How to install Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04

Introduction

Google Chrome is one of the most popular modern web browsers and this tutorial will show you how to quickly install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04.

Note: This tutorial should also work for other versions of Ubuntu too!

Download and install Google Chrome via GUI

If you’re new to Linux or just prefer using the GUI, then downloading and installing Google Chrome via GUI is probably going to be the easiest method for you so let’s get started!

You’ll first want to bring up the official Google Chrome website at: https://www.google.com/chrome/ and click on the Download Chrome button.

Google Chrome Official Website Screenshot

When you click on the Download Chrome button it will bring up a prompt asking you to select .deb or .rpm, you want to select 64-bit .deb for Debian/Ubuntu and click the “Accept and Install” button.

This will bring up a prompt asking you if you would like to open or save the .deb file and for this tutorial I recommend selecting the “Save File” option.

Save Google Chrome .deb file to install on Ubuntu

Now you’ll want to open the file browser to browse to where you saved the google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb file you just downloaded.

Right click on that file and select “Open With Software Install”

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu by selecting Open With Software Install

You should now see the Ubuntu Software Manager opened with “Google Chrome” listed and an “Install” button available. Click on the “Install” button and type in your sudo password when the authentication prompt appears.

Enter your sudo password during the Google Chrome install using Ubuntu Software Manager

Once the install is complete, you will now have the Google Chrome web browser installed on your Ubuntu system! You can find/open it by clicking on the Ubuntu “Show Applications” button on the bottom left of your desktop and then selecting the Google Chrome icon to open the web browser.

Ubuntu Show Activities button showing newly installed Google Chrome web browser
Google Chrome install on Ubuntu is complete!
Welcome to your new Google Chrome web browser!

Download and install Google Chrome via the command-line

If you prefer to use the command-line to install Google Chrome, these steps will show you how to easily do so.

First you’ll need to download the Google Chrome installer .deb file using wget:

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

Once you have the Google Chrome installer .deb file downloaded you can install it with dpkg:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

and that’s it! You can now try out your new Google Chrome web browser by clicking on the “Show Applications” button on the bottom left part of your Ubuntu desktop and selecting Google Chrome.

Updating Google Chrome

During the install of Google Chrome (whether by GUI or by command-line), a Google repo will be added to your system at the following location:

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

So that means whenever you update your Ubuntu system, Google Chrome will also be automatically updated too! Nice huh?

Completion

Thank you for checking out my tutorial on how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 and other Ubuntu versions! Leave a comment below if you need any help.

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