I'm new to ubuntu and I'm getting very frustrated so far. I'm trying to get chrome to work properly, as I have a chromecast I would like to use, as well as all the extensions I have on chrome.

I've tried to install it any way possible and tried to install chromium as well. Every time I install it, it shows that it's opened but I cannot see the window. I've tried reinstalling chrome, chromium and ubuntu several times without any luck.

I haven't found a solution online and if I can't find one soon, I'll probably just go back to windows.

I'm running ubuntu 17.04

what I've tried so far?


shows no output but puts an icon in the launcher, but chrome window doesn't appear. same is with chromium

I think it may be a permissions issue. Nothing is being written to .config folder. Checked hidden files and no folders for chrome or chromium. Any ideas on what is causing this?

  • how did you try to install it? if you add little bit more details, we'll be more than happy to help you – Sumeet Deshmukh May 4 '17 at 16:47
  • I tried installing deb file from their website. I also tried to install it through the terminal. I installed chromium through software center – rob chiarello May 4 '17 at 16:57
  • and can you update your question with the output of google-chrome ? – Sumeet Deshmukh May 4 '17 at 16:59
  • I'm sorry. I'm not sure what you mean. – rob chiarello May 4 '17 at 17:00
  • google-chrome this is the command used to launch Google chrome browser using CLI (command line interface) all you have to do is open up your terminal and paste google-chrome and post the output that you get here – Sumeet Deshmukh May 4 '17 at 17:04

Let try this.. Go to system setting -> Select display setting Check whether how many displays are enabled. If enabled more than one then turn off the unused display or enable mirror option. This can solve your issue.

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  • This might work, but would be better off as a comment asking the OP if he is using Ann external display. – fosslinux Jul 20 '17 at 5:09
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    Actually this answer worked for me even though I am not using an external display. I am running ubuntu 16 on a macbook pro and enabling mirroring forced the invisible chrome windows to re-appear. – snow6oy Jan 4 '18 at 11:48
  • This does not work. – Green Mar 31 '18 at 16:42
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    Awesome. This solved it for me! – guillefix May 2 '18 at 12:44
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    This worked for me. I actually have two monitors, but the second was not powered on. After I powered on the second monitor the Chrome browser was there. This might sound logical, but as I usually need the second monitor only for one specific application, I never expected Chrome to be there. – Peter Gloor Nov 1 '19 at 16:44

Try opening Chrome with the --no-sandbox switch.

I managed to get Chrome 59 running using that switch, but since it's deprecated it pops up a warning. I've rolled back to Chrome 58 for now.

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First get a terminal and type sudo install gdebi Enter your password and type "y" when prompted Run Firefox and google "chrome" Save "deb 64" Open using gdebi It will work perfectly

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  • Already tried that. Did not work. Seems as though chrome opens, I just can't view the window – rob chiarello May 4 '17 at 18:00

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