How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to quickly install Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 desktop.

Google Chrome, a fast, secure and widely used web browser built for the modern web is easy to install and use on Ubuntu.

Google Chrome is not an opensource browser, and not automatically included with Ubuntu. You’ll have to download it manually or add its repositories to Ubuntu to get the latest versions.

If you’re a student or a new user, you will find out that the easiest place to start learning Linux is on Ubuntu Linux OS.

It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners. Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other device.

Step 1: Download Chrome Deb file

Like Windows and Mac OS, installing Google Chrome usually involves downloading the installer from its download page. You’ll need to use Firefox or another browser to get there. Open Firefox and click the link below to download Chrome installer package.

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

Click the ACCEPT AND INSTALL button. When you do, Chrome file should start downloading to your Downloads folder in Ubuntu.

When prompted what to do with the file, choose to Save File as shown in the image below. By default, downloaded files are save in the Downloads folder of your home directory.

Step 2: Install Google Chrome

Now that you’ve downloaded the installer, navigate to the ~/Download folder and right-click Chrome installer and select Open With Software Install.

Google Chrome Ubuntu

This should open Ubuntu Software app to install Google Chrome. When it does, click Install

After clicking Install you will be prompted to type your password and authenticate. Confirm your password and continue.

Google Chrome Ubuntu

Wait for the installation to complete. After a brief moment, depending on the speed of your computer, Google Chrome should be installed and ready to use.

When the installation is complete, go to the Activities Overview, then search for Google Chrome.

Ubuntu Chrome Install

Launch Chrome. You can then sign to sync and bring over your passwords, extensions and other data.

Install Google Chrome via Command Line

The entire steps above can be done simply with two command lines. If you’re comfortable using the command line console, then simply run the commands below to download and install Google Chrome.

Run the commands below to download and install Chrome.

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

After downloading, simply run the commands below to install from the same directory downloaded into.

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

That’s it!

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