How to install and uninstall Google Chrome in Ubuntu 19.04



There are many web browsers but Google Chrome stands out because it is secure and light weight. In this blog we will see how to install Google chrome on Ubuntu 19.04. The default browser is Firefox in Ubuntu. But it is always better to have multiple browsers on your system because browsers gets updated frequently and it is better to have Chrome along with Firebox so that if you face any issues with a particular website you have the option to view the web pages in the alternate browser. I keep Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser. Most of the time I use Google Chrome.

There are two way to install a Chrome in Ubuntu and at the end we see how to uninstall Chrome.

  1. Using the Google Chrome default installer (.deb file)
  2. Using command line

I feel that the first option is the easiest one, so lets start with that first. Ubuntu comes bundled with Firefox web browser. We will use that.

Install using Google Chrome default installer

Google Chrome has a web installer that we can use here. Go the Google Chrome Web page

Google Chrome official website

Click on download Chrome button, you will the option to select the installer file. Select 64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)

Google Chrome- Install using .deb file

Click on Accept and Install. The google-chrome-stable_stable_current_amd64.deb file will download and once finished, you will be asked to open the file. Click OK to continue. The file size is around 61 MB.

Google Chrome installer for Ubuntu

Click on OK to start the installation process. You will see the installer window open up. Click on Install to continue.

Google Chrome Ubuntu Installer

You will have to authenticate using your root password.

Ubuntu authentication required screen

Enter your password and click on authenticate. Installation process will begin.

Google Chrome installation on Ubuntu

Once the installation completes, you will see the below screen with a remove button in red. This means that Google Chrome has been installed.

Google Chrome Software center – Ubuntu

That’s it, you can close this window.

To open chrome, Click on Show Applications button, the square box with dots on the left side bottom screen.

Ubuntu Desktop – Show applications

You will see the Chrome Icon there, or search for chrome. You will find it. When you start for the first time, you will be asked, if you want to make Chrome browser your default browser. It’s your choice.

That’s it, its you have Google Chrome Installed on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu – Google Chrome

Install Google Chrome from terminal

Open terminal and enter the following command. wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Ubuntu terminal – Download Google Chrome

To install Chrome, enter the command sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb.

Ubuntu terminal – Install Google Chrome

That’s it. You are done.

How to uninstall Google Chrome from Ubuntu

To uninstall Chrome, Open terminal and type the following commands:

We will first have to find out the package name to uninstall. Enter dpkg --list in the terminal. You will see the list of software’s installed. Scroll down till “g” using up and down arrow key. You will see the google-chrome-stable

Ubuntu terminal – dpkg list command output

ctrl+c and enter to go back to the terminal.

Lets purge the package. Enter sudo apt-get --purge remove google-chrome-stable. Enter password and y to confirm and wait for the process to complete.

Ubuntu terminal – Purge Google Chrome

Now we clean up dependencies. Enter the command sudo apt-get autoremove in the terminal and wait for the process to complete. That’s it. Chrome is uninstalled from Ubuntu.

Ubuntu terminal – remove dependencies

That’s it, thanks for visiting my blog.

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