Why is the Google Chrome browser not available on Ubuntu? I have tried by downloading the .exe file and it did not work.
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Clarification : This
.exe file you downloaded is an installation file for Windows operating systems. You can install Google Chrome in Ubuntu this way, open a terminal and execute these commands:
echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update sudo apt install google-chrome-stable
In case that you are receiving an
apt update error, please read this information on Ask Ubuntu ->
No more updates for Google Chrome | apt-get update error
Because chrome is not open source. Ubuntu (as most other Linux distributions) come with chromium instead, which is the open source project that chrome is based on.
Because chrome isn't open and re-distributable, it can include some things that aren't really free but typically aren't hard to get (if you want them), I've read that in ubuntu (I use Debian) you can install
chromium-codecs-ffmpeg chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra flashplugin-installer
You can go on the Google website and download the .deb package from this url : https://www.google.fr/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html
The google website will auto-detect you're operating system here GNU/Linux, if not click on other platform and select "Linux" if will give you two options an RPM and a DEB package, as you run Ubuntu, you will choose the "64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu)" package.
Once downloaded you just have to run the command
sudo dpkg --install /path/to/package.deb
If will say that it miss some dependencies which you can fix by running this command
sudo apt-get install --force sudo dpkg --install /path/to/package.deb
(Thanks cas for the reminder :))
The reason it doesn't run is because
.exe files are designed for Windows, and won't run on Ubuntu without using Wine or a VM. So you downloaded the wrong file. You need to get the Linux version. You're looking for the file that ends with
Please note that this will only work if you have a 64-bit version of Ubuntu, as 32-bit is no longer supported by Google.
If you have a 32-bit version of Ubuntu, I'll advise you to use Chromium, Firefox or Midori instead.