Install Chromium (Google chrome) web browser in Ubuntu

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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 need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add one of the following

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

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

For ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users add the following two lines

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) Users add the following two lines

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

Save and exit the file

Now add the GPG key using the following command

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

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install chromium using the following command

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Using Chromium

You can open chromium from Applications--->Internet--->Chromium Web Browser

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

Chromium in action

Chromium version details

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46 Responses

  1. I followed the instructions, but when I start the application, nothing happens!

    I’m using ubuntu 9.04 64 bits

  2. tom says:

    I love how the embedded ad was for IE8. It just made my day.

  3. daH00L says:


  4. Eduardo says:

    There is a version of Google Chrome for Linux already. But it’s far to work very well. I hope it gets good soon because it’s an awesome browser.

  5. mash says:

    Ben says: Your ad shows ie8. I couldn’t get this to work under wine. Do you know how to do this?

    This is a Linux native program, you do not need wine.

  6. Edwin S Chee says:

    I followed the instructions but it just refused to start and the process disappeared into thin air.
    I am using Ubuntu 9.04.

  7. Eduardo says:

    @Edwin => try to install the google chrome instead of this.

    Just download this .deb and it’s ready.

  8. crudeOIL says:

    Thanks. Chromium is just so fast.

  9. usagetta says:

    there is another way to get chromium, just use the “ubuntu tweak” program and get chromium from the repository that could be installed from inside.

  10. Swimsuit says:

    “This is an in-progress build of Chromium on Linux. The following significant chunks of functionality are known to be missing:

    Plugins, including Flash (so no YouTube, Hulu, etc.)” 🙁
    Hope they really fix that soon.

  11. kdn says:

    Wow, that think is FAST!
    2 seconds to start vs 12 for Firefox! Plus switching tabs feels faster.
    Thanks for the steps!

  12. Deralaand says:

    Flash is half the web…until that’s fixed…Chromium is pretty much useless!

  13. Moh says:

    I hava jaunty 64-bit. Does it work on 64bit systems?

    It says:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    chromium-browser: Depends: ia32-libs (>= 2.4) but 2.2ubuntu18 is to be installed
    Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.18) but 1.0.17a-0ubuntu4 is to be installed
    Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.8) but 2.8~20080505-0ubuntu9 is to be installed
    E: Broken packages

  14. Moh says:

    Oh… sorry …. it was so silly. I have not upgraded my intrepid to jaunty on my pc yet. I have jaunty on my laptop. so silly…

  15. Tahiry says:

    At least, it’s fine on intrepid 64-bit…

  16. micky says:

    I have just installed
    Chromium on Xubuntu 9.04 – wow is it fast, just need to run plug-ins and I will say goodbye to Firefox immediately



  17. Frank says:

    Whoho! Thanx It works really great on my x64 Ubuntu Jaunty. It has crashed twice when I tested some stuff, but I don’t need that!

    Like the Themes, doesn’t even need to restart as Firefox does and is like 100 times faster.

    Btw, who needs Adobe Royal Flush? I watches youtube w/o it! 😉 ( just use a userscript or totem )

  18. memo says:

    @Frank: I don’t know what you mean with a user-script o how to use totem into chromium. How do you do that? I’m using xUbuntu 9.04 x86.
    @Anyone: How can I use flash within Chromium?
    Thanks @all in advance.

  19. John-Smith says:

    This browser is great!!!…..however there doesn’t seem like flash works. Does anyone have any idea what needs to be done to install flash with this browser ?

  20. fishnuts says:

    I have google-chrome for linux (which is based on chromium) running on 64 bit Jaunty with flash enabled. It’s a 32 bit build with 32 bit flash enabled but it works pretty good and is very fast! I’m certainly not giving up on Firefox anytime soon. Firefox 3.5 is also pretty fast and I can’t live without adblock. Keep it up chromium team. Things are looking great.

  21. memo says:

    @fishnuts: I am also a firefox fan, and I don’t plan on leaving ff and switching to chromium either, but you can install adsweep into chromium.
    @John-Smith: I found a mini-guide here at ubuntu geek on how to get flash to work on chromium.

  22. E. Tjawi says:

    I just followed the steps above and installed the Chromium to my Ubuntu 9.04, and it worked well.

    I can feel that switching among TABs in Chromium (Ubuntu build 26652) is faster that doing so in my Firefox 3.0.14! Youtube also works fine in my Chromium.

    Best of all, I am very new in Linux and I am excited that I could ‘install’ a software smoothly in Linux, only by following the above steps.

    E. Tjawi

  23. alamkctg says:

    You are all in praise of chromium, but what I see chromium remain alive only for 10 sec(approx) each time I open it. I have never found such erratic behaivour of any in any browser I have so far used. I am fed up with chromium, I wasted lot of time downloading and installing over slow internet and finding that it only works on there any fix

  24. Tjawi says:


    I have switched from using IE to FireFox approximately 3 years ago. I have been using FireFox on my faster laptop (running XP because our office application softwares are Window based).

    However, on my personal laptop, I tried Ubuntu. My personal laptop is not that fast, only Centrino Duo. It’s very sluggish when I run Vista on it. It ran Ubuntu fairly fast, comparable to running XP.

    Couple days ago I installed Chromium on my Ubuntu, and like I posted above, it went very smooth. I have been using Chromium intensively on the last few days, and I am happy with it. It runs faster than FireFox. It never caused any problem.

    What version of software did you use?

  25. selman says:

    I try the steps and I have received tihs error:

    gpg: keyserver error
    gpg: keyserver failed: keyserver error

    I use 9.04

  26. Scream Havoc says:

    I am very new to ubuntu, so I do not know all of the jargon so bear with me. I have installed chromium and it is extremely fast. I realize they say that it will not run flash or videos such as youtube but is there a way to play them anyway? If not, how long will it take to fix it so we can run such things?

  27. Michael says:

    Note that in Karmic, it’s even easier to add the PPA and get its key – just use this command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily

    (Taken from here: )


  28. gorostas says:

    Hi all,

    I’m using ubuntu 9.10 x64, and instructions worked like a charm …!
    Just one thing, why is that on some sites fonts look messy ?

    Great post once again!

  29. Stuart says:

    Used the instructions above, but as a fan of not using the command line, I can confirm it is completely do-able using System->Software Sources to update the sources.
    Then, as usual, use System->Synaptic Package Manager and search for Chromium (all on Karmic, AMD64).

    To us “geeks” this might be obvious, but there’s plenty of would-be-windows-converts who will Google and be put off with “gedit” etc.

    Thanks for the info – next stop, getting flash etc installed in Chromium!

  30. Jeff says:

    Thank you for this. I used to use Chrome on my wife’s computer before I switched her over to Linux. I didn’t realize I could use it on Ubuntu until a few days ago. Since I upgraded to 9.10 most things have been great, but Firefox is really buggy at the moment.

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