How to Run Google Chrome in Ubuntu

Google has not released the Linux version of Google Chrome, but that doesn’t mean you can’t test it on your Ubuntu. With the release of wine 1.1.4, you can easily get Chrome running in your Ubuntu in no time.

Note: Google Chrome requires wine 1.1.4 to work. If you are not sure of the wine version in your ubuntu, type in

wine --version

in the terminal to check your wine version.

Download Google Chrome to your home folder. (Do not download from the Google download site).

In your terminal, type

wine chrome_installer.exe

If you don’t like command line interface, simply right click on the chrome_installer.exe and select “Open with wine Windows Programs Loader“. This will install the Chrome as well.

The installation should complete very quickly.

Now, if you go to Applications->Wine->Programs->Google Chrome, you will see the entry to start Google Chrome. This entry contains conflicts which will load up a broken browser rather than the working one. To get the Chrome to work, we need to add another entry.

On the menubar, right click on Applications and select “Edit Menus“.

On the left pane, navigate to Applications->Wine->Programs->Google Chrome. On the right pane, click on the ‘New Item’. On the window that pops up, enter the following:

Type: Application
Name: Google Chrome (edited)
Command: wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe --new-http --in-process-plugins

Remember to change the USERNAME to your own username.

Now, go to Applications->Wine->Programs->Google Chrome and start Chrome by pressing Google Chrome (edited). Your Google browser should be in working condition now.


Chrome Home page

Chrome Home page

Chrome loading web page

Chrome loading web page

Chrome with multiple tabs

Chrome with multiple tabs