Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, Debian 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 February 2023) statistics and trends Google Chrome Browser has a 65.76% usage globally and we can say it’s not an ideal alternative browser but it’s the best and most widely used internet browser, which uses the WebKit layout engine.

Google Chrome is a popular browser because of its simplicity, load quickly i.e. speed, customizable, stability, and security. The Google Chrome stable build 113.0.5672.92 was released on 8th May 2023, for Windows, Mac, and Linux with a number of fixes and improvements.

In this post, we’ll show you some easy steps to install Google Chrome Browser in Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint.

There are two official ways to install the Chrome browser, the one is using Google Chrome PPA and the other method is, directly downloading and installing ‘.deb‘ package. We will show you both ways so that you can select whatever method you feel is easy.

Install Google Chrome Using PPA

1. We use Google’s official Linux software repository (PPA) that will automatically install and configure the settings needed to keep your Chrome browser up-to-date.

Before installing the 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 them on the system.

On Debian-based systems (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.), use the following wget command to download the key and then use ‘apt-key‘ to add it to the system.

$ wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

2. After adding the key, run the following command to add a Chrome repository to your system sources.

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

3. After adding the Chrome repository, you must do a system update to update the newly added Chrome repository, using the following apt command.

$ sudo apt update

4. Now, Google PPA provides three Chrome versions (stable, beta, and unstable), so install whatever version you prefer.

$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable    [Stable Release]
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta      [Beta Release]
$ sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable  [Unstable Release]

Install Google Chrome Using Deb Package

1. Go to the Google Chrome download page and select your package or you can use the following wget command to download and install the latest version.

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

2. Once it’s installed, launch the Google Chrome browser with a regular user.

$ google-chrome-stable
Google Chrome Preview
Google Chrome Preview

Uninstall Google Chrome From Ubuntu

To completely uninstall Google Chrome from Ubuntu, use the following command.

$ sudo dpkg -r google-chrome-stable
$ sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable

When prompted, enter your user password, which will completely remove Google Chrome from your Ubuntu along with the configuration files.

Ravi Saive
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  1. Chrome is a data harvesting program masquerading as a web browser. If you want Google to know your every step on the ‘Net, install and use Chrome.

  2. That’s not a PPA. That’s a (debian) repository. PPA is the term Launchpad uses for the repositories it publishes, and it means Personal Package Archive. Google’s repository is official, not personal.

  3. I am using Linux Mint 18 64-bit and I am trying to do Step 2. The problem is that Terminal does not send any answer to me when I typed the command;

    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'.

    Does it mean that it has been already added to the repository or Terminal didn’t understand the directory?

  4. Wow! This will help a LOT of Linux users. Just asking, how do I install Chromium (the open source chrome) version 55 on Raspberry Pi. I know how to install 53, but not 54 or 55. Cheers! Chas :D

  5. Ravi,
    Thank u very much!
    But effort to update sources brings following error!

    sudo apt-get update
    Ign:1 stable InRelease
    Get:2 xenial-security InRelease [94.5 kB]
    Get:3 stable Release [1,189 B]
    Hit:4 xenial InRelease
    Get:5 stable Release.gpg [916 B]
    Get:6 xenial-updates InRelease [94.5 kB]
    Hit:7 xenial InRelease
    Get:8 xenial-backports InRelease [92.2 kB]
    Fetched 283 kB in 1s (221 kB/s)
    Reading package lists… Done
    N: Skipping acquire of configured file ‘main/binary-i386/Packages’ as repository ‘ stable InRelease’ doesn’t support architecture ‘i386’

    Hence can’t install chrome either with this or downloading the installer which is for AMD architecture and my machine is Intelx86.
    Pl help!

    • @Vishal,

      The error is clear that you are using i386 architecture, and Google Chrome stopped support for 32-bit systems, it’s time to move to 64-bit for better application support..

  6. Ravi, Thanks for this article. I am a new user. I tried to install using the 2nd method and I am getting errors lib* and lsb-base. If possible, please help. Thank you. Here is the log.

    I have LinuxMint 13.

    $ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
    [sudo] password for d***:
    Selecting previously unselected package google-chrome-stable.
    (Reading database … 176421 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking google-chrome-stable (from google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-stable:
    google-chrome-stable depends on libnss3 (>= 3.17.2); however:
    Version of libnss3 on system is 3.13.1.with.ckbi.1.88-1ubuntu6.
    google-chrome-stable depends on libstdc++6 (>= 4.8.0); however:
    Version of libstdc++6 on system is 4.6.3-1ubuntu5.
    google-chrome-stable depends on lsb-base (>= 4.1); however:
    Version of lsb-base on system is 4.0-0ubuntu20.
    dpkg: error processing google-chrome-stable (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for menu …
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon …
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index…
    Processing triggers for man-db …
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  7. Does not work on AMD 64bits machine that implements retro-compatibility with Intel 32 bits ( machines that answer to uname -a with i686 ) , when trying to execute it produces the error :

    /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable: line 74: /opt/google/chrome/chrome: cannot execute binary file: Exec format error

  8. Hi, I have tried to install google chrome on debian 6.0.2 ( AMD64 System) using both the methods. But i got only error messages.
    The terminal messages obtained are given below.

    root@X:/home/X# sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
    (Reading database … 97295 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking google-chrome-stable (from google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb) …
    dpkg-deb (subprocess): short read on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy
    xz: (stdin): Unexpected end of input
    dpkg-deb: subprocess returned error exit status 1
    dpkg: error processing google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb (–install):
    short read on buffer copy for backend dpkg-deb during `./opt/google/chrome/chrome’
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
    Processing triggers for man-db …
    Processing triggers for menu …
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    Please help me in this regard.

      • Hi I get dependency problems:

        dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-stable:
        google-chrome-stable depends on libappindicator1; however:
        Package libappindicator1 is not installed.
        google-chrome-stable depends on libcurl3; however:
        Package libcurl3 is not installed.

        Attempting to install missing packages says they’re not found. Running sudo apt-get install -f does nothing

        • @Col,

          Please run the below command to fix it.

          $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -f

          Once that’s complete, Google Chrome will install without any errors..

    • @Pradeep,

      If you still get the same error ouput, remove the current downloaded Google Chrome .deb file and download a fresh copy again and install it.

  9. How to install google chrome on debian 6.0.2 ? I tried both the above steps and got error messages… Please help me..

    • @Pradeep,

      The given instructions should work without any errors, but could you share what error you getting while installing Google Chrome on Debian?

    • @Ray,

      On which Linux distribution and architecture are you trying to install? Google Chrome no longer supports 32-bit OS starting from February this year..

      • Hi Ravi,

        I have just bought a Raspberry Pi 3, and installed a Debian 8 OS. Wanted to see if there is anything better than its installed browser…

        • @Ray,

          Wow that’s really cool, even I was thinking to buy Raspberry Pi 3 for me since last 2 months, but still not yet! Go for Vivaldi browser, much better and fast than chrome, here is the doc

          Also, Just a request, is it possible for you to create a article on Raspberry Pi 3 for our readers? I mean can you create a article on Basic Commandline Usage on Raspberry Pi 3 and share with our readers.

          For more information on how to submit artice and become member of Tecmint can be found at

          • Write about the Command Line ? LOL! I am not yet an adept. I barely know Unix nowadays, having started up with command lines (I was known as the MS DOS batch king, automating anything from compiling programs to just moving files back and forth) and I see Unix now has GUI ! (Show my age, ain’t it ? Yep COBOL and JCL was still a reality for me back then)

            I’ll be trying your suggestion of Vivaldi, but will also delve into Chromium OS, since the reviews I read said it had a good rating esp with playback of videos in Youtube etc.

          • @Ray,

            Oh sorry Ray, i though you an avid Linux user, no problem thanks. Yes, Chromium OS also too good, give a try to it..

          • @Riven,

            Thanks for the instructions about installing Chromium Browser on Pi3, hope it will helpful to Pi 3 users..

  10. For some reason this is not working for me. I used both techniques but when I tried to launch the browser by typing ‘google-chrome-stable’ nothing happens. Advice?

  11. Wouldn’t be better to mention Chromium? It’s the same browser without the propietary plugins, which are packaged separatedy.

    • The whole point of this article is to talk about installing google chrome on linux because you’ve never been able to do so before. You had to use chromium. Happy now?

  12. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m still a noob to Linux, been using it for about a year. I’m so happy at the speed and ease of use, and I’m dual booting in case I need to go back to Windows for something. The interesting thing is that this is happening less and less. I was using Chromium but started having some problems with some websites and someone suggested I switch to Chrome. Thanks again for your help.


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