On this article, we are going to look at how to install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS. Just like any other browser, Google Chrome has got its lovers thus the essence of this piece. Other people would prefer other web browsers like Microsoft Edge on their system, but others would not trade anything else for Google Chrome. In some of our other articles, we have looked at how to make Google Chrome as default browser on Windows, but today, let’s change gears and explore other Debian based Linux distros such as Pop!_OS.

Install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS

The following is a step by step guide to help you successfully install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS.

  • Step 1. Update your system

Use the following command;

sudo apt update
  • Step 2. Check if you have wget software package file retriever, if not install it

*To check if its there, use the command below;

wget --help

The output;

[email protected]:~$ wget --help
GNU Wget 1.20.3, a non-interactive network retriever.
Usage: wget [OPTION]... [URL]...

This means that it is available.

*If you want to install wget, use the following command;

sudo apt install -y wget
  • Step 3. Use wget to download the latest Google Chrome App

On your command line, use the following command to get Google Chrome application;

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

The output;

[email protected]:~$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
--2021-05-05 14:38:49--  https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
Resolving dl.google.com (dl.google.com)..., 2a00:1450:401a:805::200e
Connecting to dl.google.com (dl.google.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 83324908 (79M) [application/x-debian-package]
Saving to: ‘google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb’

google-chrome-stabl 100%[===================>]  79.46M  1.71MB/s    in 48s     

2021-05-05 14:39:38 (1.67 MB/s) - ‘google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb’ saved [83324908/83324908]

  • Step 4. Install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS

Use the following command for Google Chrome installation to commence;

sudo apt-get install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

The output;

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'google-chrome-stable' instead of './google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb'
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 38 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/83.3 MB of archives.
After this operation, 261 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 /home/cheronohvalentine/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb google-chrome-stable amd64 90.0.4430.93-1 [83.3 MB]
Selecting previously unselected package google-chrome-stable.
(Reading database ... 214103 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking google-chrome-stable (90.0.4430.93-1) ...
Setting up google-chrome-stable (90.0.4430.93-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser (gnome-www-browser) in auto mode
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/google-chrome (google-chrome) in auto mode
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu4) ...

On the above installation process, repository files are also installed to help with future updates.

  • Step 5. Check if Chrome was successfully installed

Go to your desktop environment then check Google Chrome’s availability;

  • Step 6. Set Up Chrome for Usage

Double click on it to open, then tap OK to make Google Chrome default browser and automatically send usage statistics…..You can also uncheck any of the above if you do not want to make this changes.

*On the next window, get started with Google Chrome by signing in.

  • Step 7. What you can do with Google Chrome

*To update Google Chrome, use the following commands;

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

* To remove Chrome, use the following command;

sudo apt remove google-chrome


You get to actually install Google Chrome on Pop!_OS from the command line and it is very easy when you follow the steps above. There is also another method where you get to download Google Chrome for Linux on Pop!_OS system, by choosing the 64bit .deb, then proceed to accept and install. Once the download is done, go to your file manager downloads on Pop!_OS and find the downloaded .deb file, double click on it, then begin installation.

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