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Hide 'Your profile could not be opened correctly'

Whenever I launch google-chrome, a window is displayed which contains this message:

Your profile could not be opened correctly.

Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents.

What is the source of this problem?

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marked as duplicate by jokerdino, James Apr 30 '12 at 13:38

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

This is not a duplicate. The other article is about hiding the error message on a public Internet café machine; this one is about correcting the error. Please unmark it as a duplicate. – Peter Flynn Jan 2 '14 at 10:07
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This worked for me. Give it a try, this procedure includes a backup of your google-chrome profile folder, so that you can revert it if this seems not to work for you.

Pasted here for your convenience.

  1. If the browser is open, close it down.
  2. Open a terminal and run: mv ~/.config/google-chrome ~/.config/google-chrome-old
  3. Launch google-chrome, you will be asked to choose your search engine, your choice.
  4. Close coogle-chrome (yes, click the close button)
  5. After closing the browser you will have a new user profile at ~/.config/google-chrome
  6. Then let's copy your profile into the new place by running the next in the terminal. cp -r ~/.config/google-chrome-old/Default ~/.config/google-chrome/

I hope this help you.

Good luck!

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can i remove after all this google-chrome-old folder? – geoh Apr 30 '12 at 13:43
Yeah, sure you can. It was created just as a backup in case that you wish to restore the profile as mentioned in step 6. You can -indeed- to simply remove the original files without backing up, after which Google Chrome will create a new (empty) one. – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 30 '12 at 15:23
This is yet working in Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 19 '13 at 0:24
I got this same error, and found it was because there was a google-chrome process that was stuck in the background. I just did "killall -KILL chrome" in the terminal and that fixed it. – Ben Davis Jun 1 '13 at 15:57
Somehow the same process didn't work for of on 12.04 a couple of times until I rebooted the computer. I haven't tried this on 13.04 or newer and it seems to be a new kind of a bug on chrome. If you already tried rebooting please inform. Thank you! – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Jan 2 '14 at 13:55

Probably it is a bad permission on the directory where the profile is stored. Your user should have rw permission and be the owner of it.


is probably the directory so you may have to execute:

sudo chmod -R u+rw ~/.config/google-chrome
sudo chown -R your_user ~/.config/google-chrome

or simply remove the directory so Chrome will make a new one:

rm -r ~/.config/google-chrome
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