My Google Chrome stopped working mysteriously. When I run it from a terminal I get:

$ google-chrome-stable
Aborted (core dumped)

I installed google chrome via de Debian package and I am running a 64-bit machine.


I had the same issue and someone advised me to remove ~/.gtkrc-2.0 which did fix it for me. No idea why though.

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  • I haven't tried this yet, I am affraid of deleting a file which I do not know what is it for... – BCArg Jul 28 '16 at 10:08
  • @BCArg You can try renaming the directory to something else instead of deleting it: mv ~/.gtkrc-2.0 ~/.gtkrc-2.0.bak. – edwinksl Jul 28 '16 at 10:56
  • I installed Chromium instead and will leave like that, it is exactly like Chrome – BCArg Jul 28 '16 at 11:08
  • @BCArg: Are you saying that the issue is not present in Chromium? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 29 '16 at 3:16

A lot of people have said that removing ~/.gtkrc-2.0 would do the trick. I had the same problem but I had no such file! Uninstalling and installing chrome also doesn't help.

Turns out, when Chrome crashes sometimes the User Data Directory can get corrupted. So to fix it I did the following:

  1. Uninstall chrome apt-get purge google-chrome-stable
  2. Install chrome http://chrome.google.com
  3. Remove the cache and configuration folders. rm -rf /home/<<your username>>/.config/google-chrome/ and rm -rf /home/<<your username>>/.cache/google-chrome/
  4. Start Chrome and enjoy!

I had the same problem for both chromium and chrome. I just removed their respective config directories:

  • for chromium

    rm -rf ~/.config/chromium*

  • for chrome

    rm -rf ~/.config/google-chrome

and everything worked again.

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