How to Install Chromium (Google chrome) in Ubuntu using deb package

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We have already discussed how to install google chrome using wine .Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is the basis for Google’s Chrome browser.
First you can use this tutorial to install chromium in Ubuntu using PPAs and after that you can try any one of the following methods.

First you need to download .deb package from here using the following command


Now you have cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb package install this package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb

Using Ubuntu PPA

First you need edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following two lines for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) Users add the following two lines

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

For ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) Users add the following two lines

deb lucid main
deb-src lucid main

save and exit the file

Now add the GPG key using the following command

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

or For karmic users use the following command

sudo add-apt-key ppa:chromium-daily/ppa

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install chromium browser using the following command

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

This will complete the installation

If you want to open chromium go to Applications->CrossOver Chromium->Chromium

Chromium web browser in action

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107 Responses

  1. P says: :

    “Note: There is no working Chromium-based browser on Linux. Although many Chromium submodules build under Linux and a few unit tests pass, all that runs is a command-line “all tests pass” executable.”

    Please explain the anomaly.

  2. media boy says:

    it’s funny, the more i use Chrome, the more unstable it seems to get… crashes a lot more, can’t handle sites with flash, hangs every time i close a tab… all that to say, i’m switching back to Firefox

  3. M.R. says:

    At a guess from the wording, this is actually using wine, or more likely the wine derivative “Crossover” to run the Win32-based app. It is vaguely possible that it is alternatively a win32 application built against winelib, which some claim is “better”(tm) than running under wine.

  4. Lazy says:


    i have tried the wine/chrome solution from codeweavers but it seems buggy in some ways. The Java Port is not as fast at it should be with Chrome and the GTK / Layout has some bugs, too (in my opinion). On the other hand is it really nice and good that these guys doing this stuff. But i hope (just of beeing interested in) Google will release a real linux port soon; they really should.

    Have a nice Day and sorry for my broken english 😉


  5. nitram1689 says:

    I’ll stick to Firefox. When they do a “real” Linux version then I’ll give a try. 😉

  6. Iveen Duarte says:

    Let us all remember that chrome is still in beta for Windows, and no releases for any other OS, including of course Linux, I have a computer with WinXP at the office and I have installed Chrome on it, however, like Media Boy said, the more I used it the more it crashes, I don’t know if there’s something related to the underlying OS, or its programming needs serious overhaul.

    I was amazed by its speed, and I can’t wait to get a stable release for Linux anytime soon, this will push other “competitors” to move on to this new technology (Mozilla, Opera).

  7. Mitko says:

    It doesn’t look very good. I’d rather wait for the Linux version.

  8. Gabe says:

    There is a simple issue with Chromium. I had installed Chromium my favorite space shooter Game. After I installed Chromium, it took the ownership of the command chromium. Now I am unable to start the game.

  9. Pete says:

    I’ve installed Chromium and I’m finding it extremely crashy (although it does behave nicely when it does fall over!) – I’ll come back to this in a few months when there’s a native linux version I imagine. I use a lot of Google products and would like to have a more seamless experience…

  10. Anonoymous says:

    schweet, and here I am googling ‘wine chrome’ ; way better than my solution!

  11. SCode says:

    chrome really working in ubuntu???

  12. MegaS says:

    actually, there’s no need in “sudo dpkg -i cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb”, if you use gui you may just click on cxchromium_0.9.0-1_i386.deb – there will be a graphics dpkg that’ll do all the rest

  13. boyd says:

    is there any amd64 version of chromium?

  14. camus says:

    good very funny.

  15. Hali says:

    This is what did the trick for me –

    This is a guide to help you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu Hardy Heron, there are other ways, but this is the one that works for me, hope it will help you.

    Ready to give it a shoot?

    Step 1 – Update WINE
    In order for the Chrome installation on Ubuntu to be successful you have to update your WINE version to 1.1.4.
    Type (or copy) this in to your command line –
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –
    sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
    sudo apt-get update

    Step 2 – Get all necessary software

    Winetricks is a script that will allow you to get all the necessary software you need for this installation.
    The last command below will install Firefox into WINE, this is needed for the third step.

    mv winetricks /usr/sbin/
    winetricks riched20 riched30 flash msxml3 corefonts firefox

    Install Firefox into WINE.

    Step 3 – Installing Chrome

    Once you have installed Firefox into WINE, launch Firefox in WINE and go to –
    Download and run Chrome setup.

    Step 4 – Launch Google Chrome

    Once the download and install are complete, type this command to launch Chrome –

    wine “$HOME/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/$USER/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe” –no-sandbox –new-http

    Hope this worked for you and you can use Google Chrome off of you Ubuntu system.

    I’m using Ubuntu for a month so I guess this is a good guide if I was able to follow it.

  16. fikel says:

    Wow! I really wanted Chrome to work on Ubuntu, and it works! Whenever I try to update it gives an error “Update server is not available (error: 1)

    Any help?

  17. danny says:

    Any idea on what to do next after sudo dpkg? i am not using gnome – may i know what the cli command is?

  18. akshat says:

    I am finding difficulty in installing chrome it is giving error……….

    cxbottle:warning: The current character encoding (UTF-8) may not be compatible with the encoding of the bottle (ISO-8859-1). This may cause applications to not find their files and thus lead to malfunctions.

    any help??????????

  19. crytekmax says:

    I used Chrome under windows and it is a really good browser. can’t wait till they come out with a version for linux

  20. willibegood says:

    A very helpful and easy to follow tutorial for a ubuntu noobie. Thank you.

  21. tuan quoc says:

    Thanks for your share ^^

  22. Cledir Scopel says:



  23. ubuntu_user says:

    In my opinion, if we want Linux to succeed as a main stream platform, we must refrain from using WINE or CROSSOVER to fix lacking of native Linux software. WINE and CROSSOVER are great but to use them to be able to try out a new browser is nut.
    I use GIMP instead of WINE and Photoshop. I use OpenOffice instead of VirtualBox and MS Office.


  24. danny michel says:

    y leave out x64?

  25. Divakar says:

    Thanks for you post …

    Some times key receiving might fail, it might happen if server is down try it after some time it will definitely works.

  26. simartem says:

    I am using Chrome browser (not with Wine, this is open source version) and i am really happy with it. Its easy to use, a nice interface, cool themes from google, it previews the latest websites i visited when opening a new tab, it never crash or quit until now (its been 15 days i installed..) I even can not get back to Firefox, this browser feels so fine in fullscreen mode.. Very easy and fast browser. Thanks for everybody who has taken role in programming. Strongly recommended. My chrome version is

  27. Hemant says:

    For Ubuntu/Linux guys, download right from Google site using link below:

  28. leehom says:

    thank you so much …

  29. Renato says:

    Just to clear things up, the Ubuntu PPA does NOT use winelib.

    See for more information.

    They are daily builds, but is the native version.

  30. Alex says:

    how many times do we have to say it? Google Chrome IS NOT CHROMIUM ! RTFM !

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