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Installing Google Chrome in Debian Linux

14 July 2009 10 Comments

Installing Google Chrome in Debian Linux 5.0.2 Lenny 64 bit is easy. First you should download the deb package:

After you get it just run from a terminal

sudo dpkg -i Desktop/google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb

If you don’t have ia32-libs-gtk installed you will get an error:

[sudo] password for user:
Selecting previously deselected package google-chrome-unstable.
(Reading database … 116259 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking google-chrome-unstable (from …/google-chrome-unstable_current_amd64.deb) …
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of google-chrome-unstable:
google-chrome-unstable depends on ia32-libs-gtk; however:
Package ia32-libs-gtk is not installed.
dpkg: error processing google-chrome-unstable (–install):
dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

Now just install ia32-libs-gtk

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 12.3MB of archives.
After this operation, 30.4MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://ftp.de.debian.org lenny/main ia32-libs-gtk 2.7 [12.3MB]
Fetched 12.3MB in 20s (587kB/s)
Selecting previously deselected package ia32-libs-gtk.
(Reading database … 116475 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ia32-libs-gtk (from …/ia32-libs-gtk_2.7_amd64.deb) …
Setting up ia32-libs-gtk (2.7) …
Setting up google-chrome-unstable ( …
Processing triggers for menu …

As you can see installing ia32-libs-gtk is also fixing google chrome.

Google Chrome installer will also add a script to update daily the installation. The installer is justing adding a script in cron.daily named google-chrome what is already packed up with the Public Key of the Google repository and all the stuff.

In Kde you will find it in K -> Applications -> Internet -> Google Chrome
Under Gnome you will find it under Applications > Internet -> Chromium Web Browser .

The most disturbing problem is the missing feature of this version of Chrome for linux: Plugins, including Flash (so no YouTube, Hulu, etc.), Printing. Complex text,Complex tab dragging, Gears support.


  • Dan Kegel said:

    The script doesn’t do the updating; your package manager does that.

    The script is just there to add the repository if it’s not there yet.

  • sacx said:

    Thanks for correction!

  • Martin said:

    To satisfy the dependencies missing for the package, you can run just “apt-get -f install” and the package manager will do the magic for you.

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  • Chrome-Addict said:

    no go for flash player?

  • sacx said:

    From the latest update flash is working on google chrome.

  • Sergunik said:

    Thanks so match.
    I’m instaled on Debian 64 bit.
    All working)

  • Olivier Berger said:

    Chrome is now in Debian (unstable at the time of writing):

  • Joe.Negron.NYC said:

    As of yet – there is still no (official) apt-get package in the repositories. I have published a 2-step process article on my blog. It pretty much does the same as the above process but uses wget to pull it down directly from google – eliminating any possible man-in-the-middle attacks. I know it works with the latest versions of debian, ubuntu & knoppix w/o dependencies – try it out. from the command line…
    1.) wget http://dl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/google-chrome-beta_current_i386.deb
    2.) sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-beta_current_i386.deb
    replace the url in step#1 if you are using a different platform you can cut-n-paste it from the google site. It’s not the cleanest but it works for a quick & dirty solution where you don’t want to go through the trouble of editing

    If you’d like more info, you can read my full article here –

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