How to install Google Chrome in Linux Mint 18

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in 2017 and Linux Mint, the most popular Linux distro. For those of you who're new to Linux, let's see how to install Google Chrome in Linux Mint 18.


Google Chrome is a proprietary app, so it is not included in Mint's repositories. You cannot use the built-in Software Manager to install it. Instead, we will use a bunch of commands to install it. The instructions below are applicable to any edition of Linux Mint including XFCE, Cinnamon, MATE and KDE editions. I'll use the XFCE edition.

To install Google Chrome in Linux Mint 18, open the root terminal and type these commands one by one.

echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list

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

apt-get update

apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Confirm the last command when prompted and Chrome will be installed in Linux Mint.

See the following screenshots of the whole procedure. Linux Mint Add Chrome Repo Linux Mint Add Chrome GPG Key Linux Mint Apt Get Update Before Installing Chrome Linux Mint 18 Install Google Chrome Linux Mint 18 Installing Google Chrome

In the end, you'll find the Google Chrome icon under the Internet category of the apps menu. Linux Mint 18 Google Chrome In The Apps Menu Linux Mint 18 Running Google Chrome

It is worth mentioning that instead of Google Chrome, Linux Mint offers you the Chromium browser. Chromium serves as the open source code base for Google Chrome and its derivatives like Opera, Vivaldi and others. It has a user interface similar to Chrome however it lacks some features like Flash and PDF support out-of-the-box, but this can be fixed. It supports all Chrome extensions. If you do not want to install Google Chrome's proprietary package in Linux Mint, Chromium can be a good alternative for you. Linux Mint ships with packages to install Chromium using Software Manager. Open it and type "chromium" in the search text field.

Linux Mint 18 Repos Look for the line "Chromium-browser". You can click it and install the browser. Also, you can install both Chromium and Google Chrome simultaneously, compare them and decide which one is suitable for you.

That's it.

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20 thoughts on “How to install Google Chrome in Linux Mint 18

  1. Phil

    will this work in Linux Lite too?
    linuxliteos.com

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Actually, this should work in any Linux distro.

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      1. Phil

        awesome thank you

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          You are welcome.

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  2. Phil

    while trying to reload, it gives me error in Synaptic Package Manger
    http://i.imgur.com/h0oWTCl.png

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You already had the chrome repo.
      Delete one of the following files:
      /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list
      or
      /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
      I guess the second file was added automatically by Google Chrome, so I suggest you to delete the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list

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      1. Phil

        thank you it’s working!

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Great!

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          1. Phil

            can i contact you through email? because none of the forums help but you help me a lot!

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          2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            Sure you can.

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  3. Ruqaya Foy

    After entering the first command it gave me
    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list: permission denied
    What do i do ?
    thanks

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You need to execute the command as root.

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  4. rohit kumar

    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chrome.list: Permission denied
    i am getting the above error
    please explain all the steps i need to do to install chrome
    I am currently on a proxy server:
    with 192.168.1.107 and 3128 as
    also we use authentication on netwrok

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are getting the “Permission denied” error because you are trying to execute the command from the regular user’s terminal.
      Please use the root terminal instead to get it working. See the article How to Open Root Terminal in Linux Mint

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  5. Richard

    After entering the 4th command I get

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package google-chrome-stable

    Any advice anyone? I’m brand new to linux running Mint 18.1

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Right now, the repo is down!
      It is an issue on Google’s side.

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    2. Richard

      Answering my own post (after some googling) I think the problem is I’ve installed 32 bit version of Mint and Chrome for linux is only for 64 bit.

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Quite possible. I have tried to open the repo in the browser and got the error 404.

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      2. Richard

        I hadn’t seen your reply Sergey

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          NP

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