Google Chrome is the most popular web browser. It’s slick, fast, and extremely convenient nowadays.

Unfortunately, unlike Chromium, which is open-source, Google Chrome is not in the default Ubuntu repository, so we’ll have to download and install Chrome ourselves.

Prerequisites

  • We recommend you use a non-root sudo user when making changes to your system. If you don’t have one set up, you do so by following our tutorial on how to create sudo users.
  • Ubuntu 18.04 running on a computer that has a 64-bit CPU. Chrome has been discontinued for 32-bit Linux Systems. We’ll show you how to check this via the command-line.

To check whether you’re on a 64-bit or 32-bit Linux System, you can run the following command in your terminal:

Your output should look something like this:

To check whether you’ve got a 64-bit or 32-bit CPU, you can check the first line, the value of Architecture. If you see x86_64, then you’ve got 64-bit. If you see i686, then it’s 32-bit.

If you’re using a 64-bit Ubuntu then you can proceed to the following steps.

[Example] Check Machine Architecture

Install Google Chrome Web Browser via Command-line

To install Google Chrome on Ubuntu, we’ll first download it using wget in the Downloads folder, to keep things clean:

The Google Chrome package should be now saved in the ~/Downloads folder:

[Example] Download Google Chrome Ubuntu

To install it, run the following command, while still in the ~/Downloads folder. Don’t forget, that you need to be a sudo user when running it:

[Example] Install Google Chrome Ubuntu

That’s it. You’ve now installed Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04.

Uninstall Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04

If you want to uninstall Google Chrome off your Ubuntu 18.04 via the terminal, just run the following commands.

This command will remove the Google Chrome installation:

This command will remove Chrome’s settings, such as any plugins you might have installed when using it:

[Example] Uninstall Google Chrome Ubuntu

Conclusion

Well done. You’ve learned how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 18.04, as well as uninstall it. As you’ve seen, it’s not very difficult to do it via the command-line.

Though we have not covered it,you can also install it via the GUI, by just visiting the Google Chrome download page, downloading it, double clicking the .deb package, and following the install steps.

If you’re in the market for affordable Linux KVM VPS with high specs, then be sure to check our KVM VPS Plans. They start at 2GB RAM at just $5.99/mo.


Vlad

Tech Support

Hi 💀

Here's what we want you to know: We send out a weekly mail with discounts on dedicated servers or VPS, our latest tutorials and occasional new products we launch. If you feel you'd benefit from these things, then feel free to sign up.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.