How to update Google chrome in Ubuntu?

  • @Ignacio: Add/Remove Applications and it's not there. – OscarRyz Apr 16 '10 at 5:23
  • This helped me install the lasted Google Chrome on Ubuntu via command line: askubuntu.com/a/510063/48214 – Ryan Mar 4 '20 at 19:48

First download and install the key from Google Linux Repository. Or run the following commands in the terminal, type the password for the user when prompted.

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'
sudo apt-get update

To install:

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta

To update only:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install google-chrome-stable

Then update (if available) the Network Security Service libraries (libnss), or Chrome will behave weird

sudo apt-get install libnss3-1d

In Ubuntu 18.04 or later libnss3-1d - Network Security Service libraries - transitional package is depreciated and incorporated in generic libnss3 library. (Thanks Bishoy Melek)

sudo apt-get install libnss3

Now you have to kill all instances (may be hidden) of old Google Chrome.

sudo pkill -15 google-chrome
sudo pkill -15 chrome

Then start google-chrome as you start it.

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    Thanks. killall google-chrome works well also. – Fedir RYKHTIK Sep 26 '13 at 9:53
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    Says google-chrome-stable is in the latest version available. But I'm on Chrome 30.0.1599.101 and apparently version 32 exists now. Is the debian package regularly updated as well? – Augustin Riedinger Jan 30 '14 at 11:44
  • No, Debian packages are NOT regularly updated. And this depends on your Ubuntu version. – ghosh'. Feb 1 '14 at 9:41
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    There is a simpler way to restart Chrome. Just open this link - chrome://restart . Source - plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/VVv36sA79Mu. – Ilia Barahovski Apr 17 '16 at 7:12
  • @IliaBarahovski .. Yeah. You can. But I'll prefer the bash line approach, it's the unix way of life :) – ghosh'. Apr 18 '16 at 10:14

From the Chrome EULA page:

Note: Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Google Chrome up to date. If you don't want Google's repository, do "sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome" before installing the package.

[emphasis theirs]

So, as mgpyone indicated Ubuntu's update-manager should take care of that for you.

Here are the contents of my /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable main

If it does not update properly, just download the last .deb file from: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

The deb file like google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Then you can:

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Replace /path/to with your proper path.

It just worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04


From Google Chrome Help

Use your package manager to check for updates.

Privacy information

Google Chrome uses a process called Google Update to periodically check for updates. This process sends information, such as version number, language, operating system, and other installation or update-related details, back to Google servers. This information is not associated with you or your Google Account.


I had similar problem with broken package in Chrome 20.0.xxx. I could see two chrome packages in Synaptic package manager. I deleted the new version of chrome package then marked older version on chrome package for upgrade. Then upgrade all packages through, which took care of everything and my Chrome was upgraded to the latest version.

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