How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 20.04?


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Google Chrome is the most popular and widely used web browser in the world. It is fast, secure, has great features and provides the best browsing experience.

Chrome can be installed on all major operating systems – Windows, Mac and Linux based systems.

Google chrome is not Open-source; therefore, it is not available in Ubuntu’s software centre. You’ll be suggested to install the Chromium browser instead.

Today, I am going to show you how to install chrome on Ubuntu.

You can follow this tutorial on any version of Ubuntu, I am using Ubuntu 20.04 in this post.

There are two ways to install Google chrome on Ubuntu:

1. Installing chrome graphically.
2. Installing chrome via terminal.

Apart from the two methods of installation, I will also give you some additional tips on using google chrome on Ubuntu and also show you how to uninstall chrome on Ubuntu if you ever feel the need to do so.

Pre-Requisites to install Chrome on Ubuntu

  • 64 bit Ubuntu system (32 bit won’t work).
  • An Active internet connection.
  • Sudo (superuser) privileges/access.

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu Graphically

1. Go to Google Chrome Website.

Download Google Chrome

2. Click on “Download Chrome” button.

Select and download deb file

3. Select the 64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu).

4. Click Accept and Install button.

5. Save the deb file.

Save Google Chrome deb file

6. Double click on the downloaded deb file.

7. It will Open in Ubuntu Software Center. Click on the install button.

install chrome on ubuntu
Install Google Chrome

Note: If it doesn’t open the Ubuntu software center when double-clicking, then right-click on the deb file and select “open with software install” or select “open with other application” and select software install there.

8. To start the installation process, it will ask for the password. Enter your account’s password and the installation process will begin.

install chrome on ubuntu
Enter Password to proceed

9. Once the installation is finished (usually takes a minute), you’ll see the remove button.

Remove button indicating chrome is installed

Google Chrome is installed on your Ubuntu system.

Now, to run google chrome

10. Click on the menu and find google chrome there. Then click on the chrome icon.

Running Google Chrome graphically in Ubuntu

Enjoy Google Chrome.

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Google Chrome up and running in Ubuntu

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu via Terminal

Installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu via terminal is easier than the graphical method (In my opinion).

1. To download the latest stable version of chrome on Ubuntu, use the wget command:

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
install chrome on ubuntu
Download Chrome using wget command

2. Now, to install the downloaded deb file run:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
install chrome on ubuntu
Install chrome using dpkg command

With the above two steps, Google Chrome will be installed on your system.

3. You can now run chrome from the menu (graphically). But, to run Google Chrome via terminal run:

google-chrome

Additional Tips on using Google Chrome on Ubuntu

Here are some additional tips for you to set up google chrome easily and quickly.

Add Google chrome to Favorites in Ubuntu

If you use Google chrome often, then you can add Google Chrome to Favourites for quick access:

1. Start Google Chrome.

2. Right click on chrome icon on the app sidebar.

Add Chrome to Favorites for Quick access

3. Click Add to Favourites.

Sync with your Google Account

If you use google chrome on various devices, you can easily sync all your bookmarks, settings, history, plugins and extensions by signing into your Google account from Google Chrome.

This will help you to setup google chrome quickly on Ubuntu.

Reset Google Chrome on Ubuntu

Note: Resetting Chrome will remove all bookmarks, settings, extensions and your browsing history.

If you want to reset the google chrome, you can do so without re-installing chrome on ubuntu.

Just delete the google-chrome config directory using:

rm -rvf ~/.config/google-chrome

If you feel unsafe while deleting the directory, then create a backup of the directory using the mv command:

mv ~/.config/google-chrome/ ~/.config/google-chrome-bak/

The above command will move (rename) the “google-chrome” directory to another directory named “google-chrome-bak” in the same location. This will reset the chrome and you’ll also have a backup of your old chrome data.

Updating Google Chrome on Ubuntu

When you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, the official chrome repository will be added to your /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory.

You can verify its contents using:

cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
Cat command showing google chrome repository file.

Because of this, Google Chrome will be updated along with the system updates provided by Ubuntu via the Software Updater.

Still, if you want to update chrome manually, you can do so using the following command:

sudo apt upgrade google-chrome-stable

Uninstall Google Chrome browser

If you want to uninstall google chrome for any reason, then open the terminal and type:

dpkg –list | grep google
dpkg command output showing google chrome

You will see the google-chrome package that is currently installed on your system.

Now, to uninstall chrome in Ubuntu, use “apt –purge remove” to remove the google-chrome-stable package.

sudo apt --purge remove google-chrome-stable
uninstalling google chrome in Ubuntu

The above command will uninstall chrome in Ubuntu.

You can check again using the dpkg command if its removed or not.

dpkg --list | grep google

Conclusion

This guide has covered everything you need to know about installing and uninstalling google chrome on Ubuntu.

It was pretty easy, isn’t it?

You can comment your thoughts. 🙂

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Rahul R Nair

Rahul is obsessed with technology and programming. He is also the founder of TechSphinx. Being a technophile, he is always busy doing some techy stuff or learning about the latest technologies. When not busy with his usual routine (staring at the computer screen) he likes to write and share his knowledge with the world.
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