How to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 20.04 : Tutorial for Beginners

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Chrome is a web browser from Google. It is based on an open-source Chromium Browser, but, Chrome itself is not open source. Google adds many propriety features and releases it as a free browser which you can download and install on Windows, macOS, and Linux Operating System.

It is a fast, secure browser with lots of features. Some of the features are listed below.

  • Free, Fast, Smarter, and Secure
  • Simple, Minimal, and Elegant interface.
  • Extensions and Theme Support
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • Pop-Up Blocking
  • Bookmarks Sync

This article will guide you through the process of installing Google Chrome on your Ubuntu Linux-based computer system.

Install Chrome on Ubuntu

Google provides a .deb package for the Chrome browser which you can use to install on Debian-based Linux operating systems like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.  You can also use the software center to graphically install it.

Let’s see how to do it.

Method 1 – Install Chrome on Ubuntu from Terminal

Login to the Ubuntu system and open the terminal. Next, download the Chrome .deb package from the official Google distribution site using wget command as shown below.

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

When the download completes, either use the apt or dpkg command to install Chrome.

sudo apt install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

or

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

You can launch the chrome browser using the command,

google-chrome

That’s it.

Method 2- Install Chrome using Software Center ( Graphical Method)

Open the Firefox web browser and go to the Google Chrome home page. Click on the Download Chrome button. This opens the below page where you need to choose either the .deb or .rpm package.

The .deb installer package is for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Debian-based distros while .rpm is for Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Redhat.

Choose the .deb package and click Accept and Install.

Download chrome .deb package for Ubuntu

Next, you have the option to Save File or directly Open With Software Install.

Open Google Chrome Deb Package for installation

Open with – option download the files and start the installation by default using software install as shown below.

Save File – option allows you to save the file on the local disk. In this option, you need to locate the file on a local disk. Right-click on the file and choose the option to install or use apt command as mentioned above.

Click the Install button.

click install button to start Google Chrome installation

It should complete the installation within a second and you will get the confirmation message as below.

chrome installation complete and ready to use

Starting Chrome

Navigate to Activities and search for Chrome as shown below. Click to launch it.

Launching chrome

Chrome asks if you want to Make Google Chrome as the default browser and Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google when you launch it the first time.

Select/unselect as per your preference and click OK.

make chrome default browser

That’s it and you are ready to use the Chrome browser.

Updating and removing Chrome

The installer adds an official Google repository to your system. So you can easily update Google using a software update tool when a new version is released.

cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
### THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ###
# You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Running the below command also should update Chrome along with other packages if there is a new version available.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Simply run the below command to remove chrome from Ubuntu.

sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 20.04, and that it will serve as a great resource for other beginners who are looking to set up their own web browser! If you have any questions or need help with your installation process, please reach out to us in the comments below.

There is a lot you can do with the Chrome browser, just visit the official Google site to learn more about it.

Ubuntu users, try these browsers as well and choose the one which you like.