This beginner’s guide explains the steps to install the latest Google Chrome in Ubuntu Linux and other distributions such as Fedora, CentOS, or RHEL.
Google Chrome is the world’s most used Web Browser today. Developed by Google, forked from Chromium, the browser’s market share is increasing despite competition from Firefox. The main reason is the close Google service integration.
The Google Chrome web browser is a close source software although it is forked from Chromium which is open source. Hence it is not traditionally available in official Linux repositories of respective distributions. But still, you can install it from the official Google website, very easily. This is how.
Installing the latest Google Chrome
You can install the latest Google Chrome in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions in either graphical way or the terminal way. Both the steps present below.
Installing in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other derivatives
Open the default browser Firefox in your Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or similar distributions. Firefox is the default browser installed. You can find it via the application menu.
Go to official Google Chrome download page by clicking below link.
Click on the Download Chome button on the above page. In the next popup, select *.deb for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other similar derivatives such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, elementary, etc.
Remember Google Chrome only have 64 bit installer.
Select deb and click Accept and Install. And wait until the deb file is downloaded. After download, click on the file, it should open up the default Software for installation. Click on the Install button to install the package.
You can also run below commands in sequence to install Google Chrome via terminal.
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
Installing in Fedora, CentOS, RHEL
To install Google Chrome in Fedora, CentOS or RHEL (Reh Hat Enterprise Linux), download the rpm package. Open Firefox or any browser, then go to the below link.
Click on the download button and Choose RPM package and click Accept and Install. After download, click on the package to install.
You can also run below commands in sequence to install Google Chrome via the terminal in Fedora, CentOS, RHEL:
sudo dnf localinstall google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
Starting Google Chrome
After installation is complete, you can find the Google Chrome in the application menu.
When you first Google Chrome, you will see a popup to make it a default browser. Choose your option and continue. Google Chrome window should open.
Now you can log in to your Google Account and sync your bookmarks, history, and other browsing options across devices. You can also import your bookmarks from other browsers such as Firefox, Opera.
Updating Google Chrome
Updating Google Chrome with the latest version is very easy. When you install Google Chrome, it adds an entry off official Google repo to distribution’s repo list. So it will automatically get updated whenever Google pushes updates for Chrome. So you do not need to manually update Google chrome.
I hope this guide helped you to install the latest Google Chrome in your favorite Linux distribution. This guide is application to all latest Ubuntu releases such as Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20, Fedora 32 and other distributions.
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