I have remote box accessed by VNC and jwm desktop.
No menus, not desktop icons, only a terminal window.

I have downloaded Chrome's .deb package and installed it.

How can I run it from the terminal window?

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Well simply typing google-chrome works fine for me. It might not work if you installed Chromium. chromium-browser is for Chromium.

  • For Chrome:

  • For Chromium:


However if it's a remote box... At least via ssh you must use -X when option connecting to be able to run windowed apps. Like this:

ssh -X username@server.lt
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    google-chrome-stable may also be the command. – Dodgie Mar 7 '16 at 6:35

If you get the path where the application is installed then you can run the application from there

For example to know the path where google-chrome is located run this command:

whereis google-chrome

You will get the path like:

google-chrome: /usr/bin/google-chrome /usr/bin/X11/google-chrome /usr/share/man/man1/google-chrome.1

Now you can run chrome by either executing two commands:


Note: it will be applied for all installed applications. Also, It would be possible that you would not get the path /usr/bin/X11 or would get something different.

Hope you like this way to find the path and run chrome :)


In Ubuntu 15.10 this command works very well

google-chrome www.google.com

for more options you can use

google-chrome --help

Enter to opengoogle-chrome, and exit google-chrome to close the Chrome browser




I use this command and it works for me. I too installed it using the .deb package. So this should work for you too. Typing an url after the command opens the url.


We can also use following command:


simply type the name of application(you should type proper name include) you wish to open. Donot use run command to open already installed package

  • Please make your answer more complete as only the code is not accepted here. – Star OS Jan 1 '16 at 9:13

simply type "chromium-browser" in your terminal.This is sure to work in elementary OS which is distribution of Ubuntu;so do in Ubuntu itself

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    That won't work for Google Chrome, which is what the original question references. – xiota Jun 7 '18 at 18:03

If it is Ubuntu 15.10, and you downoaded it from the chrome webpage, then instaled it with command line, then it should be:

chrome google-chrome
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    Most likely this is incorrect, from what i think. – Star OS Jan 1 '16 at 9:42
  • Please tell the answer after you have confirmed that it's working.:) – john400 Jan 28 '18 at 17:07

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