When I download something with Google Chrome, the browser gets stuck (it shows the hand pointer as it hovers over an link/button).

It's not frozen, as I can move and resize the window freely, but I cannot click on anything and shortcuts don't work either.

Can close it with Alt+F4.

This happens on a fresh install of Ubuntu 22.04.

So far the issue

  • seems to happen when the browser asks for the save location of a file or an import dialog
  • is independent of extensions
  • is independent if a Google account is connected, or sync enabled
  • affects all Chromium-based browsers, tested so far: Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave
  • please post debug info.run Chrome from the command line and post the debug info here.
    – Rishon JR
    Jun 18, 2022 at 12:53
  • Hi Rishon, how can I do that? The log disconnects after Chrome starts.
    – adi
    Jun 18, 2022 at 13:01
  • Hi, follow this article: support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6271282?hl=en#zippy=%2Clinux
    – Rishon JR
    Jun 21, 2022 at 9:08
  • The log generated is to big to paste it inside this comment and astebin has a limitation of 512KB which of course it exceeds it.
    – adi
    Jun 21, 2022 at 13:23
  • Even if I remove all log before the download happens it still goes around 900KB.
    – adi
    Jun 21, 2022 at 13:23

4 Answers 4


This worked for me:

sudo apt install xdg-desktop-portal-gnome


Google Chrome freeze uploading a file


  • Thanks for your answer, though I changed the distro on my machine though, so I cannot test your answer. That's why I will keep my answer since that also worked.
    – adi
    Sep 5, 2022 at 11:42
  • Can confirm, this command fixed my chrome freezing issue on ubuntu 22.04 Oct 14, 2022 at 8:47

Ok so the issue is Nvidia driver 510.

After bumping into the same issue as the one asked about in Steam will not run at all, no matter what I do. (22.04 LTS) I thought the solution could help with this issue as well.

What made me think this was the case was that the browser didn't freeze but I couldn't interact with it at all; the browser was working (for example: if it was a big download the download loader was running, not freezing). And the issue occured whenever a dialog from browser was opened (download, import, print, etc.).

So if anyone encounters this issue and has Nvidia driver 510, downgrade to 470 and see if it works.

  • 1
    Same issue with 515
    – mktplus
    Sep 18, 2022 at 14:58

My resolve is delete directory rm -rf ~/.config/google-chrome.

  • Hi @La An Vong, thanks for answering but this was my first try and wasn't something which helped.
    – adi
    Oct 25, 2022 at 7:13

Extending other answers and some additional thing I did worked for me:

  • sudo apt install xdg-desktop-portal-gnome

  • turn off hardware acceleration

    • Go to chrome settings > search Hardware in the search box > and Hardware acceleration > Turn it off
  • Reboot the PC

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