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How to Install Google Chrome Web Browser on Debian 9 OS

by Arslan ud Din Shafiq
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Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. It is fast, intuitive, and secure browser built for the modern web.

Chrome is not an open-source browser, and it is not included in the default Debian repositories. It is based on Chromium, an open-source browser that is available in the Debian repositories. Chromium itself is developed by Google.

In this tutorial, we will cover how to install the Google Chrome web browser on Debian 9. However, this procedure may also work on other versions on Debian.

Prerequisites

You’ll need to be logged in as a user with sudo access to be able to install packages on your Debian system.

Installing Google Chrome on Debian 9 OS

Following are the steps to install Google Chrome ob Debian 9 OS:

Download Google Chrome .deb file:

Open your terminal either by using the Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the terminal icon.

Run the following wget command to download the latest Google Chrome .deb package:

Install Google Chrome Browser

When downloading process is completed, execute the command below to run setup for Google Chrome installation.

sudo apt install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

You will be asked to enter your user password. The command above will install Chrome and all dependencies.

Start Google Chrome

Now that you have Google Chrome installed on your Debian system you can start it either from the command line by typing google-chrome or by clicking on the Google Chrome icon (Activities -> Google Chrome).

When you start Google Chrome for the first time, you will be presented with the following window asking whether you want to make Google Chrome your default browser and to send usage statistic and crash reports to Google:

install google chrome debian

Select according to your preference, and click OK to proceed.

Google Chrome will open, and you’ll see the default Chrome welcome page.

debian-google-chome-welcome-page

Update Google Chrome to latest version

During the installation, the official Google repository will be added to your system. You can use the cat command to verify the file contents:

cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
Output
THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED
 You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
 deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

When a new version is released, you can update the Google Chrome package through your desktop standard Software Update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we’ve shown you how to install Google Chrome on your Debian 9 desktop machine. If you’ve previously used a different browser, like Firefox or Opera, you can import your bookmarks and settings into Chrome.

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