Install Google Chrome 85 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 May 2020) statistics and trends Google Chrome Browser has a 68% usages of globally and we can say it’s not an ideal alternative browser but it’s the best and 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, stable, and security. The Google Chrome stable build 85.0.4183 was released on 21 September 2020, 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 10/9/8, Ubuntu 20.04-18.04, and Linux Mint 20-18. However, the same installation instructions also work on older versions of Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint distributions.

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

Note: Google Chrome ends support for all 32-bit Linux distributions from March 2016.

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

2. Once it’s installed, launch Google Chrome Browser with a normal user.

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

Removing Google Chrome Browser

To completely uninstall, use the following command.

$ sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable
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36 thoughts on “Install Google Chrome 85 on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    [email protected]:/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.

  3. 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..

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

  6. 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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