Install Google Chrome in Debian Buster

Google Chrome, a web browser developed by Google LLC. On December 11, 2008 – its first stable version was released. Ever since, Google Chrome has held a considerable web browser’s market share. At the time of writing the article, the latest Stable release of Google Chrome was 76.0.3809.87-1. The other supported releases for Google Chrome is Dev (for developers) and a beta version. In this article, we would discuss how to install stable version of Google Chrome in Debian Buster.

To install the package, you must have superuser privileges. If you don’t have one then contact your System Administrator. Thereafter, run the following in terminal –

su -l

and provide the password.

Install Google Chrome in Debian Buster

Since, package of Google Chrome is not available in standard Debian repository. Therefore, we need to download the relevant .deb package file. The package i.e. google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb for Google Chrome is available at Google Chrome’s official website.

After visiting the website, you need to click the “Download Chrome” button. In the dialog box so opened, select 64-bit version for Debian and Accept the terms and conditions to download the .deb package.

Use cd command-line utility to get inside the relevant directory. Therefore, run the following in terminal –

cd /path/to/package

The file downloaded  –

google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Now, we will use the dpkg command line utility to install Google Chrome. dpkg is a package manager, through which we can install, remove, purge and many other package related operations on our Debian operating system. For the purpose of this article, we would limit ourselves to the installation process.

dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

where,
-i option – installs the package file.

This will install stable version of Google Chrome in Debian.

Errors were encountered while processing: google-chrome-stable

Few users may get an error due to dependency issues –

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-stable:
dpkg: error processing google-chrome-stable (--install):
Errors were encountered while processing:
google-chrome-stable

If you too have encountered one, then not to worry. All we need is to run the command that installs all the required dependencies.

apt install -f

where -f option fixes broken packages. Once you run the above command, stable version of Google Chrome will be installed. You can access Google Chrome from your desktop environment’s Main menu.

In conclusion, we have discussed how to install Google Chrome in Debian Buster through dpkg command line utility. We have also provided a quick fix in case we encounter a dependency error.