Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I updated google chrome from the software updates in ubuntu 12.04 , but it didn't actually update . The "about google chrome " is still showing the previous release .

share|improve this question
Chris, what version number are you seeing? – user25656 Jun 29 '12 at 7:10

If you would like to keep you browser up to date, I think the easiest thing to do is to add the PPA. I will explain how to do this for both Chrome and Chromium. These two browsers are mostly the same, but you can check out the differences here.


First you have to install the key. This can be done by opening Terminal and typing

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Step two is to add the repository

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list'

Then you update and, if you haven't already, install Google Chrome

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable


Chromium is more straight forward. Just add the PPA, update, and install by typing this in Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:a-v-shkop/chromium
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
share|improve this answer

Download the latest deb.

Google Chrome

Install it.It will add repository to your software source. After that you can update it via terminal when a update pack release. via comand sudo apt-get upgrade

share|improve this answer
sudo apt-get update does not install software updates. It updates the information about what software is available (including updated versions) and from where. To actually update the software (i.e., to upgrade packages to newly available versions), run sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get upgrade. You may want to edit your answer to incorporate this information. – Eliah Kagan Jun 29 '12 at 11:26
Thanks for your correction. – ScareCrow Jun 29 '12 at 18:38

I had the same problem for Ubuntu 14 (end of 2015!): Chrome refused to update although all the required updates were done. The reason seems to be that there's still some background processes running even though Chrome is closed.

Close Chrome and just look up all "chrome" entries in 'top' and do 'kill 12345' where 12345 is the PID of each 'chrome' process. Then start the browser.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.