Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint: The Easy Way

Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint: The Easy Way

Want to use Chrome web browser on Linux Mint? Learn the easy way to install Google Chrome on Linux Mint in just a few simple steps!

Google Chrome, developed by Google, is the world’s most widely used web browser. At the same time, most Linux distros ship with Firefox by default because it is open-source software, and Linux Mint follows this trend. However, many Linux users prefer to use Google Chrome as their primary web browser.

In this guide, I will show you three easy ways to install Google Chrome on Linux Mint, so you can start browsing the web with your favorite browser in no time. Choose the one that is the easiest to implement for you.

Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint: Command Line Approach

Step 1: Download and Import Google’s Signed Key

To ensure that the packages we receive to install the Chrome browser are genuine, first, we should download and import the Google signed key on your Linux Mint system.

To do so, type the following two commands:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub > linux_signing_key.pub
sudo install -D -o root -g root -m 644 linux_signing_key.pub /etc/apt/keyrings/linux_signing_key.pub
Import Google’s signed key.
Import Google’s signed key.

Notice that neither command produces any output.

Step 2: Add Google’s Chrome Repository

After importing the package signing key, you must add the official Google Chrome repository to your Linux Mint system. This implies that the update package will be made available with the rest of our system’s regular updates when a new version is released.

Type the command shown below.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/linux_signing_key.pub] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
Add Google’s Chrome repository.
Add Google’s Chrome repository.

Step 3: Run System Update

Before installing Google Chrome on your Linux Mint system, you should update the packages list. So, run the below command to update the APT repositories index.

sudo apt update
Update package list.
Update package list.

As you can see, your new Google Chrome repository is now available and ready to be used.

Step 4: Install Google Chrome on Linux Mint

Everything is already prepared for the actual installation. Now, to install Chrome on your Mint system, run the following command:

sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
 Install Google Chrome on Linux Mint
Install Google Chrome on Linux Mint

That’s all! You can start using Google Chrome by launching it from the “Start Menu,” “Internet,” and picking “Google Chrome.”

Run Google Chrome on Linux Mint.
Run Google Chrome on Linux Mint.

The first time you start it, you’ll have the chance to make Google Chrome your default browser. Make your choices, and then click the “OK” button.

Google Chrome initial settings.
Google Chrome initial settings.

Google Chrome will start. Enjoy it!

Google Chrome running on Linux Mint.
Google Chrome running on Linux Mint

Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint from DEB File

Step 1: Download the Official Chrome Linux Installer

Visit the download page for Google Chrome by clicking here or copying and pasting the following address in the browser you are currently using: https://www.google.com/chrome/. Then, hit the “Download Chrome” button.

Download the Google Chrome Linux installation package.
Download the Google Chrome Linux installation package.

Next, select the “64-bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)” download package option and confirm by clicking the “Accept and Install” button.

Download the Google Chrome Linux installation package.
Download the Google Chrome Linux installation package.

Step 2: Installing Google Chrome

Once the download is complete, please navigate to the directory where the file is saved, find the Google Chrome DEB installation package (google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb), and double-click on it.

Installing Google Chrome.
Installing Google Chrome.

The file opens in GDebi – a tiny app that helps install DEB files via convenient GUI and supports dependencies. Then, hit the “Install Package” button.

GDebi - a GUI app for installing DEB packages.
GDebi – a GUI app for installing DEB packages.

Enter your user password when prompted and hit “Authenticate.”

GDebi - a GUI app for installing DEB packages.
GDebi – a GUI app for installing DEB packages.

The app will notify you that additional dependencies need to be installed. This is perfectly normal. Confirm with “Continue.”

GDebi - a GUI app for installing DEB packages.
GDebi – a GUI app for installing DEB packages.

Google Chrome starts to install on your Mint system. The process usually takes up to 30 seconds. So please wait for it to complete.

Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint from DEB File.
Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint from DEB File.

Then you can safely close the window and launch Google Chrome from the Mint start menu as usual.

Installing Google Chrome on Linux Mint as Flatpak

Flatpak is a widely accepted and established software distribution format in the Linux world. As one of the best desktop distributions, Linux Mint provides out-of-the-box support for Flatpak, enabling easy and quick installation of Google Chrome. Let me show you how.

Step 1: Open Software Manager App

From the Mint start menu, select “Administration,” then pick “Software Manager.”

Open the Software Manager app.
Open the Software Manager app.

Search for “chrome” in the search box and click on “Google Chrome” when it comes in the results.

Search for Chrome package.
Search for Chrome package.

Step 2: Install Chrome Flatpak Package

Click the “Install” button. A sub-window will pop up informing you of the additional software that has to be installed. Confirm by hitting the “Continue” button.

Install Chrome as a flatpak package.
Install Chrome as a flatpak package.

The progress bar lets you know when the Google Chrome browser has finished installing on your Linux Mint system.

Install Chrome as a flatpak package.

Once installed, close the Software Manager, launch the Chrome web browser from the Mint start menu and enjoy it.

However, if you want to become a true command-line wizard by fully managing Flatpak software from the command line, check out our guide on the subject.

Conclusion

In this guide, you learned three ways to install the world’s most common web browsers, Google Chrome, on Linux Mint. Choose the one that feels the most comfortable and simple for you to implement.

In addition, once Chrome has been installed on your Mint system, you can add Chrome extensions and your favorite themes from the Chrome Web Store.

Thanks for your time! I hope you find this guide useful. Your feedback and comments are most welcome.

Bobby Borisov
Bobby Borisov

Bobby is an Editor-in-Chief at Linuxiac. He is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, Bobby has worked as a Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *