This problem always seems to happen to me on a new install of Xubuntu on my machine.

I am running Xubuntu 16.04.3 and using GNOME Software version 3.20.5.

This is on a fresh install.

I just ran sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.

I downloaded the latest version of Google Chrome browser. Then I double click it and it opens in GNOME software. When I double-click install, it gives me a progress bar for a second or two, then resets the install button. I keep mashing install, but the same process repeats, and Google Chrome does not install.

What should I do?

  • For 16.04 and newer apt instead of apt-get (and with apt the new full-upgrade is used instead of dist-upgrade). In any case your second command misses the apt-get so, if this isn't a typo, you didn't fully updated your system. – user692175 Sep 20 '17 at 23:48

Why don't you use dpkg to install Google Chrome?

I suspect you put your Google Chrome package in ~/Downloads and you downloaded it from chrome.google.com. Open your terminal and type:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Enter your password when prompted and that should be it!

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    I did subsequently install by using dpkg. But I am still curious what is going on with GNOME Software. Really the question is, why does GNOME-Software fail to install chrome, not "How do I install chrome on linux". – ScottF Sep 20 '17 at 14:26

Try dpkg as suggested by Cynplytholowazy or install GDebi first and open the downloaded .deb package with GDebi.

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