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How to Install and Use Google Chrome on Linux System

Google Chrome is one of the most stable and reliable web browsers for internet surfing and downloading. Google also made a free and open-source version of Google Chrome Web Browser, known as the Chromium browser. About 60% of internet users use the Google Chrome browser to enter the internet world. Everyone loves the Google Chrome browser because of its simple, elegant, and decent user interface and synchronization ability. Installing the Google Chrome web browser on your Linux machine can open the door of hassle-free internet browsing. And of course, installing Google Chrome on Linux is not a hard task.

Google Chrome on Linux Distros


Most of the Linux distros are fully capable of installing and maintaining the functions of Google Chrome. When you choose Linux for security purposes, Google Chrome is the most recommended internet browser for you. In this post, I will show how to install and use Google Chrome on Ubuntu, REHL, CentOS, and Fedora Linux distributions.

1. Installing Google Chrome On Ubuntu Linux


Ubuntu is the leading operating system of Linux distribution. Very first of this post, we are going to see how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu Linux. There are two methods to install Chrome on Ubuntu. One is the terminal command-line (CLI) based method, and another is the graphical user interface (GUI) method.

Method 1: Installing Google Chrome by Gdebi Package Installer


Now I’m going to introduce you to all the possible techniques of installing Google Chrome through the terminal shell on Ubuntu. For starter, I am going to install the Gdebi Debian package installer on Ubuntu. With the help of the Gdebi installer, we can install any Debian packages very smoothly on Ubuntu Linux.

gdebi core install

After the Gdebi is installed inside the Ubuntu machine, we will now download the stable repository file of Google Chrome. Just type the installer command and hit the Enter button.

$ sudo apt install gdebi-core wget
$ sudo gdebi google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

After the installing processes are done, you can now launch Google Chrome by typing the package name on the terminal shell.

$ google-chrome

Method 2: Installing Chrome on Ubuntu by wget Commands


If you don’t want to install the Gdebi Debian package installer, here is the straightforward method. You can use a wget command to download the Google Chrome package on your Ubuntu Linux. And after the download is finished, simply run the Debian package (dpkg) installer command on the terminal shell.

You can update all Ubuntu applications from the Ubuntu terminal shell using the apt-get update command. But here is a method to show how to update and install only the Google Chrome on Ubuntu Linux. We are going to proceed with the update && apt install command line.

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

dl direct install google chrome on Linux

Once you have installed Google Chrome successfully inside your Ubuntu machine, now you can check the version of your Google Chrome, whether it is stable or unstable.

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

stable google chrome on linux

Method 3: Installing Chrome on Ubuntu by GUI Method


In this method, no terminal command lines are required to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu Linux. This process is moderately simple and easy. This method is helpful for them, who are just the newcomer on Linux. All you need is to go to the Official website of Google Chrome and download the chrome Debian package file for Ubuntu.

If you are visiting the site from a Ubuntu OS, the site will automatically detect your OS and ask you to choose whether you want to download or not. Just mark the .deb package and hit the ‘Accept and Install’ button.

deb download install

Once the .deb package is downloaded; you can now open the download directory. Then, right-click on the package file, and choose ‘Open With Ubuntu Software Center.‘ There you go; it will directly take you to the software center. Now you need to click on the ‘Install‘ button and proceed with your Ubuntu administrator password. You will be able to see the progress of the installation.

on store install google chrome on Linux

After the installation is done, you can find Google Chrome at the top search bar of Ubuntu. Click on the Google Chrome icon, and there you go! Your Google Chrome is now open. You can also open the software from the terminal shell.

ubuntu top search

2. Installing Google Chrome on Red Hat Enterprise


The process of installing Google Chrome on Red Hat Linux is almost the same as Ubuntu Linux. Here, you have to change the terminal command from sudo to yum. Rest of the procedures are the same as it was. There are two methods of installing Google Chrome on Red Hat Linux. First, I am going to show the terminal command-line (CLI) based method; then, I will show the GUI method.

Method 1: Getting Google Chrome On REHL and SuSE by CLI Method


To update the Google Chrome package on Red Hat Linux, you can use the following command line. I am using a wget command to download the package file. Then I will run and install the software through the yum install command. You can also check for updates of Google Chrome on Red Hat Linux. Now to launch the Google Chrome, just open the terminal, type the package name and add a & after the package name, and hit the Enter button.

$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
$ sudo yum install ./google-chrome-stable_current_*.rpm 
$ sudo yum update google-chrome-stable 
$ google-chrome &

You can also use the following wget  and yum commands in the terminal shell to download and install Google Chrome on SuSE Linux Distro.

$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
$ yum -y install redhat-lsb libXScrnSaver
$ yum -y localinstall google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

Method 2: Installing Google Chrome on REHL by GUI Method


Previously we have seen how to download the Debian .deb package of Google Chrome for Ubuntu. There we have also seen that there was an option to download the .rpm package as well. The .rpm package is for Red Hat Linux. We need to download the .rpm package to install Google Chrome by the GUI method.

I’m going to download the file in the Downloads directory. After the download is done, open the terminal and go to the superuser mood. Then open the download list and run the sudo yum install command to install the Google Chrome on Red Hat Linux.

$ su
$ cd Downloads/ 
$ ls
google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm 
$ sudo yum install ./google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

3. Installing Google Chrome on Fedora Linux


Fedora Linux is mostly used for server maintenance and networking. To install Google Chrome on Fedora Linux, you need to follow the simple terminal command lines that are written below. I am using the .dnf shell commands to perform the installation.

$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable_current_*.rpm
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

Once the download and installation of Google Chrome are done on Fedora Linux, we can update the package by the following terminal commands.

$ google-chrome
$ cat /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
$ sudo dnf update google-chrome-stable

4. Installing Google Chrome on CentOS


Those who are using the CentOS must know that the CentOS is based on Red Hat Linux, and with the architectural design of CentOS, we can run most of the Red Hat Linux commands to install a package of CentOS. We will use the wget command and yum shell commands to download and install Google Chrome on CentOS.

$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
$ sudo yum localinstall google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
$ yum install google-chrome-stable

To update and get information about Google Chrome on CentOS, use the following terminal command lines.

$ cat /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
$ yum info google-chrome-stable

After everything is done correctly, it’s time to run the browser on CentOS. To open the Google Chrome from CentOS, type the package name in the terminal and hit the Enter button. If you want to run Google Chrome in the background, just put a & sign after the package name and hit the Enter button.

$ google-chrome &

Getting Started With the Web Browser


Till now, we have seen how to install Google Chrome on various Linux distros. Now I am going to take a tour with Google Chrome to show the Chrome browser’s primary interface. At the very beginning, when you open Google Chrome for the first time, it will ask if you want to make it as your default browser or not. You can make any decision you wish to, then hit the ‘OK‘ button.

make default browser

That is the entire setup that you needed to know. After that, the browser will take you to the startup page. You can sign in to the browser to get all your bookmarks and passwords secured and protected. You will find a three-dot menu at the right upper corner of the Google Chrome browser; there you will find all the settings and configurations.

startup install google chrome on Linux

Removing the Google Browser from Linux


We all have overheard the problem against Google Chrome that: it consumes much more memory (RAM) than any other web browsers. I deny this accusation and want to add that, Yes, the allegation would be correct on Windows or other Operating Systems, but not on Linux. Hence, if you need to remove or uninstall the Google Chrome browser form your Ubuntu Linux machine, here is a convenient method to do so.

$ sudo apt remove google-chrome-stable 
$ sudo dpkg -r google-chrome-stable

To remove Google Chrome from other Linux distros, use these terminal commands to remove Google Chrome from Reh Hat Linux, Fedora Linux distros. You can also use the last terminal command if you’ve installed Google Chrome via the Python PIP installer.

$ yum remove google-chrome*
$ rpm -qa | grep chrome
$ rpm -e <chrome package name here>
$ yum -y erase google-chrome
$ sudo yum -y erase google-chrome
$ sudo pip uninstall youtube-dl

remove install google chrome on Linux

Ending Thoughts


Using an authentic and safe web browser can give you relief from getting enraged while browsing the internet. It has a vast number of browser extensions, and the search engine is set as Google by default. In this post, I have summed up all the possible ways of installing Google Chrome on Linux machine.

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