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 http://gpdl.google.com/chrome/install/149.27/chrome_installer.exe http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html 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.

Screenshots

Chrome Home page
Chrome Home page
Chrome loading web page
Chrome loading web page
Chrome with multiple tabs
Chrome with multiple tabs

20 comments

  1. I was able to get Chrome installed and running. Only issue is that it wouldn’t load any webpages. I haven’t tried this on the default Ubuntu distribution, but it appears, to me at first glance, that this won’t work in Kubuntu.

  2. for other languages you possibly have to modify something. for german users the menu entry must be:

    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Lokale Einstellungen/Anwendungsdaten/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe –new-http –in-process-plugins

  3. for other languages you possibly have to modify something. for german users the menu entry must be:

    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME/Lokale\ Einstellungen/Anwendungsdaten/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe –new-http –in-process-plugins

  4. gchromewiki.com looks like it’s using the
    Chrome logo and Google’s logo… both no-no’s.
    Sridhar, please switch to the Chromium logo
    and remove the Google logo.

  5. why bother stuffing around with Wine if it can’t work with Ubuntu don’t bother with the thing, if they can’t be bothered making a version to work on Ubuntu why should we fart around with it Just wait till they get around to making a version that works

  6. Yeah, now that the Linux version works pretty well, most
    people won’t want to try Chrome with Wine.

    The download page for the dev channel (aka continuously-updated-alpha-quality-build) is
    http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel
    Installing from there’s the best way to get Chromium for Mac or Linux
    at the moment, as those builds are updated roughly weekly.
    (On Linux, your system’s normal package manager does all the updating.)
    I use it, and it’s working well for me except for Flash
    and a few remaining UI bugs.

    You can use the link Sebastien gave if you want the daily builds,
    but they’re a bit more unstable, and updating isn’t automatic with them.

  7. Yes, you can install Chrome from Ubuntu Software Center now. You can't do that in the past, when this article was written.

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