Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10

This post was written when Chrome was still not available for Linux. Chromium was the only option then. Now that Google Chrome is available, just go to Google’s website and download the browser directly.

Tired of Firefox? Do you want something a little bit more faster, maybe more stable? I seem to have issues with Firefox running on Ubuntu 9.10. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it has crashed several times. This article shows you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10.

Add to your sources list.

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

You may substitute jaunty, intrepid, hoary for other distributions.

Add the GPG keys.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver

Run an update.

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install Google Chrome.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

27 thoughts on “Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10

  1. When i run:

    “sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5”

    i get:

    gpg: requesting key 4E5E17B5 from hkp server
    gpgkeys: key FBEF0D696DE1C72BA5A835FE5A9BF3BB4E5E17B5 not found on keyserver
    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
    gpg: Total number processed: 0

    what am i doing wrong here?

    1. don’t type in the second line…

      Only type the following into the terminal:

      sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver

      I tried it and it added the key correctly…

  2. I think you can also go to Sources (gui) and just add ppa:ppa chromium-daily which will import the key too.

  3. these instructions are for “chromium” not “google chrome” — the two are close, but different.

    this is no knock to chromium, but if you want the actual google chrome browser for linux, you can go to — scroll down to linux, click on the appropriate .deb link (32-bit or 64-bit), save the file, and run it with ‘dpkg -i’

    this will install chrome, and will also add the repository to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ and import the key for later updates


    1. They are essentially the same. One is open-source, the other blessed and tweaked by Google. Just think of Chromium for developers and Chrome for the general public. Chrome is a bit more stable. It’s similar setup to Fedora and Redhat, Ubuntu and Kubuntu, etc.

  4. Thank you – that was phenomenally easy!
    I just installed Linux for the first time, and was able to follow your directions no problem!

  5. Is anybody having difficulties loading the chrome from Google? The package installer keeps telling me that the file is corrupt. Am on Karmic

  6. I will update this post. This was written when Chrome was not yet available to Linux, now that it is, it’s easy to jump to Google’s website and download it.

    1. Thanks. This is the file I was referring to in my earlier post. Karmic is claiming that the file is corrupt…at least my installation of Karmic. Any idea how we can fix this?

      1. Hi Soil,

        If you are having problems with Chromium, you can download Chrome directly from Google and see if that works. Unless you want Chromium. I haven’t had problems installing Chromium. I’ve done it at least 5 times. Not sure if your download got corrupted.

  7. Crap, your title says ‘Chrome’ so I followed the instructions only to find it doesnt work.
    How do I uninstall now?

  8. i download google chrome but it’s getting slower nowadays….i want to update and download the chrome 9 i don’t know how many times i’ve tried it doesn’t work.

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