2 Ways to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.10

This tutorial is for Linux beginners, showing 2 ways to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus and Ubuntu 17.10. The first method uses the graphical interface; the second uses terminal commands.

Please note that Google Chrome no longer provide 32 bit support for Linux from March 2016. If you are using a 32 bit version of Ubuntu, consider switching to 64 bit Ubuntu. Or you can install the 32 bit version of the open source Chromium browser using this command.

sudo apt install chromium-browser

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04/17.10 the Graphical Way

Go to https://www.google.com/chrome. Click the Download Chrome button.

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Then select the first option (64 bit .deb for Debian/Ubuntu), click Accept and Install.

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When Firefox asks you how to open this deb file, choose the default option to open it in Ubuntu Software (formerly Ubuntu Software Center).


If you choose the first option, Google Chrome deb package will be downloaded to /tmp/mozilla_$username directory. Once the download is complete, Ubuntu Software will automatically open. Click the Install button to install google-chrome-stable to Ubuntu 16.04/17.10. The version and installation size information can be seen in the Details section. 189.4MB of disk space! That’s huge for a Web browser.

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Because software installation on Linux requires root privilege, so you have to enter your password to authenticate.

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Once the installation is complete, you can start Chrome browser in the Unity Dash or by typing the following command in the terminal.


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Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS/Ubuntu 17.10 from the Command Line

For those of you who like to hone their command line skills, here is how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04/17.10 using terminal.

Press CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal window, then edit sources.list file with nano text editor. You need to enter your password.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Use the down arrow key to scroll to the bottom of this file. Copy the following APT line and paste it at the end of the file.

deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

linuxbabe@xenial: ~_011

To save the file in Nano text editor, press Ctrl+O, then press Enter to confirm. Next, press CTRL+X to exit out of this file. After that, enter the following command to download Google’s signing key.

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Then use apt-key to add it to your keyring so the package manager can verify the integrity of Google Chrome package.

sudo apt-key add linux_signing_key.pub

Now update package list and install the stable version of Google Chrome.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

If you want to install the beta or unstable version of Google Chrome, use the following commands:

sudo apt install google-chrome-beta

sudo apt install google-chrome-unstable

Google Chrome browser Linux version ships with a built-in flash player called Pepper Flash installed under /opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash directory.

You may see the following warning message when issuing sudo apt update command.

Target Packages (main/binary-amd64/Packages) is configured multiple times

That’s because the Google Chrome package created an APT line in file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list. You can remove the warning message by deleting that file.

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

As you can see, installing Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 16.04 is easy! As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter. You can also follow us on Google+Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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