I am using Ubuntu in Windows through VMware software. In windows we have *.exe file to install any software, for Ubuntu how to install google chrome or any software manually, without using Terminal?

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  • Just install Chromium, the open-source (FLOSS) counterpart to Chrome. Basically Google develops Chromium, adds some proprietary features (and likely tracking features) to it and distributes it as "Chrome". So either install Chromium from the software center or just sudo apt-get install chromium. I think that's way easier to install! See also: What's the difference between Chrome and Chromium? – rugk May 30 '17 at 13:53

Short answer:

To install software manually you will most likely need to download a .deb file (it's sort of Ubuntu's .msi equivalent), and then either:

  1. Double-click it and install it through the Ubuntu Software Center.


  1. Use the command-line (I will explain both).

Long answer:

Download Google Chrome here and click:


In order to download the .deb installation file.

It will likely ask you if you want the 32-bit or 64-bit one, download whichever is appropriate for your install, and accept the license agreement.

GUI Installation:

When the download is complete, open your file manager (probably Nautilus) and navigate to the location where you downloaded the file to (probably the ~/Downloads folder).

Then double-click the file, this should open the Ubuntu Software Center, to install click the Install button and then enter your password as prompted (your Ubuntu Software Center may look slightly different to mine in terms of design as I am on the GNOME flavour of Ubuntu):

Software center

In the above screenshot I have put a red box around the Install button you need to press.

Terminal Installation:

Now for the command-line Terminal installation, first open a Terminal window (Ctrl + Alt + T), then use the cd command to navigate to the location you downloaded the file to. You will probably need to go to the ~/Downloads folder with:

cd ~/Downloads

And then you will need to run the following command to install Google Chrome where you need to replace [filename] with the name of the file you downloaded. (Either google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb(64-bit) orgoogle-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb` (32-bit) ):

sudo dpkg -i [filename]

You will then be prompted for your password (though you will notice that even though it does not look like you are typing anything, in fact you are and this is just a security feature), enter the password and press Enter and that should install Google Chrome.

  • Actually, the .deb is equivalent to .msi files and .exe self-contained compressed files with a setup.exe that auto-runs upon extraction. – Ismael Miguel Oct 13 '15 at 23:50
  • @IsmaelMiguel: Ok, I have edited my answer. – user364819 Oct 14 '15 at 16:01

The command line method is the easiest way to install Google Chrome,
but below you can find other methods as well, so you are free to choose.

Google Chrome PPA (recommended)

Using the PPA you will be able to update Google Chrome easily using sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade or when performing the upgrade process by using the Ubuntu Software Center.

When the system is configured to automatic update you don't have to care about anything at all.

Command line method

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add - 
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable 

GUI method :

  1. Open your dash:


    and type Software and Updates, go to the Other Software tab and select Add....

  2. Add the following line :

    deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

    Software properties

  3. Click Add Source and enter your password.

  4. Select Close and click Reload on this screen :

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  5. Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for google-chrome, click Install and you are done.

Without PPA (easiest method)

Command line method :

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute:

For 64 bit systems:

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

For 32 bit systems:

wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

Graphical method :

Download Google Chrome from here and double click the .deb in file manager to install Google Chrome using your favorite package manager (Ubuntu Software Center by default).


the most simple way would be downloading .deb of Google Chrome from here. Don't worry about ppa it will take care of it. You can keep the .deb file for later use too.

it is equivalent to windows' .exe for Ubuntu

  • 1
    A DEB matches a Windows MSI more than a Windows EXE. Shell-script installers fit the bill of exe more. – nanofarad Oct 14 '15 at 0:19

You can use the Software Center for most software. You'll find Chromium in there. However, Chromium is the "open source version" of Google Chrome, not Google Chrome itself. You'll have to download a file from the Google Chrome website and open it. This'll load the software center which will allow you to install it.

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