Ubuntu comes with only a single browser, i.e. Firefox. As Google Chrome is a closed software, that’s why it is not available in Ubuntu repository. However, Chrome can be downloaded from dl.google.com, this website provides the service of downloading it from the Google repository. Go through this article to find how to install Google Chrome and customize it in Ubuntu (14.04):
Need to Install:
In Chrome you can change the theme anytime you want, this is an extra feature of Chrome, which is not available in Firefox and Safari. All these browsers serve you the best, in what they are meant to do, but, however, the situation and the preference plays a crucial role in deciding which one to use.
Steps to Install Google Chrome and Customize it in Ubuntu
Step 1: Before installing the chrome package file, it is imperative to know the type of OS you are having on the system. For that you can go through the command “uname -a”, explained in the article.
Once you have confirmed about the OS, open the Terminal in Ubuntu and use the Debian (.deb) packages suitable for your system.
If your system is of 32 bits, download the package:
On the latest computer systems, you have 62 bit OS. I am going to install the package stated below:
- Wget is a utility to download files over the web as its name is derived from World Wide Web and Get method used in Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP). It’s a versatile program, as it supports the downloading via http, ftp as well as https.Robustnessis one of the key feature that enhances the chances of trying to download unless it’s done. Wget is not an interactive tool, and one of the added benefit of Wget is that you can easily switch to another work when downloading is in progress.
- deb stands for“Debian software”, used for the binary packages.
Step 2: After this, you will see that the file you have downloaded is saved.
Step 3: Iif you face dependency problem when installing the Google chrome then type: “sudo apt-get -f install” and press enter.
Else, go to the step 5 directly.
Step 4: Once the processing starts, you may encounter a line “Setting up Google Chrome”.
Step 5: Start the installation process using the command ” sudo dpkg –i google-chrome- stable_current_amd64.deb”, and press enter.
The software “dpkg” is often used for the purpose of installing, removing and providing brief information about “.deb” packages. It is available in almost every Debian derivatives.
Step 6: You will get the output as shown in the figure, this ensures that Google Chrome is successfully installed. Then close the terminal.
Step 7: On the search bar, type “google”, Browser will be visible to you. Click on it to open.
Step 8: Google Chrome is ready to answer your queries. You may see “Sign in” page when you start the Chrome, you can synchronize whatever you want, by signing in to your Google account and choosing “Choose what to sync”option.
Step 9: Open up the “New Tab”, here you”ll see the option to “Import bookmarks now”, click on it to enjoy the leisure of your favorite sites, which you have bookmarked in any other Browser such as Firefox, or can import from “Bookmarked HTML file”.
Step 10: A dialog box appears, I have chosen “Firefox” bookmarks to get transferred to Chrome. Various options are available to import, they are automatically selected, if want to deselect anyone, click on it.
Once you are done with it, click on “Import”.
Step 11: The “Success” message would appear in the dialog box. The other thing you”ll notice is the check mark on “Always shows the Bookmarks bar”, if want this, then its fine, otherwise click on it to uncheck and finally press “done” button.
Step 12: I always bookmark the websites that I need to visit frequently, So I checked the folders and as a result of it, a folder of Bookmarks is clearly visible at the top of the browser as shown in the figure below.
Step 13: Customization test for a time being, is done from my side. Now I can surf the web using the Google Chrome. If you know, the exact URL of the website just type it into the address bar, as I did, as shown below. That’s it!