Sunday, 26 May 2019

How to install Google Chrome in Elementary OS

Elementary OS ships with GNOME Web browser code named Epiphany, a free and open source web browser for the GNOME desktop environment. Epiphany was forked from the Galeon project and provides a simple and clean interface. Epiphany comes with features such as desktop integration of a website, default integration of essentials like Ad Blockers, no useless and wasted space and much more.

However, Epiphany is not a widely used browser and most people are accustomed to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. In this article we will see how to install Google Chrome in Elementary OS.



First step is to download a 64-bit debian package from Google Chrome website.

Download Google Chrome : https://www.google.com/chrome/

Now, open Terminal and navigate to Download folder. Type the below command to install Google Chrome in Elementary OS.

sudo gdebi google-chrome-stable-current-amd64.deb

This will install Google Chrome in your system. You can launch it from the application menu and even add it to the dock for a quick click and open.

Another way of installing is to use gdebi installer. Installer gdebi installer by typing the below command:

sudo apt install gdebi

Once done, right click on the debian package and choose 'open with gDebi'. Follow the on screen instructions to install Google Chrome in your Elementary OS.

In case, clicking on the Google Chrome icon does nothing, open terminal and try to open it from there:

google-chrome

If you see the below error, you will have to install libNSS.

NSS_VersionCheck("3.26") failed. NSS >= 3.26 is required. Please upgrade to the latest NSS, and if you still get this error, contact your distribution maintainer.

Type the below command to install libnss3, and update your system once completed.


sudo apt-get install libnss3

sudo apt-get update


You can now launch Google Chrome both from the Terminal and Application menu.


Let me know in the comments if you are still facing issues in installing Google Chrome in Elementary OS.

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