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Install Google Chrome on Linux Mint 21.2 Cinnamon Edition

Firefox is pre-installed, but I prefer Chrome – let’s install Chrome. This is maybe a long enough section to create a new blog, but let’s go ahead and cover it here.

This method works for Linx Mint and any other distro that works with .deb packages. We will also use Terminal (command line) which I absolutely LOVE…for serious, I prefer command line for configuration and administration. Weird, I know 🙂

First, we need to add a software repository for Chrome into Linux Mint. To do this, open up Terminal – click on the “LM” start button and search for Terminal:

We need to update the apt repo first just to see the current repo list, and make sure Linux Mint is up to date – in the terminal window, type in:

sudo apt update  

Let’s first import the Google signed pubic key, which will ensure we are getting the genuine file. Type (or copy paste):

wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

All good there – now install the public key:

sudo install -D -o root -g root -m 644 linux_signing_key.pub /etc/apt/keyrings/linux_signing_key.pub

Now we’re going to add the Google Chrome repository for the stable release:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/linux_signing_key.pub] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'

Now that we’ve added the repo, run apt update again

sudo apt update

See the line below where apt update went out to the repo and grabbed the package we need to install Chrome:

Now we can go ahead and install Google Chrome. Run the command:

sudo apt install google-chrome-stable

And with that last command, now you’ll see Google Chrome is installed on Linux Mint:

And that’s it, enjoy using Chrome!

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