2 Ways to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

This tutorial is for Linux beginners, showing 2 ways to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. The first method uses the graphical user interface; the second uses terminal command line. Please note that Google Chrome no longer provide 32 bit support for Linux. If you upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 from a 32 bit Ubuntu system, consider switching to 64 bit Ubuntu 18.04, or installing Chromium browser instead.

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS the Graphical Way

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

google chrome ubuntu 18.04

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).

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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 18.04.

google chrome browser for ubuntu 18.04 download

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

google chrome for ubuntu 18.04 64 bit

Once the installation is complete, you can start Chrome browser from applications menu

how to install google chrome browser in ubuntu 18.04

You can also start it by typing the following command in the terminal.

google-chrome-stable

how to install google chrome in ubuntu using command line

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS from the Command Line

For those of you who like to practice their command line skills, here is how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 using terminal. Open a terminal window from applications menu.

google chrome command line linux

Then enter the following command in terminal to create a source list file for Google Chrome browser. Nano is a command line text editor, which allows you to edit text files in the terminal.

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

how to install google chrome in ubuntu 18.04 using terminal

Next, copy the following APT line and paste it into google-chrome.list file.

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

install google chrome browser ubuntu 18.04 from command line

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, run the following command to download Google’s signing key.

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

install google chrome ubuntu command line

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

To start Chrome browser from the command line, run:

google-chrome-stable

Flash plugin is disabled by default and will be eventually removed from Google Chrome browser by 2020.

I hope this tutorial helped you install Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, either from the graphical user interface or using command line. As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter to get new tutorials. Take care.

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13 Responses to “2 Ways to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

  • Michael Mitchell
    4 months ago

    I tried the simple way to no avail, then the way indicated using the command line. I get a notice about ttf fonts, which seems to want an ÖK of some sort, then it appears that the fonts are being installed,but they all stop at 9%. Any ideas?

  • Mysterion
    4 months ago

    Worked like a charm!

  • Eric Cartman
    4 months ago

    Thanks for putting up a good tutorial for newbies like me.

  • William Fernandes
    2 months ago

    short & good tutorial…terminal base commands worked nicely.

  • when i use this command :
    wget https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
    thi will apear :
    https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
    Resolving dl.google.com (dl.google.com)… 172.217.18.14, 2a00:1450:4001:80b::200e
    Connecting to dl.google.com (dl.google.com)|172.217.18.14|:443… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found

  • TheLoserAndFailure
    1 month ago

    Is there a way to install google chrome on a 32-bit ubuntu 18.04? or else ill install chromium, which worked on my other 32-bit machine (with ubuntu 12.04)

    • Not that I’m aware of

    • hwertz
      2 weeks ago

      Final Google Chrome for 32-bit x86 Linux was google-chrome-stable_48.0.2564.116-1_i386.deb . If you find that with Google and download it, you should be able to install it with “dpkg -i” or “gdebi-gtk”. Don’t bother setting up the Google PPA, it’s not just that there’s no updates any longer; it doesn’t have an i386 listing at all any more so it causes “some package update lists have failed to download” sorts of error messages if you do install it on 32-bit x86.

      That said probably chromium is the better way to go anyway.

  • TheLoserAndFailure
    1 month ago

    Aware of what?

  • TheLoserAndFailure
    1 month ago

    Oh okay. I’ll get Chromium instead then…

  • Kelly Carpenter
    2 weeks ago

    I received
    Bus error (core dumped)
    Anyway around that?

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