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. Claudio says:

    I had to use this in karmic:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/ppa
    because the add-apt-key doesn’t seems to exist…

  2. Alecard says:

    Claudio, try this in Karmic terminal:

    sudo apt-get install add-apt-key

    However, on my Karmic installation the command

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

    was unsuccessful – it said there is no such key available.

  3. DaVince says:

    I do believe that Canonical has quickly renamed add-apt-key to add-apt-repository early on during release, invalidating any early blog posts and comments about this.

    add-apt-repository is really the recommended way to do it, as it’s already readily available and does the exact same thing as far as I’m aware.

  4. ajpat3 says:

    Worked like a champ.

  5. Xavier says:

    or, you can install it from the official .deb

    Have fun!

  6. CrAsH says:

    @Xavier, Chrome doesn’t support bookmarks sync yet, chromium does.

    and btw this command for karmic users working same like for jaunty:

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

    Regards 🙂

  7. Prince Chen says:

    I faced one problem, does any kind people know how to fix? I installed on 0904 Ubuntu!
    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.
    get fences failed: -1
    param: 6, val: 0

  8. DaVince says:

    Is that an error or just a warning and does it still install/run properly anyway?

  9. Prince Chen says:

    Hi DaVince,
    The traditional font is empty square “[]” but english fonts are ok. Chrome browser works fine.
    But I use firefox, the fonts works fine.


  10. DaVince says:

    Have you tried changing the page’s encoding (which can be found by clicking the “new page” type of icon next to the tool button)? Enabling or rather disabling Auto Detect in that same menu might also have a different effect.

    This happens when installing as instructed, right? Because I’ve never seen the word “bottle” used outside the winebottler application (which is a frontend for the Windows app runner Wine).

  11. Prince Chen says:

    Ya, I tried. But useless, I wonder if some Traditional fonts need to be install for Chrome.

  12. UbuntuLearner says:

    has anyone tried installing Chrome as a local application on LTSP think Clients, Please post how you did it. Chrome is not as heavy as Firefox, so it should run better.

  13. Prince Chen says:

    I tried to change fonts to AR PL Ukai TW (Big5) and ok.
    Thanks all for your kind help.


  14. Evan Carroll says:

    The Beta Chromium I downloaded from, the one in the ppa right now (Jan 21, 2009) is 4.0.303.0. That leads me to believe the official site’s beta is substantially older than the PPA version. I’m going to uninstall the official and move to the PPA. I doubt they update the beta either. My beta I downloaded on the first day, and it certainly didn’t add the PPA to my /apt/sources.list.

    The PPA version is also a pull from the chromium SVN. Typically there is a higher level of instability in any nightly release plan. So, if you get a copy working really well you might want to remove the PPA entry and just sit with it until it goes stable because the next daily release might be disappointing.

  15. DaVince says:

    Regarding the latest nightlies, I’d like to state they’re really unstable right now. I don’t know if it’s because of my new laptop but tabs will occasionally compleyely hang and even hang other tab processes, making Chromium unusable for that session until completely restarted.

  16. You Rock Dude!!!! says:

    Thank you, finally some instructions for linux that actually worked without errors the first time!!!

  17. GAURAV says:

    It Work Sir ji,

    Thanks for writing such a helpful text..!!


  18. nick says:

    there is a linux/ubuntu version of google chrome

  19. mjonyh says:

    Great man, thnx.

  20. Raj says:

    I have the same problem DaVince posted above. It completely hangs some times and is slow. I cant even open a webpage some times

  21. Fabi says:

    Thanks! It worked like a charm 🙂

  22. Inukaze says:

    Chromium is diferrent of Google Chrome
    Seamonkey is diferent of Firefox

    Are similar but not is the same web browser ¬¬

  23. DaVince says:

    The hanging still occasionally happens, but less than before. The new additions like extensions, page translation and bookmark syncing are also VERY awesome.

    Also, Inukaze is right. Chromium is not *quite* Chrome.

  24. Your method is quite long and inconvenient to install the browser.
    Using this link i was able to add the repo easily

    All you need to do is type 3 simple commands. (I use ubuntu 10.04 but it command is the same for 9.04)
    1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/ppa
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. apt-get install chromium-browser

  25. I’m even lazier – but if any are interested: here are 2 steps that (w)gets the deb file right from google & cuts out any potential man-in-the-middle issues… and it even works in knoppix.

    1.) wget

    2.) sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-beta_current_i386.deb

    As of this writing, it painlessly installed 5.0.375.29-beta. I suppose you could just run it again to update it…


  26. Olivier Pons says:

    Thank you very much it worked like a charm!

  27. Gojeg says:

    When I use Chromium, Google Gears does not work. But, now I’m using Chrome, and everything is fine.

  28. ana says:

    I used Chrome website to download chrome. everything was done automatically^)
    but thanks a lot nevertheless!:))

  29. Danil says:

    You have an error after “Now add the GPG key using the following command”. The code is formatted as a text which causes correction of “–” sign to “–”. Please correct.

  30. khaki says:

    after i run the following command:

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

    i then received the following message:

    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.
    Unknown option –version
    Unknown option –version
    Unknown option –version
    Unknown option –version

    what does it mean? and what should i do to continue installing chrome?

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