2 Ways to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

This tutorial is for Linux beginners, showing 2 ways to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. 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-get install chromium-browser

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 the Graphical Way

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

google chrome ubuntu 16.04

Then select the first option (64 bit .deb package), click Accept and Install.

install google chrome on ubuntu 16.04

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

google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb_006

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. 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.

Ubuntu Software_install google chrome

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

google chrome browser

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

google-chrome-stable

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Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 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 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

Press CTRL+O to save the file. Then 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.

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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  • Ray

    I installed google chrome by command line as instructed above. When I click on google chrome nothing happens (Ubuntu 16.04) What can I do to get google chrome to work?

    • Which desktop environment are you using? I tested the command line in Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Mate. Both works fine.

  • Cleo Giannopoulos

    Which command should i use to open chrome in terminal from now on?

    • Stable version:

      google-chrome-stable

      beta version:

      google-chrome-beta

      unstable version:

      google-chrome-unstable
  • David Gillooly

    Chrome Video display is scrambled and unusable

  • peter

    not sure if this worked or not. But it seemed to fail on the final step

    sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

    which resulted in:

    Package google-chrome-stable is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    
    E: Package 'google-chrome-stable' has no installation candidate

    who knows?

    • brad

      I installed chrome stable just a few minutes ago (about 3 hours after you posted). It worked perfect for me.

      I’m not a Linux expert but I would check the sources.list file and make sure you added the line for chrome-stable correctly. I put the following…

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

      …and it worked perfect, no error message, I’m watching Netflix on it as I type this.

      • Hi brad. Thanks for the tip. To nicely display code, you can use HTML pre tag to wrap the code in Disqus comment system like below.

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

    I am really not having much luck. to back up, I resorted to trying to install “the command line way” because the “graphical way” also seemed to fail.
    to recap (in case anyone can assist) I followed all the steps shown and all seemed good – download, Installer popped up, clicked on INSTALL, seemed to install, (though then it prompted me to INSTALL again) and finally the Installer was showing the option REMOVE (which seemed reassuring.)
    but there’s no Chrome installed that I can tell. When I Search My Computer for “Chrome” I get nothing under Applications.
    reboot (yea, probably a useless throwback to my early Windows days) did nothing.

    any suggestions?

    In the meanwhile, I will try the Command Line install again, looking for where I might have slipped up.

  • peter

    yea, still no joy. again, at the last step I get the result:

    “Package google-chrome-stable is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘google-chrome-stable’ has no installation candidate”

  • peter

    not that it matters much. the World Series is over and that was really what I wanted to use Chrome to cast.