Elementary OS Linux by default comes with its own developed Epiphany browser, therefore, if a user wants Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, s/he has to install it manually.
Although if your purpose is just browsing then no doubt, Epiphany is good to go because of privacy and default Duck Duck Go search engine. However, those who want to sync their data such as history and password available on Google Account must want to have Chrome on Elementary OS, and here we will let you know the steps to install the same.
Note: Well, indeed “Elementary OS” comes with a small selection of pre-installed software that covers many daily use cases. Music and video players, image and document viewers are on board as well as browsers and messengers. However, if you don’t want to add an extra repository on your OS then you can also go for Chromium which is available in the default official repository of the OS and also can be downloaded from the AppCenter of Elementary. And it will work as Chrome.
Install Google Chrome on Elementary OS (Linux)
- Open a command terminal. You can find it by typing Terminal in the Applications area of elementary OS.
- Add GPG key provided by Google, that let our system to verify the packages we download for chrome browser.
wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
- Now, set up the Google Chrome repository for Elementary OS.
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
- Run system update command to flush repo cache and build it again, this will let our system recognize the newly added repo.
sudo apt update
- Finally, use this command to install the Google Chrome browser on Elementary OS.
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
Once done, you can start the browser, by going to Applications and searching for the same.