How to Install and Update Google Chrome in Ubuntu

Most users who want to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu tend to use an App Store or go through Ubuntu Software. What they don’t know is that Google Chrome isn’t available in any major Linux distribution archives, so it can’t be installed directly from the Software Center. Here we show you how to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu.

Download and Install Google Chrome

Since Google Chrome is not found in the Software Center, we need to download the installer from its website.

  1. Go to the official Google Chrome download page and click “Download Chrome.”
Chrome Download
  1. Select the package for your Linux platform. This may be the 64-bit .deb (for Debian/Ubuntu), 64-bit .rpm (for Fedora/openSUSE), or, if you don’t use either of those, you can get a community-supported version.

Note: if you are using Arch Linux, Google Chrome is found in the AUR. You can install it with any of these AUR helpers.

  1. On the same page, read the Google Chrome Terms of Service, then click the blue “Accept & Install” button if you’re happy with what they have to offer (or don’t care what is written on it). The installer file should start to download.
  1. If this didn’t work for you, try a direct download of Google Chrome for Linux.
  2. Once the download is completed, open your file manager and double-click on the installer package to begin the installation.
  1. Click the “Install” button once the software app opens.
  1. If prompted, enter your password.
  2. Wait until the Software Installer installs the Chrome browser.
  1. Click “Launch” once the install is complete to open Google Chrome.
  1. Customize your options.

Enjoy the Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu.

Install Chrome Using Flatpak Library

If you prefer a more direct method of obtaining Chrome, try using Flatpak. Chrome browser is available on Flathub; however, Google doesn’t support or manage the application on the platform, so you will be installing the package at your own risk. (You can learn how to install Flatpak on Ubuntu and other distributions.)

  1. Open the Terminal and type the following command:
flatpak install flathub
  1. Press Y , then Enter.

Let the Terminal download packages and install the browser.

Chrome will be installed successfully on Linux PC.

Open the menu and search for the browser.

Manually Update the Chrome Browser on Ubuntu

There are a few ways to update Google Chrome on your Ubuntu machine. By default, on a regular update, the system will update Google Chrome, too. But if it fails to update on its own, you can use any of the following methods to manually update Google Chrome on your machine.

Use Software Center

  1. Search and open “Software Center” from the menu.
  1. Click on “Updates” from the top menu.
  1. Click “Install” or “Install All” to update the packages.

Note: if your Ubuntu Software center is not working, we have fixes here.

Use Command Line

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Run the sudo apt update command in the Terminal.
  3. Type sudo apt --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable command to upgrade Google Chrome only.

Use Software Updater

  1. Open “Software Updater” from the menu.
  1. Click on the “Settings & Livepatch” button.
  1. Select “Other Software” from the top menu.
  2. Check the box beside the APT Line of the Google repository and close the window.

The Software Updater will notify you of new software updates when they are available for your computer.

Tip: not keen on using Ubuntu? Check out other Debian-based Linux distributions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Google Chrome package for 32-bit Ubuntu?

No, Google axed the Chrome 32-bit version in 2016.

Is Flatpak Google Chrome safe?

While Flatpak is an open-source project, the Chrome package on the platform isn’t monitored or managed by Google. You have to install it at your own risk.

Do I need to add the Google Chrome repository separately?

The Chrome DEB or RPM package has the repository info and saves it in the computer after installation. You don’t have to register the repository separately.

Do I have to update the Flatpak packages separately?

Flatpak updates appear along with the system updates. You don’t have to add the Flathub repository or download additional tools to receive or update the applications. Use the universal command sudo apt update and install Flatpak app updates.

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