How to Download and Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04

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Google Chrome is the most powerful and widely used web browser these days. It is fast, secure and full of features…simply built for the modern web. Based on Chromium, an open-source browser which is available in the default Ubuntu repositories, Google Chrome will provide you the best browsing experience.

Google Chrome is not an open source and if you try to install Google Chrome from Ubuntu Software Center, you won’t find it there.

So how to download and install Google Chrome on Ubuntu?

You can do that in two ways:

  • Download and install Google Chrome through the command line.
  • Download Google Chrome through an already installed web browser (mostly FireFox) and install graphically.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to download and install Google Chrome (not the OpenSource version Chromium) on our Ubuntu 18.04 system through the command line. The same instructions apply for Ubuntu 16.04 and any other Debian based distribution, including Debian, Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

Open your terminal either by using the Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the terminal icon.

Step 1: Download the latest version of Google Chrome browser

Download Google Chrome .deb file using the wget command:

Step 2: Install Google Chrome browser

Installing packages on Ubuntu requires sudo privileges. Make sure you are running the following command as a user with sudo privileges.

Install the Google Chrome .deb package by typing:

You will be asked to enter your user password.

That’s it. Now you can find Google Chrome in the menu and start it from there.

Step 3: Updating Google Chrome browser

During the installation process the official Google repository will be added to your system. You can use the cat command to verify the file contents:

This ensures that your Google Chrome installation will be updated automatically when a new version is released through your desktop standard Software Update tool.

Enjoy in web browsing with Google Chrome. If you’ve previously used a different browser, like Firefox or Opera, you can import your bookmarks and settings into Chrome.

How to Make Google Chrome As The Default Browser in Ubuntu

Now, after you installed Google Chrome and intend to use it as the default browser, won’t it be great if you can set it as the default application for all web links so that your Firefox won’t pop up annoyingly?

You can easily do that and change the default application by going to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications. Under the “Internet” tab and “Web Browser” section, select “Google Chrome” in the dropdown list.

Close the window. That’s it.

Uninstalling Google Chrome through the Command Line

To uninstall Google Chrome, run these commands from your Terminal:

(This command will remove the Chrome installation.)

(This command will remove custom settings such as any plugins you might have installed for your Chrome.)

Please continue with Y to remove the installation.

In this tutorial we’ve shown you how to download and install Google Chrome on your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop machine. After all, it is not too difficult to install and uninstall Google Chrome from Ubuntu. You only need to run a few commands to install a non-Linux software.

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