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Firefox's website provides binary tarballs that I can easily extract and run, is there anything similar available for either Chrome or Chromium?

If not, how can I compile so I can run it the same way as the extracted files of binary tarball?

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All the Chromium builds for different systems are stored here as zip archives.

Binaries for Linux: 32 bit | 64 bit
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The latest 64-bit version is located here:

Where LATEST is contents of the file located here:

If you need the 32-bit version, remove _x64 from those links

This allows us to make a script to automatically download the latest build:

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How regularly do you suggest I check for and download the latest build? – Oxwivi Oct 6 '11 at 7:25
@Oxwivi: Maybe once a week? By the way, those builds aren't guaranteed to even work. I think you should just add this PPA and you will get quite fresh and quite stable builds of Chromium which will be updated together with your regular updates. – Oleh Prypin Oct 6 '11 at 11:57
I don't want installation packages like Deb. – Oxwivi Oct 6 '11 at 13:01
@Oxwivi: it's not deb – _ – Oleh Prypin Oct 6 '11 at 13:09
My bad for not checking it out. Well, I tried your script, doesn't work with either _x64 or otherwise. – Oxwivi Oct 6 '11 at 13:13

In short there are no official tarballs of Chrome but if you don't mind breaking your profile you can try the continuous build tarballs mentioned in this Chromium-discuss group (and definitely avoid the nightly builds).

If you are on Ubuntu you are far better off using prepackaged version of Chrome. Google provide Chrome repositories for the major Linux distributions. If you're desperate, you could always download the deb/rpm and extract the contents and get the whole caboodle going with the wrapper script from a continuous build...

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The prepackaged version of Chromium (in the offical repositories) is like 3 versions stale. If you're going to suggest using prebuilt binaries, you need to mention this guy. Google does offer an official repository for their Chrome browser, but the asker specifically mentioned Chromium (probably because he doesn't want Google breathing down his neck ;) – JamesTheAwesomeDude Feb 7 '13 at 19:50

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