If you’ve tried to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu Linux, you may have noticed that it’s not available in the Ubuntu Software Center. However, it’s easy to download a package file for Google Chrome and install it on your system, and we’ll show you how.
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Before downloading the Google Chrome installation package, you need to find out whether your Ubuntu system is 32-bit or 64-bit. Once you determine your system type, press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a Terminal window, type the following command at the prompt, and press Enter.
NOTE: You can also copy the text above and paste it at the prompt in the Terminal window.
The package is downloaded to the current directory, the progress of the download displaying in the Terminal window.
NOTE: The default directory when you open the Terminal window is your home directory (/home/<username>).
When the download is finished, type the following command at the prompt (or copy and paste it) and press Enter.
sudo dpkg –i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
NOTE: The above command will work as long as you haven’t changed the directory since downloading the file. If you changed the directory after downloading the file, add the full path to the file. For example, “/home/lori/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb”.
Type the password when prompted and press Enter.
When the installation is finished, type “exit” at the prompt to close the Terminal window and press Enter. You can also click the “X” button in the upper-left corner of the Terminal window to close it.
To open Google Chrome, click the Dash button at the top of the Unity Launcher and type “google chrome”. Items that match the phrase start displaying below the search box. When the “Google Chrome” item displays, click on it to start Chrome.
The first time you open Chrome, the following dialog box displays. If you want Google Chrome to be your default browser, leave the “Make Google Chrome the default browser” check box checked. If not, select the check box to remove the check from the box and turn off the option. You can also choose to “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google”. Click “OK” once you’ve made your choices.
Google Chrome opens to the “Set up Chrome” page. If you use Chrome on other platforms, such as Windows, and have bookmarks, history, etc. that you have synced to your account, you can sign in and download these items to this copy of Chrome. Use the “Choose what to sync” link at the bottom of the page to choose to only sync specific items from your account. If you don’t want to sync with your account, click the “No thanks” link at the bottom of the page.
The “New Tab” page displays and a message pops up telling you that you can use the address bar to both search and enter URLs to navigate to websites.
There is a second tab open when you run Chrome for the first time. This tab displays a “Welcome to Chrome” page that gives you a few tips on using Chrome. To learn more, click the “Learn more” button.
To close a tab, click the “X” button on the right side of the tab.
If you chose not to sync your items from your Google account, you can choose to import bookmarks and settings from another browser, such as Firefox, or just your bookmarks from a Bookmarks HTML file (usually exported from another browser). To do this, click the “Import bookmarks now…” link at the top of the initial “New Tab” page.
The “Import bookmarks and settings” dialog box displays. Choose from where you want to import your bookmarks in the “From” drop-down list. If you choose to import from another browser like Firefox, select the items you want to import using the check boxes. By default, they are all selected, so click on items you don’t want to import to de-select them. Click “Import” when you are ready.
A dialog box displays showing that the bookmarks and settings were imported successfully. Here you can choose to “Always show the bookmarks bar,” if desired. Click “Done” to close the dialog box.
If you imported bookmarks from another browser, they are placed in a folder on the Bookmarks bar.
The “Settings” screen displays initially when you open Chrome for the first time, allowing you to customize the browser. For example, the “Home” button in Chrome is not displayed on the toolbar by default, so you may want to add it. To add the “Home” button to the toolbar, click the “Show Home button” check box in the “Appearance” section of the “Settings” screen. The “Home” button is immediately added to the toolbar.
NOTE: If you didn’t sign in to Google when first asked, you can do so on the “Settings” screen by clicking then “Sign in to Chrome” button in the “Sign in” section.
By default, the “New Tab” page is displayed when you click the “Home” button. However, you can change it to whatever URL you want. To do this, click the “Change” link next to “New Tab page” under the “Show Home button” check box.
On the “Home page” dialog box, select the “Open this page” option and enter a URL you want displayed when you click the “Home” button.
The title bar is not displayed on the Google Chrome window by default. To change this, click the “Use system title bar and borders” check box in the “Appearance” section of the “Settings” screen. The title bar and window buttons are immediately added to the top of the Chrome window.
If you want Google Chrome to be your default browser, click the “Make Google Chrome the default browser” button in the “Default browser” section of the “Settings” screen.
There are other settings you can change, if desired. Once you are finished changing your settings, click the “Home” button to return to your home page.
To add a bookmark for a favorite site, drag the icon next to the site’s URL to a location on the Bookmarks bar.
To learn more about installing software not available in the Ubuntu Software Center, see our article about installing software from outside Ubuntu’s Software repositories.