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How to Install Google Chrome DEB on Ubuntu


Which is the world's most popular browser today? In this article, you will see how to install Google Chrome DEB on Ubuntu Linux.


Table of Contents:


What is Google Chrome?:

Chrome is the world's most popular browser today. It is developed by Google LLC based on open source components (Chromium Project) and available for use as a Proprietary Freeware.

It is a fast, secure and feature rich web browser. Updates have been released quiet frequently. It is the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as the platform for web apps.

In Ubuntu, Chrome is not installed by default. Instead, Ubuntu ships their Linux operating system with Mozilla Firefox as the default web browser.

Therefore, if you want to use it, then we have to explicitly install Google Chrome on Ubuntu.

This most popular web browser is available to download for all commonly used operating systems in 32-bit and 64-bit architectures including Linux distros, MS Windows, mobile and desktop platforms.


Environment Specification:

We are using a Ubuntu Desktop virtual machine with following specification.

  • CPU - 3.4 Ghz (2 cores)
  • Memory - 2 GB
  • Storage - 20 GB
  • Operating System - Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS 
  • Hostname – ubuntu-desktop.centlinux.com
  • IP Address - /24


Download Google Chrome for Ubuntu:

Connect to your Linux machine by using the graphical console.

You can download Google Chrome for various Linux distros from their official website.

Open URL https://www.google.com/chrome/ in your existing web browser i.e. Mozilla Firefox.


Click on "Download Chrome" button to select your preferred setup file.


Since you are accessing this website from a Ubuntu machine, therefore, download page is providing us the Chrome downloads for Linux distros.

Select 64-bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu) package and click on "Accept and Install" button.


Your web browser is now asking for the action that can be performed on this DEB package.

You can either download and install Google Chrome DEB package automatically on your Linux operating system or you can save it on the disk for a later installation.

You should select the "Open With" option. This way the Mozilla Firefox will automatically open the  DEB file in the APT package manager.

After selecting the preferred option, click on "OK" button.


Web browser DEB package is being downloaded.


Chrome for Ubuntu has been downloaded successfully.


Installing Google Chrome DEB on Ubuntu:


After successful downloading your DEB package will automatically opened by the APT package manager.

Click on the "Install" button to start Installation of DEB file.


Since, you are not installing this software from an APT repository, therefore, installer requires authentication.

Enter your password and click on "Authenticate".


Installation of the most popular web browser is in progress now.


Your required software has been installed successfully on your Linux operating system.


Running Chrome Web Browser for the First Time:

Click on the "Application" button at the bottom of the left toolbar.


You have recently installed web browser on your Linux operating system, therefore it is not available in frequently used applications. Click on "All" to see all the installed applications.


You will find the Chrome icon there. Click on it to open the web browser.


Your web browser is starting for the first time, therefore, you need to configure some settings.

Select “Make Google Chrome the default browser” and click on "OK".


You have successfully started the Chrome application.

Open URL https://www.centlinux.com in your new web browser.


Your Chrome web browser is installed and working fine.


Update Google Chrome DEB on Ubuntu:

Update process is fully automated on Ubuntu, as well as other operating systems. Chrome browser will update itself as soon as an update is published by Google.



In this installation guide, you have learned how to download, install and update Google Chrome DEB on Ubuntu. Although, these steps are performed on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but the same can be used for installation on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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