Google Chrome is a cross platform web browser developed by the tech giant google.

According to July 2020 statistics, 65.89% of the people all around the globe uses chrome as their web browser which makes it as the most used web browser in the world.

Google chrome is based on an open source project known as Chromium. Even though google chrome is based on an open source project the browser it self is not open source.

Because of this reason most Linux distribution does not include it on their software repositories as a default web browser.

But what if you want to use google chrome as your default web browser? So here are two ways that you can install Google Chrome on Ubuntu.

Please Note

Google has discontinued chrome browser for 32 bit machines running Ubuntu. So make sure that you are using a 64 bit operating system before installing google chrome.

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu Using GUI Way

This is the easiest way to download and install google chrome on your Ubuntu machine.

  • First of all head over to this link. It will take you to the google chrome download page.
Google chrome download home page
  • Once you on that page click on the blue button which says “Download Chrome”.
  • When you click on the download button, you will get a pop up box to select the download package that you want. When it comes to Ubuntu you need to get the .deb package.
Select the .deb package of chrome to install in Ubuntu
  • Next click on “Accept and Install”. Then select the option to save the .deb file to your computer.
Save the .deb file on your computer
  • Once the download complete, go to your download folder. Right click on the chrome .deb file and click on “Open with software install”.
Installing google chrome on Ubuntu using software install
  • This open the Ubuntu software center and give the option to install the downloaded .deb file of google chrome. Click on the green color “Install” button.
Google chrome Ubuntu software center
  • Once you click on the install button it will ask for a password. Enter your account password and you should be good to go.
  • Once the password authentication is done google chrome will begin to install on your Ubuntu machine.
Installing google chrome on Ubuntu using the Ubuntu software center
  • After finishing the installation, search for “Google Chrome” (without quotes) in Ubuntu search. (You can get the Ubuntu search by pressing windows key + S in your keyboard)
Google chrome on Ubuntu

Congratulations. You’ve successfully installed google on your Ubuntu machine. Happy Googling.

Google chrome installed on Ubuntu

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Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu Using Terminal

If you are a terminal lover this method is for you. You can’t install google chrome using apt install chrome because google chrome is not included in the Ubuntu software repositories.

  • First get the .deb file of google chrome using wget. Use the following command to download the .deb file.
wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
Downloading google chrome Ubuntu
  • After finish downloading the .deb file use the dpkg command to install the downloaded package.
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
Installing google chrome using terminal

If you get any dependency error run the following command to install the missing dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -f

That’s it. After the installation process complete search for “Google Chrome” (without quotes) in Ubuntu search. (You can get the Ubuntu search by pressing windows key + S in your keyboard)

How to Uninstall Google Chrome From Ubuntu

In case if you want to uninstall google chrome from Ubuntu there are two ways to do that.

  1. Uninstall google chrome without removing the config files
  2. Uninstall google chrome completely

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Uninstall google chrome completely from Ubuntu

Run the below two commands to completely uninstall google chrome from your Ubuntu system. This will remove all the config files, packages and all traces of chrome browser from your system.

sudo apt-get purge google-chrome-stable
sudo apt-get autoremove
Uninstalling google chrome from Ubuntu

Uninstall google chrome without removing the config files

In order to remove google chrome without removing the config file run the below command in your terminal.

sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable

Here’s what you can do if you have a 32 bit Ubuntu installation.

As mentioned earlier 32 bit version of chrome is not available. If you have a 32 bit Ubuntu system these are the two things that you can do in order to get google chrome in your Ubuntu system.

How do I check if I have a 32-bit or a 64-bit OS?

  • First and most obvious option is to change your operating system from 32 bit architecture to 64 bit architecture.
  • Next option is to try an alternative browser that gives you the same experience as google chrome. My recommendation is to try Chromium web browser, which is also free and open source.

I hope you found this article helpful. Thank you for reading.

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