How to Install Google Chrome Web Browser on Ubuntu 18.04 – Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google which is famous for being fast and the most popular browser in the world. It was first released in 2008 for Microsoft Windows, and then transported to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. The browser is also a major component of Chrome OS, where it serves as a platform for web applications
Chrome is not an open-source browser, and is not included in the Ubuntu repositories. Google Chrome is based on Chromium, the open-source browser available in the default Ubuntu repositories.
In this guide, I will show you how to install Google Chrome web browser on Ubuntu 18.04. The same instructions apply for Ubuntu 16.04 and distributions or linux distro other Debian based, including Debian, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.
Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. Read → How to Create a Sudo User and a Sudo Group on Ubuntu.
Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu
To install Google Chrome on your Ubuntu operating system, follow these steps:
1. Download Google Chrome
Open your terminal using a keyboard shortcut
Ctrl + Alt + T or by clicking the terminal icon.
Download the Google package
.deb The latest Google Chrome with
$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
2. Install Google Chrome
Installing packages on Ubuntu requires sudo privileges. Make sure you run the following command as a user with sudo privileges.
Install the Google Chrome package
.deb by typing:
$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
You will be asked to enter your user password. The output will look something like this:
Start Using Google Chrome
Now that Google Chrome is installed on your Ubuntu operating system, you can start it from the command line by typing
google-chrome or by clicking the Google Chrome icon (Activities -> Google Chrome):
When you open Google Chrome for the first time, a window like the following will appear asking if you want to make Google Chrome the default browser and to send usage statistics and crash reports to Google:
Choose according to your preferences, and click OK to continue.
Google Chrome will open, and you will see the default Chrome welcome page.
From here you can log into your Google Chrome account to sync bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings across all your devices.
Update Google Chrome
During the installation process, Google’s official repository will be added to your system. You can use commands
cat to verify file contents:
$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
Output ### THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ### # You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost. deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main
This ensures that your Google Chrome install will be updated automatically when a new version is released via your standard desktop Software Update tool.
In this tutorial, I have shown you how to install Google Chrome on an operating system Ubuntu desktop 18.04 You.
If you previously used a different browser, such as Firefox, Chromium or Opera, you can also import your bookmarks and settings into Chrome.