How To Install Google Chrome Within Ubuntu

The default browser within Ubuntu is Firefox. There are a lot of people out there who prefer to use Google's Chrome web browser but this isn't available in the default Ubuntu repositories.

This guide shows how to install Google's Chrome browser within Ubuntu.

Why install Google Chrome? Chrome is the number 1 browser on my list of the best and worst web browsers for Linux.

System Requirements

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In order to run Google's Chrome browser your system needs to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be running Ubuntu 12.04 or above
  • Your computer needs to have an Intel Pentium 4 processor or above
  • Your hard drive needs 350 megabytes of free disk space
  • Your computer must have 500 megabytes of RAM

Download Google Chrome

Download Chrome For Ubuntu

There are four options available:

  1. 32-bit deb (for Debian and Ubuntu)
  2. 64-bit deb (for Debian and Ubuntu)
  3. 32-bit rpm (for Fedora/openSUSE)
  4. 64-bit rpm (for Fedora/openSUSE)

If you are running a 32-bit system choose the first option or if you are running a 64-bit system choose the second option.

Read the terms and conditions (because we all do) and when you are ready, click Accept and Install.

Save The File Or Open With The Software Centre

Open Chrome In Software Centre
Open Chrome In Software Centre.  Screenshot

A message will pop up asking whether you want to save the file or open the file within the Ubuntu Software Centre.

You could save the file and double-click on it to install it but we recommend clicking the open with Ubuntu Software Centre option.

Install Chrome Using The Ubuntu Software Centre

Install Chrome Using Ubuntu Software Centre

When the Software Centre loads click on the install button in the top right corner.

Interestingly enough the installed version is only 179.7 megabytes which makes you wonder why the system requirements are for 350 megabytes of disk space.

You will be asked to enter your password to continue the installation.

How To Run Google Chrome

Run Chrome Within Ubuntu

After installing Chrome you might find that it doesn't appear in the search results within the Dash straight away.

There are two things you can do:

  1. Open up a terminal and type google-chrome-stable
  2. Reboot your computer

When you run Chrome for the first time you will receive a message asking if you want to make it the default browser. Click the button if you wish to do so.

Add Chrome To Ubuntu's Unity Launcher

Replace Firefox With Chrome In Unity Launcher

Now that Chrome is installed and running you might wish to add Chrome to the launcher and remove Firefox.

To add Chrome to the launcher open the Dash and search for Chrome.

When the Chrome icon appears, drag it into the Launcher in the position you want it to be.

To remove Firefox right-click on the Firefox icon and choose Unlock from launcher.

Handling Chrome Updates

Install Chrome Updates
Install Chrome Updates.  Screenshot

Chrome updates will be handled automatically from now on. 

To prove this is the case open the Dash and search for updates.

When the update tool opens click on the Other Software tab.

You will see the following item with the box checked:



Google Chrome is the most popular browser available. It provides a clean interface whilst being fully featured.

With Chrome you will have the ability to run Netflix within Ubuntu. Flash works without having to install extra software within Ubuntu.