How to Install the Latest Stable Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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In this post, we will show you how to install the latest stable google chrome browser on Linux systems (Debian Family “Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Debian 8 Jessie ”). This tutorial is for Linux beginners and experts, showing 2 ways to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial. The first method uses the terminal commands “as it’s much faster”; the second uses graphical interface “for beginners Linux users”

Hints:

1. Google Chrome no longer provide 32 bit support for Linux from March 2016.
2. If you are using a 32 bit version of Ubuntu, consider switching to 64 bit Ubuntu. Or you can install the 32 bit version of the open source Chromium browser.

Chromium Browser is the open source alternative for Google chrome and it’s already shipped with all Ubuntu releases, To install it Just run the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get -y install chromium-browser

Now, we proceed with our two methods of installing Google Chrome browser, I’ll start with the fastest method “CLI method”

Method 1: Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS from the Command Line

For those of you who like to hone their command line skills, here is how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 using terminal “the fastest method. All you need is to run two commands and everything will be perfect.

Press CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal window, then run the following command to update  sources.list file with Google chrome repository:

$ sudo su -
# echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

Now, enter the following commands to download Google’s signing key. and use apt-key to add it to your keyring so the package manager can verify the integrity of Google Chrome package.

# wget https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
# apt-key add linux_signing_key.pub

Now update package list and install the stable version of Google Chrome as follow:

# apt-get update
# apt-get -y install google-chrome-stable

Method 2: Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 16.04 the Graphical Way

Now, we’ll show you the graphical way of installing Google Chrome form chrome website.

Go to https://www.google.com/chrome. Click the Download Chrome button.

google-chromeThen select the first option (64 bit .deb package), click Accept and Install.

google-chromeWhen Firefox asks you how to open this deb file, choose the default option to open it in Ubuntu Software (formerly Ubuntu Software Center).

deb-packageIf you choose the first option, Google Chrome deb package will be downloaded to /tmp/mozilla_$username directory. Once the download is complete, Ubuntu Software will automatically open. Click the Install button to install google-chrome-stable to Ubuntu 16.04. The version and installation size information can be seen in the Details section. 189.4MB of disk space! That’s huge for a Web browser.

google-chromeBecause software installation on Linux requires root privilege, so you have to enter your password to authenticate.

google-chromeOnce the installation is complete, you can start Chrome browser in the Unity Dash or by typing the following command in the terminal.

$ google-chrome-stable

As you can see, installing Google Chrome browser on Ubuntu 16.04 is easy!, Now enjoy using it on both Ubuntu and Debian Linux

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