Google Chrome 56 Released – Install on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint
Google Chrome Browser developed by Google Inc. is a freeware web browser licensed under Google Chrome Terms of Service.
As per Wikipedia (as of November 2016) statistics and trends Google Chrome Browser has a 63% usages of globally and we can say it’s not ideal alternative browser but it’s the best and widely used internet browser, which uses the WebKit layout engine.
The Google chrome is a popular browser because of it’s simplicity, load quickly i.e. speed, customizable, stable and security. The Google Chrome stable build 56.0.2924.76 was released on January 25, 2017 for Windows, Mac and Linux with number of fixes and improvements which contains:
- Added support for WebGL 2.0 and Flac
- Added HTML5 support
- Added number of new apps/extension APIs
- Plenty of under the hood modifications for stability and performance
In this post we’ll show you some easy steps to install Google Chrome Browser 56 (i.e 56.0.2924.76) in Debian 9/8/7/6, Ubuntu 16.10-14.04 and Linux Mint 18/17/16. However, the same installation instructions also works on older versions of Debian, Ubuntu and Mint distributions.
There are two official ways to install Chrome browser, the one is using Google Chrome PPA and other method is, directly downloading and installing ‘.deb‘ packages. We will show you both ways, so that you can select whatever method you feel easy..
Installing Google Chrome Browser Using PPA
1. We use Google’s official Linux software repository (PPA) that will automatically install and configure settings needed to keep your chrome browser up-to-date.
Before installing repository, we need to download and install Google’s Linux package signing Key that will automatically configure your package manager to verify the integrity of packages before downloading and installing on the system.
On an Debian based systems (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.), use the following command to download the key and then use ‘apt-key‘ to add it to the system.
$ wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
2. After adding the key, run the following command to add chrome repository to your system sources.
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
3. After adding chrome repository, you must do a system update to update the newly added chrome repository, using the following command.
$ sudo apt-get update
4. Now, here Google PPA provides three chrome versions (stable, beta and unstable), so install whatever version you prefer.
Install Chrome Stable Version
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
Install Chrome Beta Version
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta
Install Chrome Unstable Version
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable
Installing Google Chrome Browser Using .Deb Package
1. Go to Google Chrome download page and select your package or you can use following ‘wget‘ command to download and install the latest version.
Note: Google Chrome ends support for all 32-bit Linux distributions from March, 2016.
$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb $ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
2. Once it’s installed, launch Google Chrome Browser with normal user.
Removing Google Chrome Browser
To completely uninstall, use the following command.
$ sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable
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