Google Chrome is web browser developed by Google for Linux, Windows, Android and iOS. The Chrome browser is designed to be simple, secure, and faster than its competitors, with Google’s smarts built-in. In this guide we will discuss the installation of Google Chrome Browser on Linux Mint 20. Google Chrome is the main component of Chrome OS.

In Google Chrome each site is allocated a separate process through process isolation provided by Chrome multi-process architecture. This prevents tasks from interfering with each other, raising security and stability. A failure in one tab or process won’t affect other instances.

Install Google Chrome Browser on Linux Mint 20

Google maintains a repository for the installation of Google Chrome browser on Debian based Linux distributions. You can also download the .deb package to your Linux Mint machine and begin installation with dpkg command line package manager.

Update APT cache and install wget:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y wget

Download Latest Google Chrome Application.


Use apt-get command to install Google Chrome browser on Linux Mint 20.

sudo apt-get install ./google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Hit the y key on screen prompt to install Google Chrome on Linux Mint 20:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'google-chrome-stable' instead of './google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb'
The following additional packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  google-chrome-stable libu2f-udev
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 101 not upgraded.
Need to get 6,108 B/68.7 MB of archives.
After this operation, 236 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Get:1 /home/computingforgeeks/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb google-chrome-stable amd64 83.0.4103.116-1 [68.6 MB]
Get:2 focal/main amd64 libu2f-udev all 1.1.10-1 [6,108 B]
Fetched 6,108 B in 1s (5,911 B/s)      
Selecting previously unselected package google-chrome-stable.
(Reading database ... 323358 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking google-chrome-stable (83.0.4103.116-1) ...
Selecting previously unselected package libu2f-udev.
Preparing to unpack .../libu2f-udev_1.1.10-1_all.deb ...
Unpacking libu2f-udev (1.1.10-1) ...
Setting up google-chrome-stable (83.0.4103.116-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser (gnome-www-browser) in auto mode
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable to provide /usr/bin/google-chrome (google-chrome) in auto mode
Setting up libu2f-udev (1.1.10-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24+linuxmint1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.1-1) ...

The installation process creates a repository file for future updates.

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list 
# You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
deb [arch=amd64] stable main

Google Chrome can then be updated with other OS packages by running the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Search for Chrome Browser from your Desktop Environment to launch it.

You’ll need to sign in to enjoy Chrome features such as Sync and other services like YouTube.

Useful Google Chrome Keyboard shortcuts

These are the common Keyboard Shortcuts that will help you become more efficient while using Google Chrome Browser.

Keyboard ShortcutFunction
Crtl + nOpen a new Chrome Window
Ctrl + tabSwitch tabs to the right
Ctrl + shift + tabSwitch tabs from right to left
Ctrl + w Close and exit a tab
Cctrl + Shift + wExit a window
Ctrl + Shift + tReopen all previous tabs if you close the browser.
Ctrl + nOpen a new window
Ctrl + shift + nCreate a new incognito window

I hope you have a wonderful browsing experience with Google Chrome on your Linux Mint Workstation. Checkout other Google Chrome guides available on our website.

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