch the chrome app.

  8. How do I update Chrome on Ubuntu?

    You can update Chrome in Ubuntu through the terminal using the following command –

    sudo apt update

    sudo apt –only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable

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