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 [arch=amd64] 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.
Note: The repository address now requires the explicit architecture specification. You have to add the '[arch=amd64]' portion as show below to get it working.
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.
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.
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