Install Google Chrome from Ubuntu PPA

29/12/2020
Google Chrome is, without a doubt, one of the best web browsers in the world. It’s fast, powerful and looks really great. Developed and maintained by Google, Chrome is available across a number of platforms – Windows, Linux, and mobile devices (Android, iOS etc.). If you’re using Ubuntu or any other Debian/Ubuntu based distro, you can easily install Google Chrome on your system using the official DEB package. We’ve discussed on installing Google Chrome in that way.

Today, we’ll follow a less troublesome and a better way of installing Google Chrome – using the official Google repository.

Setting up the Chrome repository

For getting access to the Chrome repository, you have to have the public key set in your system. Fire up a terminal and run the following commands –

wget -q -O – https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add

After the key is installed, it’s time to set the Google repository for Chrome.

sudo sh -c ‘echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main"
>> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list’

Update your APT cache –

sudo apt update

It’s finally time to install Google Chrome!

Installing Google Chrome

Run the following command –

sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

Other Google Chrome channels

If you’re a long time user of Google Chrome, you may already know about the various Google Chrome channels, for example, Beta, Canary etc. In the case of Linux, Google offers 3 different flavors of Chrome – Stable, Beta and Unstable.  Unstable and Beta offers the bleeding edge features and other tweaks that are under revision. Those features may or may not come in the Stable channel anytime soon. If you would like to help the dev or enjoy the newest features, you can get them as your browser.

Run the following command –

# Chrome beta
sudo apt install google-chrome-beta

# Chrome unstable
sudo apt install google-chrome-unstable

Make sure that you add the key and repo first.

Enjoy!

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