Google Chrome is not installed by default in Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS 'Bionic Beaver' and Linux Mint 18, two of my favorite Linux distros. Installing of Google chrome is easy and simple but requires basic knowledge of terminal.
Google Chrome is not included in Ubuntu's repositories because is a proprietary application. As an alternative you can use Chromium(open Software center and install Chromium-browser - open source version of Google Chrome ). It cannot be installed by simply browsing the Software Manager. Instead, it should be installed by commands which:
- add repository
- add repository key
- update your repository list
- install the Google chrome package
These instructions works both on Ubuntu 18 and Linux Mint 18(all versions Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE).
Install Google chrome
You need to open your terminal by: CTRL+ALT+T and then type this commands:
echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | apt-key add - sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
Add chrome Icon
- Start Google Chrome
- Right click the icon in launcher
- Add to favorites / Lock to Launcher
- Go to start menu
- Section Internet
- Find Google Chrome
- Right click on Google Chrome
- From the submenu select add to panel or add to desktop.
If you want to test and use Google Chrome in headless mode(without graphical interface) then you can check this article:
If you want to uninstall Google Chrome:
Uninstall Google chrome Ubuntu 16.04
In case of performance issues or adding extensions:
Slow load of Google Chrome and adding extensions
Note: that Google Chrome is available only in 64 bit versions. A year ago Google decide to stop 32 bit version.