How to Install, Update, and Remove Google Chrome on Linux

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Google Chrome has remained a favorite among internet users for over a decade, even as other browsers have come and gone without gaining much traction.

The popularity might stem from Googleโ€™s support and heavy investments in laptop and mobile companies, allowing them to maintain Google as the default browser.

On Linux, Firefox is typically the default browser, but new users might find it inconvenient due to the need to transfer logins, bookmarks, addons, and settings from Google Chrome.

To sidestep all the hassle, simply install Google Chrome on your preferred Linux distribution and enjoy the same experience you had on your previous operating system.

Tutorial Details

DescriptionGoogle Chrome
Difficulty LevelLow
Root or Sudo PrivilegesYes
OS CompatibilityUbuntu, Manjaro, Fedora, etc.
Prerequisitesโ€“
Internet RequiredYes

How to Install Google Chrome on Linux

Google Chrome, a closed-source proprietary software, typically isnโ€™t included in most Linux distribution repositories, but you can manually add it and install it.

The process of adding a repository can differ based on the Linux distribution youโ€™re using, but donโ€™t worry; Iโ€™ll walk you through each step for popular Linux distributions.

Installing Google Chrome on a Debian or Ubuntu-based Distribution

Google Chrome is not part of the repository in this system, but you can easily install it by executing the following commands in order:

$ sudo apt install -y wget curl
$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
$ sudo apt install -f

Breaking down each step

  1. First, we installed the necessary dependencies (or, you can say, packages).
  2. Next, we downloaded the latest Google Chrome x64 deb package from the official site.
  3. Then we installed the Google Chrome browser from the Deb package.
  4. If there are any missing dependencies, you can usually fix them with this command.

And Tada! You have successfully installed the latest version of Google Chrome on your Debian or Ubuntu-based distribution.

Installing Google Chrome on a Red Hat or Fedora-based Distribution

In certain distributions, such as Fedora, the Google Chrome repository is included in the system, which can be confirmed by executing the following command:

$ ls -l /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

If you encounter an empty result in the output while executing the above command on other RHEL or Fedora-based systems, create a file using the following command:

$ sudo vim /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

Add the following lines for Google Chrome 64-bit:

[google-chrome]
name=google-chrome
baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Lastly, run the following command to begin the installation process of Google Chrome:

$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable

If you are using CentOS, you might need to enable the EPEL repository before installing:

$ sudo dnf install epel-release

Installing Google Chrome on an Arch or Manjaro-based Distribution

If you have an AUR helper like Yay installed on this Linux distribution, you can easily install the latest version of Google Chrome with the following command:

$ yay -S google-chrome

However, if youโ€™re comfortable with manual compilation and installation and donโ€™t have an AUR helper, then start by executing the following commands in sequence:

$ sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git
$ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/google-chrome.git
$ cd google-chrome
$ makepkg -si

Breaking down each step

  1. First, we installed the necessary dependencies (or, you can say, packages).
  2. Next, we cloned the latest Google Chrome x64 source package from the official AUR site.
  3. Then we navigated into the cloned directory.
  4. Lastly, we compiled and installed it on our system.

How to Launch Google Chrome After Installation

After installing the Google Chrome browser on your preferred Linux distribution, you can launch it from the application search menu.

locating google chrome on application search menu

The first time you launch it, you might be prompted for permissions such as setting Google Chrome as your default browser (depending on your preference) and enabling telemetry data (keep it unchecked).

google chrome welcome screen

When you are done, click on the Ok button, and you will be welcomed by Google Chrome asking you to login to your browser with a Gmail account to sync your bookmarks, addons, settings, etc.

Google chrome browser

Thatโ€™s it. You have successfully installed and launched the Google Chrome browser on your preferred Linux distribution.

Now, for any reason, if the browser keeps crashing while launching, try to launch it from the command line and share the output with us in the comment section.

$ google-chrome

#OR

$ google-chrome-stable

How to Update Google Chrome on Linux

Once you have Google Chrome installed on your Linux system, it usually updates itself automatically in the background whenever a new version is available.

However, if you want to manually trigger an update, you can do it through the terminal. Hereโ€™s how:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y                                                       #For Debian or Ubuntu
$ sudo dnf update                                                                                                   #For RHEL or Fedora
$ sudo pacman -Syu                                                                                               #For Arch and Manjaro

The above commands will update your corresponding system with the Google Chrome browser.

How to Remove Google Chrome from Linux

To remove Google Chrome from your Linux system, you can use the package manager that was used to install it. The commands to remove Chrome may slightly vary based on the Linux distribution you are using.

Here are the instructions for the different distributions mentioned in this article:

$ sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable                                                            #For Debian or Ubuntu
$ sudo dnf remove google-chrome-stable                                                         #For RHEL or Fedora
$ sudo pacman -Rns google-chrome                                                                   #For Arch and Manjaro

The above command removes Google Chrome and its unneeded dependencies.

Final Word

I hope you found this article useful. If you have any questions or queries related to the topic, feel free to tell us in the comment section.

Till then, peace!

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