Google Chrome is one of the fastest and most well liked browsers available. Despite its closed source, it has long been a favorite of Linux users. This is especially true because it integrates features traditionally locked behind other proprietary software, like Flash, which traditionally function poorly.
Distributions like Fedora which only ship free software don’t include Chrome, but Google provides convenient repositories to major Linux distributions to make installing and managing Chrome on Linux easy.
Getting The Download
There are two basic ways to get and install Chrome. Both come directly from Google. Since the Chrome package install establishes the Chrome repository in Fedora, there is no need to configure that separately.
This is probably the most conventional way to install Google Chrome. First, browse to Google’s website for the browser.
On the page, click the blue button that says “Download Chrome.” Make sure that Linux distributions are listed below the button and not Windows or OSX.
A window will pop up with a selection for Ubuntu/Debian and a selection for Fedora/OpenSUSE. Select the Fedora one. There will also be the terms of service on that window. Read through it if you’d like and click “Accept and Install.”
Now, skip down to to the “Graphical Install” section.
It’s much easier and more direct to get the Google Chrome
.rpm via the command line. To download it,
cd into your
Downloads directory, and use
wget to get the package.
$ cd ~/Downloads $ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
Skip down to the “CLI Install” section.
A download window will appear asking what to do with the download. Select “Software Install” if it isn’t already selected.
The package will download and the GNOME software installer will appear. Click “Install” and enter your root password when prompted. The install will take a few minutes.
Now, you can simply install the package as
root using the
$ su -c 'rpm -i google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm'
That’s all. Now Chrome is installed and can be run like any other graphical application. Since the package from Google also installs the Chrome repository files, you will now receive regular updates to Google Chrome when they become available.