Install Chrome on Debian

Chrome is a very popular proprietary web browser with many useful features, like the inspect tool that help developers view a websites code and trouble shoot their work, and a vast library of extensions that expand its functionality beyond Google’s defaults. Chrome its based on Chromium, an open source web browser project managed by Google.

Debian Linux includes FireFox as its default browser, and its updated through apt. Chrome can also be installed and managed on Debian through apt, after we add Chrome’s repository to apt’s sources lists. Lets first add this repository, download and install Google’s signing key and then install the package google-chrome-stable. We’ll end up with a Chrome installation that can be managed and updated alongside all other packages in our system.

1. Add Google Chrome repository

Open the sources.list file as super user.

$ su
# nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Now, copy the following line to the end of sources.list file.

deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Save the file and close nano.

2. Download and add signing key

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

3. Install Chrome

Now we run apt update and then install Chrome stable package.

# apt-get update
# apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Run Chrome to test its installation.

Victor O. Alvarez — Computer Engineering student

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Originally published at voalvarez.wordpress.com on June 20, 2018.

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Software Developer & Computer Engineering graduate. Writes technology notes and thoughts. Creates glitches and video loops. victoralvarez.xyz