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How to install Chrome in Ubuntu 20.04 correctly – {update 2021}

In this tutorial, I will showcase How to install Chrome in Ubuntu, Google chrome features and common issues.

This chrome step by step tutorial will provide answers to all questions asked by beginners to Install Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, 20.04 and Linux mint.

What is Google Chrome

Google Chrome is worldwide popular across all internet users due to its simplicity, security and fast browsing speed. Being a product of Google, chrome can be easily trusted for security and support of most apps, extensions and themes make it different in the family of browsers.

Some features of Google chrome

  • Fast, secure and easy to use.
  • Direct Google search can be performed from search bar itself, kind of direct help from Google 🙂
  •  Compatible with all operating systems (Linux, Windows, Mac and Android) and can run on all devices (PC, Laptop, and Mobiles)
  • Do customization, sync with your account, Import and export your settings and favourites anywhere, anytime and on any devices.
  • A chrome enterprise version is also available for big organizations and companies.

Pre-requisite to install Google Chrome on Linux

  •  64bit operating system (Chrome 32 bit Ubuntu version is not available)
  •  Sudo access to the root account
  •  Working internet connection
  • Install dependencies required for Google Chrome. if you don’t have dependencies installed in your Ubuntu, you may get an error related to package dependency. Mine is already installed 😉
    $ sudo apt-get install -f 

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Download Chrome for Ubuntu

By default, Chrome is not available in Ubuntu repository as it’s not open-source. Chromium Ubuntu is provided as an alternative to Chrome but it’s nowhere near to it in features.

There are 2 ways to download Google Chrome for Ubuntu 64 bit.

1.) Visit Google chrome website https://www.google.com/chrome –> click on Download Chrome –> Select 64 bit .deb package for Debian/Ubuntu –> Accept and install

2.) Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu 64-bit using the command line

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


Video tutorial

To make it easier on “How to install Chrome in Ubuntu” and “uninstall or Remove Chrome” for beginners, I have created a video also. Please watch, like and share, if you found it useful.

 

Google Chrome installation Steps

Steps to install Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 and 20.04 are approximately the same. so whatever Ubuntu version you have installed, these steps will work for all above mentioned Debian versions and Linux mint also.

I will showcase two methods using the GUI (Graphical user interface) for GUI Lovers and the Terminal method for CLI (command line) lovers.

GUI Technique – Install Chrome on Ubuntu

Step1:-

Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu 64-bit version, file name google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb”

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Step2:-

Make sure you have installed all dependencies as explained in pre-requisite above and have a check whether your system supports 64-bit or not with “lscpu” command. Mine supports both 32bit and 64-bit operating system. if it shows only 32-bit. Bad luck.. you can’t install Chrome on your Ubuntu.

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Step3:-

Go to download directory, select properties of “google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb” file and check “Allow executing file as program” on the permissions tab.

Then select the default application as “Software install” on “open with”  tab.

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Step4:-

Double click and install Google chrome on Ubuntu using GUI.

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Step5:-

Verify Chrome installation in Show applications.

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CLI Technique – Install chrome in Ubuntu terminal

Step1:-

Open Terminal by any of your favourite method. I do it by right-clicking on Desktop.

Step2:-

Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu 64-bit version, file name “google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb” with this command

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


Download-chrome-cli

Step3:-

Make sure you have installed all dependencies as explained in pre-requisite above.

Step4:-

Set the directory where you have downloaded Google chrome

$ cd Downloads/

Step5:-

Unpack or Execute file “google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb” with this command

$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

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Step6:-

Verify Chrome installation in Show applications.

Step7:-

Add Google Chrome to favourites, by drag and drop or just right-click and select add to favourites.

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I have shown you to install Chrome on Ubuntu, but what if you want to uninstall or remove Chrome due to any reason.

now I will show you how to uninstall google chrome on Ubuntu. Again using 2 Techniques, GUI and CLI.

GUI method to Uninstall Chrome

Step1:-

Go to Software install console and Remove Google chrome.

Remove-Google-chrome

Step2:-

Verify uninstallation.

CLI method to Uninstall Chrome

Step1:-

Open Terminal by Ctrl+ ALT + t

Step2:-

Run command to uninstall Google chrome deb package.

$sudo dpkg -r google-chrome-stable


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Step3:-

Verify uninstallation or removal of Google Chrome

Chrome-uninstall-verify

Common Issues of Google Chrome

Google Chrome freezes sometimes that can be solved by restarting forcefully. Don’t worry chrome will automatically ask you to restore all your tabs.

Google chrome crashes with the messageThe application Google Chrome has closed unexpectedly”. Either ignore or look for Plugin or extension, which is causing that crash. Try removing that extension, if it happens many times a day.

Summary

I hope, I was able to simplify the installation of Chrome on Ubuntu Linux. it’s not easy as apt install chrome but it’s not a rocket science also. To complete this tutorial, I also tried to cover the uninstallation or removal of Google Chrome from Ubuntu.

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